Swiss Academy of Sciences
Akademie der Naturwissenschaften Schweiz
Académie des Sciences Naturelles

Type of Structure: organisation / agency
Regional Scope: national in the area: Switzerland / Europe
Parent Organisations: a+
Child Organisations: FoLAP, PF-Biology, PF-Chemistry, PF-Geosciences, PF-MAP, PF-NWR, PF-SAP, SPS, WG-Energie
No more in operation: WG-Ressourcen
Duration : 1815 to present
Contact Address: Dr. Jürg Pfister
Secretary General
House of Academies
Laupenstrasse 7, Postfach
3001 Bern
Phone: +41 (0) 31 306 93 03 ; +41 (0) 31 306 93 00
FAX: +41 (0) 31 306 93 09
e-Mail: juerg.pfister(at)

General information and objectives

Founded in 1815, the Swiss Academy of Sciences, scnat, is the most important platform for the dissemination and promotion of the natural sciences. scnat is recognized by the Swiss Confederation as an institution for the promotion of scientific research.

  • facilitate interdisciplinary cooperation and scientific exchange
  • improve public and media awareness and comprehension for the natural sciences
  • encourage the dissemination of scientific research results
  • promote the full integration of women in scientific and political bodies
  • cooperate in the establishment of a Swiss science policy
  • encourage international scientific cooperation.

    To fulfill these tasks, scnat organizes hundreds of individualactivities and events every year: conferences and symposia, publications, studies and reports, as well as public events, and maintenance of information networks. Its central concern is to raise the awareness not only of the specialists but also of politicians and generalists of the role which the natural sciences play in the solution of our society's current and future problems.

    Mission statement:
    Support, promotion and development of the sciences as a cultural asset: in the current environment of global competition in third-level institutions and the private sector, SCNAT ensures that the critical mass of scientific competency in Switzerland is sustained. It’s guiding principles include exchange and networking, excellence, research diversity and the promotion of the next generation of scientists.

    Foresight of problems of socio-political relevance: the exchange within and between the SCNAT’s disciplinary and inter-disciplinary networks gives us a scientific overview which acts as a basis for the early-detection of socially relevant problems, for which the sciences can provide future-oriented resolutions.

    Dialogue between the sciences and society: through its network, SCNAT has access to the expertise and knowledge necessary for scientifically-based political decision-making. It engages in dialogue with the political institutions and promotes the understanding of the sciences among the general public.

    Please note:
    prior to September 2004, scnat was called
    • SAS (english),
    • SANW (german),
    • ASSN (french, italian)

    For further details, link to the SCNAT Home Page

    Last update: 5/6/22
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)

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