ERICENAThe website of our international collaboration project ERICENA (European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China) is online now.

You find all the information about the project, consortium, services and the events here






ERICENA“The European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in China (ERICENA) will connect European researchers and entrepreneurs by organising conferences and networking events with China and offering services to expand European organizations to China. It is built by a consortium of 13 European and Chinese partners and a network of 128 partners that act as regional innovation centres, The first action will be a matchmaking tour in Beijing, Chengdu and Qingdao from the 24th-31st of October. Leading technology-based companies and research institutes, as well as innovators, will be visited and opportunities for business initiation will be offered. The entry to the EU-China Business & Technology Cooperation Fair in Chengdu and Qingdao, one of the largest platforms for EU-China investments as well as trade and technology cooperation, is included.


The event is aimed at

·         Enterprises, Business Networks and Clusters

·         Universities and University Associations, Research Institutes and Research Networks

·         Science Parks, Incubators, Accelerators and Funding agencies

You are welcome to join us!

Further Information: http://web.spi.pt/ericena/event-october/

Registration: http://web.spi.pt/forms/ericena-matchmaking-tour-china

indexThe Innovative Medicines Initiative has published a list of topics which are likely to be addressed in future calls.
Prepare yourself already today for the future calls to get and advantage and be ahead of competitors.



The topics which are under consideration for future calls are:

  • European Health Data Network (EHDN)
  • Analysing the infectious disease bruden and the use of vaccines to improve healthy year in aging populations
  • European Screening Centre: unique library for attractive biology (ESCulab)
  • Development and validation of technology enabled, quantitative and sensitive measures of functional decline in people with early stage Alheimer's desease (RADAR-AD)
  • Fairification of IMI and EFPIA data
  • Development of sensitive and validated clinical endpoints in primary Sjörgen's syndrome (PSS)
  • Exploitation of IMI project results

More information

If you need administrative support with your project proposal or are searching for an administrative partner in your project consortium, write an email to: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

VNLOur Associate VNL (Verein Netzwerk Logistik) was holding the third annual Logistics Innovation Day (LID) to the topic ”With Digitalisation to New Services”.


Different keynotes were providing inputs on the creative implementation of digitalisation strategies in logistics and supply chain management. Customer service and value has been emphasized at this year’s event, while the process and cost optimization were secondary. The keynotes provided valuable insight into the different challenges and opportunities digitalisation holds for the logistics industry. The participants of the afternoon workshop developed creative solutions for current challenges in the logistics. This year’s event was followed by the Logistics Hall of Fame, which took in the evening. Former Swiss Federal councillor Adolf Ogi and Rudolf Haldimann were receiving the lifetime achievement award from the Foundation Logistics Switzerland.

For continuous updates on the operations of the VNL sign-up for their Newsletter here

DRAGON STAR PLUSDragon-StarPlus provides tools for setting a long term cooperation strategy between China and Europe in research and innovation.

The proposed activities take the current on-going policy dialogue and the peculiarities of the research and innovation environment in China into account.

For more information on the newly published Calls: Please click here


EUrelations LogoAre you looking for a chance to increase the complementary skills of your researchers? 

The imprortance of complementary training for researchers is higher than ever before, due to the international competition for research funding.

If you want to preserve or increase the position of your university in international comparison, we have the perfect opportunity for you. 

In collaboration with mulitple universities and researchers, EUrelations has developed two training modules for Graduates, PostDocs and Professors in order to strenghten their complementary skills . 

 These modules will help the participants to transform from researchers into research managers.


Module B - Basic:

The Basic Module is created especially fot the needs of researchers which are new to the field of research management. 

The module is composed of the three research management fundamentals: Fundraising, Proposal Writing and Project Management.

After completing this module, the participants will:

  • Have a toolbox for succesfull fundraising
  • Be familiar with the most impotant fundraising intruments
  • Know how to write a proposal
  • Be familiar with the basic Project Management tools

For more information: click here or contact us under Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!


Module A - Advanced

The Advanced module is trageting experienced researchers which want to increase their specialist knowledge and graduates of the Basic Module

After completing this module, the participants will:

  • Know how to successfully manage their scientific carreer
  • Learn the methods of successfully disseminate their research methods
  • Have increased leadership, networking and self management skills

For more information: Click here or contact us under Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! 




