environment and climate research

Environment - Earth Sciences Feb 16
Environment - Earth Sciences
After long-awaited snowfall in January, parts of the Alps are now covered with fresh powder and happy skiers. But the Swiss side of the iconic mountain range had the driest December since record-keeping began over 150 years ago, and 2016 was the third year in a row with scarce snow over the Christmas period.
Environment - Life Sciences Feb 15
Environment - Life Sciences

If degraded and logged areas of tropical forests are left to nature, the populations of certain endangered tree species are not able to recover.

Civil Engineering - Environment Feb 13
Civil Engineering - Environment

Cities are heat islands - not only above ground but below ground too, and therein lies the enormous potential to better harness this energy through geothermal heat exchangers.

Currently 35 jobs in field Environment/Sustainable Development.
Selected Jobs
Environment - 09.02
Leiter/in der Forschungsgruppe Vegetationsökologie ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Wädenswil
Environment - 07.02
Professor in Renewable Energy Systems University of Geneva
Environment - 24.01
Wissenschaftliche/n Mitarbeitende/n Sustainable Food Value Chains ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Wädenswil
Environment - 16.02
Postdoc position in Integrated Water-Energy-Food Nexus Modeling Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
Life Sciences - 14.02
ENAC - Post-doctoral researcher EPFL, Lausanne
Employers of the Week
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
University of Geneva
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, EPFL
Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
EAWAG
University of Zurich
Continuing education for scientists and academics in Switzerland.
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Gestion culturelle University of Geneva
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Justice juvénile University of Geneva
Agronomy/Food Science »» 30.03.2017
Patrimoine viticole et vignobles romands University of Geneva
environment and climate research

Switzerland has been at the forefront of climate research. The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 went to Al Gore and all the members of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Among those honoured are a number of Swiss scientists. Switzerland has decided to strengthen its leading position in climate research through several research initiatives and programs.

Research  institutions

Research programs

  • NCCR Climate: The Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF funds a long term climate project under the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) scheme, the NCCR Climate. This NCCR is a network grouping the universities of Bern, Fribourg and Geneva, the Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, a number of Federal agencies, and the Swiss Re reinsuring company. It was established in 2001 with the aim of contributing substantially towards this concern and to better understand the climate system by carrying out interdisciplinary research on its variability and its potential for change. It includes such topics as historical climate change, the development of computer models to diagnose and forecast climate events, and the impact of climate change on ecosystems. 

  • The World Climate Research Program WCRP is an international program sponsored by several international organisations. It identifies knowledge gaps, prioritizes needs and leads world-class research into climate variability and climate change to meet end-user requirements and policy needs.

Platforms

  • Database allowing an overview of environmental research in the broad sense, covering themes as varied as the origins of the Earth, the understanding of natural processes or the solving of concrete environmental problems. 
  • The platform for cleantech, launched by the Swiss Government, provides all kind of information on cleantech for researchers and companies (only in German and French). Cleantech cover all products and services having a positive and sustainable effect on environment and climate.

Forums

  • Proclim is the Swiss forum for climate and global change issues. It seeks to facilitate both integrated research activities and the necessary linkages among scientists, policy-makers and the public at home and abroad . Its aims are the integration of Swiss research in international programs , s upport for interdisciplinary collaboration and dialog and information exchange and dialog with decision makers. 

  • The Swiss Committee on Polar Research (SCP) is a common forum of the Swiss Scientific Academies. Its main tasks are the national spreading of polar research results and informations through public events and publications.

Other useful links

  • Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
  • Swiss Biological Records Center ( Centre Suisse de Cartographie de la Faune) gathers, manages and diffuses information on the distribution and the ecology of fauna in Switzerland.
  • Swiss Village in Masdar City: Masdar City, located in Abu Dhabi, is the world’s first carbon-neutral zero waste city. Switzerland is a close partner of Masdar City: A Swiss Village is being realised in the first construction phase of Masdar – the opening is scheduled for 2011. The Swiss Village is to offer a balanced mix of uses with offices, research labs and light manufacturing facilities, restaurants and shops, a Swiss business hub, a Swiss private school, apartments as well as the Swiss Embassy and an embassy residence. 

Associations and agencies for renewable energies

Portals in the field of renewable energies

  • www.energieforschung.ch, a page of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), provides information about activities of the Swiss Government.
  • The platform for cleantech, launched by the Swiss Government, provides all kind of information on cleantech for researchers and companies (only in German and French). Cleantech cover all products and services having a positive and sustainable effect on environment and climate.