Mission & Vision
The impact of biochemistry on most fields of bioscience is continually increasing. The goal of Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) is to foster interactions and exchanges between young Swiss scientists in Switzerland and abroad sharing an interest in biochemistry and life sciences, irrespective of their particular specialties. The mission of LS2 is to become the leading Life Sciences society as the main forum for life scientists working in Switzerland, with a strong and unified voice towards the public, funding bodies and the government. Life Sciences Switzerland also supports research and teaching in biochemistry and life sciences in Switzerland. Finally, Life Sciences Switzerland serves as link between the Swiss biochemical and life science community and other European (FEBS) and worldwide organizations (IUBMB).
• The yearly Friedrich-Miescher Award to reward a young scientist for outstanding achievements in biochemistry,
• The yearly symposium organised during the annual LS2 meeting,
• Travel fellowships for young biochemists and cell biologists to attend international meetings,
• Financial support for meetings organized by our members.
The Swiss Society for Biochemistry was established in 1954 and became a member of FEBS in 1964. In 2013, the Swiss Society for Biochemistry changed its name to Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences and integrated all members of the Swiss Society for Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Genetics. In 2016, the Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences merged with its umbrella organization Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2).
Life Sciences Switzerland has about 1200 members (2016), and it does accept scientists living in non-European countries as members, as long as the candidates comply with the statutes of LS2.