About us

S-WIN connects researchers and innovative entrepreneurs in four fields and works on them by means of three fields of activity.

Products, processes and know-how

S-WIN initiates research and cooperation projects and promotes innovation. S-WIN supports SMEs and forest enterprises in the development of products and processes, e.g. with the aim of increasing competitiveness. In addition, S-WIN tracks developments in the sector and plays a key role in shaping the research strategy.

Networking and knowledge transfer 

S-WIN is the most important contact for companies, research institutions, associations, federal offices and organisations on a national and international level in the field of innovation and research. The interdisciplinary exchange is promoted by exclusive occasions and personal contacts and visits and thus the knowledge and technology transfer (KTT) between economics, research and teachings is promoted.

Interface for European projects

At the European level, S-WIN represents Switzerland in the “Forest-based sector Technology Platform FTP”, compares the programmes with the needs of the industry, provides information and paves the way for participation in European projects and programmes, such as the ERA-NET+ “Innovation in the forest-based sector” supported by Innosuisse.

Bylaws

Vision

S-WIN – the network for innovative wood technologies for the decarbonisation of society.

Our mission

  • We support the Swiss forest and timber industry in the development of products and processes for the decarbonisation of society.
  • We are a driving force and hub for the initiation of projects and activities in research and development. We open up new fields for R&D activities and build bridges to other scientific disciplines.
  • We ensure the transfer of knowledge and technology between business, society, research and teaching by bringing together needs and contacts, organising events and further training and promoting the exchange of ideas.
  • We are the point of contact for research policy decisions in the forest and timber sector through our large network, know-how and intensive exchange with the industry and federal offices.
  • We act as an interface to international R&D institutions, committees and platforms as well as to national funding sources, thus linking the Swiss forest and timber industry with other countries.

Our institutions

Members

Our members form the S-WIN knowledge pool and are involved in research projects, workshops and events. S-WIN members benefit from free innovation checks and innovation consultations. They are specifically informed about innovations and activities in research and benefit from discounts at events.

Advisory board

The board sets the priorities and activities for S-WIN. To this end, it prepares proposals for the general assembly. It makes its knowledge available to the members for the initiation of projects as well as for innovation checks and innovation consultations. The Executive Board is headed by three presidents from complementary sectors.

Advisory board members

  • Dr. Andrea Bernasconi, Haute École d’Ingénierie et de gestion – HES-SO/heig-vd, Yverdon-les-Bains
  • Dr. Serge Biollaz, Paul Scherrer Institut, Thermal Process Engineering Group, Villigen
  • Prof. Dr. Andrea Frangi, ETH, Institut für Baustatik und Konstruktion, Zürich
  • Dr. Christian Lehringer, Henkel & Cie. AG, Sempach Station
  • Dr. Bernhard Pauli, Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften (HAFL), Zollikofen
  • Dr. Urs Rhyner, Agro Energie Schwyz AG, Schwyz
  • Ernest Schilliger, Schilliger Holz AG, Küssnacht am Rigi
  • Roger Schmidt, Amt für Wald des Kantons Bern, Bern
  • Christoph Starck, Lignum Holzwirtschaft Schweiz, Zürich
  • Patrick Suter, ERNE AG Holzbau, Stein
  • Dr. Oliver Thees, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL, Birmensdorf
  • Prof. Dr. Heiko Thömen, Berner Fachhochschule – Architektur, Holz und Bau, Biel/Bienne
  • Prof. Dr. Yves Weinand, EPFL ENAC IBOIS, Lausanne
  • Dr. Tanja Zimmermann, Empa, Departement “Functional Materials”, Dübendorf

Co-chairmanship

  • Prof. Andrea Frangi, ETH, Institut für Baustatik und Konstruktion, Zürich
  • Ernest Schilliger, Schilliger Holz AG, Küssnacht am Rigi
  • Dr. Heiko Thömen, Berner Fachhochschule – Architektur, Holz und Bau, Biel/Bienne

Our network

Company members

Institutional members

  • Berner Fachhochschule, Institut für Werkstoffe und Holztechnologie www.ahb.bfh.ch/wh
  • Berner Fachhochschule, Institut für Holzbau, Tragwerke und Architektur www.ahb.bfh.ch/hta
  • Berner Fachhochschule, Institut für digitale Bau- und Holzwirtschaft www.ahb.bfh.ch/dbh
  • Empa, Eidgenössische Materialprüf- und Forschungsanstalt, Abteilung Cellulose & Wood Materials, www.empa.ch
  • Empa, Eidgenössische Materialprüf- und Forschungsanstalt, Abteilung Ingenieur-Strukturen, www.empa.ch
  • Empa, Eidgenössische Materialprüf- und Forschungsanstalt,  Abteilung Akustik/Lärmminderung, www.empa.ch
  • EPFL, Laboratory for Timber Constructions IBOIS, http://ibois.epfl.ch/
  • ETHZ, Institut für Baustatik und Konstruktion, www.ibk.ethz.ch
  • ETHZ, Wood materials Science Group,  www.ifb.ethz.ch/woodmaterialsscience
  • HAFL Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften, www.bfh.ch/hafl
  • Haute École d’Ingénierie et de gestion – heig-vd, www.heig-vd.ch
  • HES/SO EI Genève, hepia-section architecture, www.hesge.ch/hepia/
  • HSLU Hochschule Luzern, Technik & Architektur, www.hslu.ch
  • HSLU Hochschule Luzern, Planung in Architektur – CLTP, www.hslu.ch
  • Paul Scherrer Institut, www.psi.ch
  • Schweizerische Bauschule Aarau, www.bauschule.ch
  • WSL Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft, www.wsl.ch
  • ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, Inbstitut für Chemie und biologische Chemie, www.zhaw.ch/icbt

National funding agencies

Office

The employees of the office are responsible for the innovation checks, innovation consultations, workshops and events. The office is the interface between industry and research and filters industry-specific information. It makes the information available to members and links companies with funding programmes. In addition, it supports and accompanies the members in initiating R&D projects and is the contact point for national and international questions on innovation and research.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions:

Evelyn Pöhler
Project leader

Evelyn Pöhler

Thomas Näher
Managing director

Thomas Näher

Olin Bartlome
Innovation manager

Olin Bartlome

Annual reports

Please feel free to check and download the annual reports of S-WIN:

 

Annual report Aspects 2018

Annual report Aspects 2016/2017

Annual report Apects 2015/2016