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Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

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The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is the alliance of the four academies of sciences in Switzerland. It encompasses the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAGW), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMA / SAMW) and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). In addition, it consists of the two centers of excellence - the center for technology assessment (TA-SWISS) and Science et Cité - as well as other networks of science.

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences links scientists and science associations in different regions, within Switzerland and with organizations from abroad. They represent the scientific community independently from institutions and disciplines, their work is both intra- and interdisciplinary. The network has a long term perspective and strives for scientific excellence. It counsels politicians and society in questions of scientific concern and societal relevance.

Founding year: 2006


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Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 21
info@akademien-schweiz.ch

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Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)

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“A network of knowledge for the benefit of the society”: the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is committed to the future of science and to the society at regional, national and international level.

Relying on the support of a network of over 35,000 scientists, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) reinforces the awareness of sciences as a central foundation for our cultural and economical development. Its wide establishment in the scientific environment enables the SCNAT to be an important and representative partner of the international scientific policy. The SCNAT networks sciences, makes its expertise available, promotes the dialogue between science and society and identifies and assesses the scientific progress to build and reinforce the working base of the next generation of scientists. The SCNAT is part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Founding year: 1815


Contact

SCNAT
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 00
info@scnat.ch

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Platform Biology (Platform Biology)

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The Platform for Biology of the Swiss Academy of Sciences unites researchers from twenty-one scientific associations and five national committees in the field of biology. It promotes the transfer of knowledge and the formation of networking opportunities for the different specialist fields. Through the provision of expertise the platform generates and maintains a dialogue to the benefit of society and politics.

The biology platform nourishes biological sciences as a cultural asset of Switzerland. It campaigns for the preservation of the diversity in biological studies and promotes the circulation of knowledge, exchange and networking within the field. Additionally, the platform cultivates international cooperation and represents Switzerland in various international unions. The platform values and aims at an early recognition of crucial developments at the intersection of multiple disciplines. In addition, it provides expert knowledge to young academics and aims to improve their networking opportunities with fellow scientists.
The platform encourages society and politicians to take an increased interest in biology. By offering expertise and maintaining a dialog, the platform provides impartial, factual knowledge to politicians and members of society. With activities designed especially for primary and secondary schools, as well as the support of teachers (which includes connecting them with experts), the platform intends to win young talents for science, with a special focus on the field of biology.

Founding year: 2007


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SCNAT
Plattform Biologie
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 38
biologie@scnat.ch

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Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE)

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The Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) is a body of expertise and consultation in the field of "animal experimentation". The tasks of the ECAE include the development of positions on key issues in the field of animal testing and the review of legal dictates.

The committee consists of eleven members from sectors such as fundamental research, veterinary medicine, animal welfare, law and ethics. The ECAE is a joint committee of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

Founding year: 2013


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c/o Sibylle Ackermann
SAMW
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 73
s.ackermann@samw.ch

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Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2)

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The coalition Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing biological sciences within the Swiss academic community and to addressing the social, ethical and economic issues raised by the rapid progress of the biomedical and life sciences.

LS2 is a union of four independent experimental biology societies and is linked to other life sciences organisations. Founded in 1969 as the Union of the Swiss Societies for Experimental Biology USSEB, the society has changed ist name to Life Sciences Switzerland. Apart from the committment for serving the interests of life sciences within academia, LS2 promotes young researchers and an active dialogue between society, education and science.

Founding year: 1969


Contact

LS2
c/o Université de Genève
Departement de Biochimie
Sciences II
30, quai Ernest-Ansermet
1211 Genève 4


+41 77 430 23 33
info@ls2.ch

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National Committee of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (NC IUPAB)

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The National Committee of the International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics (NC IUPAB) is a working group within the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). It is the Swiss representative within IUPAB, the international organisation supporting research and teaching in biophysics worldwide.

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NC IUPAB
c/o Dr. Horst Vogel
EPF Lausanne
EPFL SB ISIC LCPPM
CH B3 494
Station 6
1015 Lausanne


+41 21 693 31 55
horst.vogel@epfl.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NC IUBMB)

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Biochemists and Molecular Biologists around the world are united in the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). As a member of the Union, the Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (SSMCB) represents the interests of the Swiss community via the National Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (NC IUBMB).

The IUBMB is devoted to promoting research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology throughout the world and gives particular attention to areas where the subject is still in its early development. Every three years the IUBMB organizes the "International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology", with the NC IUBMB participating in the General Assembly of the IUBMB, held at the congress.


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NC IUBMB
c/o Prof. Dr. Marcus Thelen
Università della Svizzera italiana USI
Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Via Vincenzo Vela 6
6500 Bellinzona


+41 91 820 03 17
marcus.thelen@irb.usi.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Biological Sciences (NC IUBS)

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The National Committe of the International Union of Biological Sciences (NC IUBS) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) represents the biological community of Switzerland in the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS).

IUBS is the only international body that covers all disciplines of Biological Sciences. As an umbrella organisation for international scientific associations, IUBS is developing approaches how scientific disciplines can more successfully interact. The National Committee on the one hand coordinates and forsters activities and the communication with IUBS and on the other hand assigns representatives for the institutional responsibilities within IUBS.


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NC IUBS
c/o Prof. Dr. Christoph Scheidegger
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


+41 44 739 24 39
christoph.scheidegger@wsl.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (NC IUFoST)

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The “National Committee of the International Union of Food Science and Technology” (NC IUFoST) is a working team of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) in the framework of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). It represents interests of Swiss field associations working in the field of food research.

This national committee comprises four representatives, each stemming from one field association. Those include the Swiss Association of Food-Science and Technology (SGLWT), the Swiss Association of Food Hygiene (SGHL), the Swiss Society for Food Chemistry (SSFC) and the Swiss Association of Nutrition.

Founding year: 1972


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NC IUFoST
c/o Prof. Dr. Felix Escher
Robänkli 9
8607 Aathal-Seegräben


+41 44 932 31 00
escher@ethz.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Microbiological Sciences (NC IUMS)


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NC IUMS
c/o Prof. Dr. Linda Thöny-Meyer
Empa
Empa, St. Gallen
Laboratory for Biomaterials
Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
9014 St. Gallen


+41 58 765 77 92
president@swissmicrobiology.ch
linda.thoeny@empa.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (NC IUNS)

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The “National Committee of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences” (NC IUNS), a member of the Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT), represents Switzerland’s interests within the “International Union of Nutritional Sciences” (IUNS) and acts as a coordination and exchange platform for all Swiss institutions, which are involved in the nutritional field.

As a non-governmental umbrella organisation, the IUNS promotes the nutritional sciences, supports the exchange of research results and forms task forces to tackle current challenges on a worldwide basis. The NC IUNS is the link between the IUNS and the Swiss institutions. The NC IUNS holds regular meetings to guarantee a flawless information exchange and the national committee represents Switzerland at the IUNS conferences.


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NC IUNS
c/o Dr. Hans-Peter Bachmann
BLW
Agroscope Liebefeld
Schwarzenburgstrasse 161
3003 Bern


+41 58 463 84 91
hans-peter.bachmann@agroscope.admin.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Pharmacology (NC IUPHAR)

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NC IUPHAR
c/o Prof. Dr Urs T. Rüegg
Université de Genève
Section des sciences pharmaceutiques
Quai Ernest-Ansermet 30
1211 Genève 4


+41 22 379 34 29
urs.ruegg@unige.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (NC IUPS)

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Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Anthropologie (SSA)

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The Swiss Society for Anthropology (Société Suisse d Anthropologie (SSA)) is an umbrella association of Swiss anthropologists and represents interests and concerns in the field of anthropology towards the public and public authorities. Its members mostly comprise scientifically-oriented anthropologists who primarily operate in the fields of (pre-)historical and forensic anthropology, primatology and palaeoanthropology.

There is close contact between the society and related sciences, such as palaeoanthology, human anatomy, zoology, ecology, ethnology, archeology, forensic medicine and medical history. Once a year, the SSA carries out a General Assembly, which is usually complemented by a scientific section. It is part of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), which raises funds to financially support students with regard to any travelling expenses their participation at national and international congresses might entail.

Founding year: 1920

Number of members: 86 (2015)


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SGA
c/o Dr. Martin Häusler
Universität Zürich
Institut für Evolutionäre Medizin (IEM)
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich


martin.haeusler@iem.uzh.ch

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Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Wildtierbiologie (SGW)

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The members of the Swiss Society of Wildlife Biology (Société suisse de biologie de la faune (SSBF)) have a common interest for the diversified world of wild mammals and birds, as well as their relation to the environment. The SSBF is particularly committed to the protection and the promotion of these animals and their habitats, to the education and the research in this field.

To ensure an active exchange, the board members of the SSBF are active in commissions, in councils of foundations and company working groups, as well as in national and international institutions. In collaboration with the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the SSBF organises "The Lyss wildlife days”, which are an annual exchange platform of two days on the topics of biology and wildlife management. These meetings are a good opportunity for persons from different professional circles (research, administration, practice and other) to share their experience beyond the language barrier. In collaboration with the FOEN, a graduation certificate program (CAS) in mammal biology is offered in Zurich and Geneva. The information report “CH-FAUNE-INFO” is the official communication body of the society and is published six times a year.

Founding year: 1980


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SGW
c/o Universität Zürich
Wildtier Schweiz
Winterthurerstrasse 92
8006 Zürich


+41 44 635 61 31
wild@wild.uzh.ch

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Schweizerischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft für wissenschaftliche Ornithologie (SAWO)

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The Swiss Association of Scientific Ornithology (Association suisse d'ornithologie scientifique (ASOS)) gathers together four societies whose publications and offers are dedicated to ornithology and bird protection in Switzerland.

The ASOS represents the interests of its four members (Ala -- Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Vogelkunde und Vogelschutz, Ficedula, Société romande pour l’étude et la protection des oiseaux -- Nos Oiseaux and Schweizerische Vogelwarte Sempach) and acts as a link to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The members’ organisations cover three linguistic regions of Switzerland and independently organise meetings, lectures and courses. Among the societies’ many activities, the editing of various publications such as «Ornithologischer Beobachter» (Ala), «Nos Oiseaux» and «Ficedula» and the administration of the ornitho.ch platform are important tasks.

Founding year: 1993


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SAWO
c/o Dr. Olivier Biber
Brunngasse 2
3011 Bern

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Swiss Association of Bryology and Lichenology (BRYOLICH)

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The Swiss Association of Bryology and Lichenology (Bryolich) gathers botanists devoted to the diffusion of knowledge on bryophytes and lichens, and to their protection and conservation in Switzerland.

The promotion of research and training in bryology and in lichenology in Switzerland is put forward. The society raises awareness for the subject among the general public via the diffusion of knowledge. To reach its aims, the association organises excursions and other events (courses, lectures, etc.). In the periodical “Meylania”, Bryolich informs about observations of bryophytes and lichens, and publishes discoveries, lists of excursions’ collections and identification keys. One of the most important commitments is the protection and the conservation of bryophytes and lichens species and their habitats. In this context Bryolich supports the development of national data centres for bryophytes and lichens.
Bryolich also maintains collaborations with corresponding national and international organisations. The association supports the scientific succession in the field, and promotes international exchange by financial contributions to students’ travel costs.

Founding year: 1956


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BRYOLICH
c/o Prof. Dr. Christoph Scheidegger
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


+41 44 739 24 39
christoph.scheidegger@wsl.ch

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Swiss Botanical Society (SBS)

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The Swiss Botanical Society (SBS) gathers together the Swiss professional and amateur botanists. The society enables the exchange of skills among its members and promotes the botanical research in Switzerland. Additional key aspects of the society’s work are the commitment for field botany and the conservation of the flora and its habitat.

To do so, the society organises botanical excursions and scientific conferences. The internal circular of the society informs the members about the ongoing activities. The official journal “Alpine Botany” (previously called “Botanica Helvetica”) is published twice a year and contains original scientific papers and short communications on all domains of the botany. In order to encourage young students, the SBS offers travel grants to financially support PhD students. The working group "Vegetatio Helvetica" takes care of the development of vegetation studies through phytosociological methods as well as scientific exchange on the national and the international level.

Founding year: 1890

Number of members: 613 (2015)


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SBG
c/o Prof. Dr. Rolf Holderegger
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Biodiversität und Naturschutzbiologie
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


+41 44 739 25 27
rolf.holderegger@wsl.ch

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Swiss Entomological Society (SES)

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The Swiss Entomological Society (SES) was founded in 1858, with the aims to study the insect fauna of Switzerland, to further the general entomological knowledge and to promote contacts between its members. Members are both professional and amateur entomologists.

The publications are made since 1862 in the journal “Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft”, which presents original scientific articles on the theme of insects. Furthermore, since 1959, documentations on the taxonomy and the distribution of indigenous species are published in the collection “Insecta Helvetica” (since 1998, in collaboration with the Swiss Biological Records Centre (CSCF/SZKF), under the title “Fauna Helvetica”). Currently, ten regional chapters are affiliated with the SES: Alpstein, Basel, Berne, Fribourg, Geneva, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Vaud, Wallis and Zurich.

Founding year: 1858

Number of members: 266 (2015)


Contact

SEG
c/o Dr. Stefan Ungricht
ETH Zürich
Bibliothek Erdwissenschaften
Gebäude NO, Büro DO 39
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich


+41 44 632 25 83
sungricht@hotmail.com

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Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV)

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The Swiss Laboratory Animal Science Association (SGV) is actively dedicated to the promotion of laboratory animal science, as well as the furthering of animal protection and ethical considerations in animal experiments. These aims shall be attained by organising education and the flow of information within the scientific community.

Empty summary - please fill in now, before updatingThe society represents the members’ views vis-a-vis the authorities and the general public, and collaborates with other societies based in Switzerland or in foreign countries, where the SGV is committed to the Swiss interests. Different commissions support the management committee in the scientific activities, the preparations of training and the field of the laboratory animals’ protection. Twice a year, the members receive the informal information newsletter, as well as the official newspaper “Laboratory Animals” published in collaboration with European partner societies. A symposium and a two-day training or workshop on a SELECT_ed topic are the basic elements of the annual program. Every year, the society attributes an award to a significant contribution in the field of laboratory animals. A financial support can also be supplied to young researchers participating to training classes or congresses.

Founding year: 1987

Number of members: 239 (2013)


Contact

SGV
c/o PD Dr. Birgit Ledermann
Novartis Pharma Schweiz AG
Fabrikstrasse 28-1.57.2
4056 Basel


+41 61 324 34 74
birgit.ledermann@novartis.com

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Swiss Physiological Society SWISSPHYSIO (SPS)

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The aim of the Swiss Physiological Society (SWISSPHYSIO) is to promote physiology in research and teaching, especially through the exchange of scientific and professional information. It represents the Swiss physiologists at an international level.

Every year SWISSPHYSIO organises scientific meetings and/or symposia on physiological topics. Supported by the Hans Oetliker Foundation, SWISSPHYSIO annually awards a young researcher with the Oetliker Prize and provides travel grants to young scientists. Members are actively contributing to the discussions on genetic engineering and ethics in animal experimentation.

Founding year: 1969


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SGP
c/o Prof. Dr. Anita Lüthi
Université de Lausanne UNIL
Departement of fundamental neurosciences (DFN)
Rue du Bugnon 9
1005 Lausanne


+41 21 692 52 94
anita.luthi@unil.ch

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Swiss Society for Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology (SSAHE)

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The Swiss Society for Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology (SSAHE) is a national, non-governmental scientific organisation of members working in various fields of morphological science such as topographical, functional and clinical anatomy, integrative neuroscience, cell and molecular biology or developmental biology. The SSAHE is committed to the future of anatomy as a multidisciplinary growing field in terms of research and education.

The society is promoting the exchange between the Anatomical Institutes in Switzerland both at the level of research and of anatomical education. It provides a platform to exchange experience, ideas and problems related to these issues and has the major goal to promote communication between its members. SSAHE is member of the Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) network and is participating actively at the LS2 meetings. The annual meeting of SSAHE is organised by one of the Anatomical Institutes in Switzerland. A second important activity of the society is to foster young anatomical investigators and to support and encourage them to adapt a professional career in anatomical research and teaching. This is being pursued by a travel GRANT_program for young investigators and by the scientific awards both to young and advanced investigators awarded by the society. Within the SSAHE, the Swiss Network for Gross Anatomy (SNGA) forms a subgroup of members specialised in the organization of teaching gross anatomy.

Founding year: 1934

Number of members: 140 (2015)


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SGAHE
c/o Prof. Dr. Beat Schwaller
Universität Freiburg
Abteilung für Anatomie
Route Albert-Gockel 1
1700 Fribourg


+41 26 300 85 08
beat.schwaller@unifr.ch

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Swiss Society for Microbiology (SSM)

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The Swiss Society for Microbiology (SSM) is a professional association with members working in the field of human and veterinary medical microbiology, fundamental and general microbiology (food production and safety, environment), biotechnology, virology and mycology. The SSM is dedicated to the advancement of microbiology both as a medical and scientific discipline.

