The Academy

The Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is an independent network and specialist organisation in the domain of education, research and innovation. It raises public awareness of the natural sciences as a central pillar of Switzerland's cultural and economic development. The approximately 35,000 experts of the SCNAT network are committed to a sustainable society and science, primarily through services provided by reserves.

SCNAT platforms

Specific platforms and their scientific bodies deal with topics that are important to social and science policy. The platforms also unite the specialist societies of the various scientific disciplines as well as the Cantonal and Regional societies under their umbrella. The specialist societies and natural science societies are members of SCNAT.

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Platform Biology

It promotes dialogue and knowledge transfer between the different specialist fields and comprises 18 associations and 5 national committees.
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Platform Chemistry

It pools together and disseminates the expert knowledge of the chemistry divisions in Switzerland and provides knowledge transfer.
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Platform Geosciences

It acts as the interface between the geosciences divisions and between research, practice, policy-making and general public.

Platform Mathematics, Astronomy and Physics

It supports the specialist societies and working groups. It promotes and coordinates research and education in the domain of MAP.
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Platform Sciences and Regions

The platform supports, promotes and coordinates the work of cantonal and regional scientific societies.
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Platform Science and Policy

It addresses socially relevant topics in dialogue with policy-makers, administration, business and society.

In the network of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

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Together with the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) and the Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), SCNAT is part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (a+).

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Annual Reports

An insight into the activities of the SCNAT
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News from the SCNAT network
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Open positions at SCNAT


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Jürg Pfister
Secretary general

Organisation chart of SCNAT

  • 59 commissions and scientific bodies
  • 47 specialist societies
  • 29 cantonal and regional societies
  • 35'000 experts


Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
House of Academies
Laupenstrasse 7
3008 Bern

+41 31 306 93 00

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