Research culture

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.

Science evaluation

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


Dr. Yvonne Hari
Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 32


Horizons No. 131 (in German)
A transition in publishing

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

Simone Schürle and Jacques Dubochet
Simone Schürle on Shaping a Sustainable Research Culture

The results of my discussions at the «We Scientists 2035» workshop revealed that one of the problems with scientific culture widely experienced by participants, is growing pressure. The workshop this

Carbon Footprint Science
“Now that you have the support, you should be able to do more”

What is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by scientists travelling for business, particularly by plane? This was the issue to be discussed at the morning conference

Zur Diskussion: Qualität vor Quantität
Zur Diskussion: Qualität vor Quantität

Mit dem New Science Regime bestimmen seit der Jahrhundertwende der Wettbewerb und die Leistungsmessung die wissenschaftliche Praxis. Zunehmend stellt sich die Frage, ob der Output hinreichend nach wissenschaftlichen Prinzipien validiert

Change: Wandel in der Wissenschaftskultur
Lieber solide Ergebnisse als viele

Das Wissenschaftssystem wächst, denn Produktivität wird belohnt. Was in der Wirtschaft sinnvoll sein kann, führt in der Wissenschaft zu Fehlanreizen. Die Qualität wissenschaftlicher Ergebnisse kann teils nicht mehr ausreichend gesichert

Maria Schönbächler, Professor of Isotope Geochemistry at ETH Zurich
Image: Alessandro Della Bella, ETH Zürich

Frauen in der Wissenschaft

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.