These aims are achieved by organising an annual meeting, workshops, conferences, courses in continuous education, and by taking part in current microbiology debates. Special attention is given to promoting young scientists by supporting them with travel grants. The Society has also established the «SSM encouragement award» to promising microbiologists for achievements that are outstanding in terms of their originality and scientific value. The SSM is a privileged partner of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health with respect to medical microbiology issues. Furthermore, the SSM actively contributes to the program of postgraduate training for specialists in medical laboratory diagnostics, as it is responsible for the training in microbiology. The society's news are published on the web site and sent by electronic newsletters to SSM members.

Founding year: 1942

Number of members: 750 (2013)


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SSM
c/o Prof. Dr Gilbert Greub
CHUV
Institut de Microbiologie
Rue du Bugnon 48
1011 Lausanne


+41 21 314 49 79
secretary-sgmssm@bluewin.ch
gilbert.greub@chuv.ch

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Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (SSMCB)

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The Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (SSMCB) promotes the research and teaching of molecular and cellular biosciences in Switzerland and fosters international contacts within the community.

The SSMCB is the result of a merger between the Swiss Society for Biochemistry and the Swiss Society for Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. The goal of the SSMCB is to foster interactions and exchanges between young Swiss scientists in Switzerland and abroad sharing an interest in the molecular and cellular biosciences, irrespective of their particular specialties. The SSMCB also supports research and teaching in biochemistry and biophysics in Switzerland, is member of the Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) society and serves as link between the Swiss biochemical community and other European (FEBS) and worldwide organisations (IUBMB). The society supports young members (PhD students and very junior postdocs) financially to present their work at meetings, workshops and congresses all over the world.

Founding year: 2013


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SSMCB
c/o Prof. Dr. Daniel Legler
Universität Konstanz
Biotechnology Institute Thurgau BITg
Unterseestrasse 47
8280 Kreuzlingen


+41 71 678 50 20
daniel.legler@bitg.ch

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Swiss Society for Phytiatry (SSP)

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The Swiss Society for Phytiatry (SSP) is a broad forum for specialists in plant pathology, entomology and weed science, allowing them to connect together and enjoy each other's experiences. Its members are dedicated to the study of factors related to the maintenance, alteration and improvement of the health of plants, while taking into account the impact on humans and the environment.

The exchange of information between experts from research, development and consulting is encouraged. Every spring and autumn, the SSP organises a scientific meeting on a specific topical focus. The committee members participate in international congresses, collaborate in the planning and implementation of international events and represent the Swiss interests at the European Forum of Phytopathology, within the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) and other international societies. The members are kept abreast of information about current activities of the SSP, upcoming meetings and new publications in the field of phytiatry in the «SGP Info» bulletin.

Founding year: 1982

Number of members: 237 (2015)


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SGP
c/o Joël Meier
Syngenta Agro AG
Agrobiological development
Postfach 233
8157 Dielsdorf


+41 44 855 82 29
joel.meier@syngenta.com

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Swiss Society for Plant Physiology (SGPP)



Founding year: 1963

Number of members: 266 (2001)


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SGPP
c/o Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller
Universität Basel
Pflanzenphysiologie
Hebelstrasse 1
4056 Basel


+41 61 267 23 11
thomas.boller@unibas.ch

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Swiss Society of Agronomy (SSA)

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The Swiss Society of Agronomy (SSA) aims at promoting the scientific exchanges between the different centres and institutions in agronomy on a national and international level. The SSA addresses researchers, teachers, as well as advisors.

In the committee of the society representatives of organisations such as the ETH, universities, universities of applied sciences and other research institutions are involved in order to obtain a common direction of the institutions. The SSA maintains collaborations with different societies linked to agronomy and with the network «Swiss Plant Science Web». On an international level, the SSA guarantees the contacts with the "European Society for Agronomy" and the "International Society for Horticultural Science". Within the SSA, there are several working groups dealing with diverse current topics such as, for instance, the project "Vision Crop Farming 2050" dedicated to the challenge of the upcoming years regarding the development of plant production in Switzerland.

Founding year: 1992

Number of members: 212 (2012)


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SGPW
c/o Dr. Roland Kölliker
BLW
Agroscope Reckenholz
Reckenholzstrasse 191
8046 Zürich


+41 58 468 73 45
roland.koelliker@agroscope.admin.ch

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Swiss Society of Nutrition SSN (Swiss Society of Nutrition SSN)

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The mission of the Swiss Society of Nutrition SSN is to inform the population on all questions related to a balanced nutrition. The SSN gives scientifically-based directives at the level of information, education and training. Further, the SSN promotes the communication and the collaboration between science, authorities, the general public and stakeholders dealing with nutrition on a practical plan.

The SSN organises a scientific congress and symposia every year. For the general public, the SSN regularly publishes books, booklets, leaflets, posters with information on nutrition and also uses electronic media. In order to reach the entire Swiss population, the majority of the products and the services are provided in, at least, two languages (German/French), partially also in Italian. The society’s newspaper “Tabula”, which is published four times a year, picks up new topics related to nutrition. Other services provided are electronic mailings for the media, as well as the service of food information “Nutrinfo®”. Financially supported by the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the SSN manages the “Nutrinet – Network for Nutrition and Health” as well as the centre of competence in nutrition “education and health, Swiss network”.

Founding year: 1965


Contact

Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Ernährung SGE
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 385 00 00
info@sge-ssn.ch

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Swiss Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (SSPT)

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The Swiss Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology (SSPT) is a scientific society promoting and supporting all interests of pharmacology and toxicology in Switzerland.

The SSPT is a union of the “Swiss Society of Experimental Pharmacology” (SSEP), the “Swiss Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology” (SSCPT), the “Swiss Society of Toxicology” (SST) and the „Swiss Society of Pharmaceutical Medicine“ (SGPM). The society organises scientific meetings of general interest for all associated societies. It keeps its members informed on upcoming events of pharmacological and toxicological interest and represents the Swiss community within the following national societies and associations, respectively: Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) and Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). Exception can be defined by the associated societies.

Founding year: 1979

Number of members: 274 (2013)


Contact

SSPT
c/o PD Dr. Gabriele Weitz-Schmidt
AlloCyte Pharmaceuticals AG
Hochbergerstrasse 60C
4057 Basel


+41 61 633 30 78
gabriele.weitz@allocyte-pharma.com

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Swiss Society of the History of Medicine and Science (SGGMN)

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Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Sciences (SSHMSN) gets the doctors and the Swiss naturalists interested in the history of their disciplines together. Nowadays the SSHMSN is the professional association of historians of medicine and the natural sciences and aims to promote the rise of the history of medicine and the natural sciences in Switzerland and to be a place of scientific cooperation.

The SSHMSN holds an annual scientific meeting that addresses current topics and publishes the periodical journal "Gesnerus". To promote young researchers, the society - together with the the "Dr Markus Guggenheim-Schnurr Foundation" – grants financial support and confers the Henry E. Sigerist prize to young scholars in history of medicine and sciences. Further, the SSHMSN maintains national and international relationship with similar institutions and organisations.

Founding year: 1921

Number of members: 171 (2015)


Contact

SGGMN
c/o Prof. Dr. Hubert Steinke
Universität Bern
Institut für Medizingeschichte
Bühlstrasse 26
3012 Bern


+41 41 31 631 84 29
hubert.steinke@img.unibe.ch

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Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (SSTMP)

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The overall goal of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (SSTMP) is to represent the integrating basis for the common interests of all people in Switzerland working in the fields of tropical medicine and parasitology.

The SSTMP is open for all activities in basic and applied research in parasitology as well as in tropical medicine. The activities within these three domains represent the driving force of the SSTMP.
The committee of the SSTMP encourages and coordinates if necessary individual initiatives and activities within and interactions between these domains. The annual assembly and the annual scientific meeting form the integrating forum where the emphasis is laid on the interdisciplinary aspects of and the critical dialogue between the three domains.
The SSTMP represents the interests of its members towards other scientific societies, political and educational institutions. To foster young scientists, the SSTMP awards outstanding achievements in research on tropical diseases and/or parasitology with an annual prize and supports the attendance of scientific meetings.

Founding year: 1943

Number of members: 224 (2012)


Contact

SGTP
c/o Dr. Daniel Mäusezahl
SWISS TPH
Postfach
4002 Basel


+41 61 284 81 78
mail@sstmp.ch
daniel.maeusezahl@unibas.ch

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Swiss Systematics Society (SSS)

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Biologists from different fields dedicated to the interests of systematics and taxonomy are under the umbrella of the Swiss Systematic Society (SSS). The SSS serves as a competent contact for the scientists and the society, and maintains an international exchange.

The SSS is a scientific society open to researchers but also to any person interested in the topic. It aims to promote systematics as a science in all fields of biology. It also tries to highlight the importance and usefulness of systematics for the society to politics and the general public. In recent years, aspects of systematics and taxonomy relevant in biology have been rather neglected at the level of education of young scientists in Switzerland. The SSS attempts to act against this trend to ensure the long-term transfer of knowledge in the field.

Founding year: 2005

Number of members: 152 (2015)


Contact

SSS
c/o Dr Alice Cibois
Muséum d'histoire naturelle (GE)
route de Malagnou 1
1208 Genève


+41 22 418 63 02
alice.cibois@ville-ge.ch
swisssystematics@yahoo.com

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Swiss Zoological Society (SZS)

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The Swiss Zoological Society (SZS) aims at the promotion of scientific research in all fields of zoology, the encouragement of the publication of new discoveries and the facilitation of the exchange of ideas, particularly between young scientists.

The SZS is open to people who are interested in zoology and is a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). In collaboration with botanic and systematic societies, the SZS organises an annual two-day conference on a specifically SELECT_ed topic, in the framework of their common interests in ecology, behavioural biology and evolution. The «Revue Suisse de Zoologie», published in collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Geneva, is an internationally renowned specialised journal and, at the same time, the official publication of the SSZ. In addition, the SSZ offers several travel grants to its active students each year, allowing the young scientists to participate in international conferences.

Founding year: 1893

Number of members: 483 (2015)


Contact

SZG
c/o Prof. Dr. Walter Salzburger
Universität Basel
Zoologisches Institut (BS)
Vesalgasse 1
4051 Basel


+41 61 267 03 03
+41 61 267 03 01
walter.salzburger@unibas.ch

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Platform Chemistry

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The “Platform Chemistry” unites and mediates knowledge in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and food technology. As one of the six platforms of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), it builds the grounds for knowledge transfer within these disciplines.

Independent, scientific associations in the field of Swiss chemistry comprise the members of this platform. It finds support within a broad network and embraces its tasks in society, economics and politics. Furthermore, it works in close contact with national committees of international unions focusing on chemistry within the framework of the International Council of Science (ICSU).
The “Platform Chemistry” seeks to firm the recognition of chemistry as a science as part of society, economy and politics. It focuses on the promotion of young scientists and aspires to foster the dialogue between society and politics. For this reason, it annually organizes the “Young Faculty Meeting” or marks historical sites relevant to chemistry as “Chemical Landmarks”.

Founding year: 2007


Contact

SCNAT
Platform Chemistry
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 30
chemistry@scnat.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (NC IUPAC)

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The National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (NC IUPAC) is the representative of the interests of the Swiss chemical community within the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

The IUPAC serves to advance the worldwide aspects of the chemical sciences and to contribute to the application of chemistry in the service of Humankind. Historically, the international, non-governmental and objective body IUPAC has fundamentally contributed to the standardization of weights, measures, names and symbols and keeps addressing global issues involving the chemical sciences.


Contact

NC IUPAC
c/o SCNAT
Platform Chemistry
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 30
chemistry@scnat.ch

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Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) (Swiss Chemical Society (SCS))

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The Swiss Chemical Society (SCS) represents chemists and scientists from chemistry related fields in national and international organizations. The society supports the exchange of scientific and technical know-how and offers corresponding networking possibilities to the academic and industrial community. It has members in more than 50 countries and represents about 2700 individual and institutional members.

Key activities of the SCS include ...
• Scientific meetings, congresses and courses to assist, inform and educate the community in all fields of pure and applied chemistry.
• Awards for outstanding contributions in a wide range of chemical fields.
• Representation of interests of Swiss scientists in national and international organizations.
• Publication of the scientific journal CHIMIA and the involvement in associated journals, e.g. HCA, Journal of ABC, PCCP and the journals of ChemPubSoc.
The SCS is a member of European Chemical Sciences (EuCheMS), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It is also connected to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC (with the Platform Chemistry of the SCNAT being the Swiss representative)

Founding year: 1901

Number of members: 2567 (2015)


Contact

Schweizerische Chemische Gesellschaft (SCG)
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 92
info@scg.ch

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Swiss Society for Food Chemistry (SSFC)

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The Swiss Society for Food Chemistry (SSFC) is a multidisciplinary association of active persons in different fields of the food and environmental chemistry and in related subjects, such as food technology, food science and food security. Generally, the SSFC members are interested in analytical issues.

Originally formed as a networking and discussion platform for the chemists working in cantonal laboratories, the SSFC quickly spread to chemists of other fields and to pharmacists using chemical analysis methods. The SSFEC aims at promoting the understanding of the food and environmental chemistry basis in order to protect people and their environment. To do so, congresses, excursions and workshops are organised by the society. The SSFC maintains close relations to universities, universities of applied science and vocational schools and gives its advisory for the installation of directive lines in education and study plans. The SSFC maintains contacts to corresponding societies and national as well as international authorities, and is member of the analytical chemistry section of the “Swiss Chemical Society”, the “Swiss Food Net” and the “Swiss National Committee of the International Union for Food Science and Technology”.

Founding year: 1886

Number of members: 250 (2015)


Contact

SGLC
c/o Dr. Pius Kölbener
Amt für Verbraucherschutz und Veterinärwesen
Kanton St.Gallen
Blarerstrasse 2
9001 St. Gallen


+41 58 229 28 00
pius.koelbener@sg.ch

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Verein Schweizerischer Naturwissenschaftslehrerinnen und -lehrer (VSN)

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The Swiss Society of Science Teachers (Verein Schweizer Naturwissenschaftslehrerinnen und –lehrer (VSN)) is a group of Swiss teachers who are teaching or have taught biology and/or chemistry. The society’s aim is the promotion of collaborations among its members as well as the support of their professional development.

The VSN regularly offers classes and supports its members in the development and the publication of appropriate didactic teaching methods. To do so, four permanent commissions track the interests of the society, each being responsible for a specific field and language. Further, the society represents the needs of its members towards the centre of professional development (WBZ), industry and other partners. The VSN publishes its own journal “Chemistry and Biology” (c+b) three times a year, where information and precious helps for teaching are provided.


Contact

VSN
c/o Dr. Klemens Koch
Gymnasium Biel-Seeland
Ländtestrasse 12
2503 Biel


klemens.koch@phbern.ch

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Platform Geosciences

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The Platform Geosciences unifies all the societies and commissions of the Academy that are active in the field of geoscience. It acts as an interface between the various academic disciplines of geosciences as well as between research, practice, administration, politics and the public.

Geoscientists deal in research and practice with everything that the system Earth entails; from the earth's core to its outer atmosphere: They study the structure, the emergence and the evolution of our planet, as well as the processes that occur within or between the spheres rock, soil, water, ice and air. The interactions that take place between the components of the geosphere and the biosphere are of another interest.
The impact of human activity on the system Earth and the resulting consequences of the social, economical, technological and territorial changes are increasingly investigated.

Founding year: 2007


Contact

SCNAT
Platform Geosciences
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 25
info@geosciences.scnat.ch

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Commission for Phenology and Seasonality (CPS)

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The Commission for Phenology and Seasonality (CPS) promotes research on recurring seasonal phenomena and builds a platform for an inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue between researchers and users of phenology.

In the context of climate and environmental changes, accurate and continuous observations of the appearances of development and recurring periodic changes in the flora, fauna and still life are important bases for the determination of various indicators. The CPS encourages both the registration and the networking with existing institutions of national and international observations and the research on the evaluation and the use of phonological data.
The CPS is a competent coordination office formed by an optimal network of experts available for politicians, media and the general public.
The CPS introduces the amateur observers of phenology in the scientific community and encourages the recruitment and training of new observers. The exchange between science and the public is a central concern of the CPS.
In education, the CPS is committed to include a training in phenology in the university of pedagogy as well as at any levels of schools and supports the academic training, particularly regarding the succession in research, via the participation in university courses, internships, fieldworks, summer schools and scientific congresses.

Founding year: 2011


Contact

KPS
c/o Dr. This Rutishauser
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut GIUB
Hallerstrasse 12
3012 Bern


cps@scnat.ch
rutis@giub.unibe.ch
kps@scnat.ch

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Committee for Scientific Speleology (CSS)

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The Committee for Scientific Speleology (CSS) is a committee of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and of the Swiss Society of Speleology (SSS), which is specialised in scientific speleology.

The CSS promotes the training of speleologists on scientific questions and supports their work. The publication of scientific results is fostered by the committee, which is also responsible for the publishing of the Swiss inventory of cave. Further, the committee is committed to an exchange in the field on a national and an international level and ensures the link between the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (ISSKA). If needed, the CSS develops position statements and provides access to the knowledge of its experts to the interested public. Moreover, the CSS is the representative of the international umbrella organisation, the International Union of Speleology (UIS) and takes care of the publication of the "Speleological Abstracts" (BBS).

