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 2018, WSL researchers published 506 ISI-indexed publications. Seventy articles were published in peer-reviewed non-ISI-indexed journals, and WSL staff produced 372 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 2018, some 100 WSL staff gave a total of 3,117 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 ETHZ.
At the end of 2018, WSL had seven professors and nine honorary professors in tertiary-level institutions. In addition to giving university lectures, WSL organised or co-organised several practical continuing training courses for summer and winter schools and a number of events. WSL also supervises theses for bachelor's and master's' degrees and PhDs. In 2018, WSL researchers supervised 137 PhDs and 107 theses for bachelor's or master's degrees.