SCFA is the board representing the Swiss professional astronomers. It is made essentially of the directors of the various Swiss astronomical institutes.

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The Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCFA) of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) via the Platform MAP (Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics) is the board representing the Swiss professional astronomers. It is made essentially of the directors of the various Swiss astronomical institutes listed below.

The SCFA represents the main link between professional astronomers and the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The SCFA nominates delegates in international scientific organisations such as the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

Roadmaps

SERI asked the SCFA in 2006 to produce a first Roadmap for Astronomy in Switzerland 2007-2016 in order to facilitate political decisions related to the long-term scientific policy of Switzerland in relation to astronomy. An update of this roadmap was produced in 2015 and a new roadmap for research and infrastructure in the period 2025–2028 and beyond was released in March 2022. It is complementary to the space report prepared in 2019 by the Swiss Committee on Space Research (CSR). All four documents are available below.

Contact

Swiss Commission for Astronomy (SCFA)
c/o Prof. Dr. Philippe Jetzer
Universität Zürich
Department of Physics
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich
Switzerland