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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Approved projects


Making full use of healthy whey

Approved projects

Porous grid structures for laboratory steak

Approved projects

The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences are the ideal organisation to do justice to the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach of the Food 4.0 initiative. They bring together all links in the value chain so that the integral character of the initiative can play out.

Prof. Erich Windhab, head of the SATW Food Technology Topical Platform
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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