Animal experimentations: Academies support the introduction of animal welfare officers and standardised education and training
In late October, the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has opened the consultation process regarding the amendment of ordinances governing the veterinary field. The revised ordinance provides an animal welfare officer for animal experimentations and standardised education and training in the field of animal experimentations. In their statement, the Academies expressly welcome both proposals. In addition, they point to some inconsistencies.
Statement on the consultation on the amendments of ordinances in the veterinary field (German)
Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation of the Academies
We Scientists Shape Science
We want science to be creative, solid, open, helpful for society and a good career opportunity for the talented youth. Let’s start to change what it means to be a scientist and the way and the framework in which science is conducted. It is us scientists who need to change science. Find more information and updated discussion paper on the website of the annual congress of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).
«We Scientists Shape Science»
Peter Messerli co-chairs UN Global Sustainable Development Report
Peter Messerli, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Bern, has been selected as co-chair to lead the group of scientific experts tasked with drafting the upcoming UN Global Sustainable Development Report. In 2015, he was chosen by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences as a scientific representative of the Swiss delegation that participated in negotiation of the new global development agenda at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The first report is slated for release in 2019.
Information on the Global Sustainable Development Report
Martina Caroni is the new Delegate for Human Rights
Martina Caroni will serve as the Delegate for Human Rights of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences until 2020. The Delegate intervenes in cases of human right violations against researchers related to their scientific work and she promotes the pertinence of human rights in science. Martina Caroni studied in Bern and Yale and worked at the European Commission of Human Rights. As professor of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law in Lucerne since 2002, her teaching and research areas include migration law and human rights.
"Autonomy in medicine": Publication and Save the Date
In 2016 the event series "Autonomy in medicine" of the SAMS and the National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NCE) focused on the importance of the relationship. What role does the relationship with physicians, nurses and relatives play for self-determined health decisions? The publication on the conference places the current autonomy debate in a larger context and describes whether and how approaches as "relational autonomy" or "assisted autonomy" provide benefits as compared to the classical "decision-making autonomy".
The title of the conference 2017 is "Autonomy and Care". Often health issues for persons lacking the capacity to consent require far-reaching decisions – be it unconscious accident victims, newborns or people suffering from advanced dementia. Who decides in such cases? And according to which standards? Join the discussion and reserve 30 June 2017 for the conference in Berne.
The publication is available as PDF under Publications.