Founding year: 2010


Contact

KWS
c/o Dr. Hans Stünzi
Weiningerstrasse 79
8105 Regensdorf


+41 44 840 66 39
h.stuenzi@bluewin.ch

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Cryospheric Commission (CC)

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The task of the Cryospheric Commission (CC) is to observe the changes of the alpine cryosphere. Furthermore it is in charge of the supervision of all long-term national cryospheric monitoring networks.



Founding year: 2006


Contact

EKK
c/o Dr. Hugo Raetzo
BAFU
Sektion Rutschungen, Lawinen und Schutzwald
3003 Bern


+41 31 324 16 83
hugo.raetzo@bafu.admin.ch

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Kommission für die Schweizerischen Paläontologischen Abhandlungen (KSPA)

The Commission for the Swiss Paleontological Dissertations (Kommission für die Schweizerischen Paläontologischen Abhandlungen (KSPA)) was responsible for the publication of the scientific journal “Schweizerischen Paläontologischen Abhandlungen”. In collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and publishers Birkhäuser and Springer Verlag, the publication has been modernised and is now published under the name of "Swiss Journal of Paleontology".

The journal is published as a biannual volume and contains internationally peer-reviewed papers of research on topics concerning paleontology. The commission also supports the organisation of congresses and awards the “Palaeoprize” to a young scientist every year at the Swiss Geoscience Meeting.

Founding year: 1940


Contact

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National Committee Future Earth (NC Future Earth)


Contact

NC Future Earth
c/o Dr. Urs Neu
SCNAT
ProClim
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 52
urs.neu@scnat.ch

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National Committee of the International Geographical Union (NC IGU)

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The “National Committee of the International Geographical Union” (NC IGU) represents Swiss interests in the field of geography and promotes its international governing body, the IGU, in Switzerland.

The National Committee consists of representatives from the “Association suisse de géographie“ (ASG), the Swiss association for geography, which is a member - and receiver of funds - of the Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT).
As the coordination of the union lies within the responsibility of its various panels, the national committee is tasked predominantly with administrative duties, which also include participating in the biennial general assembly. NC IGU is also responsible to report relevant information from the Union and its resolutions back to ASG-members in Switzerland.

Founding year: 1989


Contact

NC IGU
c/o Prof. Dr Etienne Piguet
Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de géographie
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1
2000 Neuchâtel


+41 32 718 19 19
etienne.piguet@unine.ch

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National Committee of the International Seismological Centre (NC ISC)

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The “International Seismological Centre” (ISC) represents an international data center, where arrival times of earthquakes are collected and made accessible on a global scale. The “National Committee of the International Seismological Centre” (NC ISC) comprises researchers working at the Swiss seismological service, located at ETH Zürich SED. While members collaborate with ISC on a daily basis, they also represent Switzerland as an institution in the framework of ISC.

Alongside 130 agencies worldwide emitting data to ISC, SED transmits information previously collected from the Swiss seismological measuring network. Furthermore, it localizes seismological events, focusing on regional and local earthquakes. Apart from its representational function within ISC, NC ISC maintains close contact with ICS representatives amongst other European seismological organizations (i.e. ORFEUS or EMSC) working in collaboration with ISC.

Founding year: 1980


Contact

NC ISC
c/o Dr. Stefan Wiemer
ETH Zürich
Swiss Seismological Service
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich


+41 44 633 38 57
st.wiemer@sed.ethz.ch

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National Committee of the International Union for Quaternary Research (NC INQUA)

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The International Union for Quaternary Science (INQUA) encourages and facilitates the research of Quaternary scientists in all disciplines. The National Committee of the International Union for Quaternary Research (NC INQUA) is the Swiss representative within the umbrella organisation INQUA.

INQUA's basic goal is to promote improved communication and international collaboration in experimental and applied aspects of Quaternary research, in order to contribute in practical ways to an evaluation of the scale and rates of global environmental changes during the recent geological past. INQUA promotes greater understanding of the importance of Quaternary environmental and archaeological records in two ways, by engaging with international dialogue and activities concerned with modern global environmental problems, and by funding activities that clarify the background context to these problems, within the Quaternary timescale.


Contact

NC INQUA
c/o Dr. Irka Hajdas
ETH Zürich
Labor für Ionenstrahlphysik
HPK H 27
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich


+41 44 633 20 42
hajdas@phys.ethz.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences (NC IUGS)

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The "National Committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences" (NC IUGS) as part of the Swiss Academy of the Natural Sciences (SCNAT) builds a bridge between the Swiss field of research and the "international Union of Geological Sciences" (IUGS).

IUGS is a global umbrella organization for geological matters, which promotes research aspirations in the field of Earth Sciences. NC IUGS therefore represents Switzerland’s interests. Moreover, it coordinates and supports Swiss participation in projects such as the «International Geoscience Programme» (IGCP), a joint project of IUGS and UNESCO.

Founding year: 1980


Contact

NC IUGS
c/o Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Burg
ETH Zürich
Geologisches Institut
NO E 67
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich


+41 44 632 60 27
jean-pierre.burg@erdw.ethz.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Speleology (NC IUS)

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The “National Committee of the International Union of Speleology” (NC IUS/UIS) represents Switzerland’s interests within the “International Union of Speleology” (IUS) and exchanges information between the IUS and Switzerland.

The national committee is part of the Committee for Scientific Speleology (KWS/CSS).


Contact

NC IUS
c/o Dr. Hans Stünzi
Weiningerstrasse 79
8105 Regensdorf


+41 44 840 66 39
h.stuenzi@bluewin.ch

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National Committee of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (NC SCOR)

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The “National Committee of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research” (NC SCOR) represents Switzerland’s interest on the international “Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research” (SCOR) board and exchanges information between the board and Switzerland.

The national committee is part of the Swiss Commission of Oceanography and Limnology (KOL/COL).


Contact

NC SCOR
c/o Dr Daniel R. Ariztegui
Université de Genève
Département des Sciences de la terre
Rue des Maraîchers 13
1205 Genève


+41 22 379 66 18
daniel.ariztegui@unige.ch

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Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Meteorologie (SGM)

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The Swiss Society of Meteorology (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Meteorologie (SGM)) is an association of meteorologists and of persons interested in weather. The SGM promotes the exchange of knowledge and the networking.

The description and the modelling of the atmosphere and of the hydrosphere requires natural sciences such as the aeronomy, the hydrology and the glaciology, the oceanography, the meteorology as well as the physics and the chemistry of the atmosphere. Thus, the society actively promotes these sciences. The SGM members have the possibility to present their work, to search for support and to be informed regarding the latest discoveries in meteorology. The annual conference and the events of the “A2P” network (academia meets practice) from the SGM are particularly important for this. The SGM is cross-linked with the Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT) through ProClim, the Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and the Swiss Commission for Remote Sensing. The SGM also maintains an international exchange as a member of the "European Meteorological Society" and thanks to the collaboration with the German and the Austrian societies for the joint publication "Meteorologischen Zeitschrift".

Founding year: 1916

Number of members: 157 (2015)


Contact

SGM
c/o Dr. Michael Sprenger
ETH Zürich
Institut für Atmosphäre und Klima IAC
CHN
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich


michael.sprenger@env.ethz.ch

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Schweizerischer Forstverein (SFV)

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The members of the Swiss Forest Society (Schweizerischer Forstverein (SFV)) share their professional activity related to the forest ecosystem, either in the context of practice, research or teaching. Beside the forest engineers from Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH domain) and from universities of applied sciences (UAS) as well as the environmental scientists who obtained a Master in forest and landscape management, the SFS members are biologists, geographers, land planners, legal experts and civil engineers.

The SFS is committed to the conservation of the forest and its divers services, so that future generations will also be able to benefit from it. The commitment emphasizes the forest as an integral part of the landscape, as a producer of wood and other forest products, as a protection against natural dangers, and as a supplier for services such as biodiversity, recovery or drinking water.
The hot topics are discussed within working groups. The topics of these working groups are “vegetation and soil”, “forest and wild fauna” and “forest planning and management”. The forest society promotes the dialogue between members in order to exchange their experience, identify developments, solve problems in a global way and participate actively at the level of forest polity discussions. The SFS offers numerous events and excursions as well as the publication of the “Swiss Forest Journal”.

Founding year: 1843

Number of members: 819 (2015)


Contact

SFV
Geschäftsstelle
Obstgartenstrasse 27
8006 Zürich


+41 43 343 97 38
info@forstverein.ch

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Soil Science Society of Switzerland (SSSS)

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The Soil Science Society of Switzerland (SSSS) is sustainably active on the behalf of soil protection - on many different levels.

Exchange: the SSSS is a platform for dialogue between the research community, education, administration, and private industry. It promotes cooperation between research, education and practice.
Commitment: the SSSS is committed to the consolidation and the spreading of knowledge in soil science. Through statements and by collaborating on the elaboration of legal bases, norms, directives, fact sheets and guidelines, the SSSS is actively engaged in quantitative and qualitative soil protection.
Initiative: the SSSS launches projects for the promotion of soil protection and environmental monitoring. It also maintains a database for service providers in the area of pedology.
Awareness: the SSSS regularly organises meetings and field trips. It publishes meeting contributions and reports on various themes in its own publication series.

Founding year: 1975

Number of members: 421 (2015)


Contact

BGS
c/o Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
Postfach
8820 Wädenswil


+41 58 934 53 55
bgs.gs@soil.ch

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Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF)

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The Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (saguf) is an organization of experts that is occupied with the promotion of environmental and ecological studies in Switzerland. The society campaigns for an interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, pragmatic and solution-oriented research.

Saguf is a member both of the «Platform Geosciences» belonging to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS). The saguf initiated the "Network for Transdisciplinary Research" (td-net) and co-publishes "GAIA", the international magazine for an ecological perspective on science and society.
• The saguf considers its duties and responsibilities to be in the areas of networking, initiating and bridging. It enables the examination of new and sparsely researched aspects of sustainable development and possible solutions for environmental issues.
• The society facilitates a constructive co-operation of natural, technological, social sciences and the humanities. It supports the exchange of knowledge between research and its practical application.
• The saguf reflects on its experience with interdisciplinary and transdiciplinary approaches and promotes advances in methodology including the establishment of corresponding offers for studies and advanced training.
• The society is politically active in the domain of environmental and sustainability research and participates in consultations as well as the formation of research programs and initiatives.
• The saguf organizes events with a focus on contemporary issues.
• The society is active in spreading information via its web domain, bulletin and the saguf-information section in GAIA.

Founding year: 1972

Number of members: 147 (2015)


Contact

Dr. Claudia Zingerli
SAGUF
ETH Zentrum CHN
Universitätstrasse 22
8092 Zürich


saguf@env.ethz.ch

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Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP)

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The Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) is a commission of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) that focuses on atmospheric aspects outside the climate research.

The ACP aims to strengthen, develop and raise awareness of the research and teaching of atmospheric sciences in Switzerland. Among others, the topics of the ACP are mainly the issues of air quality, the exchange of trace gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere, aerosols, fine particles, ozone, ammonia, nitrogen oxides, etc., as well as issues of atmospheric physics (research and development in meteorology, basic research in the field of the atmosphere). The commission promotes collaborations in atmospheric research by organising conferences and coordinating the national research and training. The ACP acts as a contact for the administration and the public and it maintains relations to the international network. In collaboration with partners, the ACP awards the ACP Award for excellent doctoral work.

Founding year: 2001


Contact

ACP
c/o Isabella Geissbühler
Universität Bern
Geographisches Institut GIUB
Physische Geographie
Hallerstrasse 12
3012 Bern


+41 31 631 88 59
isabella.geissbuehler@giub.unibe.ch

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Swiss Commission of Oceanography and Limnology (COL)

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The Commission for Oceanography and Limnology (COL) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) supports, promotes and coordinates oceanographic and limnological education and research opportunities. It also helps Swiss-based students and researchers in connecting to marine stations.

COL collaborates with international oceanographic commissions such as the Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research (SCOR) or the International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea (CIESM) securing the participation of scientists based in Swiss institutions in these organisations. For the promotion of the field, COL provides an informative website and supports the organisation of symposia or scientific meetings in Switzerland.

Founding year: 1970


Contact

COL
c/o Dr Daniel R. Ariztegui
Université de Genève
Département des Sciences de la terre
Rue des Maraîchers 13
1205 Genève


+41 22 379 66 18
daniel.ariztegui@unige.ch

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Swiss Commission on Remote Sensing (SCRS)

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The Swiss Commission on Remote Sensing is a body of promotion, coordination and consulting for research and scientific collaboration in the field of remote sensing.

On the national level, the SCRS, in association with the federal authorities, represents and coordinates the interests of research institutions and encourages their collaboration. The commission provides advice of scientific experts to state representatives present in international organisations (eg. in ESA committees or in governing councils) and represents Switzerland in non-state international collaborations, by, among others activities, participating in projects and sitting on international committees. The commission also aims at the improvement of the collaboration between universities of applied science and private companies, as well as the development cooperation of the second world and third world countries through the transfer of technology and the use of remote sensing. The SCRS strengthens and stimulates knowledge transfer by organising and supporting scientific congresses and the exchange of information, such as training programs, courses and symposia, and is committed to the dialogue with the general public.

Founding year: 1991


Contact

SKF
c/o Dr. Mathias Kneubühler
Universität Zürich
Department of Geography
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich


+41 44 635 52 46
mathias.kneubuehler@geo.uzh.ch

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Swiss Geodetic Commission (SGC)

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Geodesy experts coming from practice, research, development and education are engaged in the Swiss Geodetic Commission (SGC). The SGC promotes and coordinates the activities of all stakeholders and defends their interests in various national and international commissions.

The commission members are active in many ways: in the organisation of conferences, workshops and courses as well as by providing their expertise to advise authorities and institutions. The active Swiss institutions in teaching and research in geodesy are ETH Zurich (Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry), EPFL (Geodetic Engineering Laboratory) FHNW (Institute of Geomatics Engineering), HEIG-VD (Institute of Geomatics, Environmental Management, Building and Structural Monitoring) as well as the University of Bern (Astronomisches Institut). The SGC accompanies and supports both research and the strategic orientation as well as the organisation of geodesy courses in collaboration with other countries.

Founding year: 1861


Contact

SGK
c/o Prof. Dr. Alain Geiger
ETH Zürich
Institut für Geodäsie und Photogrammetrie IGP
HPV G 54
Robert-Gnehm-Weg 15
8093 Zürich


+41 44 633 32 44
alain.geiger@geod.baug.ethz.ch

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Swiss Geological Commission (SGK)

The Swiss Geological Commission (Schweizerische Geologische Kommission (SGK)) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is responsible for the quality assurance of the Geological Atlas of Switzerland at the scale of 1:25'000, and for other publications concerning the national geology. For this aim, the commission is working in close collaboration with swisstopo.

The Swiss Geological Commission is composed of geologists coming from universities and from practice. For the quality assurance of the Geological Atlas, the SGK assigns experts from practice, museums, cantonal administrations and universities. The SELECT_ion of these experts depends on specific geological and local conditions. Each page of the Atlas is evaluated by, at least, three experts. In addition, the commission supports the production and the planning of new publications. The commission guarantees a link between the Swiss Confederation and the universities and provides swisstopo with the network of experts from the SCNAT.

Founding year: 1865


Contact

SGK
c/o Sarah Antenen
Universität Bern
Institut für Geologie
Baltzerstrasse 1+3
3012 Bern


+41 31 631 38 81
sarah.antenen@geo.unibe.ch

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Swiss Geological Society (SGS)

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Established in 1882, the main goal of the Swiss Geological Society (SGS) is the advancement of the geological sciences in Switzerland. The following specialist groups are affiliated to SGS: Swiss Group of Geophysicists, SwissSed, Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology and Swiss Tectonic Studies Group.

Together with the Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology and the Swiss Palaeontological Society, the SGS publishes the «Swiss Journal of Geosciences», an international journal covering all disciplines of the Solid Earth Sciences, with focus on Alpine geoscientific research and other themes of interest to Swiss society. The SGS also organizes symposia and field excursions on a regular basis, commonly in collaboration with its affiliated groups and/or other geoscientific societies. The society welcomes the participation of young scientists and supports their attendance at its meetings. It also awards a major prize every year to the student considered to have produced the best Masters thesis in Earth Sciences at a Swiss University. Addressing public awareness of geology, the SGS supports the activities of «Erlebnis Geologie» and other popularization efforts.

Founding year: 1882

Number of members: 800 (2015)


Contact

SGS
c/o Engel Copera AG
Waldeggstrasse 37
3097 Bern-Liebefeld


+41 31 950 25 67
office@geolsoc.ch

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Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGS)

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The Swiss Geomorphological Society (SGS) invigorates geomorphology in science and practice, through the support of young scientists at universities, and by fostering relationships with associated scientific fields and the public services. Geomorphology has been studied since long ago in an attempt to evaluate nature for the protection and benefit of mankind. Therefore, geomorphology as a scientific discipline and the SGS as a scientific society contribute to an important part to an ecological land-use practice.

