DeFacto - Knowledge Transfer for Political Science in Switzerland


DeFacto - Knowledge transfer platform for Political Science

The platform is a response to the growing gap between the theoretical and methodological requirements of international scientific publications in social sciences and the interest of a wider public.  All articles on the platform are related to important and relevant political and societal issues in Switzerland in order to make political science research more visible. The platform will also bundle existing attempts by individual institutes or researchers to publish for a non-scientific audience. Through the participation of all academic political science departments in Switzerland, the platform reaches the critical mass of contributions. 

Articles and comments on DeFacto are rather short and mainly written in one of the national languages. The articles are easy to read and understand by politically interested citizens. They  follow a journalistic rather than a scientific logic and provide graphs and figures to illustrate key findings and communicate them to a broader audience. The articles published on this platform cover comments and analyses of current events specifically written for the platform, summaries with key findings from articles in scientific journals and ongoing research projects. Summaries and links to articles in other blogs or websites will be added to the platform as well. 

DeFacto is a start-up project which was initially funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a two-year period, as part of the Agora programme. Since summer 2017, the project is supported by the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich, the Institute for political science at the University of Berne, the ETH Zurich and FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, the IDHEAP (both University of Lausanne),  and Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau (ZDA).


The editorial team consists of Georg Lutz (FORS/UNIL) and Sarah Bütikofer. 

Project duration: June 2015 to December 2020. 

DeFacto is on Twitter and Facebook.



Media response:

Erkenntnis ist für alle da. UZH News, 27.1.2016. Page 6.

Startjahr geglückt für Schweizer Forschungsportal. Swissinfo, 13.12.2016.

Neue Websites aus der Welt der Wissenschaften: Gelehrte Volksaufklärung? Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 11.3.2016.

DeFacto, ou comment rendre la recherche plus accessible. L'actu. Université de Lausanne, 26.2.2016. 

Wir sind das MediumDie Zeit, 11.2.2016

Fenster zur PolitikUZH News, 27.1.2016

Politik- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Online-Plattform DeFacto. PARLAMENT. Mitteilungsblatt der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen. Dezember 2015.