Swiss Academy of Sciences

“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.

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  • 07.04.2017

Sustainable University Day 2017

Focusing on how and what universities can contribute to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Sustainable University Day 2017 will bring the sd-universities programme to a close.
Der Schweizerische Nationalpark (H. Lozza)
  • 30.05.2017

2. Tagung Parkforschung Schweiz

Die Parkforschung Schweiz organisiert zum zweiten Mal eine nationale Tagung zur Forschung in Pärken von nationaler Bedeutung und UNESCO-Weltnaturerbestätten. Ziel der Tagung ist es, aufzuzeigen welche Themen in Pärken in der Schweiz aktuell untersucht werden und Ergebnisse gemeinsam mit der Praxis zu reflektieren.
Marcel Tanner, a professor for epidemiology and medical parasitology at the University of Basel, was the Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) in Basel from 1997 to 2015. From 1981 to 1984 he ran the outside facility of the Swiss TPH in Ifakara in Tanzania (today the Ifakara Health Institute). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Neuchâtel and the University of Brisbane. Since 2016 he has presided over the Swiss Academy of Sciences.
  • 24.02.2017

How to solve the crisis of science

Cutthroat competition, isolation, obsession: Marcel Tanner, a leading public health expert, tells how modern science can be put back on track for the greater good of society.

The Academy,

  • a reliable partner with a broad expertise and a large network
  • a successful facilitator between sciences, politics and society
  • organised in six competent platforms

Our platforms

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Platform Biology

The Platform for Biology of the Swiss Academy of Sciences unites researchers from eighteen 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.
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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.
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Platform Geosciences

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.
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Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics

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.
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Platform Science and Policy

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.
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Plattform natural sciences and regions

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.


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Marcel Tanner und Jürg Pfister

Prof. Marcel Tanner

Dr. Jürg Pfister
Secretary General

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