La SCNAT adotta iniziative per un sistema scientifico svizzero efficiente e al servizio della società. Rafforza la condivisione tra i soggetti della comunità scientifica. Accresce la consapevolezza per la responsabilità morale della scienza e redige linee guida per i processi scientifici e il loro utilizzo.
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Gender diversity and equality remain a challenge in higher positions in the Natural Sciences. The first webinar provides facts and figures on the current situation as well as a historical perspective.Immagine: pixelfarm
Critical times call for changes in the way leadership is expressed and implemented. This webinar will discuss value systems across gender, social status and ethnic diversity and the contribution of women to better outcomes in leadership styles, group dynamics and crisis management.Immagine: pixelfarm
While gender is socially constructed or influenced, men and women also differ because of pre-existing neurobiological differences, which it would be non-scientific to disregard.Immagine: pixelfarm
Underrepresentation of women in the STEM fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) is more pronounced in more gender-equal countries. This is part of the gender-equality paradox, a well-established phenomenon – yet counterintuitive –, where differences between men and women tend to grow as countries become more developed and gender-equal.Immagine: pixelfarm
Solutions that can help mitigate the social loss of the academic leaky pipeline include recruitment practices at institutions of higher education and research or flexible child care. Recruitment regulation, quality control and important issues to promote women with children in leading positions will be discussed.Immagine: pixelfarm
The allocation of financial support for research by academic institutions or by funding agencies may have a major impact on gender equality in science and research. This webinar explores the potential and limitations of gender quota in the recruitment and financial support of women in academia.
The term “excellence” is extensively used in academic research to justify and target funding and recruitment decisions and policies. In this webinar, we invite our participants to an open critique of the concept of excellence. The Better Science Initiative calls for a rethink in academia towards more sustainability, diversity and equal opportunities.
Women who have attained leading positions may on their career path have been confronted with specific, gender related challenges. During the panel discussion, female professors and leaders will inform about their career path. They will include highlights and motivation of their career, the hurdles that they have encountered, and their solutions to overcome them. The interviews will address the significance of individual versus institutional and societal boundary conditions. Finally, the webinar aims to present experienced leaders to inspire young female scientists.
Female junior and advanced scientists, yet without a permanent position, share their experiences and their expectations regarding gender equality and diversity. They will present their career path and indicate highlights and hurdles of their professional development. During the panel discussion individual experiences as well as the role of institutional and societal boundary conditions will be addressed.
The body's own defence against urinary tract infections, a new method for quantifying and determining genetic damage, evidence in so-called Diophantine geometry and the question of how soot from combustion processes influences the formation of clouds and thus, the climate – the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is awarding the Prix Schläfli 2021 to the four most important insights of young researchers at Swiss universities. Claudia Aloisi (Chemistry), Gabriel Dill (Mathematics), Fabian Mahrt (Geosciences) and Gregor Weiss (Biology) receive the prize for findings in their dissertations. The Prix Schläfli is awarded annually to the four best dissertations in the natural sciences. This prize was first awarded as early as 1866.
Notre société fait preuve d’une résilience hors-norme face à la crise sans précédent du Covid-19, apparue en 2020 et à laquelle nous continuons de faire face. Créativité et faculté d’adaptation ont été les maîtres-mots de la SCNAT pour, malgré tout, mener à bien tous ses projets: de nouveaux formats innovants ont ainsi vu le jour pour l’organisation des nombreuses manifestations et activités de l’Académie. Vous en aurez un petit aperçu à la lecture de ce Rapport annuel 2020.
The federal government is promoting an improved access to natural science collections with a total amount of CHF 12.37 million until 2024. The digitised collections provide unique data for climate, biodiversity or agricultural research, for example. To this end, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has launched the Swiss Natural History Collections Network, SwissCollNet, to collaborate with museums, universities, and botanical gardens in laying the foundations for the digitisation and long-term management and use of the collections.
Per le sfide attuali e future, come la disattivazione delle centrali nucleari, la Svizzera ha bisogno di know-how nel campo della ricerca e dell'applicazione delle sostanze radioattive. A medio termine si sta però delineando una carenza di esperti in materia. Insieme a diverse organizzazioni scientifiche, l'Accademia svizzera di scienze naturali ha quindi elaborato il «Libro bianco radiochimica Svizzera», che espone le misure atte a garantire e sviluppare le conoscenze necessarie. Con la creazione di una nuova cattedra, il Politecnico federale di Zurigo e l'Istituto Paul Scherrer hanno compiuto un passo importante in questa direzione.
Academia today is characterised by unhealthy competition, publication pressure and quantification practices. This puts people in research in the background. We want to counteract this and call for the enabling of reflected innovation and creativity in a slow science.
Le nouveau rapport COSPAR, qui paraît cette semaine, donne un aperçu des activités de la Suisse dans le domaine spatial. Renato Krpoun, chef de la division Affaires spatiales (appelée parfois Bureau spatial suisse) du Secrétariat d’État à la formation, à la recherche et à l’innovation (SEFRI), commente le rapport en soulignant l’importance de la coopération entre la science et l’industrie.
The Swiss space research community is very active and a reliable partner in space research activities. On the occasion of the 43rd COSPAR Assembly in Sydney, Australia, the Swiss National Committee on Space Research takes this opportunity to report on its activities to the international community.
The We Scientists 2035 workshops were initiated by SCNAT to call upon researchers to re-imagine a better, healthier 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 year in Lausanne, organized by the Swiss Academy of Sciences, brought together natural scientists from different career stages to discuss novel ideas about research culture and generate concrete actions for how it might be improved.
Le système de recherche se développe parce que la productivité est récompensée. Ce qui fait sens pour l’économie peut conduire à des incitations négatives dans la science. La qualité des résultats scientifiques ne peut parfois plus être suffisamment assurée. Tout particulièrement en cette période de « fake news », la confiance dans la science ne doit pas être compromise. Dans une récente publication, l'Académie suisse des sciences humaines et sociales et l'Académie des sciences naturelles plaident pour la qualité avant la quantité.
La Giovane Accademia Svizzera offre alle nuove generazioni l’opportunità di realizzare progetti interdisciplinari e transdisciplinari. Grazie all’impegno e ai contributi di questa Accademia, i membri cercano di individuare tempestivamente le sfide sociali, offrono soluzioni per tali sfide e promuovono il dialogo tra la scienza e la società. La Giovane Accademia Svizzera è stata avviata dall’Accademia Svizzera di Scienze Naturali di cui fa parte.