The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences is an association of the of the four Swiss Academies of Sciences: the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS), the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), and the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). It further comprises the centre of excellence for technology assessment (TA-SWISS) and Science et Cité as well as other scientific networks.
The academies engage themselves specifically for an equitable dialogue between science and society, and they advise politics and society in science-based issues that are socially relevant. They represent sciences across institutions and disciplines. Established in the scientific community, they have access to expertise and excellence and can therefore contribute specific knowledge to important political questions.
The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences’ mission is to fulfil the following three key assignments:
- Foresight: on subjects relevant for society in the areas of education, research and technology
- Ethics: engaged for the perception of ethically based responsibility in the production and application of scientific knowledge
- Dialogue: build bridges between science, politics and society
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