Prix Média May 20, 2015

Ausschreibung Prix Média und Förderpreise

Die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz fördern den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. In diesem Dialog kommt Journalistinnen und Journalisten eine wichtige Rolle zu, indem sie komplexe Themen kritisch beleuchten und für ein breites Publikum aufarbeiten. Mit dem Prix Média, der jährlich für einen wissenschaftsjournalistischen Beitrag vergeben wird und mit 10'000 Franken dotiert ist, möchten die Akademien die journalistische Arbeit würdigen. Einsendeschluss ist der 15. Juni 2015.

Erstmalig werden 2015 auch Medien-Förderpreise vergeben, mit denen geplante wissenschaftsjournalistische Projekte ausgezeichnet werden.
Hierfür stehen pro Jahr insgesamt 30'000 Franken zur Verfügung.

Weitere Informationen

Statement May 12, 2015

Education offensive to strengthen economy and society

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)

Apr 23, 2015

House of Academies

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
3001 Bern
Telefon 031 306 92 20

Press release Mar 31, 2015

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences support the Grant Initiative

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)

Conference Mar 16, 2015

ScienceComm'15: call for abstracts

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

Publication Mar 13, 2015

Researchers in politics !?!

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

International conference Feb 25, 2015

Human right to science

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.


Press release Jan 30, 2015

Fair distribution of natural resources

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

Jan 27, 2015

Interdisciplinary approaches to cancer treatment

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.

Further information

Jan 13, 2015

As of April 2015: House of Academies in Bern

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.

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