Scimpact is a training program for young people who want to bring science into public debates. Whether you're working or in training, studying (whatever your major) or going to school, or otherwise engaged - Scimpact is open to all who are motivated.

Digitization, equal opportunities, climate change or future forms of work: We can only find sustainable and creative answers to social challenges if scientific findings flow into the debates. But it takes some practice for researchers to get involved efficiently. How do I find the points in public discussions where my knowledge is beneficial? And how do I manage to convey this to a non-specialist audience in an attractive way?

Scimpact starts right here and offers young people an introduction to finding answers, developing methods and making contacts. At Scimpact, you can learn to moderate a discussion, organize an exciting event from A to Z, or write a blog article.


Scimpact is for you if you...

  • are young (18 - 30) and passionate about science and society.
  • are a curious personality who is interested in evolving personally.
  • want to do more than theory and actively participate in social change.
  • like to take a broad perspective on challenges.
  • take the time to actively participate in the formats (co-organization of 2 evening events or write 2 blogs and participate in
    3 workshops or events).

What former participants say


Scimpact in numbers

The first round of Scimpact started in Fall 2019, and in the first 3 rounds, over 70 Fellows from more than 15 Swiss educational institutions have participated in Scimpact. To see their impressive achievements, click on the arrow to the right.

In total, the fellows have:

  • organized > 40 events
  • participated in more than 25 workshops.
  • published several blog-articles.

They were supported by more than 30 experienced coaches.

The fourth round of Scimpact

  • Start: October 15, 2022
  • Duration: 8 months, till June 2023
  • Number of places: 25
  • Location: all over Switzerland
  • Application period: July 1 - October 07, 2022


The program is divided into two halves. In each half you will realize 1 project: Either you write a blog article or you organize an event in a team of two with another participant. You will be accompanied by an experienced coach.

What can you expect at Scimpact?

The Scimpact program consists of the following three pillars: workshops, coaching and practical implementation in our formats and the blog to promote social, reflection and communication skills.

The combination of coaching and practical implementation of what has been learned in the context of public events guarantees an optimal learning effect. You can choose at which workshops you want to participate.

You can choose which events you want to attend - it is not expected you attend all of them

  • Kickoff, Bern

    15.10.2022, 10.00 - 17.00

  • Blog workshop, tba


  • Social Event, Bern


  • Storytelling Workshop, Bern

    15.11 / 29.11.2022, 18.30 - 20.30

  • Moderation workshop

    Januar 2023

  • Midpoint Event, Bern


  • Final Celebration, Bern


  • more to be added...

«The biggest danger for our future is apathy.»

Jane Godall

How much does Scimpact cost?

Participation costs a symbolic contribution of 30 CHF for the entire duration. It includes the voluntary Reatch membership fee. In addition, there are some train journeys during the program. If these are a financial obstacle for you, contact us and we will look at the situation together.

How much effort does Scimpact involve?

The time required for the Scimpact program varies depending on the format chosen. When participating in workshops and social events, an average of 2 hours per week can be expected. In the weeks before the organized event, the effort increases to about 4h per week. These are guideline values.

Why should I participate?

  • Do you want to make a difference with your knowledge and your research? We show you how!
  • Do you want more than dry theory? We discuss the latest findings and their use in practice.
  • Do you want to be part of a young science community that wants to make a difference?

Your coaches at Scimpact

Amélie Garrido

Climate Team, PPS Team Geneva

co-lead Romandie

co-lead Romandie; nanoTalks-Team

Giorgio Ravioli

co-lead RRH

nanoTalks Team

Kanita Sabanovic

blog leader

Community Onboarding

Laura Bauer

co-lead nanoTalks

PPS Team

nanoTalks Team

Do you have any questions? Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the application, the content or Scimpact in general, please feel free to contact Benedikt. We are looking forward to it!

chair assistance, Scimpact, PPS


UZH alumni Mobiliar

The project was made possible thanks to the support of the Jubiläumsstiftung der Mobiliar Genossenschaft and UZH Alumni.

Support in the past