Empa is an interdisciplinary research institution and service provider for materials science and technology. It develops solutions for industry and society in the fields of nanostructured materials and surfaces, environmental, energy-oriented and sustainable building technologies, biotechnologies and medical technologies. Together with industry and spinoffs, it converts its research results into marketable innovations in the Empa technology centres glaTec and tebo. It also creates the scientific foundations for the sustainable development of society. Empa has been providing public authorities with key data for political decisions and conducting studies on behalf of federal offices since 1880.

At the end of 2013, about 960 staff were working at Empa, including 29 professors, around 120 doctoral students, 40 trainees and approx. 160 Bachelor’s and Master’s students. At the same time, numerous projects with industrial researchers, around 300 projects financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Commission for Technology and Innovation and the EU Framework Programmes are continually underway.

The main focus in 2014 will be on the energy turnaround decided by the Federal Council and the research activities this requires, for example at the SCCER. This is why the “Future Mobility” demonstrator aimed at developing and implementing sustainable future mobility technologies is currently being set up. Further projects are underway in the area of photovoltaics and energy efficiency.