Welcome note of the president

Christophe Copéret

Welcome to the «Platform Chemistry»!

Many scientific and technological challenges lie before us (energy, environment, sustainability, healthcare, crop protection, nutrition…), where chemistry can provide solutions, but also bring forward new questions.

Together, as a community, we have to tackle these challenges and bridge the gap with other disciplines (biology, physics… but also economy and social sciences) and society. The Platform Chemistry of SCNAT restates its mission to foster the interest of science and chemistry in particular among the new generations, to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the concerns of scientists to society, to promote our younger scientists through exchange and dissemination events, to induce closer collaboration between academics and industry, to favor international and national networking as well as to celebrate historical landmarks.

In a world, going always faster and being more and more complex, our mission is to discuss and develop ethical guidelines and encourage foresight among chemists, teachers, and scientists and for our society as whole. “Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’âme”* has never been that contemporary.

The «Platform Chemistry» of SCNAT will certainly promote discussions and welcome you to the events of our society and our partners. I therefore look forward to seeing you in upcoming events in Switzerland and elsewhere. Do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any question.

Christophe Copéret, President of the «Platform Chemistry» – SCNAT.

* François Rabelais, in Gargantua, XVIth century.


Prof. Dr.
Christophe Copéret

Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences
HCI H 229
ETH Zürich
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 2
8093 Zürich

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044 633 93 94 (Secretariat)


Dr. Leo Merz

Platform Chemistry
Laupenstrasse 7
3008 Bern

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031 306 9300 (Secretariat)
031 306 9330 (Mo-Th)