Excellence of research


The Faculty of Science strives for excellence in research

The Faculty of Science develops research activities in such rich and varied disciplines as astrophysics, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, pharmaceutical sciences and earth sciences.

With some 4000 publications yearly, the Faculty can pride itself on its prime position among the most prestigious European, and even worldwide, institutions. In fact,

  • an international study published in 2004 in the journal “Nature” demonstrated that Switzerland is first in the world in terms of the scientific impact of its research per inhabitant
  • in September 2006, “Newsweek” magazine published rankings of the best universities in the world. Five Swiss graduate institutions were ranked among the top 50 in the world. Geneva was ranked third global university after Oxford and Cambridge

This recognition of quality shows through, among other things, in the sheer quantity of funds allocated to the university by various external bodies such as the Federal Office for Education and Science, the Federal Office of Energy, industries, and most of all by the Swiss National Science Foundation. While the University of Geneva is the principal beneficiary of grants attributed by the latter, the Faculty of Science stands out in particular, having received a sum of about 25 million francs in 2005.

Such an objective of quality is naturally coupled with the establishment of national cooperation agreements among the graduate institutions of the Lake Geneva region, as well as internationally.

The Faculty hosts three National Centres of Competence in Research

Created by the Confederation in 2001, the program of National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) encourages, over the long term, research projects whose focus holds strategic value for the future of Swiss science, economy and society.

At the end of 2013 the Swiss confederation awarded two new NCCR to the Faculty of Sciences : SwissMAP in mathematics and theoretical physics and PlanetS in astronomy. They join the center for Chemical Biology (2010) and two other centers (Frontiers in Genetics and MaNEP – materials with novel electric properties) which were awarded in 2001 and have now reached the end of their funding.
Learn more… NCCRs on the website of the Swiss National Science Foundation