As a publicly funded research institute, the WSL has an obligation to provide information about its research findings. We share our latest findings and knowledge with scientists, practitioners, authorities, the media, the government and the general public through various channels.
The number and quality of publications in journals is one measure of the success of a scientist's research, and a major driving factor for their career. Our researchers publish around 1,000 scientific articles in renowned science journals every year and attend conferences all over the world.
The WSL's research is strongly geared towards practical implementation. Linking science and practice is part of our core mission and is our key strength. Whether for natural hazards, forest management or landscape development, we develop solutions to specific problems and communicate them to users in the form of pamphlets, reports and courses.
Open and honest communication
Our dialogue with the public is based on active, open and honest communication. The public can and should know what research they are funding through their taxes and how it benefits society. The same applies to the government and the media, given that they serve as key intermediaries between the public and the WSL.
To this end, we rely on traditional information channels, such as press releases and our research magazine DIAGONAL, as well as the Internet and social media. People interested in our work can also attend our public events and take part in guided tours of our facilities by registering in advance.