Our Sponsors State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER is the federal government's specialized agency for national and international matters concerning education, research, and innovation policy. On 18 October 2011, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the GCE signed an agreement of collaboration. In 2016, the SERI extended the agreement until 31 December 2020. The following stipulations form the core of the agreement between the SERI and the GCE: To promote cooperation in the humanities and social sciences between Switzerland and individual states in the Black Sea region; To intensify academic collaboration within Switzerland and scientific institutions in the Black Sea region; Internationalization of research on Eastern Europe carried out at Swiss institutions; Open access communication of research results. Landis & Gyr Stiftung The Landis & Gyr Foundation (former Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr) was founded in 1971 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Landis & Gyr Ltd. During its first years of funding activities, the Foundation supported cultural, scientific, and charitable institutions and projects mainly in Zug and in Central Switzerland. The Foundation soon expanded its scope to the national level. Beginning in the early 1990s, the Foundation broadened its focus to include Eastern Europe.