Today's research culture has many problematic aspects and requires in-depth transformation. SCNAT is committed to a general framework that promotes creative and solid research, as well as open exchange of information. It raises awareness of the ethical responsibility of science and draws up guidelines for scientific work and its use.
Research culture is a broad term. SCNAT interprets it as the diversely influenced environment and its general framework, which guides and shapes the scientific activities and cooperation of researchers. A modern research culture is a necessary precondition for Switzerland to remain an attractive hub for research and knowledge and for science to finally assume its social responsibility.
Open and transparent science
SCNAT welcomes efforts to make scientific data, methods, results and publications freely accessible. It is committed to ensuring that research results are presented, so as to be comprehensible to the broader public. SCNAT also supports initiatives to provide the public with insights into the development of scientific results or let them participate in this process themselves.
SCNAT advocates a more differentiated assessment of scientific performance that goes beyond the current quantitative metrics. It supports the introduction of supplementary qualitative and societally relevant criteria. It especially considers the commitment to the dialogue with society to be an important assessment criterion.
Engagements of SCNAT
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
House of Academies
Die SCNAT setzt sich für den offenen Austausch wissenschaftlicher Informationen ein. Alle Periodika der Mitgliedsgesellschaften sollen deshalb frei zugänglich sein.Image: Pixabay
The scientific publication system has questionable sides: The more articles a researcher can publish in renowned journals ant the more often an article published in a journal is now cited by colleagues, the more her or his reputation increases. These problems are well known. That is why, for example, there are the so-called Dora principles, which should be observed in university appointments: Priority should not be given to those who have published in famous publications such as Nature or Science, but to those who convince through content. This is a desirable ideal, but one from which practice sometimes seems far off.
swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation and Innosuisse - the Swiss Innovation Agency - have jointly drawn up a Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity under the auspices of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. It takes into account new developments in science, facilitates cooperation across institutional borders and strengthens quality assurance in research.Image: Push'nPull, a+
Frauen machen die Hälfte der Masterabschlüsse an Schweizer Hochschulen. Auf Professurstufe finden sich gerade mal noch ein Viertel Frauen. Die Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz engagieren sich für eine bessere Gender-Balance in Bildung, Forschung und Innovation und machen mit regelmässigen Veranstaltungen auf das Thema aufmerksam.