Round table on research infrastructures

The Platform MAP helds since 2011 a Round Table International chaired by Prof. em. Hans Rudolf Ott (ETHZ). It is a forum for the exchange of information between representatives of fostering organisations (SERI, SNSF, SCNAT, swissuniversities, and ETH-Board) and scientists active in financially intensive research infrastructures, with the aim of defining and prioritizing the community needs through a roadmap process. These community roadmaps are then taken into account by SERI when preparing the “Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures” every four years for the Parliament.

  • The Round Table International started with the discussion of infrastructures in the field of particle physics and astroparticle physics (CHIPP).
  • Since 2013, there are two meetings per year, and astronomy (SCFA) was included in connection with the new SNSF FLARE programme.
  • Since November 2016, it is designated as the Round Table "Swiss Representation in International Organisations and Research Infrastructures" (RoTIORI) with an extension to other scientific areas where there is a participation in international organisations and research infrastructures, in particular in material physics with X-rays and neutrons, molecular biology, nuclear fusion, and laser physics.
  • SCNAT received in 2018 the mandate from SERI to extend this successful model to other fields of sciences, i.e. biology, chemistry and geosciences, in view of the funding period 2025–2028. Further information
Space Science Roadmap 2019: A Report on Space Science in Switzerland
  • 2019

Roadmap Space Science in Switzerland 2019

This roadmap document presents an overview of space science in Switzerland as of 2019 and recommendations for its future. It was edited by Nicolas Thomas (Univ. of Bern), president of the Committee on Space Research (CSR) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The full title is "Science and Exploration using Space-Borne Platforms: A Report on Space Science in Switzerland and recommendations for the future".
Roadmap for Astronomy in Switzerland
  • 2007

Roadmap for Astronomy in Switzerland

The College of Helvetic Astronomy Professors CHAPS reviewed their current activities and future ambitions in order to develop a coherent vision of astrophysics in Switzerland
CHIPP roadmap
  • 2011

CHIPP Roadmap : Achievements, Status and Outlook: Implementation of the Road Map 2005-2010

In its Board Meeting of August 2009, CHIPP decided to undertake a critical review of the actual implementation of the Road Map, summarized in the present document. CHIPP encourages Swiss representatives to organizations writing or updating their Road Maps in the relevant domains.
Jürg Pfister, Secretary general of SCNAT
  • 28.03.2019

What large-scale research facilities does Switzerland need?

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have been requested by the Confederation to prepare roadmaps for research infrastructures for the various scientific fields. These roadmaps will provide a basis for decision-making on the allocation of federal funding for costly research facilities over the period 2025–2028. SCNAT is responsible for implementing this new procedure within the Swiss Academies, and Secretary General Jürg Pfister believes that it offers the scientific community an opportunity for wider involvement.