Since 2015 the Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS) promote independent and unbiased science and research as well as transdisciplinary and participatory research approaches and agendas. Science and research should serve the public interest and help our society during the necessary transition towards a more sustainable way of life.
CSS further promotes the consequent application of the precautionary principle where lack of knowledge and scientific uncertainties might critically or irrevocably endanger the environment, biodiversity, social integrity or human health.
The purpose of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility e.V. (ENSSER) is the advancement of science and research for the protection of the environment, biological diversity and human health against negative impacts of new technologies and their products. This especially includes the support and protection of independent and critical research to advance the scientific assessment of the potentially negative impacts. ENSSER promotes the critical European and international discourse on new technologies, their impacts and their regulation. Scientific and technological activities – and their gaps – are increasingly driven by private interests. Consequently, the relationship between science, society and environment has to be restructured in order to better protect the common interest.
Responsible and sustainable science is more important than ever. For more than 50 years, the core task of the VDW has been to shape these forms of science, to link them in an interdisciplinary manner and to openly discuss the opportunities and risks of research. To fulfill this mission, the VDW’s work is both financially and politically independent.
The VDW was founded on 1 October 1959 by Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, Nobel Laureates Otto Hahn and Max Born and other famous physicists who had opposed the provision of nuclear carrier systems to the Bundeswehr in the Declaration of the “Göttinger 18” in 1957.
In study groups, projects and conferences, we deal with current societal challenges such as peace & disarmament, climate & biodiversity, socio-ecological transformation & social justice, digitization & society as well as whistleblowing & shaping science policy. We take an active stand, advocate sustainable and humane handling of research results and promote dialogue processes between science, civil society, business and politics.