The SATW

The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW is the most important network of experts for engineering sciences in Switzerland and is in contact with the highest Swiss bodies for science, politics and industry. The network is comprised of selected individual members, member organisations and experts.

On behalf of the federation, SATW identifies industrially relevant technological developments and informs politics and society about their importance and consequences. As a unique expert organisation with high credibility, it conveys independent and objective information on technology – as the basis for establishing well-founded opinions. SATW also promotes the interests and understanding of technology in the population, including young people in particular. It is politically independent and non-commercial. 

Members and member organisations
SATW has around 345 individual members and 55 member organisations. Individual members are outstanding experts from the fields of education, research, commerce and industry and politics. They are appointed for life. Specialist Swiss organisations serving the engineering sciences can apply to become member organisations of SATW. Member organisations pay an annual subscription and can apply to the SATW for grants for projects and events.

Vision
SATW is recognized as the principal organisation for the communication of independent, objective and comprehensive information about technology – as a basis for the forming of well-founded opinions – and as an effective institution for the promotion of engineering sciences and new technologies in Switzerland.

Mission

Early identification
SATW identifies technological developments of relevance to industry and informs politicians and society about the significance and consequences of such developments.

Dialogue with the population
SATW specifically promotes understanding of technology and sustainability in society and in the political arena.

Interconnection
SATW promotes cooperation between industry, research institutions and educational establishments and forges links between leading experts and organisations in the engineering sciences, nationally and internationally.

Promotion of technology
SATW promotes the engineering sciences and draws attention to outstanding scientific and technological achievements.

Encouragement of young people
SATW encourages interest in engineering and engineering careers among young people and supports measures aimed at improving the teaching of engineering in educational institutions.

Supporting the economy
SATW commits to supporting the implementation of scientific discoveries in services of value to the national economy, and actively contributes to the promotion of innovation and SMEs.

Independent expertise and advice
SATW advises politicians, industry and organisations on engineering questions and conducts studies of national and international importance.

Coordination
SATW assumes selected coordination roles in the domain of the engineering sciences, for example between the Swiss Confederation, universities and associations.