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 in the national and international context and are regarded as the young voice of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

About Us

As part of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the Swiss Young Academy provides young researchers the opportunity to carry out inter- and transdisciplinary projects and activities at the many intersections of science and society. The Young Academy gives voice to young academics in Switzerland and serves as a networking platform to bring together individuals from many different scientific fields and institutions of higher education. In addition, it creates an inspiring setting for innovative ideas and projects.

Organization

The Swiss Young Academy is composed of a General assembly with 25–30 members, an Advisory Council and an Administrative Office. Every year the plenary meeting elects an Executive Board from among the members. A speaker and a co-speaker are also elected and they head the Executive Board. While the Administrative Office performs organizational, structural and administrative tasks, the Advisory Council assists the members with their joint projects. The Advisory Council members also act as mentors. The head office of the Swiss Young Academy is in the House of Academies in Bern.

 

Projects and financing:

A budget of CHF 1,000 per year or CHF 5,000 over 5 years is made available to members to support their personal projects. Subject to approval by the federal government bodies, CHF 150,000 per year are earmarked for joint projects, of which a maximum of CHF 30,000 per joint project.

 

The Swiss Young Academy has the following tasks:

  • implementation of inter- and transdisciplinary projects at the interfaces between science and society, with support from the Association of the Academies;

  • promotion of the science- and social-policy discourse by taking positions on, and making contributions to, the development of a sustainable science culture;

  • representation of young scientists in Switzerland, with a focus on the vocational and social challenges they face.