The members of the SGS come from a wide range of disciplines, from universities, administration and also from companies. At annual meetings, in combination with a field trip, ongoing research activities of its members are presented and current issues of a particular geomorphological interest are discussed. Considering the special interest of its members and in response to the present day problems and the science politics the SGS emphasizes investigations related to the development and history of the landscape as well as investigations of the nature and properties of the main land forming processes. Besides the intentions of pure science, the research results are often used in an interdisciplinary context for environment impact assessments in infrastructure projects, the evaluation of land-use potentials in various environments, the assessment of natural hazards and evaluation of safety concepts for vulnerable communities and the designation and description of geomorphological geotopes, that have to be protected. Especially in the context of global change, geomorphologists develop and promote the understanding of natural processes in geosystems, as well as the relationships between societies and geomorphological processes.

Founding year: 1946

Number of members: 200 (2015)


Contact

SGmG
c/o Christoph Graf
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


+41 44 739 24 54
christoph.graf@wsl.ch

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Swiss Geophysical Commission (SGPK)

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The Swiss Geophysical Commission’s (Schweizerische Geophysikalische Kommission (SGPK)) main function is to secure and to coordinate the geophysical surveying of Switzerland. Together with the Federal Office of Topography swisstopo and various research institutions the geophysical data is collected, analysed, compiled, evaluated and then published in map series.

The geophysical parameters apply, among others, to the gravitation field, temperature field and magnetic field as well as the seismicity of the earth. The corresponding data is primarily compiled within the framework of research activities by various institutions of the university. The SGPK concerns itself with the collection, assessment and analysis of the data as well as with the actualisation of the maps and GIS-database. Furthermore, it coordinates major joint projects of national interest. The geophysical expertise of the SGPK is provided, when required, as an advisory capacity to correspondent federal offices. The commission consists of 10 to 20 geoscientists and engineers, who are involved in the academic, commercial or public domain.

Founding year: 1972


Contact

SGPK
c/o Prof. Dr. Eduard Kissling
ETH Zürich
Institut für Geophysik
Sonneggstrasse 5 (NO)
8092 Zürich


+41 44 633 26 05
+41 44 633 26 23
kissling@tomo.ig.erdw.ethz.ch

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Swiss Geotechnical Commission (SGTK)

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Die Schweizerische Geotechnische Kommission (SGTK) ist eine unabhängige Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz (SCNAT). Die Geschäftsstelle der SGTK ist seit ihrer Gründung 1899 an der ETH Zürich, heute am Departement Erdwissenschaften. Finanziert wird die Kommission durch einen Arbeitskredit des Bundes, Beiträge der SCNAT und projektbezogene Drittmittel. Die Koordination der Aufgaben innerhalb der geologischen Landesaufnahme findet über den Bereich Landesgeologie des Bundesamtes für Landestopografie (swisstopo) statt. Die ETH Zürich unterstützt die SGTK infrastrukturell und administrativ. Im Gegenzug beteiligt sich die SGTK an der erdwissenschaftlichen Ausbildung auf allen Stufen mittels Lehr- und Forschungsaufträgen.



Founding year: 1899


Contact

SGTK
c/o ETH Zürich NO F 35
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich


+41 44 632 3728
sgtk@erdw.ethz.ch

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Swiss Hydrogeological Society (SSH)

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The Swiss Hydrogeological Society (Société suisse d'hydrogéologie (SSH)) is an association of scientists, practitioners and government officers, active in the field of hydrogeology. The SSH aims at studying hydrogeology in the context of groundwater use and protection. The SSH acts as a bridge between pure and applied science, also linking administrative issues of hydrogeology.

The SSH is a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and of the Swiss forum for hydrogeology. This society represents Switzerland within the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), and forms its national committee. The SSH organises meetings devoted to the further education of members as well as to favour exchange. Working groups are formed and led to study current issues of hydrogeology. The SSH expresses itself in the context of auditions and procedures of consultation linked with the legal guidelines and bases, regarding the groundwater or hydrogeologists’ activity.

Founding year: 1994

Number of members: 377 (2013)


Contact

SSH
c/o CSD Ingenieurs SA
Case postale 384
1701 Fribourg


secretaire@hydrogeo.ch

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Swiss Hydrological Commission (CHy)

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The Swiss Hydrological Commission CHy aims at coordinating and representing the interest of the Swiss hydrology in the national and international committees and organisations.

Furthermore, it gathers the expertise of the active societies and associations in hydrology to advice the authorities, the politics, the universities, the practice, the media, the general public and the decision-makers on strategic, technical and political questions on hydrology.
The four aims of the CHy are:
- to reinforce the hydrology in Switzerland
- to support innovative projects
- to regularly bring news
- to coordinate the efforts for the practice.
The treated fields are surface and underground hydrology, hydrology of snow and glaciers, hydrometeorology, as well as the integration of these subjects within the water resource management. Thus, the activities of the commission include questions regarding society as well as natural science.

Founding year: 1907


Contact

CHy
c/o Pascal Blanc
SCNAT
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 23
pascal.blanc@scnat.ch

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Swiss National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (SNC IUGG)

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The «Swiss National Committee of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics» (SNC IUGG) as part of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) constitutes the national representation within the framework of the «International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics» (IUGG).

IUGG advocates international support and mediation of knowledge of the earth and its direct surroundings. Induced by the broad range of issues, IUGG is thematically subdivided into eight semiautonomous affiliate associations. Among these, one or two members recruited from corresponding field associations represent SNC IUGG. These members represent Switzerland’s interests at general assemblies as well as at plenary meetings during which they provide information to qualified Swiss departments about taken decisions.

Founding year: 1970


Contact

SNC IUGG
c/o Dr. Charles Fierz
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
WSL-SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


+41 81 417 01 65
+41 81 417 01 11
fierz@slf.ch

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Swiss Palaeontological Society (SPS)

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The aim of the Swiss Palaeontological Society (SPS) is the promotion of palaeontological research and teaching in Switzerland. The SPS promotes palaeontology and defends the interests of palaeontologists in the institutions and national and international scientific societies.

Palaeontology is central to reconstruct the history of the Earth and life by integrating data from various scientific disciplines. An important task of the society is the publication and diffusion of research results in palaeontology and the development of contacts between its members and all those interested in the discipline. To do this, it organises conferences, thematic courses, excursions and an annual meeting. The society members are kept informed on the progress of the discipline through the regular publication of scientific articles in the “Swiss Journal of Geosciences” (SJG) and become aware of palaeontological news by an internal newsletter. Each year, the SPS honours an outstanding contribution in the field of palaeontology by awarding the "Amanz Gressly Prize" during its general assembly. The society supports young scientists in the field of palaeontology by awarding scholarships that allow students from Master, PhD and postdocs to present their work at national and international congresses.

Founding year: 1921

Number of members: 140 (2014)


Contact

SPG
Naturmuseum Solothurn
Klosterplatz 2
4500 Solothurn


+41 32 622 70 21
sps@scnatweb.ch

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Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society (SIP)

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The Swiss Snow, Ice and Permafrost Society (SIP) is a learned society with the aim of facilitating the dialog between science, the practice and the general public. The society is open to all persons interested in glaciology.

The SIP highlights the various needs related to research on snow, ice and permafrost and facilitates contacts between glaciological experts, practitioners and society. It promotes the improvement and spreading of glaciological knowledge by organizing excursions and a dedicated symposium as part of the "Swiss Geoscience Meeting". Dialog, collaboration between members and national and international societies are placed at the forefront. The SIP supports the next generation of scientists by awarding travel grants and rewarding high quality work.

Founding year: 2006

Number of members: 147 (2015)


Contact

SEP
c/o Prof. Dr. Margit Schwikowski
Paul Scherrer Institut
Labor für Radio- und Umweltchemie
OFLB/109
5232 Villigen PSI


+41 56 310 41 10
margit.schwikowski@psi.ch

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Swiss Society for Hydrology and Limnology (SSHL)

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SGHL, the Swiss society for hydrology and limnology, is an organization intended for scientists in the field of hydrology and limnology, who are keen on advising, supporting and sharing their experiences with fellow researchers.

The best basis for a sustainable use of water, the element essential for survival, is comprehensive knowledge of this precious resource. SGHL works towards a compilation of expert knowledge from different disciplines and thus hopes to ensure its purposeful and effective application. Protecting the various bodies of water and promoting sustainable usage of the resource are important goals of the society. In addition, SGHL aims at deepening and spreading knowledge surrounding water. SGHL mediates between different institutions and experts in the field of hydrology and limnology, and yearns to encourage the younger generation to enter academics. SGHL provides a platform for its members and interested individuals from the public, where a vast array of knowledge and experiences can be exchanged. By organizing conferences, colloquia, advanced training courses and excursions, the SGHL enables an intensive dialogue between experts from administration, research and the private sector. The SGHL is a member of the Swiss Hydrological Commission (CHy), which coordinates all associations occupied with studying any aspect of water. The society regularly publishes reports and contributions from the conferences and maintains an index with the services and fields of competence of all its members.

Founding year: 1987

Number of members: 261 (2015)


Contact

SSHL
c/o Dr Beat Oertli
Haute Ecole Fribourgeoise de technique et de gestion HEF-TG
Haute école du paysage, d'ingénierie et d'architecture
Route de Presinge 150
1254 Jussy


+41 22 546 68 83
beat.oertli@hesge.ch
info@sghl.ch

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Swiss Society for Quaternary Research (CH-QUAT)

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The Swiss Society for Quaternary Research CH-QUAT is envisaged as the connection point for scientists from different research and applied areas that deal with the Quaternary period, the last 2.6 Ma of Earth History, in particular the aspects of man - environment - climate.

The open society– which emerged from the Swiss Commission for Quaternary Research (SKQ) in 2007 - aims to maintain and develop interdisciplinary scientific networks in Switzerland. In collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), CH-Quat promotes dialogue between science, professional practice and society; maintains contacts and links with research organizations and business in Switzerland and abroad, and supports and encourages early stage researchers. These goals are enabled by our annual scientific meetings and field trips to sites of active Quaternary research.

Founding year: 2007

Number of members: 98 (2015)


Contact

CH-QUAT
c/o Dr. Irka Hajdas
ETH Zürich
Labor für Ionenstrahlphysik
HPK H 27
Otto-Stern-Weg 5
8093 Zürich


+41 44 633 20 42
hajdas@phys.ethz.ch

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Swiss Society of Mineralogy and Petrology (SSMP)

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Founding year: 1921

Number of members: 317 (2009)


Contact

SMPG
c/o Prof. Dr. Bernard Grobéty
Universität Freiburg
Unit of earth sciences
Chemin du Musée 6
1700 Fribourg


+41 26 300 89 36
bernard.grobety@unifr.ch

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Verband Geographie Schweiz (ASG)

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The Swiss Association of Geography (Association Suisse de Géographie (ASG)) is the umbrella organisation of the Swiss geographers. The regular members are the affiliated societies of geography (specialised and regional societies) as well as the institutes of geography of Swiss universities.

The ASG network, including the seven institutes of geography, the five specialised societies and the six regional societies, works on the topics “research” (institutes of geography), “promotion of young talents” (educational activities in elementary schools, secondary schools, specialised university of education and other universities) and “public relations” (conferences and excursions of the geography societies). The ASG defends the interests of geography in the platform geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), maintains the contact to authorities and takes position during consultation procedures, particularly on subjects related to the territory and environment. In addition to the collaboration for the magazine of Earth science “Geosciences ACTUEL”, the ASG also participates in the publication of the scientific journal “Geographica Helvetica” and the association’s newsletter “GeoAgenda”. The ASG is a member of the “International Geographical Union” (IGU). The Swiss National Committee of the IGU represents the interest of the Swiss geography in the IGU and collaborates with the different commissions of the IGU.

Founding year: 1988


Contact

ASG
c/o Isabelle Schoepfer
Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de géographie
Espace Louis-Agassiz 1
2000 Neuchâtel


isabelle.schoepfer@unine.ch
isabelle.schoepfer@unifr.ch

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Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics (Platform MAP)

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The “Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics” (Platform MAP) of the Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT) incorporates scientific societies and workgroups dedicated to the areas of mathematics, astronomy and physics. The platform’s main functions are the support of the organisations’ activities as wells as the coordination and promotion of research and education in the field of MAP.

A valuable task for the platform is the constant information exchange between politics, technical authorities and the society. The platform’s research concerns the early detection of developmental changes in Switzerland. On an international level, the platform delivers an opinion on the basis of its scientific expertise. The creation of bridges between institutions of Swiss academia and the commercial enterprises, which either provide research and apprenticeship and/or exercise their findings are just as important as the support and the assistance in promoting young talents at a primary or secondary school level, which occur in coordination with other SCNAT platforms. Another important task is the maintenance of national and international bonds and the coordination with research supporting institutions, especially the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Commission for Technology and Innovation.

Founding year: 2007


Contact

SCNAT
Platform MAP
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 10
map@scnat.ch

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Euler Committee of the Swiss Academy of Sciences

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The Euler Committee of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is assigned with the collection, the preservation, and the publishing of all scientific work by Leonhard Euler, the famous Swiss mathematician and physicist.

The original writings of Euler are of great importance today, particularly regarding the history of sciences. Since the beginning, it was planned to integrate all works, as well as letters and manuscripts of Euler in one complete edition: the “Opera Omnia”. The editorial board regulation from 1919 says: “All works from Leonhard Euler, hitherto unseen or already printed, coming from St-Petersburg or elsewhere need to be integrated. This also includes the scientific letters of Euler”.

The Series I-III published since 1911 include the works of Euler in the fields of mathematics (I), of the mechanics and the astronomy (II), as well as of physics and other works (III).

The gathered written correspondence forms the content of the Series IVA and it is planned to integrate the manuscripts in the Series IVB. However, the work on Series IVB was interrupted in 1985 and in 2005. The Euler Committee decided to entirely stop the edition in books format. Instead, it is considered to create a global edition in digital format, which should also include the scans of letters and original manuscripts.

The current planning is scheduled such, that the classical edition of Series I-II and of the book of the Series IVA will include a total of 81 volumes with more than 35’000 pages and should be completed before the end of 2015.

The Euler Committee works in close collaboration with the Center Bernoulli-Euler of the Basel University Library regarding the maintenance and the lasting protection of precious archives. Apart from the completion of the edition, the most important task of the Committee is the construction of a digital platform “Bernoulli-Euler-Online (BEOL)” which should include the entire works of Euler, Bernoulli and their entourage, and which will supply a free access to their research. Without financial support from the SNF, from the SCNAT, from the University of Basel and from private funds, this project would not have been feasible.

Founding year: 1907


Contact

Euler-Kommission der Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz
c/o Prof. Dr. Hanspeter Kraft
Universität Basel
Mathematisches Institut
Departement Mathematik und Informatik
Spiegelgasse 1
4051 Basel


+41 61 267 26 96
+41 61 363 32 12
hanspeter.kraft@unibas.ch

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National committee of the "Institut des hautes études scientifiques à Bures-sur-Yvette" (NC IHES)

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The «Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques» (IHES) is an institute of advanced research, whose principal areas of interests are mathematics, theoretical physics and mathematics of molecular biology. The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is represented in the IHES’s board of directors.

The IHES is a French foundation in the public interest, aiming at favouring the theoretical scientific research of exceptional scope. The IHES publishes two biannual volumes of the journal “The Mathematical Publications of the IHES”. The scientific activities of the IHES are communicated in the monthly news report of the institute, via an annual newsletter and via their webpage. The IHES organises events, such as conferences or open days, in order to disclose their research and to raise awareness of the fundamental research among the general public.


Contact

NC IHES
c/o Prof. Dr. Gian Michele Graf
ETH Zürich
Institute for Theoretical Physics
HIT K 42.1
Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27
8093 Zürich


+41 44 633 25 72
gian-michele.graf@itp.phys.ethz.ch

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National Committee of the Committee on Space Research (NC COSPAR)

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The National Committee of the Committee on Space Research (NC COSPAR) represents Swiss concerns in the international COSPAR panel. As a subdivision of the Swiss Committee on Space Research (CSR), NC COSPAR is responsible to report relevant information from COSPAR to Switzerland.


Contact

NC COSPAR
c/o Prof. Dr. Werner Schmutz
PMOD / WRC
Dorfstrasse 33
7260 Davos Dorf


+41 81 417 51 45
werner.schmutz@pmodwrc.ch

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National Committee of the International Astronomical Union (NC IAU)

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The National Committee of the International Astronomical Union (NC IAU) represents the Swiss interests within the IAU and actively participates in different task groups and programs of emphasis by the union.

IAU campaigns for the conservation and advancement of teaching and research in the field of astronomy in various countries. The national committee is a subdivision of the Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCFA).


Contact

NC IAU
c/o Prof. Dr. Thomas Schildknecht
Universität Bern
Astronomisches Institut
Sidlerstrasse 5
3012 Bern


+41 31 631 85 94
thomas.schildknecht@aiub.unibe.ch

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National Committee of the International Commission for Optics (NC ICO)

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The “National Committee of the International Commission for Optics” (NC ICO) represents national interests within the ICO and reports back to Switzerland with relevant information produced by the Commission.

