Petitionsbeschluss: Der Petition wurde entsprochen oder teilweise entsprochen

at 17 Sep 2014 13:40

Dear supporters of the online petition "Switzerland must remain part of European Science"

As mentioned before, our petition has no legal implications, however, is meant as a strong voice of scientists to all involved Swiss and EU officials to refrain from making European science a pawn in the political negotiations.

The voice of this and other similar petitions has been heard. The good news is that as of 15 September 2014 Switzerland has partially regained its status as Associated Country in HORIZON2020.

This partial association allows researchers in Switzerland to fully participate in all calls under the first pillar of Horizon 2020 "Excellent Science" (including ERC grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and research infrastructures) and "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation“.

For the other two pillars, Switzerland has still the status of a Third Country. Hopefully, Switzerland will also gain full associated status in those pillars in 2015.

Again, thank you for your support!

Die Zeichnungsfrist ist beendet

at 24 Jun 2014 08:36

Dear supporters of "Switzerland must remain part of European science"

Receipt of our online petition has now been confirmed by the Swiss Bundeskanzlei, Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann, the European Commission, the European Council as well as the Presidency of the European Parliament.

This will likely be the last email on our petition, but I keep my fingers crossed that your support will help to find a constructive solution to our request as soon as possible.

Regards H. Fischer

Die Zeichnungsfrist ist beendet

at 06 Jun 2014 09:48

The receipt of the petition and of the list of signatures has now been confirmed by the office of the President of the European Commission, Mr. Barroso.

Der Empfang der Petition wurde bestätigt

at 04 Jun 2014 09:48

Dear supporters of the online petition "Switzerland must remain part of Euroepean science"

The receipt of the list of signatures has been acknowledged by the Swiss authorities despite the fact that the petition has no legal conbsequences per se. In a letter Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann confirmed that working towards Switzerland becoming a full member of HORIZON 2020 is a top priority of his department. In the meantime there have been temporary measures put in place that provide Swiss scientists alternative ways to participate in joint European research projects or to apply for ERC like funding in Switzerland.

The European authorities have not responded yet, although the list of signature was sent individually to Mr. Schulz, Mr. Barroso and Mr. van Rompuy.

Die Petition wurde eingereicht

at 15 May 2014 14:55

Dear all

thanks again for your support of our online petition "Switzerland must remain part of European science". All in all the petition has been signed by more than 9500 people. The petition text and the signature lists have now been sent by mail to the EU and Swiss addressees of the petition.

Although our petition has no legal consequences per se, I hope this strong voice of European scientists will be heard.

Petition in Zeichnung

at 07 Apr 2014 09:55

Just under two weeks until the petition "Switzerland must remain part of European science" closes and we reached now nearly the 9000 signature mark! I think this already has been a great success, as in the beginning we only aimed hoped for 5000 signatures. Nevertheless, we should try everything to get the full 10000 signatures!

Accordingly, I would like to urge all supporters of this petition to make another effort to mobilize all your friends, colleagues, project partners etc. in Europe and Switzerland to sign the petition by sending emails to interested people.

Thanks a lot for your effort and support!

H. Fischer

Petition in Zeichnung

at 27 Feb 2014 12:08

The initial goal of 5000 signatures has already been achieved.
Thanks again for the immense support!
Based on this success, it seems not too bold to raise the bar to 10000 signatures.

The current developments in the Swiss/EU negotiations on HORIZON 2020
(see: europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-14-32_en.htm?locale=en)
show that the petition is very timely and most important to give the scientists, which are the ones most affected by any decisions on the association of Switzerland to HORIZON 2020, a voice.

Please continue to advertise for the petition and forward it to any interested scientists or non-scientists in Switzerland and the EU.

Änderungen an der Petition

at 26 Feb 2014 12:03

The guidelines of the openPetition platform require a German version of the petition.
In agreement with the platform organizers, a German summary has been added at the end of the text.
Neue Begründung: Science is an endeavour that transcends national boundaries. As such, the free movement of persons is a prerequisite for realising the circulation of knowledge and fostering excellent science, as envisaged for the European Research Area. We strongly believe that failure to approve the Association Agreement of Switzerland to HORIZON 2020* would cause a disastrous setback to the common ideal of scientific exchange of ideas, knowledge, and resources. Moreover, this would punish EU scientists working in Switzerland, who were not eligible to vote in the recent referendum!

