Swiss-UAE collaborations - Smart connected cities Live event

International Thursday 17 March 2022

How can connected solutions improve the way in which we manage water, mobility, and the other challenges of growing and densifying cities? Innovations are being developed and implemented in Switzerland and in the UAE, by researchers in universities, private companies, and public actors. This event proposes to bring together specialists to discuss these solutions and give the opportunity for new international collaborations in this field. It is organised by the Leading House MENA, whose main objective is to support scientific collaboration between universities in Switzerland and in the MENA region.

Two roundtables will focus on technology for water management and on resilience in ICT-supported mobility and logistics. Researchers from Switzerland and from the UAE will present highly innovative projects in this field. Interested academic and industrial partners are invited to take part in the discussion. It will be followed by an informal networking event on the rooftop of the Swiss Pavilion.

In addition to the presentations and discussions, researchers and companies will exhibit some examples of actual innovations, currently developed and implemented in Switzerland, as concrete examples on how technology can improve the management of cities and the daily life of its inhabitants.

You can register to attend the event on the Swiss Pavilion or you can follow it on live stream at the link below.


Local time Swiss time Topic
11:00 8:00 Welcome by Swissnex Mobile
11:15 8:15 Opening words
HE Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain
Dr. Christine Pirinoli, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation, HES-SO
11:30 8:30 Keynote speech: “Cyber-physical spaces: Vision & opportunities”
Dr.-Ing. habil. Josef Spillner, ZHAW
12:15 9:15 Break
12:30 9:30 “Supporting cooperation between Switzerland and the MENA region”
Dr. Luna Iacopini, Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa
13:00 10:00 Success story: ZHAW-UoS collaboration
Prof. Manar Wasif Abu Talib, University of Sharjah
Dr.-Ing. habil. Josef Spillner, ZHAW
13:30 10:30 Break
14:30 11:30

Panel #1: Water Management and Technology
Moderator tbc


  • Prof. Pierre-André Mudry, HEI VS, HES-SO
  • Prof. Nabil Abdennadher HEPIA, HES-SO
  • Prof. Marcel Meli ZHAW
  • Jan Strohmeier Endress+Hauser
16:15 13:15

Panel #2: Resilience in ICT-supported mobility and logistics
Moderator tbc


  • Prof. Ruth Schmitt FHNW
  • Prof. Einar Nielsen OST
  • Leila Ismail, UAE U
  • Prof. Abbes Amira UoS
17:30 14:30 Conclusion
Dr.-Ing. habil. Josef Spillner, ZHAW
18:00 15:00 Aperitif and Pavilion visit


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