NC ICO is a subdivision of the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (SSOM).


Contact

NC ICO
c/o Prof. Dr Hans Peter Herzig
EPF Lausanne
Optics und Photonics Technology Lab
Rue A.-L.-Breguet 2
2000 Neuchâtel


+41 32 718 33 30
hanspeter.herzig@epfl.ch

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National Committee of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (NC IFSM)

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The “National Committee of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy” (NC IFSM) represents national interests within the IFSM and reports back to Switzerland with relevant information produced by the IFSM.

The national committee is a subdivision of the Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (SSOM).


Contact

NC IFSM
c/o Dr. Markus Dürrenberger
Universität Basel
Zentrum der Mikroskopie der Universität Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 50/70
4056 Basel


+41 61 267 14 04
markus.duerrenberger@unibas.ch

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National Committee of the International Mathematical Union (NC IMU)

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Contact

NC IMU
c/o Claudia Kolly
Spitalstrasse 57
3280 Meyriez


claudia.kolly@math.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Crystallography (NC IUCr)

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The “National Committee of the International Union of Crystallography” (NC IUCr) represents Switzerland’s interests within the “International Union of Crystallography” (IUCr) and exchanges information between the Union and Switzerland.

The national committee is part of the Swiss Society for Crystallography (SGk/SSCr).


Contact

NC IUCr
c/o Dr. Jürg Schefer
Paul Scherrer Institut
Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging
WHGA/244
5232 Villigen PSI


+41 56 310 43 47
jurg.schefer@psi.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (NC IUHPS)

The National Committee of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (NC IUHPS) as part of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) represents Switzerland’s interest within the framework of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science (IUHPS).

In addition to representational duties within IUHPS and its subsidiary organizations, this national committee partakes in international conventions. Moreover, it has also collaborated in the process of refurbishing the history of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences as part of the “Historical Dictionary of Switzerland”.


Contact

NC IUHPS
c/o Prof. Dr. Erwin Neuenschwander
Universität Zürich
Institut für Mathematik
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich


+41 44 635 58 62
+41 44 635 58 61
neuenschwander@math.uzh.ch

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National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (NC IUPAP)

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The “National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics” (NC IUPAP) represents Switzerland’s interests within the “International Union of Pure and Applied Physics” (IUPAP) and exchanges information between the IUPAP and Switzerland.

The national committee is part of the Swiss Physical Society (SPG/SSP/SPS).


Contact

NC IUPAP
c/o SPG
Departement Physik Uni Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel


+41 61 267 36 86
sps@unibas.ch

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National Committee of the Union radio-scientifique internationale (NC URSI)

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The “National Committee of the Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale” (NC URSI) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) represents the Swiss radio science community within the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio-Scientifique Internationale URSI).

The non-governmental and non-profit organisation URSI is responsible for stimulating and co-ordinating, studies, research, applications, scientific exchange, and communication in the fields of radio science on an international basis. The various branches of radio science are allocated to a set of ten commissions. Swiss scientists are actively participating in several commissions. The NC URSI is coordinating these activities together with the communication between URSI and the Swiss institutions and supports the organisation of international conferences.

Founding year: 1950


Contact

NC URSI
c/o Prof. Dr Farhad Rachidi
EPF Lausanne
EPFL STI ISE LRE
ELL 138 (Bâtiment ELL)
Station 11
1015 Lausanne


+41 21 693 26 20
farhad.rachidi@epfl.ch

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Schweizerische Kommission für die hochalpine Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch

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Jungfraujoch - internationally known as an exceptional tourist destination - hosts a scientific station of worldwide importance. The Swiss Committee for the Jungfraujoch Research Station, whose duties include the strengthening of the position of Swiss research, closely collaborates with the International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat (HFSJG), with the manager of the station and is member of the board of the foundation.

In addition to Switzerland, representatives of Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and Austria are part of the international foundation HFSJG. With its pioneering work, the committee was of vital importance in the establishment of the foundation and of the station and nowadays represents the interests of Switzerland within the foundation. As a member of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT), the committee is networking with the Swiss research community. More specifically, the committee maintains a close collaboration with the Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research to support each other in topics of common interests.

Founding year: 1922


Contact

Schweizerische Kommission für die hochalpine Forschungsstation Jungfraujoch
c/o Prof. Dr. Heinz W. Gäggeler
Paul Scherrer Institut
OBBA/007
5232 Villigen PSI


+41 56 310 42 82
heinz.gaeggeler@psi.ch

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Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCFA)

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The Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCFA) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is the board representing the Swiss professional astronomers. It is made essentially of the directors of the various Swiss astronomical institutes.

The SCFA represents the main link between professional astronomers and the State Secretariat for Education and Research in order to facilitate political decisions related to the long-term scientific policy of Switzerland in relation to astronomy.
In international scientific organisations such as the European Southern Observatory and the International Astronomical Union, the SCFA is the official representative of the Swiss astronomy community.

Founding year: 1977


Contact

SCFA
c/o Prof. Dr Stéphane Udry
Université de Genève
Observatoire Astronomique
51, chemin des Maillettes
1290 Versoix


+41 22 379 22 00
stephane.udry@unige.ch

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Swiss Committee on Space Research (CSR)

The Committee on Space Research (CSR) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) coordinates and stimulates space research in Switzerland. It maintains contact with international organisations like the European Space Agency ESA and the Committee of Space Research COSPAR. It produces a report every two years on space science activities in Switzerland.

Space research in Switzerland is carried out by many groups at universities, federal institutes of technology and private companies. The funding for this research comes mainly from these institutions, with additional essential contributions from the Swiss National Science Foundation and from the Federal Government. Apart from the coordination and of the research projects and the promotion of an exchange between the individual groups, a main objective of the CSR is to use the expertise of the community for scientific policy advice of federal agencies like the Swiss Space Office SSO and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs EDA.

Founding year: 1960


Contact

CSR
c/o Prof. Dr. Werner Schmutz
PMOD / WRC
Dorfstrasse 33
7260 Davos Dorf


+41 81 417 51 45
werner.schmutz@pmodwrc.ch

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Swiss Institute of Particle Physics (CHIPP)

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CHIPP, the Swiss Institute of Particle Physics, is an association uniting researchers active in particle, astroparticle and nuclear physics in Switzerland. The objectives of CHIPP are to coordinate and strengthen the Swiss participation in international projects and committees, coordinate research and teaching activities in Switzerland, and promote public awareness of the field.

This is achieved by keeping a continuous dialogue between the particle physicists of different cantonal universities and federal institutes. CHIPP is recognized as the representative of Swiss particle physics both nationally and internationally. It awards yearly a Prize to a PhD student, supports workshops and conferences, organizes PhD schools, and develops outreach projects.

Founding year: 2003

Number of members: 479 (2015)


Contact

CHIPP
c/o Prof. Dr. Tatsuya Nakada
EPFL SB IPHYS LPHE3
BSP 615 (Cubotron UNIL)
Rte de la Sorge
1015 Lausanne


tatsuya.nakada@epfl.ch

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Swiss Mathematical Society (SMS)

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The Swiss Mathematical Society (SMS) aims to advance and spread the mathematical sciences and their applications. The SMS supports research and interaction amongst its members and institutions, both in Switzerland and within the international community. The SMS also reaches out to the general public and to students.

The Swiss Mathematical Society publishes two internationally well-known scientific journals: "Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici" and "Elemente der Mathematik". Every year, the SMS hosts a spring conference and supports a number of scientific meetings and seminars.
The SMS has delegations and committees in national and international organisations. In order to promote mathematical sciences among prospective students, the society offers a variety of services to high school students and teachers via the website "Mathematics@School".

Founding year: 1910


Contact

SMS
c/o Jérémy Blanc
Université de Bâle
Mathematisches Institut
Departement Mathematik und Informatik
Spiegelgasse 1
4051 Basel

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Swiss Physical Society (SPS)

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The Swiss Physical Society (SPS) is the national professional association of Physicists coming from teaching, research, development and industry. The diversity of modern research in physics is reflected in ten specific sections.

The SPS promotes the scientific dialogue between physicists and any person interested in questions on physics through congresses, symposia and workshops, as well as through the publication of the society’s periodical ("SPS Communications") and its website .
The society enables contacts to professionals for questions from politics or the general public, if clarification requires the knowledge of physics.
A central preoccupation is the encouragement of the youth: the SPS rewards the excel-lence of young physicists by awarding several annual prizes, each with a prize sum of CHF 5000.-. The society is involved in the questions related to all levels of education in physics and intensifies the contacts with schools and the general public thanks to its own specialised section "Education and Promotion of Physics". Further, the SPS ideologically and financially supports the activities of "Schweizer Jugend forscht".
The SPS also maintains close contacts with industry partners and thus provides a forum at the interface between fundamental research and applied physics. The membership of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) is beneficial for both parties. As a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the SPS maintains intensive contacts with other natural sciences such as specialised geosciences and biology. The SPS is also a member of the European Physical Society (EPS), in which members of the SPS are regularly committed to functions in the committee, in order contribute to the international decision-making. The presidency of the EPS for 2015-2016 will be executed by the former president of the SPS Christophe Rossel.

Founding year: 1908


Contact

SPG
Departement Physik Uni Basel
Klingelbergstrasse 82
4056 Basel


+41 61 267 36 86
sps@unibas.ch

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Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA)

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The Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy (SSAA) aims to promote the study and the research in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy, to develop in Switzerland mutual information and collaboration between astronomers and to support their joint scientific efforts.

The SSAA is involved in the training of researchers by organising specialised courses. Since 1971, the Saas-Fee courses are organised each year on a topic chosen by the members during the annual meeting. Since 1990, the lecture notes of these courses are published by Springer in the book series «Saas-Fee Advanced Course». Videotapes and course materials are also available online. Further, the SSAA aims at developing interactions with foreign institutions and informs on the purposes and requirements of astronomical research.

Founding year: 1968

Number of members: 263 (2015)


Contact

SSAA
c/o Prof. Dr Georges Meynet
Université de Genève
Observatoire Astronomique
51, chemin des Maillettes
1290 Versoix


+41 22 379 22 00
georges.meynet@unige.ch

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Swiss Society for Crystallography (SSCr)

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The Swiss Society for Crystallography (SSCr) and its section of crystal growth and material research are used as a common forum for crystallographers, chemists, solid-state physicists and mineralogists, in which the scientific and interdisciplinary ideas can be exchanged.

The SSCr is linked to the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) as a specialised scientific society and represents Switzerland in the "International Union of Crystallography" and the "International Organisation for Crystal Growth". The society organises national and international congresses and symposia, seminars, conferences and thematic workshops at universities and industrial laboratories. The SSCr also strengthens its relationship to corresponding societies in other European countries with joint meetings. These relationships are maintained due to the fact that approximately 10% of the society’s members practise their activities in foreign countries.

Founding year: 1968

Number of members: 206 (2015)


Contact

SGK
c/o Dr. Jürg Schefer
Paul Scherrer Institut
Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging
WHGA/244
5232 Villigen PSI


+41 56 310 43 47
jurg.schefer@psi.ch

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Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SSLPS)

The Swiss Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science (SSLPS) aims to further the development and study of logic and the philosophy of science and to bring together interested people of these fields.

To this end the society organises a yearly annual conference on a SELECT_ed topic and various additional courses. SSLPS fosters international collaborations and supports young scientists. Each year the Paul Bernays Award is awarded to a young researcher for an outstanding contribution in the area of logic and philosophy of science. The Swiss Graduate Society of Logic and Philosophy of Science (SGSLPS) is a branch of the SSLPS and offers a platform of exchange for young graduate students and researchers.

Founding year: 1948


Contact

SGLPW
c/o Prof. Dr. Thomas Studer
Universität Bern
Institut für Informatik
Neubrückstrasse 10
3012 Bern


+41 31 631 39 84
tstuder@inf.unibe.ch

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Swiss Society for Optics and Microscopy (SSOM)

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Founding year: 1949

Number of members: 372 (2012)


Contact

SSOM
c/o Dr. Marco Cantoni
EPF Lausanne
EPFL-SB-CIME-GE
MXC 130 (Bâtiment MXC), Station 12
1015 Lausanne


+41 21 693 48 16
marco.cantoni@epfl.ch

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Swiss Statistical Society (SSS)

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The Swiss Statistical Society (SSS) propagates application and development of statistics in Switzerland, represents the interest of professionals working in this field in relation to practice, research and education and contributes to the recognition of statistics as a scientific discipline in its own right.

The SSS fosters contacts between statisticians in administration, business and institutions of research and education. It supports cooperation between all institutions dealing with such goals. The society edits a bulletin. It can publish other items, too and can organize meetings. Every autumn the SSS organizes the yearly Swiss Statistical Meeting, together with the Swiss Federal Statistical Office and the Conference of the Regional Statistical Offices (CORSTAT). The society consists of three Sections "Business and Industry", "Education and Research" and "Official Statistics". Further, the SSS is a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and an associated member of the Swiss Academy of Human Sciences (SAGW). Internationally, the SSS is member of the association for "European Courses in Advanced Statistics", the "Federation of European National Statistical Societies" and the "International Statistical Institute".

Founding year: 1988

Number of members: 450 (2015)


Contact

Swiss Statistical Society SSS
Administration
3000 Bern


+41 41 350 03 41
sss@stat.ch

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Verein Schweizerischer Mathematik- und Physiklehrkräfte (VSMP)

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The Swiss Society of Mathematics and Physics Teachers (Société Suisse des Professeurs de Mathématiques et de Physique (SSPMP)) aims to develop the teaching of mathematics and physics from the aspect of science as well as from the methodological and educational point of view. Offering its members the opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and information, the society is also committed to safeguard the teacher’s professional interests in general.

The SSPMP regularly organises continuing education courses for secondary school teachers. In addition to their scientific and cultural content, these courses provide an opportunity for participants to exchange their ideas. Experience and individual knowledge can thus be transmitted to many colleagues.
The five permanent commissions of the SSPMP maintain publishing and organisational activities related to their specific discipline and their linguistic region.
The society’s report is published at regular intervals and ensures an active dialogue between the members of the SSPMP. It allows the publication of scientific papers, personal position takings, fundamental papers, announcements of events and administrative communications.
The SSPMP is one of the affiliated societies of the Swiss Society of Teachers of Secondary Education (Société suisse des professeurs de l'enseignement secondaire (SSPES)). It maintains regular and casual contacts with many authorities or Swiss and foreign organisations, with universities and with politics. The SSPES promotes the participation of Swiss students to international Olympiads in mathematics and physics.

Founding year: 1903

Number of members: 536 (2015)


Contact

VSMP
c/o Hansjürg Stocker
Friedheimstrasse 11
8820 Wädenswil


+41 44 780 19 37
hjstocker@bluewin.ch

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Platform Science and Policy (Platform SAP)

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The «Platform Science and Policy» (Platform SAP) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is focused on issues on socially relevant topics from a scientific, interdisciplinary perspective. By providing scientific knowledge to the discourse of politics, administration, economy and society, it supports the development of solutions to social issues.

The forums and committees of the platform provide well-founded up-to-date scientific information on various current issues, which are socially relevant (level of knowledge). They work as a an interface between science and the general public. They advise the administration and the politics on topics of current political discussions and connect to experts’ knowledge on specific questions (knowledge transfer). They support the networking of national and international researchers in their specific topics and coordinate the collaboration with international conventions, research programs and evaluation reports (networking). They indicate the concerns of politics and administration to research and relay new scientific knowledge that enables the opening and expansion of the options of action for politics and society (early diagnosis).

Founding year: 2007


Contact

SCNAT
Platform SAP
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 52
urs.neu@scnat.ch

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Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE office)

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KFPE is the information hub for «North-South» research in Switzerland, both for researchers and for the target audience of the research. It promotes efficient, effective and equitable research cooperation with developing and transition countries. By doing so, KFPE contributes to sustainable development and to solving global problems.

KFPE promotes high-quality North-South-research. Generation and distribution of ethnical and methodological foundations enabling research cooperation with less developed countries are at the core of this information center.

It seeks to sensitize the research community, political decision-makers as well as the general public to recognize the necessity of such research and its wish to collaborate with less developed countries as a contribution to the solution of global issues. Another interface function of KFPE comprises the establishment of a network between the research community with practically oriented participants in politics, administration and economics.

It furthermore performs the role of an early warning system, referring to present issues of importance and particularly mediating them to specific target groups. KFPE reaches the public via conferences, public statements and also via position memos.

Founding year: 1994


Contact

SCNAT
KFPE office
House of the Academies
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 49
kfpe@scnat.ch

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Forum for Climate and Global Change ProClim (ProClim)

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ProClim is the Forum for Climate and Global Change. It serves as an interface for communication between science, public administration, politics, economy and the public.

From a thematic perspective, ProClim is oriented to the international research program "Future Earth" and deals with questions on energy. In terms of research, ProClim encourages the collaboration of Swiss institutions and encourages the participation of Swiss researchers in international programs and relations, such as the report of the "Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" (IPCC).
Another objective is to provide information and advices to political and economic decision-makers. With the "KlimaPortal" (www.climate-change.ch) ProClim provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on the subject of climate change and global environmental changes to the different stakeholders and to the interested public. The secretariat of the advisory board on Climate Changes (Organe consultative sur les Changements Climatiques, OcCC) is attached to the office of ProClim. Further, ProClim runs the administration of the parliamentary group «Climate Change» and the Energy Commission of the Swiss Academies of Arts of Sciences.