The European Commission is funding the establishment of three European Research and Innovation Centres through the Horizon 2020 Programme in Brazil (CEBRABIC), in China (ERICENA) and in the United States (NearUS).

These Centres will provide a comprehensive and diverse range of services to support and facilitate collaboration in the areas of research, innovation and business for their customers – including European research and technology organisations, universities, national and regional funding organisations, national and regional authorities, research infrastructures and networks, SMEs, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The aim of this survey is to gain a better understanding of the needs of prospective European customers and ecosystem stakeholders when collaborating or partnering with research, innovation and business support organisations from Brazil, China and/or the United States. This will help the Centres to design and offer an efficient set of tailor-made servicesThe 22nd annual EARMA conferece will be in Malta from 23.-26. April 2017

Click here to take part in the survey


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The 22nd annual EARMA conferece will be in Malta from 23.-26. April 2017

The conferecne offers a unique opportunity for Research Managers and Administrators for Networking.


EUrelations will be present with a booth. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

In preparation to the conference, we invite you to take part in our survey.

Every participant is entitled to pick up a Swiss Surprise Bag from our booth



A new and exciting Horizon2020 Coordination and Support Action with substantial Swiss contribution. You are invited!

Wednesday, 01. February 2017, 19.00-21.00, Helmhaus Zurich


ERICENA (European Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence in ChiNA), a 48 month initiative implemented by 7 European and 6 Chinese partners, proposes to set up a Centre and its networks in China to promote European STI (Science, Technology & Innovation) interests in China, creating synergies with existing STI structures. ERICENA will connect and support European researchers, entrepreneurs, other STI stakeholders, while providing and facilitating provision of STI services (e.g. networking, advice and support, training, among others) to private and public clients.

We will present the project plan and collect your statements and wishes on how to even better connect the Swiss to the Chinese STI community.

Please register online by Friday 27.01.2017.


The new classification of Switzerland as an associated country in Horizon 2020 brings a big chance for swiss SME's. The SME's have now access to Horizon 2020 funds. Technopark Zürich holds a Workshop in Collaboration with EUrelations to inform about the new opportunities.


The speakers Katrin Reschwamm (EUrelations AG), Florian Berner (Euresearch) and Gerhard Gass (Euresearch) will adress the following topics:

  • How can I get access to 437 Mio €
  • Which funding instruments are relevant for me?
  • Who can support me?

More information

DRAGON STAR PLUS SPI and BSEAC have produced a new version of the booklet "Horizon 2020 EU-China Co-funding Mechanism - Guideline for Chinese Researchers"

The New booklet provides very valuable information about Horizon 2020 in general, Co-funding of Mechanisms of the European Union and China,
Dragon Star plus as well as a Teplate for a proposal.

You can access the booklet here.

If you are planning to submit a proposal for Horizon 2020 and need assistance, feel free to contact us under: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

DRAGON STAR PLUSThe Horzion 2020 programme Dragon-Star-Plus has releasd a new, informative promotional video. Whatch it now on Youtube or Yoku

For more information about Dragon-Star-Plus click here

H2020Switzerland is an associated country in Horizon 2020!

Switzerland is from 1. January 2017 on a fully associated country to Horizon 2020. Swiss entities now able to participate as entities from a associated country in Horizon 2020 again.

In order to inform about the new prospects, euresearch holds a national information event with interesting keynote speakers on the 14. March 2017 in Bern. Read more

Feel free to contact us at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for more information on how we can support your proposal submission!

costHave you considered participating in transnational research projects? The Committee of Senior Officials has just approved  new COST Actions, all of them open for participation of Switzerland-based researchers.

Folie1Watch our latest videos of interviews with Chinese researchers, regarding their experience with EU Framework Programmes. They openly talked about the benefits, challenges and recommendations of participating in EU FPs and beyond. The full playlist is now on Youtube and on Yoku



Fotolia 68693828 M3 Days to Kick-Start your career

Due to the high successrate and positive feedback of the last years. We will offer our 3-day Workshop for Medical Women again in 2017.




Workshop Objectives:
After participating in the Workshop, the participants no longer see themsleves a femal doctors, but as scientists.
They know their career options and the key elements and tools of medical researchers and scientists.

