Manifesto for an open Switzerland

In geographical terms, Switzerland is dwarfed by its neighbours on the map of Europe. However, when innovation is the scale, our country becomes significantly larger in comparison with the others. The story of Swiss success is underpinned principally by the fact that ours is by far the most international science nation in Europe. In particular, cross-border cooperation makes a quite considerable contribution to the impressive levels of Swiss research output. Switzerland is, and always has been at a crossroads of the scientific world. Many excellent and inquisitive researchers have set up camp here over the years, carrying inspiration for our country in their backpacks! Furthermore, we must not forget that around one third of Swiss researchers work abroad and benefit greatly from the excellent opportunities for mobility that exist today within Europe and beyond.

The SNSF firmly believes in the widely supported manifesto to keep the Swiss education and research scene open. Let us continue to write the story of Switzerland's thriving success, in a clear Helvetic confession of openness on 9 February!

Martin Vetterli
President of the National Research Council of the SNSF


1 comment

  • Marcus Thelen

    14 February 2014 16:35:20

    I fully agree to the message of the manifesto and I'm willing to support it.

    Marcus Thelen, Group Leader at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Bellinzona
    Honorary Professor at the University of Berne
    President of the Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (SSMCB)

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