Contact

SCNAT
ProClim
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 50
proclim@scnat.ch

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Forum for Genetic Research

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The Swiss Forum for Genetic Research facilitates a broad and neutral discourse about gene technology. It is concerned with the transmission of factual information about genetic research. The forum functions as an early detection center for developments in the field that might prove to be of great significance for society. The forum thus actively promotes the dialogue between society, politics, administration and science.

The Forum for Genetic Research has an interdisciplinary approach and consists of experts from an array of different scientific fields including molecular biology and genetics, plant and environmental science, human medicine, biosafety, sociology, ethics and law. The academies of the various disciplines also participate in the task force.
The forum’s focus is not restricted to genetic research, but also lies on genetics and biotechnology in a wider sense. One of the key activities of the forum is providing expert knowledge to decision-makers and society, which is achieved through reports and the organization of public events, as well as connecting interested parties with experts. Unanswered questions of the public and in politics concerning genetic research are addressed by the forum and discussed from an evidence-based, factual and scientific approach. The forum applies the current state of knowledge in the discussion of benefits and risks of genetic research and highlights the versatile uses of gene technology. The debate about ethics and science is continued in the task force and its results are circulated outside the forum. Other significant tasks of the forum are the provision of networking possibilities for the scientific community, as well as the encouragement of young academics.


Contact

SCNAT
Forum Genforschung
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 34
geneticresearch@scnat.ch

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Interacademic Commission for Alpine Studies (ICAS)

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The Swiss Interacademic Commission for Alpine Studies (ICAS) is a national platform enabling interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary co-operation in the field of alpine and mountain research. ICAS aims at facilitating the collaboration of scientists from both natural and social sciences, especially with regard to young academics. The commission’s focus lies on connecting scientists with organizations involved in researching alpine regions.

ICAS supports researchers to enter into a dialogue with representatives of politics and administration, as well as experts of practical application and members of the public. The commission organises workshops and conferences for the analysis of current tendencies and works towards a problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to alpine research.

As a basis of their work, ICAS consults Swiss experts in the field of alpine and mountain research, and data collected in research projects, publications and events. In addition, ICAS represents the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR) and runs the ISCAR office. Every second year, the latter organizes either the Forum Alpinum or the AlpWeek in co-operation with international partners. ISCAR is also responsible for appointing Swiss experts to participate in the different committees belonging to the Alpine Convention.
ICAS is part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It is supported both by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (ASSH); they each elect half of the members that constitute the commission.

Founding year: 1999


Contact

Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
ICAS
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 46
icas@scnat.ch

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Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net)

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In an attempt to develop solutions for socially relevant issues to the benefit of public welfare, transdisciplinary projects cross the boarders of individual professional disciplines. By doing this, their research also includes the perspectives of policy, economy, as well as civil society. Convinced of the additional value, «Network for Transdisciplinarity» (td-net) – as part of the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences– promotes the advancement of this transdisciplinary research.

The td-net represents the central Swiss contact point for researchers and research sponsors in the field of interdisciplinary as well as transdisciplinary research and teachings. It takes on the role of a platform, which promotes reciprocal learning, irrespective of boarders with regard to subject matter, language or national frontiers, therefore contributing to the formation of a professional community. Being a competence center, td-net disposes of know-how, techniques and tools necessary for a coproduction of knowledge that inevitably will lead interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects and educational projects to success. The “swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research” seeks to visualize exceptional conceptual as well as textual performance of transdisciplinary research in different areas of concern. Thus, it bestows a face on transdisciplinary research and renders it scientific recognition, which will consequently incite scientific offspring to proceed with state-of-the-art transdisciplinary research.

Founding year: 2003


Contact

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
td-net
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 60
td-net@scnat.ch

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Research Council of Swiss National Parc and Biosfera Val Müstair (FOK-SNP)

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The Swiss National Park offers a unique opportunity to survey and document the natural development of a biosphere largely unspoilt by human interference. Since the year 1916, the Research Committee of Swiss National Park (FOK-SNP) supervises the scientific documentation within the national park and the biosphere Val Müstair under the auspices of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT).

To understand the natural development of a secluded ecosystem such as the Swiss National Park and the biosphere Val Müstair, the Research Committee set up two primary tasks: a) the long-term monitoring of its research, and b) the organization of interdisciplinary projects. It is also responsible to answer questions of scientific interest with regards to park management. Possible enquiries range from the ecological impact of a high density of ungulates, the changes in landscape, the optimization of water resources in the Spöl, the ecological and economical consequences of tourism in the National Park, to the stability of ecosystems in terms of natural disasters and extreme climate change. The committee is composed of members who are actively involved in research projects from relevant scientific areas such as natural and social sciences.

Founding year: 1916


Contact

SCNAT
FOK-SNP
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 45
fok-snp@scnat.ch

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Swiss Biodiversity Forum (Forum Biodiversität Schweiz Geschäftsstelle)

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The Swiss Biodiversity Forum is the scientific competence center for biodiversity in Switzerland. It aims at supporting the research of biodiversity and facilitates the co-operation of scientists and policy-makers in the administration department, in politics, economy and society.

Biodiversity – the variety of species, genes and ecosystems - holds an immeasurable significance and worth for human living. Yet biological diversity is decreasing both in Switzerland and worldwide. The consequences of these losses are not only ecological, but also affect the economy and social welfare. Relying on the best expertise available, Swiss Biodiversity Forum contributes to the preservation of biodiversity. It also seeks ways for a sustainable utilization and a just distribution of the profits gained from natural resources. The forum provides networking opportunities for experts and functions as a point of contact between scientific research and society. It serves as both initiator and catalyst in the effort to establish the preservation of biodiversity as a shared concern in all spheres of society and politicking.
By bringing together different pools of knowledge, the forum develops new approaches to contemporary questions surrounding biodiversity and provides decision-makers with the results. It also offers free access to recent research to anyone interested via the magazine HOTSPOT and the IBS (Infodienst Biodiversität Schweiz). In addition, it organizes an annual conference, Swiss Forum on Conservation Biology (SWIFCOB), where scientists and experts from administration and economy as well as representatives of conservation organizations are united in order to discuss current challenges and possible solutions for a more sustainable future.


Contact

SCNAT
Forum Biodiversität Schweiz Geschäftsstelle
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 40
biodiversity@scnat.ch

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Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH)

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The Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH) coordinates and supports polar and high altitude research and represents Switzerland in international organisations. It is a committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the «Platform Science and Policy» of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

The committee is the official legal body representing Switzerland in international committees on polar and high altitude research such as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Expert Group in Human Biology and Medicine of the SCAR, and the International Society for Mountain Medicine.
Within Switzerland, the committee analyses the research needs and issues in the field and stimulates the inter- and transdisciplinary exchange and cooperation in polar and high altitude issues.
Young outstanding scientists are promoted by the attribution of the De Quervain Prize. The attribution of this prize takes place during an annual symposium organized by the committee. This symposium is open for the interested public, too.

Founding year: 1984


Contact

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
SKPH
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 54

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Platform Sciences and Regions (Platform NWR)

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An important link between the sciences and the societies are the regionally tied scientific societies. The Platform Sciences and Regions (NWR) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) supports, promotes and coordinates the work of these regional societies.

The Platform NWR takes care of the regionally bound network of the societies and supports these with their diverse activities and projects, as well as with the publishing process of their publications. In addition the platform collaborates with partners like scientifically oriented museums, botanic and zoological gardens and other platforms of the SCNAT, to ascertain the comprehensible and understandable dispersion of scientific content and research results to a broad range of addressees. Furthermore, the platform is committed to projects in the field of education and the promotion of young talents, by working together with schools and teachers to increase the interest and awareness of science.

Founding year: 2007


Contact

SCNAT
Plattform NWR
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 10
nwr@scnat.ch

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Aargauische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (ANG)

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The Aargau Society of Natural Sciences (Aargauer Naturforschende Gesellschaft (ANG)) gathers people interested in natural sciences and wants to widen the knowledge in this field, as well as to raise the general public interest for natural sciences.

The principal goal of the ANG is to explain the contents and the scientific reports on topics such as genetic engineering, nuclear power, air pollution or human-environment interactions. Also, in the era of internet, the ANG favours the first-hand knowledge and works hard to furnish a base for different subjects in natural sciences, through lectures, excursions and publications. Between 1922 and 1999, the ANG was owner of the museum of natural science and history of the Aargau and is now the co-founder of the "Naturama". A lot of Aargau key figures are linked to the rich history of the ANG, as, for instance, Heinrich Zschokke, Johann Rudolf Meyer, Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Friedrich Mühlberg, Hermann Kummler-Sauerländer or Paul Steinmann.

Founding year: 1811


Contact

ANG
Postfach
5001 Aarau


praes@ang.ch

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Appenzellische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (ANG)

The Society of Natural Sciences of Appenzell (Appenzellische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (ANG)) is committed to informing and discussing about topics concerning natural sciences and aims at promoting the understanding of nature.

In winter, the association organises a series of public lectures on topics related to the natural sciences, such as biology, zoology, geology, geography, botany, engineering sciences or medicine. During these lectures, experts talk about their topics in a well-founded and understandable way. In summer, if possible, an excursion is organised.

Founding year: 1958

Number of members: 143 (2015)


Contact

ANG
c/o Louis Slongo
Steinrieselnstrasse 61
9100 Herisau


+41 71 351 46 64
luslongo@bluewin.ch

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Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sargans-Werdenberg (BZG)

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Botanical and Zoological Society from Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg (Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg (BZG)) aims to study the flora and fauna of the region as well as to promote the concept of the protection of nature.

The BZG is actively involved in the conservation of the habitat of animals and plants, as well as the study and the protection of the regions, whose nature is of exceptional value. Five working groups are particularly interested in the themes of the protection of bats, birds, amphibians/reptiles, crayfishes and the regional flora. Excursions, publications as well as presentations on naturalist topics contribute to the awareness of the surrounding nature - particularly among future generations, thanks to a strong collaboration with schools.

Founding year: 1970

Number of members: 220 (2012)


Contact

BZG
Botanisch-Zoologische Gesellschaft Liechtenstein-Sarganserland-Werdenberg eV
Im Bretscha 22
9494 Schaan


+42 3 232 48 19
bzg@bzg.li

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Cercle d'études scientifiques de la société jurassienne d'émulation (CES)

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The Cercle d’études scientifiques (CES) is the natural science research group belonging to the Société jurassienne d’émulation (SJE). It encompasses various disciplines in the field of natural science including geology, paleontology, botany, zoology, parasitology, ecology, astronomy and many more.

CES aims at promoting research and education of natural science in the canton of Jura with the help of external partners. CES intends to spread the fascination for the field among the younger generation. CES considers itself a connector of society, science and politicking. The activities of CES include the publication of the “Annales de sciences naturelles en Pays jurassien” and a close cooperation with “Société d'histoire naturelle du Pays de Montbéliard” (France). Periodically, the CES honours the achievements of scientists with a connection to the Jura. This prize might be awarded for an outstanding Bachelor or Master Thesis, for instance. A calendar containing the information to the CES’s recent activities is available on the internet, on the SJE’s web domain.

Founding year: 1970

Number of members: 178 (2015)


Contact

CES
c/o Dr Jean-Pierre Sorg
Rière l'Arsenal 4
2800 Delémont


+41 32 422 93 82
pertuisat@bluewin.ch

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Engadiner Naturforschende Gesellschaft (SESN)

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Since 1937, the Engadin Natural Science Society (Societed engiadinaisa da scienzas natürelas (SESN)) encourages the research in natural sciences and the diffusion of knowledge in the natural and naturalists sciences, especially in Engadin.

The "fascination of nature" and its scientific approach are in the focus of the society’s activities. The lectures, excursions and workshops offered are dedicated to natural sciences, especially related to the region, and are aimed at all those interested in the topic. New naturalistic studies from Graubünden are published in the annual report. The SESN is associated with the Society of Natural Sciences of Graubünden (Graubünden Naturforschende Gesellschaft) and the Davos Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Davos) to promote research in natural sciences in the canton of Graubünden.

Founding year: 1937

Number of members: 240 (2015)


Contact

SESN
c/o Dr. David Jenny
Suot Aquadotas
7524 Zuoz


+41 81 854 02 48
jenny.d@compunet.ch

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Freiburger Naturforschende Gesellschaft (FNG)

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The Fribourg Society for natural sciences (Société fribourgeoise des sciences naturelles (SFSN)) welcomes experts of natural and mathematical studies as well as persons from outside the scientific community. who are interested in natural science, as its members. The society’s aim is to promote the studies of natural science and its applications in the Canton of Fribourg.

Each year, the SFSN – which was founded in 1832 - organizes numerous lectures and one excursion with a subject concerning botany or geology. Its bulletin features the society’s proceedings and includes reports from lectures and other contributions in the field of natural sciences and mathematics. The focus lies on research executed by members of the society or the faculty of science at the local university, as well as studies with a direct impact on the canton of Fribourg.
In addition, the society awards the annual “Louis Wantz Prize” for exceptional Matura Theses in a discipline of natural science. The SFSN is a member of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and is directly affiliated with the Faculty of Science at the University of Fribourg.

Founding year: 1832

Number of members: 250 (2012)


Contact

SFSN
c/o Prof. Dr Louis-Félix Bersier
Université de Fribourg
Unité d'écologie et évolution
Chemin du Musée 10
1700 Fribourg


+41 26 300 88 69
louis-felix.bersier@unifr.ch

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La Murithienne - Société valaisanne des sciences naturelles (La Murithienne)

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La Murithienne, the Valais Society of Natural Sciences, is an association dedicated to natural sciences. The society aims to study and to develop the natural sciences, principally in Valais.

To do so, the society organises diverse activities such as excursions (botanical, entomological, geological, etc.), conferences, symposia as well as summer camps for the youth in partnership with ProNatura. Further, the society publishes an annual report with research work or observations made in Valais. This report also informs about the activities of the society, which in addition can be found on the website. The society publishes or participates in the publication of diverse works on the theme of Valais natural sciences. In addition, the society takes part in diverse scientific works and in the management of a library on the thematic of natural sciences.

Founding year: 1861

Number of members: 660 (2014)


Contact

La Murithienne
Case postale 2251
1950 Sion 2 Nord


+41 27 606 47 32
lamurithienne@admin.vs.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Baselland (NGBL)

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The Baselland Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Baselland Gesellschaft (NGBL)) encourages the transmission and publication of discoveries in natural sciences that are impacting the society and the science of the future. The central concerns of the NGBL are the interest in natural sciences and research, particularly the exploration of the region of the canton, the efforts for the protection of the climate, the landscape and the nature, as well as the various aspects related to energy.

With a wide range of lectures in winter and an excursion program in summer the NGBL is committed to the transfer of knowledge and maintains the dialogue both within and across the society. The NGBL keeps its members informed via a newsletter and publishes original scientific works of regional or general interest in the «Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Basel», in collaboration with the Basel Society of Natural Sciences Basel (Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Basel (NGiB)).

Founding year: 1900

Number of members: 391 (2015)


Contact

NGBL
c/o Dr. Oliver Balmer
Holeeholzweg 60
4102 Binningen


+41 61 421 15 04
oliver.balmer@ngbl.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Davos (NGD)

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The aim of the Davos Society of Natural sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Davos (NGD)) is the promotion of the studies in different fields of natural sciences and to explore the Davos region from a scientific point of view.

The lectures and the excursions offered are aimed at the broader public and comprise topics concerning the research in natural sciences and the local nature. The NGD organises, in collaboration with the association "Wissensstadt Davos", discussions in the form of a Café Scientifique, the "Science Coffee Davos". There is an intense exchange between the NGD and the partner societies "Naturforschende Gesellschaft Graubünden" and "Engadiner Naturforschende Gesellschaft". In addition, the NGD awards a prize to exceptional High School theses in order to motivate young students for natural sciences.

Founding year: 1916

Number of members: 57 (2015)


Contact

NGD
c/o Hansruedi Müller
Haus Scora
Ob dem Seeweg 11
7265 Davos Wolfgang


mueller-hansruedi@gmx.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft des Kantons Glarus (NGG)

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The Glarus Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Glarus (NGG)) aims to explore the natural sciences in a general way and more particularly to encourage the scientific research in the canton of Glarus. An important concern of the NGG lies in the support of efforts for the protection of nature in the canton of Glarus.

The activities for each winter and summer period are presented in a bi-annual programme and include lectures, excursions, symposia and visits. As an advantage for its members, the NGG offers free access to diverse science magazines. By request position statements as well as expert’s reports are prepared by the NGG commission for the protection of the nature, also in collaboration with other appropriate organisations. These statements usually concern various fields, such as the adaptation of laws or project modifications. In the scope of public relations, there is a close cooperation with the Glarus Nature Centre (Naturzentrum Glarnerland).