Female Doctors below the age of 45

We have limited spaces for 20 Participants

Dates: 5. May 2017, 2. June 2017, 16. June 2017

Location: Technopark, TechnoparkStr. 1, 8005 Zürich

Background: For more than a decade, women have been the majority in completing medical studies successfully. On average women, score higher grades and can expect to have the same work and career opportunities as men. However, due to the double burden of family and work their careers are often thwarted. As a result, women publish less and are politically less involved.
If you want to boost your career and become part one of the future leaders in scientific research, we have the perfect trainings for you. Our workshop series will help women to achieve their goals in their scientific careers.

Day 1 (Warm-Up)
- Crucial competences
- Where to get funds/grants
- Capability development
- Networking and Self-Marketing

Day 2 and 3 (Ready-steady-GO!)
- Research Organisation
- Portfolio management
- Fundraising
- Networking with industries and institutions
- Scientific writing
- Time Management
- Presentation skills
- Submitting  applications

Day 1:
250.- (MWS-Members), 400.- (Non -Members)
Day 2 & 3: 380.- (MWS-Members), 530.- (Non-Members)

If you want to attend all 3 day you profit from an addition discount of 100.-

More Information

For registration and further information on additional price reductions, please contact: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

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DRAGON STAR PLUSThe 2016 EU-China Think Tank Workshop on Science, Technology & Innovation took place on the 6. September 2016 at the Sino-German Center in Beijing. 54 Speakers and Participants gathered for interesting speeches on the 13th Five-Year-Plan, the Chinese innovation strategy and many more.

We are looking back to a very succesful and interactive envent with a very good feedback from participants.

You can find videos of the speeches and the trailer to our event on youtube (watch trailer, watch speeches)

 For futher details of our event please Click here.




Europainstitut / Center for Advanced European-Global Studies
The Institute for European Global Studies offers the CAS course “Shaping Europe”. The course is offered as an intensive two-week program and aims to familiarize participants with fundamental issues of European and global governance.

The Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel is a Swiss institute which is analysing the development of Europe from a global perspective. They specialists in research and teaching on all contemporary and historical issues of Europe and the European community.

The course will be held from the 10. -22. October 2016 at the Institute for European Global Studies in Basel.

For more information and application: Click here

DRAGON STAR PLUSTravel Grant Scheme: Participation in the China Hight-Tech Forum and Brokerage Event during the Chini Hi-Tech Fair 2016 Shenzhen, China


The aim of the Travel Grant Scheme is to support technological and research collaboration between Chinese and European organizations in order to explore the opportunities, not only for joint participation in the European Commission’s HORIZON 2020 programme, but also the possibilities of concluding technological agreements.

 The Travel Grant Scheme is designed to provide support for accommodation for 7 nights (including breakfast) at the Wyndham Grand Shenzhen Hotel, for each European organization seeking co-operation with Chinese organizations.

This is the first Call for Applications of the Dragon-STAR Plus Travel Grant Scheme and it will support European organizations interested to participate in the High-Tech Forum and Brokerage Event organized in parallel to t China Hi-Tech Fair 2016, which will be held in Shenzhen, China on 16th – 21st, November 2016.

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DS SmallOn 6th September 2016, Dragon Star Plus organises the Think Thank Workshop on Science Technology and Innovation 2016 in Beijing. The Event is an interesting opportunity to increase your network and get an insight of the future relationship between China and the EU.

The Federal Council intends to associate Switzerland fully to Horizon 2020 
Now a transnational solution that allows Swiss researchers to participate in Horizon 2020 has been found.


Swiss Scientitsts might loose their access to the european research programm Horizon 2020. In order to prevent this, Switzerland has to add the youngest EU member Croatia to the "Personenfreizügigkeit" agreement.    

DS SmallOn 15th June, Dragon Star Plus and China IPR SME Helpdesk are co-organizing a webinar on conducting R&D in China and applying for co-funding for Horizon 2020 Projects

EUPIC EEN logoAre you interested in meeting innovative Chinese organisations in the field of information and communication technologies as well as find out how to cooperate with Chinese partners? Between 5 July and 12 July, European companies and research organisations are invited to the EU-Chinese Brokerage Events, which will take place in Sophia-Antipolis, France (5 July), Stuttgart, Germany (8 July) and London, UK (12 July).