Our vision is a positive and secure future. Pour Demain is a non-profit think tank that develops policy proposals on neglected issues positively impacting Switzerland and beyond. We are committed to fact-based policies, developing scientifically sound recommendations and facilitating the exchange between science, politics and civil society.
What does Pour Demain do exactly?In dialogue with science, politics, and civil society, Pour Demain develops recommendations relating to neglected topics such as pandemic prevention or artificial intelligence (AI). Examples: Pandemic early warning system Monitoring the opportunities and risks of AI To this end, the think tank maintains a lively exchange with collaborators from science, civil society, politics, and administration. We also organise workshops with experts and public events.
How does Pour Demain prioritise recommendations?Pour Demain evaluates the recommendations in a structured process. The focus is on assessments by experts, from professional articles to interviews to written expert surveys, which Pour Demain conducts. The Pour Demain team applies the following criteria in the assessment of new recommendations (simplified): "Do no harm" - exclusion criterion: Recommendations with potential harm are excluded. Impact: How positive is the impact of the recommendation on Switzerland and beyond? Implementability: How likely is it that the recommendation will be implemented? How long is it likely to take for the implementation of the recommendation to have an impact? Neglected: How neglected is the recommendation? What contribution can Pour Demain make compared to other actors? The think tank follows an iterative approach. Recommendations are not static, but are continuously adapted to new circumstances. We regularly re-evaluate the recommendations with experts and citizens.
What is the role of the Pour Demain team?We mediate between science, politics and civil society. In this role, we have a certain expertise in all areas, but we do not see ourselves as experts in all topics. We draw on the expertise of our network of over 200 professionals and the approximately 25-member advisory board. The expertise is always contextualized with regard for the concerns of the Swiss population and civil society. As a team we act independently or self-organised.
Is Pour Demain independent? Who funds the think tank?Pour Demain is a non-profit, tax-exempt, independent association. It is financed through charitable donations, e.g. from private individuals or the Hasler Foundation. The donations are independent of corporate interests or party political preferences. The definition and implementation of our activities is independent of donors. Pour Demain refrains from paid or unpaid mandates.
We focus on topics that reach beyond the borders of Switzerland and the usual policy timelines.
We develop specific and actionable policy proposals for direct impact, rather than only trying to shift the general discourse.
Our issues are frequently overlooked in political dialogue because they are often technical (e.g. biosecurity) or have no constituency (e.g. future generations).
Our proposals do not fit into the left-wing-right-wing political pattern, which allows us to find non-partisan solutions.
MS Physics, CAS
Technology & Policy
Process ETH, CAS Data
Science, formerly worked on renewable energy
Joint Degree MA Religion - Economics - Politics, CAS Migration and Diversity, formerly worked in international cooperation
MA Political Science,
NGO Co-founder & Board Member
MA Management and Contemporary History, CAS Public Management & Development, formerly Swiss Administration and Security Policy
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer
Prof. Dr. Karsten Donnay
Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty
Social entrepreneur on digitalisation
ETH Zürich Professor of Political Science
Political Behavior and Digital Media, University of Zurich
Senior Lecturer, ETH Zürich Center for Security Studies
Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher
Ivo Nicholas Scherrer
Dr. Nadia Schürch
Cabaret artist &
Co-Director of the ETH Zurich Transdisciplinary Lab
Director of the Risk Dialogue Foundation
Microbiologist, expert in biosecurity / arms control
Dr. Florian Egli
Dr. Alain Mermoud
Dr. Stefan Riedener
Senior Researcher on Climate & Finance, ETH Zürich, IIPP and foraus
Head of Technology Monitoring & Forecasting at EPFL Cyber-Defence Campus
Ethicist, University of Zurich
Global Risks Specialist, WEF
Researcher, University of Lucerne
Prof. Dr. Markus Wild
Prof. Dr. Susanne Suter
Founder in the
solar energy sector
Philosopher, University of Basel
Lecturer, FHNW Institute for Data Science
Idea generator at the Federal Statistical Office & Friends of Nature Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer
Virologist and vaccinologist
Prof. Dr. Florian Tramèr
Computer Science, ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann
Head of the Centre for AI, ZHAW
As a non-profit organisation we rely on your donation
IBAN: CH03 0840 1000 0675 5465 2
Beneficiary: Pour demain
Bank: Migros Bank AG,
Clearing No.: 8401
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