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About us

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Our vision at Pour Demain is to shape a future that is both flourishing and safe. As a non-profit think tank, we are dedicated to addressing overlooked challenges through the development of insightful and actionable proposals. Our commitment is grounded in the following principles:

Through these commitments, Pour Demain strives to contribute to a society that is not only safe and flourishing but also informed by careful analysis and collaborative effort.

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  • What does Pour Demain do exactly?
    At Pour Demain, we foster meaningful dialogues among science, politics, and civil society to address critical yet overlooked issues, including pandemic prevention and artificial intelligence. Our goal is to bridge knowledge gaps and catalyse informed action in these pivotal areas. Engagement: Policy Advocacy: We actively engage with policymakers to translate our recommendations into actionable strategies for the public good. Media Outreach: Our findings are shared through publications in leading media outlets, enhancing public awareness and understanding of pressing issues. Expert Workshops: We organise workshops with specialists to refine our recommendations, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and deepen our research insights. Public Events: Through hosting and participating in public events, we aim to engage the wider community, sparking dialogue and encouraging collective action. By employing these diverse channels, Pour Demain ensures that our research and recommendations reach a wide audience, fostering informed discussions and effective solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges. More about our work on Artificial Intelligence More about our work on Biosecurity
  • How does Pour Demain prioritise recommendations?
    Pour Demain employs a structured evaluation process for our recommendations, emphasising expert assessments that range from scholarly articles and interviews with experts, to comprehensive written surveys. Our objective is to ensure that each recommendation is both effective and grounded in research. Evaluation Criteria: "Do No Harm" Principle (Exclusion Criterion): We exclude any recommendations that may cause harm. Impact: We assess the positive outcomes that could result from the recommendation, considering its potential to contribute to the public good. Feasibility: We evaluate the likelihood of successful implementation, including the time frame required for the recommendation to effect change. Neglectedness: We consider how overlooked the issue is and evaluate the unique contribution that Pour Demain can make in comparison to other entities. Our approach to recommendations is dynamic and iterative, recognising that the landscape of global challenges is constantly evolving. Therefore, recommendations are not final; they are subject to continuous review and adjustment in response to new data and changing circumstances. We engage with experts and civil society to regularly reassess our recommendations, ensuring they remain relevant and impactful.
  • What is the role of the Pour Demain team?
    At Pour Demain, we serve as a bridge between science, politics, and civil society, acting as facilitators and translators across these diverse communities. Our primary role is to synthesise and communicate complex information, making it accessible and actionable for all stakeholders. Diverse Professional Network: We leverage the knowledge and insights from our extensive network of hundreds of professionals from academia, civil society, government and business, ensuring a broad and informed perspective on each issue. Advisory Board: Our approximately 25-member advisory board, comprising experts from various fields, provides strategic guidance and adds depth to our understanding and approach. Community-Centric Approach: In all our efforts, we contextualise expertise with a keen focus on the needs and concerns of the wider civil society, ensuring that our initiatives remain relevant and beneficial to the public. Through this collaborative and interdisciplinary approach, Pour Demain ensures that the dialogue between science, politics, and civil society is not only informed and nuanced but also inclusive and constructive, contributing to the well-being and progress of society as a whole.
  • Is Pour Demain independent? Who funds the think tank?
    Pour Demain is a non-profit, tax-exempt, independent association dedicated to contributing to a safe and flourishing future. Our operations are funded through philanthropic contributions, including grants from foundations like the Mercator Foundation Switzerland and the Hasler Foundation, as well as donations from private individuals. Fundraising Principles: Integrity and Independence: Our financial support and activities remain independent of corporate interests and political affiliations. Donor Non-interference: The planning and execution of our initiatives occur independently of our donors’ influences. No Conflicts of Interest: Pour Demain strictly avoids engaging in any paid or unpaid mandates, as they could undermine our commitment to impartiality and objectivity. Thanks to these principles, Pour Demain maintains its autonomy, enabling us to carry out our mission as a non-profit think tank. Our work is dedicated to fostering evidence-based policies and facilitating constructive dialogues between science, politics, and civil society, all aimed at shaping a safer, flourishing future.
Our Approach

Our Approach

Impact:

We target challenges with significant societal and future implications.

Concrete:

We craft targeted, actionable policy recommendations to guide public policy and dialogue.

Neglected:

We address emerging, technically complex challenges that are frequently overlooked.

Non-partisan:

Our recommendations transcend partisan boundaries, focusing on the benefits for society at large.

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Annual reports

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Learn more about the activities of Pour Demain.

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Team

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MS Physics, CAS
Technology & Policy
Process ETH, CAS Data
Science, formerly worked on renewable energy

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MA and BA in political science with a focus on development politics and economics. Formerly worked in international cooperation, Swiss Administration

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MA Political Science,
formerly United
Nations,
Swiss Administration,
NGO Co-founder & Board Member

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MA and BA in International Relations and Postcolonial Studies, formerly Public Policy Research and Evaluation at Ipsos UK, Co-founder and former head of Agora Think Tank, Board Member.

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MA Management and Contemporary History, CAS Public Management & Development, formerly Swiss Administration and Security Policy

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BSc in Economics with thesis on AI’s effects on the labour market. Formerly State Ministry for Labor and German Parliament

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 MSc Public Policy, BSc Economics. Formerly European Parliament on AI policy, EU public affairs consultant on the digital economy.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

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Markus Anderljung

Head of Policy, Centre for the Governance of AI

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Prof. Dr. Florian Egli

Technical University of Munich

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Prof. Dr. Filippa

Lentzos

Associate Professor in Science and International Security at King's College London

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Prof. Dr. Thilo Stadelmann

Head of the Centre for AI, ZHAW

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Dr. Nicole

Wheeler

Research Group Leader, University of Birmingham

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer

ETH Zürich Professor of Political Science

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Dr. Emma

Hodcroft

Molecular epidemiologist

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Dr. Alain

Mermoud

Head of Technology Monitoring & Forecasting at EPFL Cyber-Defence Campus

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Prof. Dr. Michael Stauffacher

Co-Director of the ETH Zurich Transdisciplinary Lab

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Prof. Dr. Markus Wild

Philosopher, University of Basel

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Nikki

Böhler

Social entrepreneur on digitalisation

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Matthias Holenstein

Director of the Risk Dialogue Foundation

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Dr Jean-Marc Rickli

Head of Global and Emerging Risks, GCSP

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Dr. Charlotte

Stix

Head of AI Governance, Apollo Research

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Prof. Dr. Karsten Donnay

Political Behavior and Digital Media, University of Zurich

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Kevin

Kohler

Global Risks Specialist, WEF

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Prof. Dr. Stuart

Russell

Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Suter

Lecturer, FHNW Institute for Data Science

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Dr. Myriam Dunn Cavelty

Senior Lecturer, ETH Zürich Center for Security Studies

 

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Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer

Virologist and vaccinologist

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Dr. Nadia

Schürch

Microbiologist, expert in biosecurity / arms control

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Prof. Dr. Florian Tramèr

Computer Science, ETH Zurich

Collaborators include

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Supported by, among others

Donations

As a non-profit organisation we rely on your donation

From EUR/CHF 500 we recommend a bank transfer:
IBAN:
          CH03 0840 1000 0675 5465 2

Beneficiary:     Pour Demain

                         Mülhauserstrasse 75

                         4056 Basel, Switzerland

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Bank:               Migros Bank AG,

                        Zurich Seidengasse

Clearing No.:   8401

SWIFT:             MIGRCHZZXXX

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