EVENT Apr 21, 2017

Research in Swiss parks

On 30 May 2017, Swiss Park Research is organising a national conference on research in parks of national significance and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Scientists will present their current research projects carried out in different nature parks of national significance and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The programme includes presentations and posters on the subjects society, education, biodiversity and change.

Further information and registration

EVENT Apr 10, 2017

3° Convegno "Dalle Alpi al Mediterraneo"

Cross-border, sustainable mobility and its relevance for the prosperity in times of rapid social and economic change are crucial for the development between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea. Maurice Campagna, president of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, moderated an event in Lugano with high-level representatives from science and politics, such as Giancarlo Kessler, Swiss Ambassador in Rome, and Prof. Rico Maggi, professor for international tourism and microeconomics at USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

"Sustainability of cross-border mobility"


Universities are becoming more sustainable

More sustainability in research and teaching: The federal government’s four million Swiss Francs funding programme “Sustainable Development at Universities” significantly contributed to its anchorage.
In the past four years, the programme coordinated by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences supported 54 projects. An overview will be presented on Friday at the “Sustainable University Day” in Basel with the final report. The first call of the follow-up programme has already been opened for students.

Final report “Sustainable University Day” (pdf, in German)
Overview of all projects
Follow-up programme “U-Change”

International Apr 5, 2017

Grave concern about academic freedom in Hungary

The higher education law reform by the Hungarian Government causes great turbulence. The reform formally concerns the 28 education institutions that are supported from abroad, but is factually directed against the Central European University (CEU). This university, which has gained international reputation since its creation in 1991, would have to cease operation if the reform was to be continued. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences join the All European Academies (ALLEA) and other science organisations in urging the Hungarian Government to withdraw the reform and to respect academic freedom that is enshrined in Article 9 of the Hungarian constitution.

ALLEA letter
Further statements
Hungarian constitution


Marching for research and science

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences support the "March for Science" on 22 April. Together with all participants worldwide, the Academies also emphasise the need for a science transparent and accessible to all. Research and science should serve the common good and help decision-makers to find the best possible solutions for the population.

"March for Science" in Switzerland

Scientific integrity Mar 24, 2017

Guidelines for honest research

A new European code of conduct defines the guidelines for research integrity. The concise compilation was drafted by selected experts of the umbrella organisation of 59 academies in 40 Council of Europe countries – the All European Academies (ALLEA). As a reference document of the European Commission, it will be binding for all researchers with project funding from the European Research Framework Programme. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences substantially contributed to the revised version of the document.

European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity
ALLEA Website

CONFERENCE Mar 21, 2017

Future developed tourism regions – more than a business model

This year's conference of the Interacademic Commission on Alpine Studies (ICAS) fathoms new future prospects for centres and regions that are highly developed for tourism and therefore depend on it. Current trends and rapidly changing frame conditions such as unpredictable global markets, secondary residents limitation, climate change and increasing mobility set dwindling frame conditions. The discussion should be held beyond the classic and purely economically oriented business models and should show how touristic centres can develop and distinguish themselves from the inside as attractive habitats. The conference will address possible approaches, which might also be interesting for the Engadine.

Kongress- und Kulturzentrum Rondo, Pontresina. 23 and 24 June 2017
Registration by 19 June 2017:, +41 (0)31 306 93 46.

Further information

EVENT Mar 14, 2017

ScienceComm'17 Call for Participation

"Show Me Science!" is the motto of the ScienceComm'17. What role does science communication play in times of "anything goes"? Is the flexible attitude towards facts and interpretations not a wake-up call for science and an opportunity to position itself in the sense of 'It's science. It works. We show you how!'? This year, the conference will focus on participative formats. ScienceComm'17 will start in the afternoon of 21 September and will end in the evening of 22 September 2017 in the Landhaus Solothurn.

Submission deadline for abstracts is 9 April 2017:
Further information about ScienceComm'17


Support for student project on sustainability

The programme "U Change" allows independent projects for students at Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of education. It supports the development and implementation of student ideas, business models and additional activities for a sustainable development thus complementing education at higher education institutions. The key objective of the funded projects is the collaboration with other students, companies, the public sector or NGOs.

Sustainable University Day 2017

EVENT Mar 7, 2017

Book presentation: "Augen-Blicke"

What role do media play in religious traditions? How is religion represented in today's media? Questions like these are of concern to religious scholar Prof. Dr Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati. To mark her 50th birthday, the publisher Theologischer Verlag Zürich (TVZ) is issuing the commermorative publication "Augen-Blicke – 29 perspectives on religion". The book presentation will take place on 6 April 2017 at 17:15 h at the House of Academies Laupenstrasse 7, Bern. No registration required.

Book presentation flyer (pdf, in German)


Swiss Parlament to discuss ratification of Paris Agreement

Switzerland is disproportionately affected by the temperature rise. Tomorrow Thursday, the Swiss Parlament will discuss the ratification of the international climate agreement of the United Nations adopted in Paris in 2015. It lays the foundation for a globally coordinated climate protection. An overview of scientific studies shows that in Switzerland the impacts in case of achieving Paris’ two-degree-target are significantly lower than in, for example, a three degrees warmer world.

