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Swiss Academies

Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is an association of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) as well as the two centers of excellence TA-SWISS and Science et Cité. Their collaboration is focused on foresight, ethics and the dialogue between science and society.

Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
SCNAT is a national forum which aims to promote and support natural sciences. It fosters the exchange among scientist, participates in science politics and encourages international collaboration.

Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS)
SAMS was founded by the five Swiss medical faculties and concentrates on two main programs, Medicine and Society and Medical Science and Practice. SAMS aims to promote and support the professional training of the coming generation and high quality research, as well as to reflect on the future of medicine and ethical questions.

Swiss Academy of Human and Social Sciences (SAGW)
SAGW is the parent organization of over 60 societies covering a wide spectrum of subjects from literature to communication sciences, ethnology and theology. It is the biggest network for human and social sciences in Switzerland.

Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW)
SATW is a non-profit, independent organization which is committed to research, education, innovation and support of young talents. SATW comprises over 50 institutions and companies in the field of technical sciences.

Research institutions and programs

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Mandated by the Swiss federal government, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is Switzerland’s leading provider of scientific research funding.

  • National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR)
    NCCR promote long-term research projects in areas of vital strategic importance for the evolution of science in Switzerland, for the country’s economy, and for Swiss society. Each Centre of Competence is based in and managed from a university or other renowned research institution. A network links the research groups from this home institution with other teams throughout Switzerland.
  • National Research Programs (NRP)
    Funded by the SNSF, the National Research Programs (NRP) contribute to solutions to urgent problems specified by the Federal Council.

Publicly-funded research institutions
The Swiss Confederation provides financial contributions to a number of public and private research organizations in Switzerland, with the goal of ensuring high quality research in very specific disciplines. The link above takes you to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation’s list of beneficiaries.

Euresearch informs researchers in Switzerland about European research programs (framework programs and researcher’s mobility programs).

Euraxess Switzerland
Euraxess Switzerland is the new Researcher’s Mobility Portal providing researchers with jobs in Universities, Federal Institutes of Technology and Universities of Applied Sciences, information about entry rules, working conditions, research in Switzerland and hints for families.

Federal Institutes

ETH Board
The ETH Board is elected by the Federal Council as the controlling body of the ETH domain. It determines the strategic direction of the ETH domain, allocates the funding provided by the Swiss Confederation to the six ETH institutions, coordinates their activities, puts forward their presidents and directors to the Federal Council for election and appoints professors.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Students, researchers, architects, entrepreneurs, technical and administrative staff, interact daily to explore and encourage the emergence of new scientific fields. With 80 nationalities represented on its campus and 50% of its teaching staff originating from abroad, the EPFL has a truly international vocation.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)
ETHZ is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record earned through major achievements in research as well as first-rate teaching and services.

Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
PSI is a multidisciplinary research institute for natural and engineer sciences in the fields of material sciences, solid bodies research, elementary particles physics, biological sciences, nuclear and non-nuclear energy research and energy-related environmental sciences.

Swiss Federal Institute for Forestry, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
WSL conducts research into the environment and sustainability. WSL concentrates on applied research which has a long-term, integral and multi-disciplinary character.

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)
EMPA is the ETH domain’s institution for multidisciplinary research into sustainable materials and systems engineering. As an independent, neutral research institution, EMPA solves selected tasks and problems of a scientific and technical nature within its sphere of activities.

Swiss Federal Institute for Acquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG)
EAWAG develops solutions to environmental problems. It transmits the acquired knowledge and know-how nationally and internationally by publications, lectures, teaching, and consulting to the private and public sector.