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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

TAGUNG Mar 21, 2017

Zukunft entwickelter Tourismusregionen – Mehr als ein Geschäftsmodell

Die diesjährige Tagung der Interakademischen Kommission Alpenforschung (ICAS) lotet Zukunftsperspektiven für touristisch stark entwickelte und entsprechend tourismusabhängige Zentren und Regionen aus. Aktuelle Trends und sich rasant verändernde Rahmenbedingungen wie unberechenbare globale Märkte, Zweitwohnungsbegrenzung, Klimawandel und zunehmende Mobilität setzen die schwindende Rahmenbedignungen. Die Diskussion soll jenseits der klassischen, rein ökonomisch orientierten Geschäftsmodelle stattfinden und aufzeigen, wie sich touristische Zentren als attraktive Lebensräume von innen heraus entwickeln und profilieren können. Die Tagung diskutiert dazu Lösungsansätze, die auch für das Engadin von Interesse sein können.

Kongress- und Kulturzentrum Rondo, Pontresina. 23./24. Juni 2017
Anmeldung bis 19. Juni 2017: www.icas-tagung2017.alpinestudies.ch, +41 (0)31 306 93 46.

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EVENT Mar 14, 2017

ScienceComm'17 Call for Participation

«Show Me Science!» lautet das Motto der ScienceComm'17. Welche Rolle spielt Wissenschaftskommunikation in Zeiten des «anything goes»? Ist die flexible Haltung gegenüber Fakten und Deutungen nicht ein Weckruf an die Wissenschaft und eine Chance, sich zu positionieren im Sinne von ‚It’s science. It works. We show you how!’. Dieses Jahr stehen partizipative Formate im Vordergrund. Die ScienceComm`17 startet am 21. September nachmittags und endet am 22. September 2017 abends im Landhaus Solothurn.

Die Einreichfrist für Abstracts ist 9. April 2017:
Weiter Informationen zur ScienceComm'17 


FÖRDERPROGRAMM Mar 13, 2017

Unterstützung für Studentenprojekt zur Nachhaltigkeit

Das Programm «U Change» ermöglicht unabhängige Projektarbeiten für Studentinnen und Studenten an den Schweizer Universitäten, Fachhochschulen und Pädagogischen Hochschulen. Es unterstützt die Entwicklung und Umsetzung studentischer Ideen, Geschäftsmodelle sowie weitere Aktivitäten für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung und ergänzt damit die Ausbildung an den Hochschulen. Zentral ist bei den geförderten Projekten die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Studierenden, mit Unternehmen, mit der öffentlichen Hand oder mit NGOs.

Sustainable University Day 2017

EVENT Mar 7, 2017

Buchvernissage: "Augen-Blicke"

Welche Rolle spielen Medien in religiösen Traditionen? Wie wird Religion in heutigen Medien repräsentiert? Fragen wie diese treiben die Religionswissenschaftlerin Prof. Dr. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati um. Zu ihrem 50. Geburtstag erscheint im Theologischen Verlag Zürich (TVZ) die Festschrift «Augen-Blicke - 29 Perspektiven auf Religion». Die Buchvernissage findet am 6. April 2017 um 17.15 im Haus der Akademien Laupenstrasse 7, Bern, statt. Ohne Anmeldung.

Flyer zur Buchvernissage

MEDIA RELEASE Mar 1, 2017

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 “notoimmigrationban.com”

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

ANNUAL MEETING Jan 30, 2017

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»

PUBLIKATION

Die Praxis gelingender interprofessioneller Zusammenarbeit

Die interprofessionelle Zusammenarbeit (IPZ) hat in den letzten Jahren an Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen. Dabei wurde die Forderung nach mehr und besserer IPZ immer lauter; gleichzeitig blieb die Frage offen, was IPZ in der Praxis für die handelnden Fachpersonen konkret bedeutet. Eine SAMW-Auftragsstudie bietet nun Orientierung.

Schweizerische Akademie der Medizinischen Wissenschaften (2017) Die Praxis gelingender interprofessioneller Zusammenarbeit.
Swiss Academies Reports 12 (2). pdf 

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

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Jan 12, 2017

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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