Within national and international networks Empa develops innovative solutions to meet the key challenges facing industry and society in terms of energy, mobility, construction technology, the environment, health and well-being as well as smart materials and surfaces.

In collaboration with its partners, Empa turns research findings into marketable innovations. It makes a major contribution toward strengthening the innovative edge and the international competitiveness of the Swiss economy.

Empa also develops the scientific foundations for political decisions and for the sustainable development of our society, and engages in public debate on technology issues. Its objective is to shape our future in a way that is economically successful and at the same time sustainable.

«To transform our laboratory's research findings into marketable innovations, Empa collaborates with numerous national and international partners from industry and research. That's why the GZA network is hugely important for us – both regionally and globally.»

Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona, CEO of Empa

Mission Statement

As the interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain, Empa conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.



Prof. Dr. Gian-Luca Bona

Deputy CEO
Dr. Peter Richner

Board Members
Dr. Brigitte Buchmann
Prof. Dr. Alex Dommann
Dr. Pierangelo Gröning
Dr. Urs Leemann

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60 Mio CHF

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