2014 series

Home institutions: University of Geneva, ETH Zurich

Physicists use the language of mathematics to describe the processes that they observe. However, mathematics is more than a language. It is also a collection of complex, evolving ideas. At the threshold between theoretical physics and mathematics – where the mathematician’s stringency and the physicist’s intuition bear the greatest fruit – both sides benefit from closer cooperation. The NCCR "SwissMAP – The Mathematics of Physics" aims to take this melding of minds to the next level and establish an internationally renowned Swiss Institute for Advanced Research in Mathematics and Physics. The objective is to create a place where researchers can focus on fundamental questions, such as whether string theory really is suitable for describing all of the known force fields and interactions in a uniform Theory of Everything.

Further information on the NCCR:

  • Contact details

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    NCCR Management

    NCCR Director


    Management / Coordination

    Dr. Elise Raphael 
    NCCR SwissMAP
    Section de mathématiques
    Université de Genève
    7-9 rue du Conseil Général
    Case postale 64
    1211 Genève 4, Switzerland
    Tel. +41(0) 22 379 11 44
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  • Funding

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    NCCRs are financed through grants awarded by the SNSF, but also from other sources. The home institutions involved in the NCCR also contribute a substantial amount of money. The available overall budget of the NCCR is further increased by monetary contributions from the project participants and third-party funds, which are generally invested by industrial companies.

    The SNSF is financing the NCCR SwissMAP in its second funding period.

    Financing 2014 – 2021 (Swiss Francs)

    Funding source2014 – 2017​2018 - 2021
    SNSF grant*11'200'000​10'640'000
    Funds of Geneva University*3’200’000​3'201'600
    Funds of ETH Zurich*3’700’000​4'700'000
    Group funds of the project participants1'027'520​12'293'052
    External funds0​0

    * contractually agreed funding

  • Evaluation / Review Panel

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    For each NCCR, the SNSF appoints a Review Panel composed of renowned experts whose task it is to evaluate scientific quality and the progress made in NCCR projects. The Review Panel of the NCCR SwissMAP consists of the following experts:

    Contact person at the SNSF:

    Dr. Stefan Bachmann
    Bereich NFS
    Schweizerischer Nationalfonds
    Wildhainweg 3
    CH-3001 Bern
    Tel. +41 (0) 31 308 23 49
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  • Research structures

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    National Centres of Competence in Research leave their mark on the research landscape well beyond the SNSF funding period. They help to define key topics and sustainably change Swiss research structures. Thus NCCRs can lead to the creation of new professorships and courses of study as well as new infrastructures or platforms at the universities involved.

    NCCRs operate as a network in which a large number of scientific partners are active. Working within these networks has borne fruit in the form of new research approaches and excellent scientific contributions.

    Structures created by this NCCR until now:

  • Contributions to society and the economy

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research not only engage in cutting-edge research, they also play an important role in transferring knowledge and new technologies to the economy and to society at large. They lead to the formation of start-ups, and the new insights have the potential to awaken the interest of politicians, globally active companies and the public at large.

    Communication and knowledge transfer of the NCCR SwissMAP:

  • Promotion of academic careers and equal opportunities

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    The National Centres of Competence in Research consciously promote promising young researchers and are committed to equal opportunities for men and women in research.

    Measures taken by the NCCR SwissMAP to promote young researchers and gender equality: