The Swiss Academy of Science (SCNAT) is a network of over 35'000 scientists, representing more than 130 organisations. SCNAT aims at promoting scientific research, dissemination and application of new scientific knowledge as well as encouraging a dialogue between science and society. SCNAT is „committed to the future of science and to the society at regional, national and international level” and considers science a „central foundation for our cultural and economic development“.

Founded in 1815, SCNAT today advises politics and society on questions of sustainability. Their main topics of expertise are biodiversity, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, as well as water and climate amongst other fields (For more information see:


CSS is of the opinion that technological developments are proceeding at a great speed and the associated social developments and the respective legislations are often lagging behind the scientific development. Thus, CSS considers it important that the discussion of risks and opportunities of new technological applications does not take place in a small circle of specialists only but also includes the wider society. 

As a national science organisation, SCNAT has a great responsibility to inform the public & the decision makers about new scientific developments, possible applications and their potential risks and benefits in order for society to be able to decide which developments might be useful and where the potential harm could outweigh the benefits. 

As a network of critical scientists, CSS monitors the independence and accuracy of SCNAT, in order to avoid one-sided reporting of topics that potentially affect society as a whole. CSS is also member of SCNAT's Evidence Review Group "Agro-gene-technology".