An ERC Grant is the most prestigious award for excellent European research projects. A team with three researchers from the ETH Domain had also applied for such a grant. Today, Gabriel Aeppli from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, Henrik Rønnow from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL and Nicola Spaldin from ETH Zurich, together with their colleague Alexander Balatsky from Nordita, Stockholm University, received the contract signed by the EU confirming the extraordinary 14 million euro funding.
After almost two years, Switzerland’s first dedicated science crowdfunding platform has seen nearly 80% of projects meet their targets. But for its organisers and participants, success isn’t just measured in Swiss francs.
Open Access to Publications: the SNSF Supports Europe's Plan S
European and national research funders are expected to commit all researchers to granting open access to their publications as of 2020. The SNSF supports this Plan S. However, it is not in a position to add its signature to the plan at present.
Reproducibility and Replication - University of Zurich Center for Reproducible Science Kickoff Workshop
A strategic kick-off workshop on Reproducibility and Replication with the goal to define the optimal set-up of the activities of the newly opened Center for Reproducible Science (CRS) at the University of Zurich.
Opendata.ch/2018 ist die führende Konferenz der Schweiz rund um das Thema offene Daten. Jährlich prägen wir die nationale Open-Data-Diskussion, mit VertreterInnen aus Verwaltung, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Politik, Journalismus, IT und weiteren Interessengebieten.
The “Alexander Friedrich Schläfli Prize” of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) is one of the oldest prizes in Switzerland. Since the first awarding in 1866, 108 young talents in different natural science disciplines have been distinguished.
PSI: Investigation into Violation of Research Integrity Is Concluded
In June 2017, PSI was made aware of allegations that members of its staff had submitted an article containing aspects of scientific misconduct to a scientific journal. A preliminary review by experts showed that the allegations raised were solid.
Do Swiss Universities Offer the Best Value for Money?
A meta-analysis combining the most popular university rankings to find out which ones are best, and showing which university offers the best value for the money. Spoiler: Switzerland, for once, is a good deal.
OAPEN-CH - the Impact of Open Access on Scientific Monographs in Switzerland
Pilot study found that providing a digital edition that is freely available on the Internet increases the trackability, visibility and use of monographs. The study also finds that open access does not have a negative impact on printed book sales.
The Swiss universities are negotiating with the world’s three largest scientific publishers for fair – in other words affordable – terms of access. Michael Hengartner, president of swissuniversities and UZH, explains the background.
Around half of researchers already publish their work with open access, according to a comprehensive survey carried out by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. Besides a number of positive results, the survey also revealed a need for more information.
With some 173,000 articles during the period 2011-2015, Switzerland produced 1% of worldwide publications. It is therefore in the top 20 countries of all sizes that publish the most scientific articles.
Open Access, Data Capitalism and Academic Publishing
There is a significant discrepancy between the reality of academic publishing and the optimism of politicians and science functionaries who praise Open Access as a panacea for all the ills afflicting science culture.
The Secrets of a Surprisingly High Citations Success
Switzerland appears to have three key factors for success in getting a surprisingly high proportion of its researchers’ articles cited in the scientific literature: it’s a small country, it’s research investment is large compared to other countries, and importantly, its hosting of the Large Hadron Collider is a drawcard for collaborative research.
Federal Council Adapts Copyright Law to the Digital Age
With the revision to the Copyright Act, the Federal Council wants to strengthen the rights and interests of creative artists and the cultural industries by taking a resolute approach to pirated online content.