Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences

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The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) is a science academy with a medical focus based in Bern .


The SAMS was founded in 1943 by the five medical and two veterinary faculties in Switzerland and the association of Swiss doctors . The main task of the independent foundation based in Basel - at a time when Switzerland was isolated due to the war - was to promote research and young talent.


With its two main programs “Medicine and Society” and “Medical Science and Practice”, the foundation sets the following priorities:

  • the promotion of young scientists, especially in clinical research
  • supporting the high quality of research in biomedical and clinical research
  • the connection of scientific medicine with practice
  • the clarification of ethical issues in connection with medical developments
  • Reflection on the future of medicine and its effects on individuals and society
  • Involvement in university, science and education policy, combined with expert and advisory work for politics and authorities.

All of these activities relate primarily to the Swiss environment, but are strongly oriented towards international developments. The international connection is maintained through membership in various international organizations and the participation of SAMS members in international conferences in the field of biomedical ethics and the future of medicine.

The foundation is a member of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences .


The highest body is the Senate; In addition to honorary, individual and corresponding members, it includes representatives of the medical and veterinary medical faculties, the Association of Swiss Doctors, the medical societies and other organizations. The Senate consists of around 230 people. It meets twice a year. The current business is supervised by the board of directors. Implementation and administrative work is the responsibility of the General Secretariat; the seat is in the House of Academies in Bern.

The president from November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2020 was Daniel Scheidegger, who has been the vice-president since then. On May 1, 2020, Henri Bounameaux succeeded him as President. General Secretary is Valérie Clerc.

The SAMS receives financial support from the federal government. The mandate results from the framework agreement between the federal government and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, details are regulated in the performance agreement between the SAMS and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation .

Funds and Awards

  • Helmut Hartweg Fund
  • Käthe Zingg Schwichtenberg Fund
  • Théodore Ott Fund
  • Théodore Ott Prize
  • Robert Bing Prize
  • Stern-Gattiker Prize

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History. Retrieved November 13, 2019 .
  2. Daniel Scheidegger becomes President of the SAMS, media release of October 26, 2016 (PDF),