Prix Schläfli - Rewarding the best Swiss PhDs in the natural sciences

Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli
Image: Caspar Klein
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Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli
Plume Grand Duc - Prix Schläfli (Image: Caspar Klein)

The Prix Schläfli 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 prize has the following aims:

  • Promote young talents (promotion of young scientists and support of academic excellence) in the different natural science disciplines;
  • Highlight the importance of young scientists in the Swiss research landscape;
  • Increase the Academy’s visibility in the Swiss science landscape.

Prix Schläfli 2018

The Prix Schläfli will be awarded by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) for excellent scientific articles resulting from PhDs in the following areas of natural sciences:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences with a focus on the theme: A Habitable Planet
  • Pure or Applied Mathematics

Eligible for nomination are young researchers who did their doctoral thesis at Swiss Universities or of Swiss nationality. The candidates must have defended their doctoral thesis between 1 November 2014 and 31 October 2017. Nominations can be submitted by the supervisor of the candidate or by a SCNAT member society.

Nominations are submitted via an online form before 31 October 2017.


A fortune for the SSNS

Alexander Friedrich Schläfli from Burgdorf died in 1863 in Bagdad. He left his fortune to the Swiss Society for Natural Sciences (SSNS) on condition that the “Society will award an annual prize to any question in physical science – Physical science always comprised the Physics and Natural Sciences (according to proceedings 1917, page 97). (…) The selection and the amount are at the discretion of the named Society.”

Poster Prix Schläfli 2018