SCS Foundation

Mission Statement
The purpose of the SCS Foundation is to promote research and education in the natural sciences, in particular in the fields of chemistry and biochemistry. It supports various Scholarship-, Award- and Mentoring-Programs. The programs of the SCS Foundation are financed by donations from companies and private donors. There is no political or religious bias.

Foundation Board Members

Prof. Christian Bochet, President
University of Fribourg

Prof. Peter Chen, Vice President
ETH Zurich

Dr. Hans Peter Lüthi, Director
SCS Foundation and ETH Zurich (retired)

David Spichiger, Treasurer
Swiss Chemical Society

Dr. Christoph Boss, board member
LifeMine Therapeutics

Prof. Beat Ernst, board member
University of Basel

Dr. Reto Naef, board member
Topadur Pharma AG

Dr. Gerardo Ramos Tombo, board member
Syngenta Crop Protection AG



Master of Science Studies of Chemistry in Switzerland

The program supports highly talented students to perform their Master of Science (MSc) studies in Chemistry, Biochemistry or the Pharmaceutical Sciences at a Swiss University or at one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. The stipends amount to CHF 30'000. The program is supported by the Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well as by a number of private donors. The SCS Foundation actively supports the integration of the Alfred Werner Scholars, offering mentorships, visits at the program-supporting industrial partners ("Meet and Greet" Program; see pages for each Class) and free access to the events of the Swiss Chemical Society. Between 2013 and 2023, 80 students from over 30 countries were granted an Alfred Werner Scholarship. Many of them continued their career in Switzerland; others went abroad again to experience more of this world. Some of the most senior scholars now work for Swiss companies (see Alfred Werner Scholar Gallery).


Download the Werner Scholarship Impact Report 2021