The Branco Weiss Fellowship – Society in Science provides a platform for exceptionally qualified researchers, demonstrating a willingness to engage in a dialogue on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues across the frontiers of their particular discipline.
Ideally, fellows pursue unconventional projects in new areas of science, engineering and social sciences. The fellowship was founded in 2002 by the late Swiss entrepreneur Dr. Branco Weiss. It is based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). The directorate consists of Prof. Dr. Angelika Steger, Full Professor for Computer Science at ETH Zurich, Prof. Dr. Heidi Wunderli-Allenspach, Rector at ETH Zurich (2007 to 2012) and former Full Professor for Biopharmacy at ETH Zurich, and Prof. Dr. Josef Zeyer, former Full Professor for Environmental Microbiology at ETH Zurich.