Platform Chemistry

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.

The dialogue with society and politics is most important to the Platform Chemistry. The platform presents itself as a dialogue partner for politics, media, economy and industry. Through its member societies, the Platform Chemistry has an extensive network of about 3000 experts at its disposal.

Another priority is the improvement of the public reception of chemistry as a fundamental future-oriented science and as an important contributor to our society. The Platform Chemistry would like to arouse enthusiasm among children and young people for science and chemistry in particular. Promotion of young scientists at all levels of education, from pre-school to junior professors is therefore a top priority.

Through a broad-based debate and the provision of expert knowledge, the platform aims to inform the interested public about chemical topics and the importance of chemistry in everyday life. More about this can be found on the dialogue page.

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Jan 30
SAOG 2020
  • Conference
  • Fribourg

36th SAOG Annual meeting

The Science of Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures
Büste des Paracelsus im Pharmaziemuseum  der Universität Basel.
  • 15.01.2020
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Press release

Basel erhält das Chemical Landmark zu Ehren von Paracelsus

Der Schweizer Arzt und Alchemist Paracelsus revolutionierte die Medizin und ist ein Wegbereiter der modernen Biochemie. Vor fast fünfhundert Jahren praktizierte und lehrte er in der Stadt Basel. Das Haus Zum Vorderen Sessel, wo Paracelsus unter anderem arbeitete, wird nun als historische Stätte der Chemie ausgezeichnet.
Feb 4
Feb 6
Die Forschungsstation auf dem Jungfraujoch, ein wichtiger Knotenpunkt für die internationale Überwachung der CO2-Konzentration
  • International Foundation High Altitude Research Stations Jungfraujoch and Gornergrat (HFSJG)
  • Swiss Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • Conference
  • Bern

VAO Symposium 2020

Since 19 April 2012 the “Virtual Alpine Observatory“ (VAO) has been operating as a network of European High Altitude Research Stations based in the Alps and similar mountain ranges. This cross-border and interdisciplinary cooperation has made it possible to address in great depth scientific problems relating to the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and cryosphere systems, and also the possible impact of environmental influences on health.
Feb 12
YFM - wo sich der Chemie-Nachwuchs trifft!
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Conference
  • Education/Training
  • Bern

Young Faculty Meeting 2020

The «Young Faculty Meeting» is organised to promote scientific exchange and networking among young academics in chemistry in Switzerland.
Feb 25
Murielle Delley: Prix Schläfli Chemie 2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Departement of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
  • Award Ceremony
  • Conference
  • Zürich

Award ceremony for the Prix Schläfli "Chemistry" 2019

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has awarded the Prix Schläfli 2019 to the four most important insights gained by young researchers at Swiss universities. Murielle Delley has been awarded by the Prix Schläfli "Chemistry" 2019 for her findings, that deepened the understanding of how certain catalysts, such as those used in polyethylene production, work.
Murielle Delley: Prix Schläfli Chemie 2019
  • 21.05.2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Murielle Delley - the privilege of life-long learning

When asked about her motivation to study chemistry, Murielle Delley explains that she has always wanted to know how things work. When it came to understanding what was happening around us - everyday science, so to speak - she was more attracted to chemistry than to physics, for example. Well, that was originally the case. Over the years she naturally also turned to more specific, less everyday problems, most recently the surfaces of catalysts.
  • 05.03.2019
  • SDA
  • News

150 Jahre Periodensystem mit einem Stückchen Schweizer Geschichte

Vor 150 Jahren, am 6. März 1969, präsentierte Dmitri Mendelejew der Russischen Chemischen Gesellschaft seine Systematik der chemischen Elemente. Im Periodensystem steckt auch ein bisschen Schweiz, wurden doch drei Elemente in Genf entdeckt.
Logo of the IYPT 2019 - International Year of Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements
  • 14.02.2019
  • Swiss Chemical Society (SCS)
  • Platform Chemistry
  • Platform MAP
  • News

IYPT 2019 - International Year of the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. 1869 is considered as the year of formulation of the modern concept of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev (and others). 2019 is the 150th anniversary of this formulation and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist
  • 07.02.2019
  • News

Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist: Submit your nominations now!

Since 1920, the Foundation has awarded the Marcel Benoist Swiss Science Prize in recognition of outstanding research which is of importance to human life. In 2019, the prize of CHF 250,000 will be awarded in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences or engineering.


Platform Chemistry
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 30

Welcome note of the president

Christophe Copéret 160px

Welcome to the «Platform Chemistry»!

Many scientific and technological challenges lie before us, where chemistry can provide solutions, but also bring forward new questions…