The number of publications is a key factor in research. There are several types of publication: ISI- (Institute for Scientific Information) indexed publications, reviewed non-ISI-indexed publications and outreach publications. ISI-indexed publications are scientific independently peer-reviewed articles in journals that are indexed in an international database and bibliometrically analysed. In 2020, WSL researchers published 597 ISI-indexed articles. The number of publications in peer-reviewed non-ISI-indexed journals achieved 111, and WSL staff produced 284 outreach publications, designed for practical use.
The numerous ISI-indexed publications, many of which were published in the leading journals in their respective domains, as well as the increase in the number of quotations, the consistently high output of outreach publications and the strong presence of WSL researchers in the media are all clear indications that our work is relevant and valued by academics and society alike.
WSL lectures and courses complement university teaching, covering topics in which WSL has special expertise. In 2020, 112 WSL staff gave a total of 2853 hours of lectures at the two Swiss federal universities, at cantonal universities, at Swiss universities of applied sciences and at tertiary-level institutions abroad. The largest proportion (around 70%) was given at both Federal Institutes of Technology, especially at ETH Zurich.
In addition to the university lectures, WSL organises continuing education courses, summer and winter schools and various events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, several schools had to be cancelled and postponed until 2021. Still, some events could take place in 2020.
At the end of 2020, WSL had 28 professors at various universities in Switzerland and abroad. WSL also supervises theses for bachelor's and master's' degrees and doctoral students. In 2020, WSL researchers supervised 135 doctoral students and 146 theses for bachelor's or master's degrees.