Through EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7), in which scientists in Switzerland were able to fully participate, unique scientific collaborations and a vibrant exchange of ideas and expertise have been established. This Europe-wide science environment is now threatened. The full participation of Switzerland’s science community in HORIZON 2020 is crucial to avoid the loss of knowledge and expertise in the European Research Area, expertise that will provide important input to reaching the scientific goals laid out in HORIZON 2020 and the Europe 2020 targets.

Switzerland is and always has been an integral part of the European Science community and provides excellent working conditions for thousands of European scientists. A 2012 survey [1, 2] showed that of the scientists working in Switzerland in the fields of biology, chemistry, and material, earth and environmental sciences 57% come from abroad (of which 37% alone come from Germany). Of the professors responsible for university education in these areas, 52% come from outside Switzerland, and in the case of postdoctoral scientists, this figure reaches 74%. Vice versa, 33% of Swiss scientists in these fields work outside of Switzerland.

With an average success rate of 23% in European Research Council (ERC) grant applications, scientists at Swiss host institutions were the most successful ERC applicants in FP7. Of these scientists, the vast majority (nearly 75%) are foreign nationals. In addition, researchers based in Swiss home institutions are well respected and sought-after partners in European collaborative projects, participating in close to 2200 FP7 projects and coordinating more than 600 [3]. In summary, Switzerland must remain part of European science and continue to provide knowledge and working opportunities to the European science community.

*in response to the recent direct referendum, in which Swiss registered voters decided with a very small majority (50.3%) to restrict immigration of citizens from the EU and other countries, and the subsequent decision of the Swiss Federal Council not to sign the extension on the Free Movement Agreement to include Croatia.

Authors of the petition:

Hubertus Fischer, Professor for Experimental Climate Physics, University of Bern
Recipient of the EU Descartes Prize for Transnational Collaborative Research 2007 for the European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA)
European Research Council Advanced Grant holder

Christian Körner, Professor of Botany, University of Basel
Honorary member of the American Ecological Society
European Research Council Advanced Grant holder

Uwe-Jens Wiese, Professor for Theoretical Physics,
Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, University of Bern,
European Research Council Advanced Grant Holder

References
1. Franzoni, C., G. Scellato, and P. Stephan, Foreign-born scientists: mobility patterns for 16 countries. Nature Biotechnology, 2012. 30(12): p. 1250-1253.
2. van Noorden, R., Science on the move. Nature, 2012. 490: p. 326-329.
3. Swiss Confederation State Secretariat for Education and Research, Swiss participation in the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme, Interim Report, 2007-2012, Facts and Figures, 2012.


Deutsche Zusammenfassung:

An:
Didier Burkhalter, Simonetta Sommaruga, Johann Schneider-Ammann, Mitglieder des Schweizerischen Bundesrates
José Manuel Barroso, Präsident der Europäischen Kommission
Martin Schulz, Präsident des Europäischen Parlamentes
Herman Van Rompuy, Präsident des Europäischen Rates

Zusammenfassung:
Die Unterzeichner dieser Petition bitten Schweizer und Europäische Spitzenvertreter dringend, mögliche Hindernisse für die Assoziierung der Schweiz zum EU Rahmenprogramm HORIZON 2020 aus dem Weg zu räumen. Wir fordern die Repräsentanten auf, das schwebende Assoziierungsabkommen in den nächsten Monaten zu unterzeichnen, um weiteren Schaden von der Europäischen Forschungslandschaft abzuwenden und Wissenschaftlern in der Schweiz zu ermöglichen, vollumfänglich an HORIZON 2020 teilzunehmen.

Petition in Zeichnung

at 21 Feb 2014 18:17

Dear all

The first 1000 signatures have just been collected since the petition went online yesterday.
Thank you so much for your support!

Please do not forget to pass on the link to any scientist you collaborate with within Europe/Switzerland or any interested non-scientist in Europe/Switzerland.

Each signature is important!