Founding year: 1883

Number of members: 228 (2015)


Contact

NGG
c/o Fridli Marti
Büchelstrasse 7
8753 Mollis


+41 55 622 21 70
marti@quadragmbh.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft des Kantons Solothurn (NGSO)

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The Solothurn Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft des Kantons Solothurn (NGSO)) wants to facilitate the access to knowledge in natural sciences to the general public and to support and promote the works in natural sciences within the canton.

From November to April, the NGSO organises open lectures on topics regarding the field of natural sciences, technology and medicine in the natural museums of Solothurn and Olten. The lectures are given by excellent speakers and in a didactic way. The "Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft" is the journal of the society and is published every two to three years. It’s content is focused on works either concerning the Canton of Solothurn or written by persons from Solothurn. In order to promote the interest of the youth for natural sciences, high school theses about natural sciences are also published in the "Mitteilungen".

Founding year: 1823

Number of members: 285 (2015)


Contact

NGSO
c/o Dr. Peter F. Flückiger
Naturmuseum Olten
Kirchgasse 10
4600 Olten


+41 62 212 79 19
info@ngso.ch
info@naturmuseum-olten.ch
info@ngso.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Graubündens in Chur (NGG)

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The Society of Natural Sciences of the canton Grisons (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Graubünden (NGG)) is an association committed to the promotion and dissemination of knowledge in the natural sciences, as well as, to the support of natural sciences research in the Grisons and the surrounding alpine regions.

The annual program of NGG includes lectures, excursions, congresses and other events. The topics of the lectures are addressed at members and at the interested public. The NGG regularly publishes annual reports on topics in the natural sciences concerning the region. Within the NGG, there are specialized working groups, such as the group of ornithological work of Grisons (Ornithologische Arbeitsgruppe Graubünden (OAG)) among others. Through its research and its workshops, the OAG aims at sharing both its knowledge and its enthusiasm for the world of birds. In collaboration with the highschools of Chur, Schiers and Disentis, the NGG awards a promotion prize to a high-quality Matura thesis in the field of natural sciences.

Founding year: 1825

Number of members: 409 (2013)


Contact

NGG
c/o Bündner Naturmuseum
Masanserstrasse 31
7000 Chur


+41 81 257 28 41
info@bnm.gr.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Basel (NGiB)

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The objective of the Basel Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Basel (NGiB), is to promote science and raise awareness for natural studies among the Swiss population.

The NGiB offers free lectures on a variety of topics during the academic semesters. These lectures are public; an important concern of NGiB thus is a general accessibility and comprehensibility of the contributions.
The presentations are intended to provide insights into the diverse functions and task of various natural science organizations in Basel including departments at the university, the Natural History museum, the zoological garden, agricultural research facilities, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as well as the pediatric clinic. Another focus of these lectures lies on the objectives and methods of industrial research. In addition, the NGiB organizes excursions in the region to complement its range of offers. The “Stiftung Emilia Guggenheim-Schnurr”, a foundation established by NGiB, supports regional research projects in the field of natural sciences.
In “Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaften beider Base”l, a joint-venture magazine with the affiliated association from the canton Basel-Landschaft, contributions from the disciplines of natural studies are published regularly. The magazine’s focus lies on scientific articles whose author or content have a direct connection to the wider region around Basel. The magazine is directed at an audience from the region, Switzerland or abroad that consist of professionals as well as people from outside the scientific community of natural sciences. The publication’s aim is to bridge the gap between science and the general population.

Founding year: 1817

Number of members: 400 (2015)


Contact

NGiB
c/o Prof. Dr. Reto Brun
SWISS TPH
Postfach
4002 Basel


+41 61 284 82 31
reto.brun@unibas.ch
info@ngib.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Bern (NGB)

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The role of the Bern Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Bern (NGB)) is to spread the scientific ideas and new discoveries of the different fields of natural sciences. The society contributes to an expansion of knowledge in natural sciences and natural history regarding the Canton of Bern. In collaboration with the University of Bern, the NGB offers a forum for discussions on the subjects related to these topics.

The events, publications and excursions offered by the NGB are designed for the interested public and in particular also for classes of post-obligatory schools. Every year, a new main topic is defined, providing a framework for the various offers of the society. The annual communications of the NGB include, amongst other things, scientific articles and presentations of SELECT_ed lectures, the annual reports of the NGB and the inspectorate of the protection of the nature in the Canton of Bern, as well as session reports of the Bern Society of Botany. Thrice a year, the NGB publishes a practical calendar with events in Bern, linked with natural sciences.

Founding year: 1786

Number of members: 338 (2015)


Contact

NGB
c/o Dr. Ursula Menkveld-Gfeller
Naturhistorisches Museum Bern
Bernastrasse 15
3005 Bern


+41 31 350 72 50
info@ngbe.ch
menkveld@nmbe.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich (NGZH)

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Accessing the "exact knowledge of nature" through meticulous observations and experiments: This was, is and remains the main aim of the Society of Natural Sciences Zurich (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Zürich (NGZH)).

The NGZH wishes to particularly foster the general public’s understanding in all disciplines of natural sciences, both in fundamental and applied fields. The NGZH thus aims at facilitating the exchange with increasingly more specialised disciplines, as well as, the access to the results of current research. For this purpose, free lectures and excursions with qualified experts are organised. In addition, current research conducted in Zurich is presented in a quarterly journal. In the annual publication (Neujahrsblatt), specialists have the opportunity to present specific topics to a more general public. The NGZH contributes to the promotion of a future generation in the natural sciences by awarding an annual prize for an exceptional high school thesis and by devoting a special annual publication to the youth.

Founding year: 1746

Number of members: 524 (2015)


Contact

NGZH
c/o Dr. Fritz Gassmann
Limmatstrasse 6
5412 Vogelsang


+41 56 223 19 75
sekretariat@ngzh.ch
gassmann@bluewin.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Luzern (NGL)

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Founding year: 1855

Number of members: 560 (2013)


Contact

NGL
c/o Erwin Leupi
Seeburgstrasse 43
6006 Luzern


+41 41 280 67 40
erwin.leupi@ngl.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Oberwallis (NfGO)

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The Upper Valais Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Oberwallis (NfGO)) wants to rise the interest for the knowledge in natural sciences, promotes the comprehension of natural sciences and allows a wide public to access to the new discoveries in natural sciences. The NfGO offers the possibility to young scientists to present their work to the general public.

The annual program of the NfGO includes approximately eight open events, such as lectures, excursions, exhibitions and debates. With the help of sponsors, a jury of the NfGO grants every year a distinction to the best high school thesis in natural sciences for the students from the Brig High School. The NfGO also regularly publishes scientific work and seeks to collaborate with other associations and organisations linked with the field of natural sciences.

Founding year: 1979

Number of members: 240 (2015)


Contact

NfGO
Postfach
3902 Brig-Glis


ngoberwallis@scnatweb.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Obwalden und Nidwalden (NAGON)

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The Obwalden and Nidwalden Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Obwalden und Nidwalden (NAGON)) is a regional society of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The NAGON aims at the promotion of the comprehension of natural sciences and at the awakening to the interest of their discovery.

A varied programme is provided to the society’s members. It includes both natural sciences excursions and events for the end of the day ("Feierabendveranstaltungen") or enterprise visits. The NAGON adapts its choice of topics in function of its members’ wishes. Natural phenomena are studied and observed with the guidance of competent speakers. Due to NAGON’s independency from university institutions and politics, it is also possible to broach topics of local politics and to talk about them from a neutral scientific point of view. One of the biggest challenges, which NAGON wishes to address: create bridges between the everyday life and natural sciences.

Founding year: 1995

Number of members: 160 (2015)


Contact

NAGON
c/o Dr. Andreas Traber
Kägiswilerstrasse 13
6064 Kerns


+41 41 660 20 03
trabervonrotz@bluewin.ch
info@nagon.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Schaffhausen (NGSH)

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The Schaffhausen society of natural sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Schaffhausen (NGSH)) is actively dedicated to natural sciences and technics. Throughout diverse activities, the NGSH wants to raise the interest for natural sciences and to highlight the interdependence of these topics.

The NGSH offers a large range of offers for the interested persons, such as presentations, excursions, visits and publications. Its interest is focused on the Schaffhausen area. However, the NGSH’s perspectives are going beyond that: in 2012, the NGSH put in operation a new observatory possessing a modern planetarium.

Founding year: 1822

Number of members: 718 (2015)


Contact

NGSH
Postfach 1007
8201 Schaffhausen


info@ngsh.ch

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Naturforschende Gesellschaft Uri (NGU)

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The Uri Society of Natural Sciences (Naturforschende Gesellschaft Uri (NGU)) aims to link research and current developments in natural sciences to the interested general public. The society strives to popularize scientific discoveries and their applications by using a generally comprehensible form. The society takes care of the whole spectrum of the natural sciences with a particular focus on subjects concerning the Canton of Uri and Central Switzerland.

The NGU organises lectures, excursions and visits for its members. Since its foundation in 1911, the NGU publishes reports about topics dealing with the regional nature. For many years the botanical group of the NGU takes care of the flora of Canton of Uri. The group maintains a database of the local plants, UPDATE_s the archiving of the herbarium of lichenologist Anton Gisler and organises courses in plant classification, hikes and weeks dedicated to botany. In 2011, for the occasion of the centenary of the NGU, a richly illustrated book on the geology of the Canton of Uri has been published. Currently, the society sets up a database of the fauna from the Canton.

Founding year: 1911

Number of members: 160 (2015)


Contact

NGU
c/o Dr. Peter Spillmann
Krebsriedgasse 35
6460 Altdorf UR


+41 41 871 24 25
peter.spillmann@bluewin.ch

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Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Thun (NGT)

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The Thun Society of Natural Sciences (Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Thun (NGT)) is striving to promote the joys of natural sciences to its members as well as to the general public. The society supports the in-depth study of all fields of natural sciences and their application in technology. A focus thereby is laid on the encouragement of young people having an interest in natural sciences. In addition, the NGT tries to preserve the interests of the protection of nature.

The NGT organises different events and periodically publishes the "Mitteilungen der Naturrwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft Thun". The summer offer of the NGT includes naturalist or technical excursions. During winter, renowned speakers present lectures on different topics linked to natural sciences.
The NGT owns a nature protecting area at the lake of Thun, the Gwattlischenmoos, which is of national importance. In addition to that, the society is responsible for the Seeliswald-Hochmoor near Reutigen.

Founding year: 1919

Number of members: 217 (2015)


Contact

NGT
Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Thun
3600 Thun

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Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Winterthur (NGW)

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The Winterthur Society of Natural Sciences (Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Winterthur (NGW)) deals with questions from all natural sciences disciplines and promotes their understanding through lectures, excursions and publications. The NGW places special emphasis on current topics in natural sciences and the environment, particularly in the area of Winterthur.

During the winter semester, the NGW organises various lectures in the broad field of natural sciences, in which scientists give a passionate insight into their work. In the event series "Wissenschaft um 11", scientists and researchers present their area of expertise, while they also allow a glimpse at their personality. These events are enriched by artistic and cultural aspects. In summer, excursions and guided tours are available. A major concern of the NGW is to introduce young people to the fascination of natural sciences at an early stage. To this end, the society organises various activities, such as projects days in schools or the "Kinderuniversität" of Winterthur and supports high school students in writing a natural sciences based thesis.

Founding year: 1884

Number of members: 866 (2015)


Contact

NGW
c/o Peter Lippuner
Geiselweidstrasse 6
8400 Winterthur


+41 79 416 04 93
ngw@gmx.ch

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Schwyzerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (SzNG)

The principal aim of the Schwyz Society of Natural Sciences (Schwyzerische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (SzNG)) is the diffusion of knowledge in natural sciences of and within the Canton of Schwyz. This is achieved by the organisation of conferences and excursions related to all fields of natural sciences and as well as with the support and the publication of research works.

The events organised by the SzNG cover a broad range of topics. Members of the SzNG are on the one hand from the natural sciences community, while others are interested in the surrounding nature in general. The SzNG occasionally publishes thematic booklets with scientific articles related to Schwyz nature, targeting also a general public.

Founding year: 1932

Number of members: 259 (2015)


Contact

SzNG
c/o Dr. Meinrad Küchler
Arvenweg 18
8840 Einsiedeln


+41 55 412 65 70
m.kuechler@datacomm.ch

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Società ticinese di scienze naturali (STSN)

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Gegründet im Jahr 1903, ist die Società ticinese di scienze naturali (STSN) der Bezugspunkt für alle die an wissenschaftlichen Aspekten des Tessiner Territoriums und ganz allgemein dem breiten Spektrum der Naturwissenschaften interessiert sind.



Founding year: 1903

Number of members: 451 (2013)


Contact

STSN
c/o Museo cantonale di storia naturale
Casella postale 5487
6901 Lugano


+41 91 815 47 68
info@stsn.ch

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Société de physique et d'histoire naturelle de Genève (SPHN)

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Founding year: 1790

Number of members: 182 (2015)


Contact

SPHN
c/o Prof. Dr Michel Grenon
Université de Genève
Observatoire Astronomique
51, chemin des Maillettes
1290 Versoix


+41 22 379 24 09
michel.grenon@unige.ch

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Société neuchâteloise des sciences naturelles (SNSN)

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Founding year: 1832

Number of members: 267 (2015)


Contact

SNSN
c/o Muséum d'histoire naturelle
Rue des Terraux 14
2000 Neuchâtel


+41 32 717 79 60
snsn@unine.ch

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Société vaudoise des sciences naturelles (SVSN)

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The Society of Natural Sciences of the Canton of Vaud (Société vaudoise des Sciences naturelles (SVSN)) is a scientific society dedicated to the natural sciences, exact sciences and other related sciences, such as biology, geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics but also the history and the methodology of sciences.

The aim of the SVSN is the study, the progression and the diffusion of these scientific disciplines. To support and promote the research in these different disciplines, the SVSN organises public lectures and excursions. The SVSN publishes scientific papers and more generally understandable articles on research in the fields of natural and exact sciences in its «Bulletin», and more substantial work in its «Mémoires». The SVSN also supports the scientific succession by awarding a prize for an outstanding work made by a young scientist (Prix SVSN) and the best presentations made during the day of young researchers from the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne (Prix DDay). Through its activities, the SVSN also aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue among experts, the general public and academic and private researchers in the Canton of Vaud. The SVSN is a member and the umbrella organisation of the Union of Scientific Societies of the Canton of Vaud.
The activities of the SVSN are advertised on its website and on the social networks.

Founding year: 1819

Number of members: 440 (2015)


Contact

SVSN
Palais de Rumine
Case Postale
1005 Lausanne


svsn@unil.ch

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St. Gallische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWG)

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The Saint-Gall Society of Natural Sciences (St.Gallische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWG)) is very solicitous to bring the knowledge of natural sciences and of newest research results closer to its members and the general public, as well as to promote the conservation of nature.

To do so, the NWG offers a program of lectures related to physics, chemistry, geology, biology and applied natural sciences throughout the year. Well-known speakers present current projects and recent results.

During the summer semester, half-a-day or one-day excursions are taking place. In addition to two-day excursions, a trip abroad of one or two weeks is organised for the NWG members every couple of years.

Every two or three years, the NWG publishes a set of articles about natural sciences’ topics, which are principally linked to Eastern Switzerland.

The NWG promotes research works devoted to the study and the protection of the nature of the canton of Saint-Gall, and collaborates with associations whose aims are similar. Thanks to the NWG, that owns the natural reservation around Wenigerweier since 2002, this site previously used for industry became an attractive local recreation area.

Founding year: 1819

Number of members: 541 (2015)


Contact

NWG
c/o Dr. Toni Bürgin
Naturmuseum St. Gallen
Museumstrasse 32
9000 St. Gallen


+41 71 242 06 86
toni.buergin@naturmuseumsg.ch

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Thurgauische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (TNG)

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The principal aims of the Thurgau Society of Natural Sciences (Thurgauische Naturforschende Gesellschaft (TNG)) are the promotion of the comprehension of natural sciences and the spread of knowledge in natural sciences in a comprehensible way.

For its members the TNG organises a varied one-year program consisting of lectures and excursions related to the natural sciences’ topics. At these open events non-members are also welcome. The society’s long-serving journal “Mitteilungen” includes detailed articles on natural sciences, paying particular attention to the region of Thurgau/Lake Constance. To encourage natural sciences’ works in the Canton of Thurgau, the TNG annually awards one high school thesis (Maturaarbeit) in natural sciences coming from Thurgau schools for its originality and excellent quality.

Founding year: 1854

Number of members: 387 (2015)


Contact

TNG
8500 Frauenfeld


info@tng.ch

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Committee for the Promotion of Young Talents

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Young people’s interest in natural sciences is constantly decreasing while there is an increasing lack of qualified natural scientists in the professional world. As a reaction to this development, the Committee for the Promotion of Young Talents (Kommission Nachwuchsförderung) as part of the framework of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) has put its focus on enkindling youth’s fascination for the fields of the natural sciences.

