In the framework of Swiss participation in the EU enlargement in 2011 was open a Bulgarian-Swiss research programme 2011-2016. The Programme aim is to promote the reduction of economic and social disparities within the enlarged EU, by supporting scientific cooperation in the form of Joint Research Projects (JRPs) between Switzerland and Bulgaria; to further enable the integration of Bulgarian researchers within international networks; to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and know-how among researchers.
The conducted research projects are in the fields of Environment (2), Agriculture (4), Waste management (1), Social inequalities (3), Development of pharmaceutical forms (2), and Innovative construction materials (1). The projects are implemented by institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia University, University of Forestry, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, University of Plovdiv, University “Prof. Asen Zlatarov” – Burgas, Agrobioinstitute, and Universities in Bern, Basel, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, and others. In the context of the Bulgarian-Swiss Research Programme, 13 joint research projects were awarded grants worth CHF 4.2 million in total.
The Bulgarian-Swiss Research Programme ended in October 2016 with a conference titled "Scientific Cooperation matters: Growing Bulgarian-Swiss collaborative research". With representatives of the academies, universities and administration in attendance, the final conference looked back on the successful bilateral collaboration programme. A panel discussion focused on the challenges and opportunities that lie in store for Bulgarian science and innovation in the future.
Videos on the 13 projects conducted under the Bulgarian-Swiss Research Programme (in Bulgarian with English subtitles):
- Arsenic contamination of Ogosta river: Linking biogeochemical processes in floodplain soils with river system dynamics
- Identification of genes that regulate plant tolerance to adverse abiotic stress factors and determine plant ageing
- Land‐use and management impacts on carbon sequestration in mountain ecosystems
- Subalpine forest development in Bulgarian Mountain Forests under climate change
- Prenylquinones and carotenoids ‐ potential mediators of tolerance of higher plants to combined light and temperature stress
- Social disparities and regional differences in school‐to‐work transitions in Bulgaria
- Innovative P‐recovery from waste sludge
- Migration and Transnationalism between Switzerland and Bulgaria: assessing social inequalities and regional disparities in the context of changing policies
- Valorisation of industrial wastewater: biologically active substances from side products of rose oil distillation
- The dynamic nature of interethnic attitudes in Bulgaria: a social psychological perspective
- Addressing socio-economic regional disparities: the potential of organic farming for strengthening rural areas in Bulgaria