Structure and expert groups

The Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force consists of some 70 experts, who are assigned to the Management Team, the Advisory Experts and ten expert groups.

Chair of the Task Force is Professor Martin Ackermann.

The members of the Task Force are responsible for liaison and the transfer of information to the SNSF, the ETH Domain, swissuniversities and the Swiss Academies of Sciences.

Management Team


Martin Ackermann

Expert in Microbiology, ETH Zurich and Eawag (Chair)


Samia Hurst-Majno

Expert in Biomedical Ethics, University of Geneva (Vice-chair)


Urs Karrer

Physician and expert in infectiology, Cantonal hospital Winterthur (Vice-chair)

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Jan-Egbert Sturm

Expert in Economics, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich (Vice-chair)

Advisory Experts

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Sebastian Bonhoeffer

Expert in Theoretical Biology, ETH Zurich


Edouard Bugnion

Expert in Computer Sciences, EPFL


Monika Bütler

Expert in Economic Policy, SEW, University of St. Gallen


Annette Oxenius

Expert in Immunology, ETH Zurich


Volker Thiel

Coronavirus Expert, vetsuisse, University of Bern

The Expert Groups

The ten expert groups listed below are focusing on the most pressing and time-critical issues. New expert groups can be set up, depending on how needs develop.

Expert Group Clinical care

Critical appraisal of clinical research data on COVID-19.

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Expert Group Data and modelling

Questions concerning the analysis and assessment of the epidemiological situation based on epidemiological data and mathematical modelling.

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Expert Group Diagnostics and testing

Advising on diagnostic tests.

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Expert Group Digital epidemiology

Coordination of digital epidemiological approaches (especially SwissCovid).

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Expert Group Economics

Coordination of the economic analyses.

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Expert Group Ethics, legal, social

Identifying and addressing ethical, legal, and social issues associated with the pandemic and pandemic response policies.

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Expert Group Exchange platform

International relations.

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Expert Group Immunology

Advising on vaccines.

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Expert Group Infection Prevention and Control

Advising on infection prevention and control.

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Expert Group Public health

Analysis and assessment of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 measures and responses within the framework of possibilities of health and social systems.

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