Switzerland’s food system is coming under increasing foreign pressure, a situation that often represents a major challenge for SMEs in particular. To safeguard the country’s food system, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have launched the Food 4.0 initiative under SATW’s leadership. By funding innovative projects across the entire value chain, the initiative aims to help strengthen Switzerland as a centre of production.


Innovative projects wanted: We will provide up to CHF 25,000 to support sustainable projects

Submit your innovative project now and become part of the sustainable future of Switzerland’s food system. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences’ Food 4.0 initiative will assist by providing funding of up to CHF 25,000. Take advantage of this opportunity to make important contributions to sustainability.

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How can we safeguard the health of 10 million people in Switzerland and 10 billion worldwide, while ensuring they have nutritious food?

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2024 SATW Annual Congress - “How to safeguard the health of 10 million people in Switzerland, and 10 billion people worldwide, and ensure they have sufficient food?”

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Innovative project ideas for a sustainable Swiss food system

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Machine-learning models for the detection of bacterial contamination in the food industry

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SATW’s interdisciplinary orientation makes it the right organisation to lead the Food 4.0 initiative to success. As a member of the Support Group, I appreciate being able to make a contribution, particularly by providing a humanities perspective.

Nadja El Benni, Head of the Competitiveness and System Evaluation Strategic Research Division Agroscope; President of the SGA

Food 4.0 Support Group

The Food 4.0 Support Group comprises key people from the Swiss food system who actively contribute their expertise to planning and implementing the initiative. The Group’s interdisciplinary composition ensures that all links in the value chain benefit equally from the initiative.

To the Support Group

Food Technology Topical Platform

SATW’s Food Technology Topical Platform identifies promising technologies at an early stage and networks industry experts for the purpose of sharing knowledge and experience of food technology and thus advancing the sector.

To the Topical Platform


 Nicole Wettstein

Nicole Wettstein

Head of Tech Intelligence