Medienmitteilung May 23, 2016

Mehr Licht in den Rohstoffsektor

Möchte die Politik Regeln für einen nachhaltigen Rohstoffsektor schaffen, muss sie zuerst für Transparenz sorgen und Wissenslücken schliessen. Das folgern 15 Forschende aus der Analyse der verfügbaren Forschungsliteratur. Ihre Erkenntnisse haben sie im Factsheet «Den Rohstoffsektor in Entwicklungsländern nachhaltig gestalten» der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz zusammengefasst.

Factsheet (pdf)

KFPE - Call for Proposal May 18, 2016

Implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development - Call for Proposal

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) are jointly organising a 2nd Research Fair on 9 November 2016. The fair taking place at SDC Headquarters in Bern provides an opportunity for exchange and dialogue between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Swiss researchers from all academic disciplines who are involved in a transdisciplinary research partnership are invited to submit a proposal to interactively showcase their ideas and reflections. The deadline for submission is 10 June 2016 (kfpe@scnat.notexisting@nodomain.comch).

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Press release Apr 22, 2016

Claudia Appenzeller appointed new Managing Director of Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences

The Board of Directors appointed Claudia Appenzeller-Winterberger Managing Director of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. She will take up her new duties on 25 April 2016.

As generalist with great fascination for the interplay between science, public management and communication, Claudia Appenzeller will promote a more intensive and multidisciplinary cooperation of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences in order to establish a solid foundation that allows meeting new challenges. This will include the dialogue with society, which represents a particularly important concern to her.

Media release (pdf, in German)

Prix Média Mar 31, 2016

Call: Prix Média and Media Promotion Prizes

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences encourage dialogue between science and society. With the Prix Média and the Prix Média Newcomer which are annually awarded for a scientific media product and endowed with 5,000 Swiss Francs each, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences want to honour and promote journalistic work.
At the same time, Media Promotion Prizes are awarded to honour relevance and originality of planned science journalism projects. For this purpose 30,000 Swiss Francs are available per year. The call for each category of prizes is now open until 15 May 2016.
Further information

Press Release Mar 22, 2016

Rectifying discrepancy between ambitious goals and decline in financial resources

In February 2016 the Federal Council submitted the Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation for the years 2017-2020 (ERI dispatch) to the Swiss Parliament. Its necessary key areas are the promotion of young scientists, increasing the number of graduates in medical studies, new fields of research and the strengthening of higher education. However, there is a great discrepancy between the ambitious goals of the government and the decline in financial resources. In order to rectify this discrepancy, the Swiss universities and research institutions find themselves forced to request for increases and corrections in the ERI dispatch 2017-2020.

Publication Mar 18, 2016

Gottfried Schatz: From Little Science to Big Science

The number of researchers doubles every ten to fifteen years. In his manuscript, Gottfried Schatz highlights the problems which growth creates for science – too many researchers compete for insufficient resources. Moreover, for a successful research career, today speed sometimes seems more important than quality. He explains the difference between knowledge and science and the reason why less knowledge and more science should be taught in our kindergartens, schools and universities.

Gottfried Schatz passed away on 1 October 2015. He was unable to give his keynote lecture at the Swiss annual congress of science communication in person, but he provided his manuscript to be distributed at the conference, which is published in the series ‹Swiss Academies Communications›.

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Publication Mar 18, 2016

Career situation of young female scientists

More women study at Swiss universities than men. In 2013 already 43% of university assistants were women. It therefore seems incomprehensible that despite all efforts the percentage of women holding professorships is barely over 20%.
How do young female scientists in Switzerland perceive their career opportunities? The Working Group «Gender» of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences publishes a corresponding report, written by Patricia Felber. The report includes the «Recommendations for gender-adequate academic career paths» of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

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Statement Mar 9, 2016

A fair, modern copyright act for everyone

The Federal Council's proposal for the revision of the Copyright Act (CopA) meets the needs of modern digital methods in the field of science. However, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences do not support the linking to a payment obligation, since the contents of the information used have already been subsidised numerous times by public funds. Furthermore, it is time to provide a legal basis for the second publication right of scientific texts in journals and collected editions in order to facilitate free access (Open Access) to this knowledge.

