​​Corinne Köpfli

Traineeship ​from 01 February to 31 July 2016.​ 

At the start of her traineeship, Corinne Köpfli was a Bachelor student in Business Administration (International Management) at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). During 6 months, she served as our Student Trainee for research and worked particularly on the issue of European International Cooperation (INCO) in research. On the basis of desk research and interviews, she wrote a paper showing how Swiss institutions have been cooperating with third countries under Horizon 2020 and trying to predict how the European INCO research strategy will evolve in the coming year and what it means for Swiss institutions in terms of opportunities. She also supported the team in its operational tasks. 


Her report 'Horizon 2020 as a gateway for international cooperation?' examines how Swiss institutions can make best use of the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 to engage in scientific cooperation with third countries (countries that are neither member states of the European Union nor associated to Horizon 2020). The paper analyses how the European strategy for international cooperation in research and innovation will evolve in the future as well as the measures taken by the European Commission to increase third country participation, shows the opportunities given by Horizon 2020 (and related programmes and initiatives) to engage with international scientific partners and looks at to what extent Swiss institutions have cooperated with third country institutions using these opportunities. The project paper concludes with a series of recommendations for Swiss stakeholders on how to best grasp the opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 to reach out to third countries.           


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