Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2)

Life Sciences Switzerland (LS2) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing biological sciences within the Swiss Academic Community, and to addressing the social, ethical, and economic issues raised by the rapid progress of the biomedical and life sciences.

Originally founded around Prof. Eward Weibel as USGEB (Union of Swiss Societies for Experimental Biology) in 1969, the society has a history of nearly 50 years in federating researchers from various Life Sciences disciplines and in promoting their interests towards the public. In 2012, USGEB changed its name to LS2 (Life Sciences Switzerland) and in 2016, three of the founding societies (Swiss Society for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Swiss Proteomics Society, and Swiss Physiological Society) merged, making LS2 the largest Life Sciences Society in Switzerland.

Our actions

LS2 is the society that integrates all facets of the life sciences, from Biochemistry to Physiology. We are actively reaching out to partner societies, organise workshops, satellite, and section meetings, our big annual meeting, and provide travel grants for young researchers to kick-start their academic career. If you are interested in joining LS2, please visit our main website.

LS2 is member of the Platform Biology of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). SCNAT provides substantial funding to LS2 that make our actions and events possible.

Our sections

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Autophagy (new since 03/2017!)

Find more information on the sections and their activities on the LS2 website.

  • Veranstaltungen

Feb 14
Feb 15
LS2 Annual Meeting 2019
  • LS2 Life Sciences Switzerland
  • Konferenz
  • Zürich

Cell Biology from Tissue to Nucleus

The LS2 Annual Meeting brings together scientists from all nations and backgrounds to explore the large spectrum united under the umbrella of life sciences.
Feb 15
Gender Symbol
  • LS2 Life Sciences Switzerland
  • Gespräch
  • Zürich

Is merit (gender) biased? Advancement in academia

How do (gender) biases influence the evaluation and selection of scientists? How (gender) biases can be addressed and how their influence on selection processes can be reduced? Short talks will be followed by a panel discussion.


LS2 Life Sciences Switzerland
University of Zurich Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich