Basel Night - From the Rhine City to Europe’s Innovation Hub

Wed, Feb 13 - 19:00

420 Broadway

Cambridge, Middlesex County



Basel Night - From the Rhine City to Europe’s Innovation Hub
How does a Swiss city become a world-leading environment for innovation and entrepreneurship? Join us as Christian Schneider, Head of Innovation at University of Basel, speaks about the ongoing transformation of the “Rhine City” into a thriving innovation hub - and the many challenges along the way. His keynote will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking reception.

A Tale of Two Cities
Home to the oldest universities in their respective countries and thriving life sciences scenes,  both Boston and Basel are two hot contestants in the global competition for talent.
Now, the University of Basel decided to also go all in when it comes to translating bright ideas into actionable startups. With the newly established Innovation & Entrepreneurship division, headed by Christian Schneider, the school is working towards a regional and global innovation network to support a thriving startup culture in Basel.
Hear Christian Schneider detail Basel’s story of innovation and their effort to actively promote the translation of scientific discoveries into innovative applications and spin-off companies. The process was inspired by the University of Basel’s 2016 delegation study tour to Boston.

6:00 pm Doors open
6:30 pm Welcoming remarks | swissnex Boston
6:35 pm Introduction | Matthias Geering, Head of Communication & Marketing, UniBas  
6:45 pm Keynote | Christian Schneider, Head of Innovation, UniBas
7:15 pm Q&A session followed by a networking reception

Keynote Speaker

Christian Schneider
Head of Innovation, University of Basel
With an academic background in International Affairs, European Studies and over 10 years professional experience internationally - Christian Schneider is a true global citizen. Before joining the University of Basel, Schneider headed the Science & Technology office in Seoul, Korea. He joined the University of Basel with the ambitious mission of establishing a culture of entrepreneurship and a thriving environment for innovation.


The University of Basel has an international reputation for outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460,  it is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years. As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students both from Switzerland and around the world. The university has positioned itself amidst international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies.

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