Scientific culture

A good scientific culture forms the basis for high-quality research. However, the quality of medical research has been critically questioned in recent years, for example in an article series in the Lancet under the title «Increasing value – reducing waste» (2014). At the same time, the lack of young, up-and-coming researchers presents a growing problem.

The SAMS believes that these two challenges are directly linked. Therefore, in a new position paper entitled «Culture of research and support for young scientists in medicine» (2016) specific measures are suggested to improve the scientific culture and the situation of young researchers.


This position paper picked up where previous publications had left off, specifically the SAMS position paper «Medicine as a science», the report by the subject group «Young people for clinical research in Switzerland» and the «Recommendations for gender-adequate academic career pathways», published by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. (Some downloads are only available in German.)


In November 2016, the SAMS' Senate decided to establish the following working group to actively support the implementation of the proposed measures:

  • Prof. Henri Bounameaux, Geneva (President)
  • Prof. Claudio Bassetti, Bern
  • Prof. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, Zurich
  • Dr. Katrin Crameri, FOPH, Bern
  • Prof. Jürg Hodler, Zurich
  • Prof. Primo Schär, Basel
  • Prof. Dominique Soldati-Favre, SNSF, Geneva
  • Dr. Myriam Tapernoux, SAMS, Bern (ex officio)
  • Prof. Jean-Daniel Tissot, Lausanne




Focal point amongst the academies associations

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are treating the issue of scientific culture as a common interdisciplinary and international focal point. A conference together with the German and Austrian academies of science was held in 2014 under the title: Do we need a new scientific culture?


Link to the July 2014 conference report



lic. phil. Valérie Clerc
Secretary General