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.

Global Eco Film Festival
  • 23.09.2017

Global Eco Film Festival

The Swiss international showcase of films with focus on science (all disciplines), environment and/or nature
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.
Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli
  • 04.07.2017

Rewarding the best Swiss PhDs in the natural sciences

The “Alexander Friedrich Schläfli Prize” of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is one of the oldest prizes in Switzerland. Since the first awarding in 1866, 104 young talents in different natural science disciplines have been distinguished.

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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