The committee has identified the following four challenges to be addressed by the academy: a.) children and adolescents should be enthused for the natural sciences during their forming school years, b.) qualified professionals in their field should be made available to research, industrial field as well as to the economy, c.) the natural sciences should be recognized as cultural heritage, which seeks to transmit knowledge, and finally d.) The academy should actively partake in the fields of adolescent promotion and education on a national scale.
The project “Patenschaft für Maturaarbeiten” is a mediating offer with the aim of fostering direct exchange between experts of a specific scientific field, students and also their teachers.
Educa.MINT, a panel which has emerged out of a collaboration between various partners, supports teaching staff. It encourages teachers to effectively locate information about class-complementary offers in the field of Mathematics, Computer Science, the Natural Sciences as well as Technology (MINT). This committee furthermore supports activities organized by membership organizations and partners of SCNAT (e.g. “Science on Stage” www.science-on-stage.ch).

Founding year: 2010


Contact

SCNAT
Commission pour l'encouragement de la relève
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 05
anne.jacob@scnat.ch

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Jury Prix Expo SCNAT

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Each year, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) grants the “Prix Expo” to a current exhibition, which capably and innovatively conveys natural scientific content. The award is endowed with 10’000 Swiss Francs. The jury SELECT_ing the winner consists of members from the fields of science, art and education.

In addition to the regular award, the jury may GRANT_a special award to an institution for its exceptional commitment and outstanding high-quality performance over a longer period of time.
The SCNAT provides an important contribution with the Prix Expo towards the promotion of experience-oriented exhibitions for all ages that mediate the fascination of scientific research.

Founding year: 2003


Contact

SCNAT
Jury Prix Expo SCNAT
Postfach
3001 Bern

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Jury Prix Média swiss-academies

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The „Prix Média swiss-academies” of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is a means to award superior scientific reports being published in periodically appearing Swiss media. Such reports distinguish themselves by their reader-friendly and comprehensible style and their relevance in both social and contemporary matters. On the four topics science, technology, medicine and social sciences/humanities each assigned jury discusses a possible annual winner of the award, which is endowed with 10’000 Swiss Francs.

The jury of the Prix Média that is responsible for the domain Science consists of three experts that are active in the media landscape and one member of the executive board of the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT). The Jury pays especially close attention to the successful transfer of scientific knowledge.


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SCNAT
Jury Prix Média akademien-schweiz
Postfach
3001 Bern

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Kommission Dr. Joachim de Giacomi

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The Committee for the Dr Joachim de Giacomi Foundation is part of the working groups of the Central Committee of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). This committee deals with applications and grants awards from the foundation.

This financial support is intended for scientific works, especially contributions to a publication, or the participation to field research costs, to the purchase of instruments and eventually to travel expenses. The aimed goal should be purely scientific and not commercial. The subventions are primarily awarded in earth sciences, zoology and botany. In addition, the applicant must be a member of the SCNAT. The committee of the academy and the societies affiliated to the latter may also send requests for the publication of scientific work

Founding year: 1921


Contact

Commission Dr Joachim de Giacomi
c/o Dr Jean-Luc Epard
Université de Lausanne UNIL
Institut des sciences de la Terre
Bâtiment Géopolis 4883
1015 Lausanne


+41 21 692 43 66
jean-luc.epard@unil.ch

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Kuratorium der Georges und Antoine Claraz-Schenkung

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The Committee of the Donation of Georges and Antoine Claraz (Kuratorium der Georges und Antoine Claraz-Schenkung) manages the donation following the will of the founder and scientist Georges Claraz. This donation is designated by its name and the one of his brother Antoine.

Many research projects benefit from the donation every year. According to the donation deed, the former zoology from the University of Zurich, currently constituted of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Science, palaeontology and anthropology, the Botanical Garden and the Institute of systematic Botany at the University of Zurich and the department of Genetics and Evolution at the University of Geneva are able to apply for it. The contributions should be used whenever possible to allow young researchers to conduct field studies or participating in congresses.

Founding year: 1922


Contact

Commission de la Donation Georges et Antoine Claraz
c/o Prof. Dr Brigitte Mauch-Mani
Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Botanique
Case postale 158
2009 Neuchâtel


+41 32 718 22 05
brigitte.mauch@unine.ch

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Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS)

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The Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS) serves as an umbrella to more than 60 scientific societies. Around 30'000 individuals are as members of their scientific societies linked to the SAHS and thus form the largest network within the humanities and social sciences.

The SAHS is recognized by the Swiss Federation as an agency promoting scientific research. It is committed to facilitate researchers’ networking, to promote its disciplines and its young researchers, and to foster the dialogue between science and society. The SAHS is a member of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

Founding year: 1946


Contact

SAGW
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 50
sagw@sagw.ch

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Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)

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The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS / SAMW) anticipates developments in medicine and health care, identifies opportunities and risks in research and society, and provides advice based on scientific expertise to stakeholders of the public health sector (including doctors, nurses and other health experts), researchers and educators, as well as to bodies governing the health care system (like politicians and administration on a federal and cantonal level).

SAMS is a government approved institution for the promotion of research. Its core duties include maintaining a high quality of biomedical and clinical research, supporting young academics and facilitating close ties between medical science and its practical application. In addition, SAMS is concerned with reviewing ethical questions with regard to medical advances and their consequences for society, as well as reflecting on the future of medicine. Furthermore, SAMS actively participates in the politicking surrounding academia, science and education, and consults politicians and administration on issues in the field of medical sciences.

Founding year: 1943


Contact

SAMW
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 61 269 90 30
mail@samw.ch

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Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)

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The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) provides recommendations for the application of technology, which is of great importance to Switzerland as a habitat, a place of commerce and research.

In addition, SATW promotes the fascination for and understanding of technology among the Swiss population with a special focus on adolescents by organizing activities and performing various other tasks of coordination. SATW is government approved and a politically neutral non-profit institution, which unites experts and societies in the field of engineering. SATW participates in a global network of engineering sciences. It is a member of both the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering (Euro-CASE) and the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS).

Founding year: 1981


Contact

SATW
Gerbergasse 5
8001 Zürich


+41 44 226 50 11
info@satw.ch

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Foundation Science et Cité

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The foundation Science et Cité (Science and City) is a neutral interface between the sciences and the public. Their objective is to encourage exchange between scientists and citizens and thus create a climate of mutual trust.

To do justice to this mission, Science et Cité has initiated diverse activities: dialogue platforms, interactive exhibits, projects welcoming personal contributions and thoughts. These activities appeal to various target groups:
• Children and youths, to inflame their interest in science
• Adults, for them to expand their knowledge and exchange views with experts
• Scientists, to address questions preying on people's minds
• Diverse key players in science communication who wish to expand their network
Science et Cité was established in 1998 and its head office is located in Berne's historic centre. Regional branches are located in the Suisse Romande and in the Ticinio.

Founding year: 1998


Contact

Stiftung Science et Cité
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 81
info@science-et-cite.ch

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Centre for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS)

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TA-SWISS - this is the short name for Centre for Technology Assessment, implying the institution's main task. Looking into the future, we investigate technical applications with the potential to radically change our lives henceforth.

While untried technologies applied prematurely and without extensive previous evaluation can have far-reaching consequences, it can equally prove disastrous to disregard technical innovation. It is therefore all the more important to shed light on various aspects of ongoing technological developments at an early stage.
TA-SWISS complies with its legal mandate stipulated in the Swiss Federal Law to Promote Research and Innovation. Its publications are aimed at decision-makers in the realms of politics, business and administration as well as at a general public. TA-SWISS hereby provides the basis for political decision-making in the field of technology. Institutionally, it is an independent centre of competence of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
TA-SWISS cooperates with various international technology assessment committees, with a special engagement in the European Parliamentary Technology Assessment (EPTA) network. Moreover, it works closely together with TA institutions in neighbouring countries.

Founding year: 1992


Contact

TA-SWISS
Brunngasse 36
3011 Bern


+41 31 310 99 60
info@ta-swiss.ch

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Commission "Scientific Integrity"

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In 2006, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences established the commission "Scientific Integrity“, which follows national and international developments and takes position on general questions related to scientific integrity.

The commission advises research institutions, research promoting institutions and political authorities on fundamental questions. In 2008, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences published the brochure "Scientific integrity: principles and rules of procedure“.

Founding year: 2006


Contact

SAMW
Kommission «Wissenschaftliche Integrität»
Petersplatz 13
4051 Basel

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Coordination office Swiss Park Research (Swiss Park Research)

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The Coordination of Swiss Park Research aims to support the research projects of the parks of national significance and other protected areas (eg. UNESCO World Heritage) and to support them in their collaborations on priority topics.

In 2007, the legal basis for the establishment of parks of national significance took effect. Only the parks that come from regional initiatives and which are supported by the population are federally recognised as parks.
For an efficient and targeted management, the parks require extensive knowledge on data of the ecological, economic and social development. Park research is therefore supported in its long-term development. The parks and the protected areas are generally accepted as appropriate areas for comparative (national and international) research on various higher order subjects.

The coordination of park research in Switzerland encourages the dialogue between science and practice and supports the parks in the area of research. For this, it offers an information platform on completed, ongoing and new research projects. The research topics that deal with aspects of regional sustainable development and that are relevant to a comparative study of several parks have been concentrated in a thematic catalogue. It is a thematic basis for collaboration between science, administration and management of the parks. In addition, the needs in research of the parks are collected and the results of park research that are relevant to the practice are placed at their disposal.

Founding year: 2009


Contact

Parkforschung Schweiz
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 47
parkforschung@scnat.ch

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Energy-Commission of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (Energy-Commission)

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The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences seek to condense their specific competences with regard to energy into the framework of a commission. Such a commission not only widens their scope, but it also collaborates with already existing organizations concerned with energy. This collaboration should then foster a network of professionals in the field of energy, which is meant to include all disciplines.

This collaborative project enables the disclosure of all aspects of the Swiss energy system as well as short and long-term dependencies on both national and international scale. This commission of energy represents the Swiss research community while also responding to questions with regard to energy that may be of interest to politics and decision makers. Being highly supported by the research community as well as competent and open to dialogue, this energy commission contributes to the objectification of energy discourse. It also openly demonstrates scientific facts and justifies its consensus or disagreement, respectively.
The commission promotes and coordinates discourse and exchange of knowledge with regard to concerns of energy not only within research communities, but also between academies. Furthermore, it seeks collaboration with Swiss institutes of higher education. It cultivates close contact with international institutions, supports international research programs and promotes Swiss contribution within international research programs.

Founding year: 2012


Contact

Energy-Commission
c/o SCNAT
ProClim
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 50
proclim@scnat.ch

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Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE)

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The Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) is a body of expertise and consultation in the field of "animal experimentation". The tasks of the ECAE include the development of positions on key issues in the field of animal testing and the review of legal dictates.

The committee consists of eleven members from sectors such as fundamental research, veterinary medicine, animal welfare, law and ethics. The ECAE is a joint committee of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

Founding year: 2013


Contact

KTVE
c/o Sibylle Ackermann
SAMW
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 92 73
s.ackermann@samw.ch

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Future Education Switzerland

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The Working Group „Future Education Switzerland“ allows and promotes an evidence based and structured discussion and reflexion on forward-looking educational issues by involving all stakeholders.

Its functions include processing of expert assessments, the consolidation of results emanating from discussion as well as the drafting of recommendations derived therefrom for the attention of relevant instances.


Contact

Zukunft Bildung Schweiz
c/o Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
Hirschengraben 11
3011 Bern

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Interacademic Commission for Alpine Studies (ICAS)

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The Swiss Interacademic Commission for Alpine Studies (ICAS) is a national platform enabling interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary co-operation in the field of alpine and mountain research. ICAS aims at facilitating the collaboration of scientists from both natural and social sciences, especially with regard to young academics. The commission’s focus lies on connecting scientists with organizations involved in researching alpine regions.

ICAS supports researchers to enter into a dialogue with representatives of politics and administration, as well as experts of practical application and members of the public. The commission organises workshops and conferences for the analysis of current tendencies and works towards a problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to alpine research.

As a basis of their work, ICAS consults Swiss experts in the field of alpine and mountain research, and data collected in research projects, publications and events. In addition, ICAS represents the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in the International Scientific Committee on Research in the Alps (ISCAR) and runs the ISCAR office. Every second year, the latter organizes either the Forum Alpinum or the AlpWeek in co-operation with international partners. ISCAR is also responsible for appointing Swiss experts to participate in the different committees belonging to the Alpine Convention.
ICAS is part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It is supported both by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (ASSH); they each elect half of the members that constitute the commission.

Founding year: 1999


Contact

Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz
ICAS
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 46
icas@scnat.ch

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Network for Transdisciplinary Research (td-net)

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In an attempt to develop solutions for socially relevant issues to the benefit of public welfare, transdisciplinary projects cross the boarders of individual professional disciplines. By doing this, their research also includes the perspectives of policy, economy, as well as civil society. Convinced of the additional value, «Network for Transdisciplinarity» (td-net) – as part of the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences– promotes the advancement of this transdisciplinary research.

The td-net represents the central Swiss contact point for researchers and research sponsors in the field of interdisciplinary as well as transdisciplinary research and teachings. It takes on the role of a platform, which promotes reciprocal learning, irrespective of boarders with regard to subject matter, language or national frontiers, therefore contributing to the formation of a professional community. Being a competence center, td-net disposes of know-how, techniques and tools necessary for a coproduction of knowledge that inevitably will lead interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research projects and educational projects to success. The “swiss-academies award for transdisciplinary research” seeks to visualize exceptional conceptual as well as textual performance of transdisciplinary research in different areas of concern. Thus, it bestows a face on transdisciplinary research and renders it scientific recognition, which will consequently incite scientific offspring to proceed with state-of-the-art transdisciplinary research.

Founding year: 2003


Contact

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
td-net
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 60
td-net@scnat.ch

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Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH)

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The Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH) coordinates and supports polar and high altitude research and represents Switzerland in international organisations. It is a committee of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the «Platform Science and Policy» of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

The committee is the official legal body representing Switzerland in international committees on polar and high altitude research such as the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), the Expert Group in Human Biology and Medicine of the SCAR, and the International Society for Mountain Medicine.
Within Switzerland, the committee analyses the research needs and issues in the field and stimulates the inter- and transdisciplinary exchange and cooperation in polar and high altitude issues.
Young outstanding scientists are promoted by the attribution of the De Quervain Prize. The attribution of this prize takes place during an annual symposium organized by the committee. This symposium is open for the interested public, too.

Founding year: 1984


Contact

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
SKPH
Haus der Akademien
Postfach
3001 Bern


+41 31 306 93 54

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Working Group "Gender"

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The working group „Gender“ has the task to support the equality of men and women in all spheres at the four Academies and to deal with gender issues in the academic field.

In March 2014, the working group received a mandate by the Executive Board of the Academy to draw up an action plan for women-friendly evaluation criteria in science.


Contact

Arbeitsgruppe «Gender»
c/o Akademie der Wissenschaften Schweiz
Hirschengraben 11
3011 Bern

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Centro Biologia Alpina (CBA) (Centro Biologia Alpina (CBA))

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The Alpine Biology Center Piora (CBA) has a mainly academic orientation, but is also open to other kinds of schools and the public interested in nature.


Contact

Centro Biologia Alpina (CBA)
Via Mirasole 22A
6500 Bellinzona


lorena.ferrari-casanova@cadagno.ch

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Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

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The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA) network actively explores and explains the great biological richness of the mountains of the world. GMBA seeks to provide input to policy makers and stakeholders for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in mountain regions.

Mountains of the world are hotspots of biological diversity. Steep terrain and mountain climate in combination with severe land use pressure cause mountain ecosystems to rank among the most endangered landscapes in the world.
GMBA is an international network of mountain biodiversity researchers and policy makers, aiming at an active exploration of the biological richness of the mountains and the human influence on the landscapes. By providing input to policy makers and stakeholders, GMBA increases the visibility of mountain biodiversity issues and catalyses s sustainable development of rural upland areas. In cooperation with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), GMBA encourages a global effort to mine geo-referenced archive databases on mountain organisms. The GMBA network is part of "DIVERSITAS", an international global change research programme on biodiversity sciences, all within the platform of "Future Earth".


Contact

GMBA
Botanisches Institut
Schönbeinstrasse 6
4056 Basel


061 267 35 11
gmba@unibas.ch

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Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC)

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The Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) is a competence center linking and supporting the plant science research community of the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Basel.

The PSC promotes fundamental and applied research in the plant sciences. We seek creative approaches to research mentoring and coursework for students and postdocs, and we provide platforms for interactions with peers, policymakers, industry and stakeholders. We help graduate students put together the right package of classes in the plant sciences, statistics, policy, communication and other transferable skills. And, we help match students and project leaders with appropriate funding sources to take on some of society’s most important questions.

Founding year: 1998


Contact

ETH Zürich
PSC
ETH Zürich
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich


+41 44 632 23 33
info-plantscience@ethz.ch

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Science on Stage Switzerland (Science on Stage Switzerland)

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Science on Stage aims to promote science and give ideas to be used in the classroom, bringing together teachers from all levels of education, from primary school to high school.


Contact

SCNAT
Science on Stage Switzerland
Haus der Akademien Laupenstr. 7
Postfach
3001 Bern


anne.jacob@scnat.ch