Member of the
ZMG as a society does not develop an independent scientific activity. The yearly USGEB meeting serves as a platform for scientific exchange and is organized by a local committee chosen by USGEB.
Many Swiss scientists (~1000) involved in basic research in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics are members of the ZMG. Reports on Swiss research activities may be found in the web sites of the Swiss Universities, mainly in biology and medical departments, and of the research units of pharmaceutical companies :
Universities and Research Institutes
Basel Bern Fribourg
Geneva Lausanne Neuchatel Zurich
Basel Instititute of Immunology
Friedrich Miescher Institute
Polytechnical High Schools
Ares Serono Novartis
The collective membership of ZMG to various international societies (ECBO, EDBO, FEGS/IGF) has been renewed in rough proportion to the research interests of our members. Some contacts have been taken to see whether a major congress of these societies might be organized in Switzerland (pending).
Teaching, formation, and information
Travel fellowships. The main task of ZMG consists in facilitating access of junior members to conferences and workshops to which they actively contribute.
Public relations. During the campaign regarding the initiative on genetic engineering, the ZMG committee, at least its Swiss members, engaged in writing newspaper articles, signing ads, and participating in public debates.
Following the vote, SANW, USGEB as well as ZMG decided that a continued information of the public is needed to hopefully create a better atmosphere regarding basic and biomedical research. The ZMG will participate in these efforts in close contact with other interested parties involved in public work, notably the "Passerelle-Science-Cité" that maintains a web site http://www.unige.ch/science-cite, and prepares lists of experts ready to intervene at public debates, or giving seminars to cultural associations. Moreover, we support a group of Geneva scientists offering introductory courses (seminars and practical courses) to college classes. These activities are not yet established in the rest of Switzerland and will serve as models for similar developments throughout the country. We also keep close contact with B.I.C.S. (Biotechnology Information and Communication of the Priority Program Biotechnology of the Swiss National Science Foundation) which prepares a nationwide information program.