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.

The crystal structure of Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 in complex with sgRNA and its target DNA at 2.5 A˚ resolution. Nishimasu et al. (2014) Cell 156 (doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.02.001)
  • 18.09.2017

Gene Drive – eine Technik für die Manipulation wilder Populationen

Öffentliches interdisziplinäres Symposium über Möglichkeiten und Grenzen, Chancen und Risiken der Gene Drive Technologie.
Whose economy?
  • 2017

Horizons: Whose economy?

Given the potentially catastrophic consequences, is it right for finance to carry on in this way? Just like aviation, economics is a science capable of advancement. It must progress first and foremost towards societal relevance, just as it must seriously render the economic system less fragile. The walls between schools of thought must be torn down, and the repeatedly exposed dogmas placed at arm’s length, in particular ‘efficient markets’ and Homo oeconomicus, neither of which actually exist.
Spotlight on climate in Switzerland. Briefly explained
  • 2017

Spotlight on climate in Switzerland

The average surface temperature of the Earth has seen extraordinarily large increases since the middle of the 20th century – and we know why. It is primarily we humans who change the earth’s energy balance by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Because of the particular sensitivity of its natural systems to climate change, Switzerland has a vested interest in a quick and comprehensive shift by the international community to a carbon-neutral economy and lifestyle.

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 Biology 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. It builds the grounds for knowledge transfer within these disciplines.
Atmosphäre der Erde

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.
The pixel detector is pushed into the belly of the CMS experiment. In the middle with a flashlight: Prof. Roland Horisberger, the 'father of the pixel detector'. Photo: M. Brice / CERN

Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics

The «Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics» 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.
Wildtierbeobachtung vom Aussichtspunkt Margunet im Nationalpark

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.
Forschung live: Tournee "Einsichten in die Naturwissenschaften" (Foto: SCNAT/Andrea Yannick)

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 supports, promotes and coordinates the work of these regional societies.


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