Networking science.

The Swiss Young Academy networks young researchers from a wide range of scientific disciplines and creates an inspiring environment for inter- and transdisciplinary exchange and innovative ideas. Its members are the representatives of Swiss science and are regarded as the young voice of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.


The mentoring programme of the Swiss Young Academy (SYA) enables the advancement of it's members in their academic, professional and personal development by providing advice and support on career-relevant topics, as part of one-to-one mentoring and through networking opportunities.
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One-to-one mentoring

One-to-one mentoring is based on a relationship between a more experienced person (academic or non-academic environment) who, as a mentor, advises and supports a less experienced person as a mentee in their career development.


Our mentors and mentees get to know each other during a kick-off meeting. During or after this meeting, mentee and mentor fill out a mentoring agreement in which the expectations, goals, frequency and location of the meetings are recorded.

The mentoring relationship formally lasts one or two years. After one year, an active, mutual extension is required for the relationship to continue. Shortly before the end of the mentoring relationship, the mentor and the mentee are sent a short questionnaire to evaluate the relationship and the program.

Current mentors


  • Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme, Institute for Geography, University of Bern
  • Dr. Hans Widmer, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Nico Krisch, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Prof. Dr. Manuela Eicher, University Institute for Training and Research in Health Care (IUFRS), Lausanne
  • Daniel Ziegerer, sanu durabilitas, Biel
  • Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, Faculty of Economics, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Catherine Housecroft, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. Patricia Purtschert, Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bern
  • Prof. Dr. med. Katja Odening, Institute of Physiology & Clinic for Cardiology, University of Bern
  • Dr. Marc Creus, Department of Chemistry, University of Basel
  • Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Kuehni, Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), University of Bern
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Rost, Institute of Sociology, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Erik Pohl, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Cristina Urchueguía, Institute of Musicology, University of Bern
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller, Deptartment of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Georges-Simon Ulrich, Directorate, Federal Statistical Office (FSO), Neuchâtel
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrik Brandes, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich



Former mentors

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Barbara Haering, ETH Board
  • Prof. em. Dr. Gerhard Tröster, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Dr. Julia Straub, Department of English, University of Fribourg
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