SCNAT is committed to an efficient Swiss scientific system that serves society. It strengthens the exchange among the key players in science, raises awareness of the ethical responsibility of science and draws up guidelines for scientific work and its use.
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Lighthouse Programmes in Sustainability Research and Innovation
This report argues that one of the most effective ways to support sustainable development through research and innovation is to establish large, integrated funding programmes, referred to here as lighthouse programmes. As well as producing impact-oriented knowledge on key sustainability challenges, these programmes would bring many other societal, scientific, and institutional benefits. These include: building closer relationships between science, society, and policy, and encouraging changes in the academic system itself, for example by increasing its capacity for inter- and transdisciplinary research.
Prix de Quervain 2023: 37,000 ice cliffs and their influence on glacier melt in the Himalayas
More than ever before – Marin Kneib has employed the latest satellite technology and camera systems to measure over 37,000 ice cliffs. The researcher will be awarded the Prix de Quervain 2023 by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences for an extremely comprehensive doctoral dissertation at the ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL.Image: Marin Kneib
"Appeals for decolonising North-South collaboration in research"
Our current global challenges require global collaboration. The colonial practices for North-South collaboration in research create dependence and invisibility, undermining the chances of finding solutions to these challenges. To combat this, collaboration and the development of knowledge through such research must be decolonised. I therefore make five proposals on how to end this situation.Image: zvg
“Embracing gender diversity is good for science”
The expectation that women shall be and act like their male colleagues, especially when it comes to meet excellence criteria, is causing many women to leave science after their PhD or Postdoc. To plug this ‘leaky pipeline’ there is the need for a broader range of accepted career paths, behaviors and work models.Image: zvg
«Für einen wirklich demokratischen Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissen»
Open Access, der offene Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Publikationen, will die Ergebnisse der Forschung allen zugänglich machen und die Abonnementskosten reduzieren. Allerdings verstärkt das aktuelle Modell der grossen Verlage deren Vormachtstellung. Um die Kontrolle über ihre Publikationen zurückzuerlangen, sollte die wissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft ihre eigene Verlagspolitik und Preisgestaltung festlegen und die Rolle der kommerziellen Verlage auf die technische Umsetzung beschränken.Image: zvg
The Swiss Young Academy offers early-career researchers the opportunity to carry out inter- and transdisciplinary projects. With their commitment and contributions, its members strive to identify societal challenges at an early stage, offer solutions to these challenges and promote dialogue between science and society. The Swiss Young Academy was launched by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, to which the SCNAT belongs.