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Bodies of the Chamber of universities

The Chamber of universities has set up two commissions, which in particular ensure coordination between the universities in specific fields and act as advisory bodies to the Chamber.

Swiss Animal Facilities Network (SAFN)

SAFN’s mission is to coordinate current and future activities at the animal facilities run by Swiss universities, particularly in relation to rodents. Its main areas of activity are as follows:

  • sharing good practice
  • communication
  • sharing services associated with animal experiments
  • hygiene at animal facilities and monitoring of animal health

SANF has two main bodies, a Strategic Board and an Executive Board. Each body is composed of representatives of the higher education institutions that belong to the network.

Mandate (in French, in German)

Strategic Board

  • Christian Leumann, chair, Rector University of Bern, University of Bern and Inselspital
  • Claudia Bagni, Vice-Dean for Research and Innovation of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, University of Lausanne
  • Santiago Fernandez Gonzales, Group Leader Infection and Immunity Lab, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Anna Jazwinska Müller, Group Leader at Department of Biology, University of Fribourg
  • Manfred Kopf, Deputy head of Institute of Molecular Health Sciences, ETH Zurich
  • Daniel Pinschewer, Assistant lecturer (Biozentrum) and Group Leader (Biomedizin), University of Basel
  • Doron Merkler, Associate Professor at the Department of Pathology and Immunology, University of Geneva
  • Didier Trono, Head of Center for Personalized Healthcare (CPH), EPFL
  • Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Executive Board

  • Xavier Warot, chair, Head of the Center of PhenoGenomics (CPG), EPFL
  • Pierre Bonnaventure, Head of Animal Facilities, University of Geneva and HUG
  • Kerstin Broich, Head of Animal Facilities, University of Basel
  • Gregor Fischer, Managing Director Laboratory Animal Services Center (LASC), University of Zurich
  • Sara Maffei, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Alessandra Bergadano, Head of Experimental Animal Center (EAC), University of Bern and Inselspital
  • Torsten Promny, Veterinarian ETH Phenomics Center (EPIC), and Stefan Selbert, General Manager ETH Phenomics Center (EPIC), ETH Zurich
  • Laure Seriot, Director of Animal Experimentation, University of Lausanne and CHUV
  • Michael Walch, Professor, University of Fribourg

Observers Executive Board

  • Philippe Bugnon, Head of Education and Continuing Education in Laboratory Animal Science, Institute for Laboratory Animal Science, University of Zurich
  • Christelle Cadilhac, ResAL Coordinator, Réseau des Animaleries Lémaniques (ResAL)
  • Michaela Thallmair, Chair of the Animal Welfare Officer Network, Head Dept Animal Welfare and 3R, University of Zurich

Swiss Transparency Agreement on Animal Research (STAAR)

STAAR aims to improve communication and transparency regarding the use of animals in research. It brings together both public and private organisations that either carry out, are involved and/or fund animal research or institutions which breed and supply animals.

STAAR's activities are planned and executed by two bodies: the plenary assembly composed of representatives of all signatories, and a working group that is responsible for the management of STAAR. Each year, a different institution is designated as the lead organisation and promotes STAAR at the national level.

To the STAAR web page

Kommission für Zulassung und Äquivalenzen

Die Kommission für Zulassung und Äquivalenzen hat zum Ziel, die Zulassungsbedingungen zu harmonisieren, weitere Fragen und Probleme der Anerkennung zu diskutieren und wenn möglich einer gemeinsamen Lösung zuzuführen. Sie setzt sich aus den Leiterinnen und Leitern der Zulassungsstellen der 12 universitären Hochschulen zusammen.



  • Niels Zürrer, Leiter Zulassungsstelle, Universität Zürich, Präsident
  • Antoine Bianchi, Adjoint au chef du Service académique pour la formation Bachelor et Master, EPFL, Vice-président
  • Stefanie Knill, Leiterin Zulassungsstelle, ETH Zürich
  • Emanuel Szadrowsky, Leiter Studiensekretariat, Universität Basel
  • Daniela Egger-Mikic, Abteilungsvorsteherin Abt. Zulassung, Immatrikulation und Beratung, Universität Bern
  • Anja Gruber-Thum, Leiterin Dienststelle für Zulassung und Einschreibung, Universität Freiburg
  • Carole Boulliane, Responsable Admission et suivi des étudiants, Université de Genève
  • Carine Rüssmann, Cheffe du Service des immatriculations et inscriptions, Université de Lausanne
  • Jie Lötscher, Leiterin Studiendienste, Universität Luzern
  • Muriel Brunner, Responsable du bureau des immatriculations, Université de Neuchâtel
  • Beat Rigamonti, Leiter Zulassungs- und Anrechnungsstelle, Universität St.Gallen
  • Teresa Cafaro, Decanato della Facoltà di comunicazione, cultura e società, Università della Svizzera Italiana