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Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
ORD Prize 2023: Design Challenge

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are pleased to announce the Design Challenge for the new ORD Prize.

 

Unleash your creative potential and enter our Design Challenge! We look forward to seeing innovative ideas!

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Statement on the consultation on the “Horizon Fund Law”
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences welcome and support the draft law on the establishment of the “Horizon Fund”. This fund aims to secure the resources earmarked for the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon Europe for the benefit of research in Switzerland. This will at least minimise the loss for Switzerland as a centre of knowledge as a result of its continued partial participation in Horizon Europe.   However, Switzerland's association with Horizon Europe as soon as possible and in full must remain the top priority, the Academies emphasise in their statement. This is of the utmost importance for Switzerland...
Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT
Switzerland excluded from European planning of research infrastructures
The European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) was created to support a coherent and strategy-oriented approach to policy making in the area of major research infrastructures in Europe. As Switzerland is not associated with Horizon Europe, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, the Swiss ESFRI delegation and Swiss experts in the Strategic Working Groups (SWG) will no longer be invited to participate in ESFRI meetings and activities. According to Hans Rudolf Ott, Chairperson of the Round Table on Swiss Representation in International Organisations and Research Infrastructures (RoTIORI), organised by the Swiss...
Swiss Young Academy
Swiss Young Academy: Call for Members

Apply now for a five-year membership of the Swiss Young Academy by 28 February 2023.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Successful Inaugural Meeting of the Sounding Board Researchers
The first meeting of the Sounding Board Researchers took place at the Casino Bern (Salon Bernois). Organized by Olivia Denk (Specialist for Open Science & Secretary of the Board) and Beat Immenhauser (Delegate for Open Science) from the Swiss Academies, 16 members from different disciplines and career levels were inaugurated on 30 November 2022. Within the Swiss National ORD Strategy the Swiss Academies act as one key institution and are responsible for both the organization of the meetings of the Sounding Board Researchers (SB R) and the launch of the ORD Award. The members of the SB R will serve as the Jury for the ORD Award and will...
Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
International science advisors: step up global action to halt biodiversity decline
Ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15, 7-19 December), senior science advisors call on governments to: commit to the Global Biodiversity Framework; invest immediately in actions of beneficial effects on biodiversity; implement robust and effective mechanisms for biodiversity monitoring; coordinate action at local to international levels; foster innovation through the weaving of biodiversity knowledge from diverse systems; and engage the public. These measures are considered important and necessary because three decades after the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the global response to biodiversity decline remains...
Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT
Swiss Quantum Initiative strengthens research and development in quantum technology and science
Quantum technology and science are key components in future data and information processing, and in application areas with significant economic potential such as communications and materials. The federal government will invest in a variety of measures in this area of research from 2023 on, and the Swiss Quantum Initiative will play a central role in these efforts. The measures are designed to secure the prominent position of Switzerland in quantum technology and science and enhance international networking. Based on a mandate from the federal government, the initiative will be coordinated by the Swiss Quantum Commission of the Swiss Academy...
Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT
20 Jahre Biodiversitätsmonitoring Schweiz: eine Erfolgsgeschichte mit Entwicklungspotenzial
Vor zwanzig Jahren startete die Schweiz als eines der ersten Länder weltweit eine systematische Überwachung ihrer Biodiversität. Die regelmässig erhobenen Daten bilden einen einmaligen Datenpool, um die Entwicklung der biologischen Vielfalt zu verfolgen und zusammen mit anderen Datenquellen auch Fragen zu den Ursachen zu beantworten. Es bestehen aber noch Lücken, etwa bei den Insekten und anderen wirbellosen Tieren oder bei Gewässerorganismen. Das Monitoring zur Biodiversität sollte taxonomisch, räumlich und zeitlich ausgebaut werden, schreibt das Forum Biodiversität Schweiz der SCNAT in der soeben publizierten Jubiläumspublikation, worin...
Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Huemul - der Hirsch ohne Furcht

Die Neugier und Vertrauensseligkeit des Huemul sind legendär. Er hat keinerlei Scheu vor dem Menschen. Das machte ihn über Jahrhunderte zur leichten Jagdbeute. Dazu kam die Vertreibung aus den fruchtbaren Ebenen, die von Kolonisten mit ihren Rinder- und Schafherden besiedelt wurden. Heute überdauert der Huemul nur in letzten Gruppen in kaum zugänglichen Gebieten der Anden. Ein engagierter Schweizer Wissenschaftler hat nun die erste argentinische Zuchtstation für Huemul in Betrieb genommen. Er hofft, so das Aussterben doch noch zu verhindern.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Biodiversity loss addressed by Swiss-EU collaboration

Biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems around the globe are alarming. Urgent counter-efforts are needed at national and international level. This was the subject of a Science Briefing organised by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Mission of Switzerland to the EU and SwissCore in Brussels on 19 October.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Successful visit to Israel

On invitation, Marcel Tanner visited the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on 17-19 October. Founded in 1961, it comprises over 140 researchers from all disciplines. Discussions with its President David Harel and other Academy representatives focused on scientific policy advice and the Young Academies. A memorandum of understanding is being sought to continue cooperation between the two academies.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Academies call for cessation of violence by Iranian government

In solidarity with the students and scholars protesting against the Iranian regime, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences condemn the harsh state action against the people of Iran and the accompanying violation of human rights. The escalating repression against members of the scientific community seriously threatens their academic freedoms as well.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Von Menschen und Tieren — Prix Média und Prix Média Newcomer 2022

Was lehrt uns der Blick nach Afrika für die nächste Pandemie? Und welche Rolle spielte die Neurochirurgie in der Psychiatrie? Diesen Fragen sind die beiden prämierten WissenschaftsjournalistInnenteams in ihren Bewerbungen für den Prix Média nachgegangen. Die multimediale Reportage und die Podcast-Folge überzeugten die Jury gleichermassen, so dass der Prix Média für Wissenschaftsjournalismus dieses Jahr zum zweiten Mal in Folge zwei Mal vergeben wurde. Den Prix Média Newcomer gewinnt ein Dokumentarfilm über Fischfossilien im Libanon.

Swiss Academy of Sciences SCNAT
Worse than 2003: Swiss glaciers are melting more than ever before

2022 was a disastrous year for Swiss glaciers: all ice melt records were smashed by the great dearth of snow in winter and continuous heatwaves in summer. More than 6 percent of the ice volume was lost, reports the Cryospheric Commission (CC) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Stellungnahme – Weiterentwicklung der gymnasialen Maturität WEGM

Das Gymnasium bereitet die Schülerinnen und Schüler auf ein Hochschulstudium vor, so dass der Zugang zu Universitäten und Pädagogischen Hochschulen weiterhin mit einer gymnasialen Maturität ohne weitere Vorprüfung möglich sein muss. Die Akademien sind der Meinung, dass der Vernehmlassungstext viele gute Punkte enthält. Dennoch gibt es einige kritische Anmerkungen: Nach Ansicht der Akademien ist es wichtig, dass der Fächerkanon nicht ausgebaut werden sollte und dass alle Grundlagenfächer durchgängig vier Jahre lang unterrichtet werden, um eine breite Allgemeinbildung zu gewährleisten.

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Bekanntgabe der Balzan Preisträger 2022

The winners of the 2022 Balzan Prizes were announced in Milan. The winners are Martha Nussbaum (USA – University of Chicago) for Moral Philosophy, Philip Bohlman (USA – University of Chicago) for Ethnomusicology, Robert Langer (USA – MIT) for Biomaterials for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering, and Dorthe Dahl-Jensen (Denmark – University of Copenhagen) and Johannes Oerlemans (The Netherlands – University of Utrecht) for Glaciation and Ice-Sheet Dynamics.

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences SAMW
Collaboration between medical professionals and industry
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There is a long tradition of collaboration between medical professionals and industry. This is essentially in the interests of good healthcare and contributes to medical progress. At the same time, it may lead to conflicts of interest. The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) has updated and extended the scope of its guidelines on this topic: they are now no longer addressed exclusively to physicians but also to other health professions.

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Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
Journalistischer Nachwuchs: Jede Stimme zählt

Sie hatten drei Monate Zeit zum Recherchieren, Schreiben und Filmen: Drei junge Menschen überzeugten mit ihren wissenschaftsjournalistischen Projekten über «Zauberpilze» und eine ausgestorbene Fischart die Jury. Jetzt liegen die Resultate ihrer Arbeit vor, und die Öffentlichkeit ist gefragt: Per Public-Voting wird der Prix Média Newcomer bestimmt und am 29. September verliehen. Die öffentliche Abstimmung läuft bis zum 12.09.2022.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
MINT Schweiz – Einblick in geförderte Projekte

Zwei neue Publikationen geben einen bunten Einblick in die geförderten Projekte 2017-2020. Die erste beschreibt Projekte aus dem ursprünglichen Förderprogramm und die zweite fokussiert auf die Digitale Transformation, ein Teilprogramm zu MINT Schweiz, durch welches laufende, aber auch neue Projekte zwischen 2019 und 2020 zusätzlich gefördert wurden.

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences SAMW
New Top 5 list and national campaign for moderate medicine
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«Less is sometimes more» is the motto of the umbrella organisation «smarter medicine», to which the SAMS belongs. In addition to the Top 5 lists, which are primarily aimed at professionals, «smarter medicine» also provides comprehensible information to raise public awareness. In Switzerland, too, there is over-medication and inappropriate care. A new national campaign offers a variety of free information material.

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