Media release "Paris Agreement noticeably reduces climate impacts in Switzerland" (pdf, in German)
Report "Focus Climate Switzerland" (pdf, in German)
ProClim – Forum Forum for Climate and Global Change

International Feb 28, 2017

Scientific support for the implementation of the Global Sustainable Goals in Switzerland

In September 2015, the community of states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for a sustainable economic, social and ecological development globally. For the national implementation of the 17 SDG goals until 2030, the Federal Council also set up an advisory group with represen- tatives from private-sector business, non-governmental organisations, associations and the scientific community. Delegated by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the economist Renate Schubert (Head of the Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich) and the geographer Peter Messerli (Director of the Centre for Development and Environment, Uni Bern) will represent the scientific community.

National implementation of Agenda 2030

PUBLICATION Feb 20, 2017

Recommendations for the acquisition of basic knowledge of the Latin language

In 2014 the Swiss Academies of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS) presented recommendations on the offer and acquisition of Latin language competences at Swiss universities. It concluded that the implementation of the recommendations could best be achieved by defining minimal competences that the students should have after the completion of a basic course in Latin. Therefore, a task force was assigned to develop the present report.

Swiss Academies Reports, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2017, (in German and French)

Statement Feb 2, 2017

Animal experimentations: Academies support the introduction of animal welfare officers and standardised education and training

In late October, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has opened the consultation process regarding the amendment of ordinances governing the veterinary field. The revised ordinance provides an animal welfare officer for animal experimentations and standardised education and training in the field of animal experimentations. In their statement, the Academies expressly welcome both proposals. In addition, they point to some inconsistencies.

Statement on the consultation on the amendments of ordinances in the veterinary field (German)
Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation of the Academies

International Feb 1, 2017

US immigration ban also affects scientists in Switzerland

The temporary immigration imposed by the US Government on nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen also affects scientists in Switzerland. An Iranian scientist, who graduated at the EPF Lausanne and currently lives in Lausanne, cannot take up her position at Harvard Medical School despite a Swiss National Science Foundation bursary. “Science thrives best through the exchange of ideas and research materials – but also through the unrestricted freedom of movement for scientists”, emphasises Professor Martina Caroni, the Delegate for Human Rights at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. To discriminate scientists based on their nationality or faith contradicts the Principle of Universality of Science. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences therefore support the petition of almost 15'000 US scientists and the plea of the International Council for Science to rescind the immigration ban.

Petition of US scientists “”

PUBLICATION Jan 30, 2017

Autonomy and relations: the publication and Save the Date

In the cylce of meetings on "Autonomy in medicin" of the SAMS and the national ethics committee the meaning of relations was the center of discussion at the event of 2016: What role does the relation to doctors, nurses and relatives play in selfdecided health decisions? The following publication documents that convention.
Autonomy and care will be the title of the next meeting in 2017. Who decides in cases where a person is not able to decide for themsleves? Save the Date and discuss with us at our next meeting, the 30th of July 2017 in Berne.

SAMW (2016) Autonomy and relations. Swiss Academies Communication11 (12) pdf


We Scientists Shape Science

We want science to be creative, solid, open, helpful for society and a good career opportunity for the talented youth. Let’s start to change what it means to be a scientist and the way and the framework in which science is conducted. It is us scientists who need to change science. Find more information and updated discussion paper on the website of the annual congress of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

«We Scientists Shape Science»


The practice of effective inter-professional collaboration

Inter-professional collaboration (IPC) has been gaining more attention in recent years. While calls for more and better IPC grew louder, the question remains open what IPC means in concrete terms for acting professionals in practice. A study commissioned by the SAMS provides guidance.

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (2017) Die Praxis gelingender interprofessioneller Zusammenarbeit. Swiss Academies Reports 12 (2). pdf (in German)

CALL Jan 17, 2017

Rewarded exhibitions: Prix Expo

The Prix Expo rewards exhibitions and related forms that convey the fascination of nature and the natural sciences to a wide audience in Switzerland both competently and entertainingly. The prize is endowed with 10,000 Swiss francs and has been awarded annually by the Swiss Academy of Sciences since 2003. The call is open for submissions until 1 June 2017.

Further information and participation form


Peter Messerli co-chairs UN Global Sustainable Development Report

Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead the group of scientific experts tasked with drafting the upcoming UN Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2015, he was chosen by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences as a scientific representative of the Swiss delegation that participated in negotiation of the new global development agenda at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The first report is slated for release in 2019.

Information on the Global Sustainable Development Report

HUMAN RIGHTS Jan 11, 2017

Martina Caroni is the new Delegate for Human Rights

Martina Caroni will serve as the Delegate for Human Rights of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences until 2020. The Delegate intervenes in cases of human right violations against researchers related to their scientific work and she promotes the pertinence of human rights in science. Martina Caroni studied in Bern and Yale and worked at the European Commission of Human Rights. As professor of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law in Lucerne since 2002, her teaching and research areas include migration law and human rights.

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