Producing Creative Chances
Society in Science – The Branco Weiss Fellowship provides a platform for exceptionally qualified researchers, aiming to extend their scientific work to include specific social and cultural questions and perspectives. This fellowship provides a platform for exceptionally qualified researchers demonstrating a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline.
Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences. The fellowship was founded in 2002 by the late Swiss entrepreneur Dr. Branco Weiss. It is coordinated by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). Professor Peter Chen, former Vice President of Research and Corporate Relations at ETH, directs the program, holding scientific and operational responsibility. He is supported by Professor Heidi Wunderli-Allenspach, former Rector of ETH Zurich and member of the Society in Science directorate, as well as the ETH strategy committee, who evaluates the applications and interviews potential candidates.