The ETH Board represents the ETH Domain to the federal authorities and internally informs the affiliates of the ETH Domain about matters of relevance to them. The President of the ETH Board also represents the ETH Domain externally.

ERI policy

The ETH Board prepares statements for submission to the Confederation, on parliamentary initiatives, on consultations in the Federal Administration (office consultations in particular) and on Federal Council consultations. In addition, the President of the ETH Board is at the disposal of the Federal Department of Home Affairs and of the relevant committees of the National Council and Council of States. The President also coordinates with the other relevant offices and committees, in particular the State Secretariat for Education and Research, the Swiss University Conference and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Communication and public affairs

The ETH Board represents the interests of the ETH Domain to the public, particularly regarding national policy on education, research and innovation. Within its rules of procedure, the ETH Board undertakes to ensure honest, appropriate and transparent communication for the benefit of society. In addition, the ETH Board is intent on explaining its decisions and on strengthening the ETH Domain’s role and reputation. The responsibility for communication resides with the President.

The ETH Board’s key external communication tools are its annual report to the federal government (see Reporting), the website, media relations work (media conferences, media releases about meetings, etc.) and the case-by-case illumination of relevant facts and positions.