The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences encourage dialogue between science and society. In this dialogue, journalists have an important role to play by critically analysing complex subjects and by processing them for the wider public. With the Prix Média, which is annually awarded for a scientific article with 10,000 Swiss Francs, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences want to honour and promote journalistic work. The call is open until 15 June 2015. For the first time, in 2015 Media Promotion Prizes will be awarded to honour relevance and originality of planned science journalism projects. For this purpose 30,000 Swiss Francs are available per year. Further information
One of the greatest challenges for Switzerland is the education of specialists required by economy, society and research. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the other representatives of the vocational and higher education issued a statement in which they conclude that, in order to achieve this, reforms are necessary in all higher education pathways. A corresponding growth of resources in the Dispatch on Education, Research and Innovation for the years 2017-2020 is important. The planned reforms cannot be implemented with a lower average growth rate than in the current period (3.7%) without, at the same time, threatening the substance of Swiss education and research. Statement (pdf, in German)
SCNAT, SAGW, SAMS, Science et Cité and the umbrella organisation a+ have common offices. As of beginning of this week, the staff has completely moved in. We look forward to meeting you at the House of Academies. Haus der Akademien Laupenstrasse 7 Postfach 3001 Bern Telefon 031 306 92 20 firstname.lastname@example.org@nodomain.comch
Education should be accessible for everyone under the same conditions. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are committed to this and support the Grant Initiative of the the national Union of Students of Switzerland (VSS). The initiative aims to harmonise the grant schemes that vary widely from canton to canton. It is not defensible that today, for a significantly higher number of students, overall fewer funds are available. As only well trained future generations guarantee, for instance, the pension provision of the population. Press release (pdf, in German)
The 5th ScienceComm conference will take place on 24 and 25 September 2015 at the Landhaus culture centre in Solothurn and focus on the following topics: «Crisis of Science» and «Open Science / Citizen Science». Interested parties who wish to take an active part are invited to submit their abstract until 31 March 2015. Further information
Politics are ever more dependent on scientific expertise, but researchers are rarely active as politicians. «Horizons» offers three perspectives on a difficult but necessary relationship, among them an interview with Felix Gutzwiller, who argues in favour of having more researchers in parliament. Other topics include «Bloody deeds in Boston and Basel» or «Special mission: Ebola», and the art historian Anna Minta says: «People still have a need for sacred systems of symbols and societal institutions of order». Website Horizons
Scientists are entitled to human rights – but people also have a right to scientific progress and its applications. On 22 May, an international conference in Berne addresses «The Human Right to Science» by using the example of seed science and seed policy. Keynote speaker is Farida Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur of the UN in the Field of Cultural Rights. Programme Registration
The lifestyle of Western societies has become an issue that needs to be solved on the social, political and economic level. How the Humanities and Social Sciences can contribute to a sustainable use of resources was the theme of a conference in Basel, organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Press release (pdf, in German) Conference website
At Swiss universities and clinical institutes, arts scholars and social scientists carry out many interdisciplinary research projects together with health professionals. In order to strengthen the transfer of research results, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have launched a «Call for paper».
The first prize of the call 2014 was awarded to an article on interdisciplinary approaches to the treatment of elderly patients suffering from cancer, published last week in the Swiss Medical Journal.
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are the largest scientific network in Switzerland. In order to further promote the interdisciplinary collaboration and the dialogue between science and society, SCNAT, SAHS, SAMS and Science et Cité are moving to a new location at Laupenstrasse 7 in Bern. We are looking forward to seeing you at the House of Academies.