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.

Swiss Young Network for Science Policy and Diplomacy (SYNESPOD)

This project aims to establish a platform for science policy and diplomacy through partnerships with (inter)national institutions, increasing the capacity, impact and visibility of the Swiss Young Academy, its members as well as early-career professionals in Switzerland, in addressing challenges towards sustainable development globally.
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The project is motivated by the global challenges that affect Switzerland, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and the devastating effects of the political and health crises, that require transdisciplinary solutions at the interface of science, policy, and international cooperation. For this purpose, science policy and diplomacy provide opportunities to address challenges through science-policy dialogue and international collaboration.



  • Building the capacity of early-career researchers to contribute to science policy through trainings and workshops
  • Increasing the capacity, visibility, and impact of early-career researchers in science for policy and science diplomacy
  • Establishing (inter)national collaborative network for science policy and diplomacy


Planned activities


SYNESPOD will be realized through workshops, participation in forums, and partnerships with representative (inter)national associations, creating and strengthening a strategic network for science policy and diplomacy.

In particular, the project envisages a workshop on science for policy for early-career scientists with insights on effective science communication to policy-makers and science-policy dialogue co-organized in collaboration with Geneva Science-Policy Interface (GSPI) and Reatch. Moreover, we plan to participate in Geneva Science and Diplomacy Week in collaboration with GESDA, an international forum for science diplomacy leaders, through continued partnership with foraus, and the World Biodiversity Forum in Davos in collaboration with the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and GSPI. We will further focus on mapping the science-policy interface for educational offers for early-career researchers in collaboration with GSPI and Reatch. Finally, we are committed to strengthening and establishing connections and partnerships with other young academies and (inter)national organizations involved in science for policy and diplomacy, including the Global Young Academy (GYA), Young Academy of Sweden (SUA), Young Academy Finland (YAF), Young Academies Science Advice Structure (YASAS), International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA), and International Science Council (ISC), among others.

Project Speakers
Project Members

Florian Egli

Darius Farman

Servan Grüninger

Silvia Maier

Lucas Mueller (2023)

BinBin Pearce (2023)

Lauren Clack (2023)

SYNESPOD 2023 Activities
Mapping of educational offers at the science-policy interface
Join Us in Mapping Educational Opportunities at the Science-Policy Interface in collaboration with partners Reatch and Geneva Science-Policy...
Blog Post: Science Policy & Diplomacy Workshops
Science Policy & Diplomacy workshops covering engagement at the national level in Switzerland (with Reatch) and at the multilateral level (with GSPI) (17 April and 3...
Event report: (Inter-)national Meeting

Full-day meeting with (inter-)national partners from the science policy and diplomacy field on 27 September 2023.

Event report: Science and policy boot camps for ECRs

Intensive half-day and one-day training course on the basics of the Swiss political system in collaboration with the Franxini project (25 July and 7 September 2023).

Event report: Science diplomacy and emerging technologies: “The Thing From The Future”

Game-based session to explore the challenges and opportunities arising from science diplomacy in the context of new technologies on 11 May 2023.