Download of the statement (pdf, in German)

Conference Mar 8, 2016

ScienceComm'16: call for abstracts

The call for abstracts for the congress ScienceComm'16 is open from now until 1 April. All those who would like to actively contribute to the shaping of the congress on 22/23 September 2016, are cordially invited to submit an abstract online. This year's subjects include: politics and science communication as well as science communication and digitalisation. 

This year, the congress will be held at Lake of Neuchâtel in Grandson (Yverdon-les-Bains).

Further information

Mar 3, 2016

The Humanities’ contribution to value creation

The website summarises what the humanities contribute to the creation of value and social well-being. The SAHS is thus responding to the critisism against the humanities. 18 questions and answers illustrate why we need the humanities for the solution of social problems as well as for a stronger economy.

STATEMENT Feb 26, 2016

Adoption of enforcement initiative would have serious negative consequences for Swiss education, research and innovation community

As a result of the adoption of the mass immigration initiative, Switzerland is only partly associated with the European Research Framework Programme. An adoption of the enforcement initiative in this situation would be devastating and would have negative effects on the economic development of Switzerland in the long term.

Download of the statement (pdf, in German, in French)

Statement Feb 26, 2016

Ambitious reforms despite strong decline in financial resources – this discrepancy jeopardises the future of Switzerland's leading position as knowledge and industrial centre

The Swiss universities and research institutions have taken note with concern of the Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation for the years 2017-2020 (ERI dispatch), which the Federal Council has submitted to the Swiss Parliament. The Federal Council is adhering in a positive sense to the necessary key projects in favour of young scientists, medical studies, new fields of research and the strengthening of higher education. At the same time, however, the Federal Council announces a strong decline in financial resources available to the ERI sector. This discrepancy puts Switzerland's leading position in the fields of education, research and innovation into jeopardy at a time when Switzerland is at risk of losing its access to the European research programme.

Download of the statement (pdf, in German, in French)

Publication Feb 19, 2016

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade

Switzerland has recently emerged as one of the world's most important hubs in the global trade of commodities. But its rise has been accompanied by concerns about transparency, appropriate regulation, and risks to resource-exporting developing countries.

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Open Access Feb 17, 2016

Moving Forwards on Open Access

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have signed the statement of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) «Moving Forwards on Open Access». The statement calls upon the European Commission under the Dutch Presidency 2016 to find solutions that allow Open Access to research results. The objective is among others that universities and libraries no longer have to pay twice for the same content and to enable them to settle subscription costs for journals with fees for the publication of an article in Gold Open Access.

See LERU Statement

Publication Feb 17, 2016

In search of the whole in medicine – the contribution of philosophy

What are the differences between the medical and the everyday understanding of health and disease? What consequences do the different views have for the prevention and the treatment of disease? Sibylle Obrecht Lösch summarises the results of the Workshops Medical Humanities IV and reflects the interdisciplinary experiences in view of a further development of the Medical Humanities.

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MANIFESTO Feb 8, 2016

Universities concerned about future of education and research in Switzerland

Two years after the adoption of the mass immigration initiative, the Swiss universities warn of the consequences of the enforcement initiative and publish a joint manifesto on the position of Swiss education and research. Not only education and research are at stake, but also Swiss economy and prosperity.

Position statement Feb 2, 2016

No stabilisation programme at the expense of the future of the industrial leading position and of young talents

Thanks to the high priority of promoting research and education over the past eight years, Switzerland barely managed to retain its leading position in a growing global competition. Unfortunately, the saving rate suggested by the Federal Council at the expense of Switzerland’s education, research and innovation is going to primarily hit young talents, namely students and academic mid-level faculty.

Position statement (pdf in German, in French)

Publication Jan 25, 2016

White paper: Big data in health care

The digitalisation of health care and the growing trend towards recording personal health and activity data create opportunities as well as risks for health care, the life sciences industry and individuals.

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