Swiss Academy of Sciences

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The Academy of Natural Sciences Switzerland ( SCNAT , French Académie suisse des sciences naturelles , Italian Accademia di Svizzera scienze naturali , English Swiss Academy of Sciences ), the Swiss Academy of Sciences for science . They belong to the association of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences .


It was founded as the Swiss Natural Research Society (SNG) in Mornex near Geneva in 1815 at the invitation of Henri-Albert Gosse .

The name was changed to Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences (SANW) in 1988 and to its current name in 2004.

tasks and goals

The SCNAT supports and networks the natural sciences regionally, nationally and internationally. With forums and platforms, the academy approaches issues in an interdisciplinary manner or strengthens the national and international network of disciplines. The academy also coordinates the natural sciences within the Swiss university landscape or works with research funding institutions such as the Swiss National Science Foundation or the academies of science. Scientific topics are also brought closer to a broad population at the regional level. This task is taken over by the cantonal and regional societies, which publish publications supported by the Academy and organize series of lectures for the public.

Focus of the academy

  • Early identification of important social issues
  • Ethics in science
  • Dialogue between science and society

Honorary members

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences | Portrait. Retrieved November 13, 2019 .