The Scientific Commission of the Swiss Anthropological Association is responsible for the organisation of the annual meeting. Its budget comes directly from the SAA. The commission is composed of one or two representatives from each ethnographic museum and anthropological institute in the country, and meets two to three times a year. All the annual conferences are trilingual (German, French, English), following the principle "everyone speaks in his or her own language".
Since 2007, the SAA no longer organises thematic group seminars but an annual colloquium during which several issues are addressed in the framework of different panels. These are selected through a call for papers which is usually circulated at the beginning of the calendar year (March-April).
- 2006: Prise de position de la Société Suisse d’Ethnologie concernant le projet d’article constitutionnel et la loi fédérale relatifs à la recherche sur l’être humain The SAA has responded to the consultation procedure on the preliminary draft of a constitutional provision and a federal law on research on humans.Information on the constitutional provision and the report on the consultation procedure can be found at http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/gg/pc/ind2006.html 130 KB
- 2010: Die Schweizer Ausschaffungsinitiative: Eine Stellungnahme der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft 51 KB
- 2010: Eine Ethik-Charta für die Ethnologie? The Swiss Anthropolocial Associations deliberations on an ethics declaration began in 2006 and are related to the Swiss Federal Council's referendum procedure on the constitutional article and the Federal Act on Research on Human Beings (Human Research Act) 2 . The board of directors of the SAA commissioned its scientific commission to prepare an opinion on this topic, which was adopted in 2011. 247 KB
- 2014: Für ein Denken ohne Grenzen. Stellungnahme der Schweizerischen Ethnologischen Gesellschaft (SEG) zu den Folgen der Initiative "Gegen Masseneinwanderung" Statement of the Swiss Anthropological Association on the consequences of the initiative "Against Mass Immigration" 59 KB