Switzerland excels in cutting-edge research and innovation. A prestigious Swiss Science Prize is an effective way of bringing these achievements to the attention of a wider audience. The general public has to be kept informed of the results of the groundbreaking research which they help to support.
For the academic community, such an award is both an honor and a privilege, and can help to secure additional national and international backing for their future research projects. As well as constituting a public acknowledgement of the researcher’s accomplishments, the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist is also one of the highest forms of professional legitimation. It offers the winner further proof that the path she/he has chosen is the right one.
To underline the importance as well as raise the profile of the award, the Marcel Benoist Foundation has set itself the mission of broadening the financial and organizational base of the Swiss Science Prize and stepping up public relations and communication efforts. The prize should play an important role in consolidating Switzerland’s status as a center of excellence for research.
The Vision: a «Swiss Science Day»
Thanks to the donors, who sit on the Patronage Committee, the project already reached its first milestone in 2017: prize money has been increased to a more fitting CHF 250,000, and an official award ceremony will take place in Bern.
Efforts will now concentrate on the full-scale implementation of the Marcel Benoist Foundation’s vision, namely the organization and hosting of a “Swiss Science Day” in 2020 to mark its centenary. As well as being a celebratory event and a showcase of Switzerland’s excellence in the field of research, the ‘Swiss Science Day’ will serve as a yearly platform for early-career scientists. The event will be targeted at the entire research community and all interested parties from the worlds of business, politics and society.
Become a donor: «A prize for another 100 years»
The Foundation is truly delighted to be able to count on the invaluable commitment and support of the Patronage Committee. Thanks to their donations, the Marcel Benoist Foundation has been able to begin work on turning its new vision into reality.
However, we need your help to see this ambitious project successfully through to the end. Join us in assuring the future of the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist by pledging excellence! Your donation will help bolster the reputation of Swiss scientific output and increase national and international awareness.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Dr. Katja Gentinetta
Delegate of the Board of Trustees
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