Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS)

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The Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS) network has been created in 2015. It results from a study and from contacts established with Swiss scientists by StopOGM in 2014. The scientists present in CSS come from various academic fields as interdiscplinarity is essential for the network.

Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS) is a Swiss association according to article 60 et seqq. in the Swiss Civil Code that promotes independent and unbiased science and research as well as alternative research approaches and agendas in order to help our society during the unavoidable transition from our unsustainable way of life into one which moves successfully towards a sustainable way of life. CSS was founded on March 16, 2015 and is based in Neuchâtel.

CSS promotes the application of the precautionary principle, engages in public debates on scientific issues with a strong impact on society, offers new approaches of science which concentrate on the transition towatd a more sustainable world, conducts scientific research, and supports whistleblower-scientists.


CSS aims to:

  • Promote long-term environmental sustainability and social equity.

  • Promote new forms of discourse, interaction and communication within the scientific community and between science and society.

  • Contribute to the termination of damage done with existing technologies.

  • Promote independent science and research to improve the quality of basic science as well as regulatory science used in the risk analysis of existing and emerging technologies and their products..

  • Promote the application of the precautionary principle where lack of knowledge and scientific uncertainties might critically or irrevocably endanger the environment, biodiversity, social integrity and/or human health.

  • Elaborate scientific, ethical and legal criteria with respect to the development and application of science and technology, by integrating transparency, accountability, social equity, public information, public participation and access to justice.

  • Support early-warning scientists and whistleblowers and promote their protection from discrimination.

Related programmes

Modes of action

  • expertise
  • media actions: pamphlet, opinion paper, campaign
  • mobilization, rally

Thematic areas

  • research and technological innovation