Research culture

Today's research culture has many problematic aspects and requires in-depth transformation. SCNAT is committed to a general framework that promotes creative and solid research, as well as open exchange of information. It raises awareness of the ethical responsibility of science and draws up guidelines for scientific work and its use.

Research culture is a broad term. SCNAT interprets it as the diversely influenced environment and its general framework, which guides and shapes the scientific activities and cooperation of researchers. A modern research culture is a necessary precondition for Switzerland to remain an attractive hub for research and knowledge and for science to finally assume its social responsibility.

Open and transparent science

SCNAT welcomes efforts to make scientific data, methods, results and publications freely accessible. It is committed to ensuring that research results are presented, so as to be comprehensible to the broader public. SCNAT also supports initiatives to provide the public with insights into the development of scientific results or let them participate in this process themselves.

Science evaluation

SCNAT advocates a more differentiated assessment of scientific performance that goes beyond the current quantitative metrics. It supports the introduction of supplementary qualitative and societally relevant criteria. It especially considers the commitment to the dialogue with society to be an important assessment criterion.

Engagements of SCNAT

Workshop We Scientists 2035

We Scientists 2035

In the "We Scientists 2035" workshops we co-create manageable first steps towards a healthier research culture.
Open Data

Open Data

How to make available extended data to allow reproducibility and to have the necessary means ready? That's the challenge.
Star as a symbol for ratings and assessments

«Beyond impact factor, h-Index and university rankings»

Conference 2018: Limitations of current metrics, alternative approaches and steps to maintain the quality of the Swiss science landscape.
We Scientists Shape Science 5

We scientists shape science

At the congress 2017 over 200 researchers sketched the challenges and decided upon first steps towards improving science.
Forschungsgegenstand gemeinsam festlegen - Forschungspartnerschaft - KFPE

11 Principles & 7 Questions

KFPE’s Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships

News

The fair research contracting self-assessment tool supports institutions to engage in fair and equitable negotiation processes for formal contracts despite recognised imbalances in institutional contracting capacities.
  • 2020
  • Report

Fair Research Contracting

The fair research contracting self-assessment tool supports institutions to engage in fair and equitable negotiation processes for formal contracts despite recognised imbalances in institutional contracting capacities.
Open Science in Switzerland: Opportunities and Challenges
  • 2019
  • Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Fact sheet

Open Science in Switzerland: Opportunities and Challenges

This Factsheet contains recommendations to shape Open Access and Open Data so that they foster scientific progress and benefit society in Switzerland.
Simone Schürle and Jacques Dubochet
  • 25.06.2019
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • News

Simone Schürle on Shaping a Sustainable Research Culture

The results of my discussions at the «We Scientists 2035» workshop revealed that one of the problems with scientific culture widely experienced by participants, is growing pressure. The workshop this year in Lausanne, organized by the Swiss Academy of Sciences, brought together natural scientists from different career stages to discuss novel ideas about research culture and generate concrete actions for how it might be improved.