Applied Research Institutions

Collaborating with universities, public bodies, industry, and non-governmental organizations, applied research institutions serve as a bridge between the scientific world and the “real world” by delivering solutions with the help of science and technology. They thus create an important link between science and business.

Agroscope is the Swiss Confederation’s R&D centre of excellence for the agrifood sector with a mission to develop science-based innovations and solutions. Agroscope encourages cooperation with partners from academia, public administration and commercial enterprises. The thematic priorities at its Wädenswil site are horticulture (fruit and vegetable growing, viticulture) food, and analytics. At the Zurich Reckenholz site, the focus is on resource efficiency, biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable farming systems.

Key competences
– Efficiency in agriculture and the food sector
– Food quality and safety, protection of the environment
– Strengthened sustainability and resource conservation

Reckenholzstrasse 191
CH-8046 Zurich

+ 41 58 468 71 11

Schloss 1
P.O. Box
CH-8820 Wädenswil

+ 41 58 460 61 11

Eawag is a world-leading aquatic research institute which is affiliated with the ETH. Its research provides the basis for innovative approaches and technologies in the water sector. Through close collaboration with experts from industry, government, and professional associations, Eawag plays an important role bridging theory and practice, allowing new scientific insights to be rapidly implemented.

Key competences
– Evolutionary ecology
– Environmental chemistry
– Engineering and infrastructure planning
– Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research

Überlandstrasse 133
CH-8600 Duebendorf

Empa conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary materials and technology research focused on meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of society. Empa thus links applications-oriented research to the practical implementation
of new ideas.

Key competences
– Basic and applied materials research and technology development
– Knowledge and technology transfer to industry and society
– Advanced professional training and continuing education
– Sophisticated technical and analytical services

Research cooperation with companies
about 350 e.g. IBM, BASF, Novartis, Straumann, Oerlikon Balzer

Überlandstrasse 129
CH-8600 Dübendorf

The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland, conducting research in three main fields: matter and materials, energy and environment, and human health. PSI develops, builds, and operates large complex research facilities. Every year, more than 2,500 scientists from Switzerland and around the world come to PSI to use its unique facilities to conduct experiments that are not possible anywhere else.

Key competences
– Fundamental and applied research
– Energy systems integration platform

Paul Scherrer Institute
CH-5232 Villigen