EMPA – The Place where Innovation Starts
(founded as “Eidgenössische Materialprüfungsanstalt2 in 1880)is the interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH department Materials Science and Technology. About 1,000 people are employed at three different sites – of which more than 500 are engineers and researchers, 29 professors, about 100 postdocs, and 200 doctoral candidates. They develop innovative materials and technologies for a sustainable future. As bridge between research and practice, they develop solutions for priority challenges of industry and society in the fields of nanostructured, «smart» materials and surfaces, environmental, energy, and sustainable building technology, as well as biological and medical technologies.
In 2015, about 110 projects funded by the “Schweizer Nationalfonds (SND)“ (Swiss national fund) and about 60 EU projects were in progress at Empa. Twenty-one spinoffs together with other startups of the two business incubators of Empa employ more than 360 employees and counting.
About 200 employees work at the location
St.Gallen – in the west of the city. They conduct research, among others, in the fields of clothing physiology, personal protection systems, functional fibers and textiles, biological and medical technologies, as well as life-cycle analysis and risk assessments for new materials. In the immediate vicinity of Empa, the innovation center of the foundationStartfeld
was opened in 2016, which supports innovative business startups.
At our field trip, you will get to know Empa and gain insights into specific projects from the fields of nanotechnology, X-ray analytics, and innovative textiles. Thereby, you will be provided with the opportunity to obtain first-hand information from the responsible researchers. If possible, you can also obtain insights into the innovation center Startfeld.
||Tuesday, February 14, 2017
||3:00 p.m. at the University of St.Gallen
||ca. 6:00 p.m. at the University of St.Gallen