Swiss Academies Factsheets

Scientific experts contribute to the publication series “Factsheets” of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Factsheets are short and concise presentations of a topic based on state-of-the-art research. They are designated for politics, administration, practice, education, media and further interested groups.

  • Serie di pubblicazioni

Open Science in Switzerland: Opportunities and Challenges
  • 2019

Open Science in Switzerland: Opportunities and Challenges

This Factsheet contains recommendations to shape Open Access and Open Data so that they foster scientific progress and benefit society in Switzerland.
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  • 2019

L’importance nationale des collections suisses de sciences naturelles

Agriculture, protection de l’environnement, infrastructures de transport : de nombreuses découvertes dans ces domaines sont fondées sur des connaissances provenant des collections de sciences naturelles. Plus de 60 millions d’objets sont stockés dans les différents cantons suisses. Ils ne sont cependant que difficilement utilisables pour la recherche moderne, car ils sont déterminés et classifiés de manière lacunaire et seul 17% des données relatives à ces objets est digitalisé. Pour soutenir durablement la Suisse fédérale comme place scientifique et site d’innovation, il convient de préserver son savoir d’expert et de promouvoir une infrastructure virtuelle pour la mise en réseau des collections d’objets et des bases de données. Des chercheuses et chercheurs planifient une stratégie visant à protéger les collections et à encourager leur utilisation par les scientifiques, les milieux de l’économie et la société.
Titelbild Governance
  • 2018

Governance of regional development

Regional development is a mainstay of Swiss domestic policy, as evidenced by the federal government’s New
Regional Policy, regional nature parks, and more. But how do regional development processes really work? And how could they be more effectively supported?
Reverse emissions or influence solar radiation: Is “geoengineering” worthwhile, feasible and if so, at what price?
  • 2018

Reverse emissions or influence solar radiation: Is “geoengineering” worthwhile, feasible and if so, at what price?

The aim of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, if possible even 1.5 degrees Celsius. Various scenarios show that very great efforts are necessary to achieve these goals through emission reduction measures alone. This motivates the search for additional solutions. Technical interventions in the climate system, often referred to by collective terms such as “geoengineering” or “climate intervention”, are therefore discussed.
Wildlife and humans in outdoor recreational areas near cities
  • 2018

Wildlife and humans in outdoor recreational areas near cities

Outdoor recreational areas in the vicinity of cities buzz with activity, not only during the day, but also in the early mornings, late evenings, and even at night.
Factsheet «New approaches for protecting potatoes against late blight»
  • 2018

New approaches for protecting potatoes against late blight

Late blight continues to result in major losses and a considerable use of pesticides in potato farming. Research is under pressure to improve existing control strategies and develop new solutions. A combination of these approach- es could enable potato farming in Switzerland to generate greater yields and become more ecological.
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