The Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen (SFISM) is a leading Swiss sports institution for further education and training. The Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen (SFISM), a federal government institution, is expected to be independently accredited in 2022.

As a university of applied sciences, SFISM is both affiliated with BFH and part of the Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO) and forms part of the Magglingen umbrella organisation that unifies Swiss sports policy, sports promotion and sports science.

SFISM is a strategical partner institution of BFH


Together with the assistant rector Dr. Thomas Wyss and SFISM's management board, the rector Dr. Urs Mäder manages the university and represents it within FOSPO Executive Board as well as externally.

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Urs Mäder, rector EHSM; Thomas Wyss, assistant rector

Advisory Board

The SFISM Advisory Board advises SFISM in important academic, research and development matters, and service-related issues. It proposes new ideas, serves as a sounding board and assesses the ideas and products of SFISM. The Advisory Board supports SFISM in its efforts to be a learning organisation.

The Advisory Board also serves as SFISM’s point of contact to the worlds of politics, academia and science, business and technology and society and culture.

Members of the SFISM Advisory Board:

  • Alfred Buess, former President of the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
  • Eckhard Frank, former CEO of Swiss Timing
  • Gabriele Gendotti, President of the Board of the SUVA
  • Christoph Holliger, Emeritus Professor FHNW
  • Monika Löffel-Bösch, Member of the Board of Directors at Bigla AG
  • Jeannine Pilloud, SBB Delegate for Public Transport Sector Development
  • Matthias Remund, Director of FOSPO
  • Roger Schnegg, CEO of Swiss Olympic
  • Daniela Sonderegger-Meuli, Olympic snowboarding gold medallist, sports instructor at ETH
  • Hans Stöckli, SP representative for the Canton of Bern in the Council of States
  • To be announced, alumni representative SFISM

The SFISM Advisory Board was established in 2013 and meets twice a year.

On 3 March 1944, the Swiss Federal Council directed the Federal Department of Defence (FDoD) to establish a sports school based in Magglingen. Choosing Magglingen as the location was the beginning of a process that would prove momentous for the Swiss sports movement. The legal foundation for the ETS sports school followed in 1947, and a ruling of 20 January 1948 defined the mission and organisation of the ETS, providing the legal basis for the many responsibilities with which the ETS was tasked, on behalf of the Confederation, until 1972. The mission included training, research and advisory services, publication and film services and administration.

The intention of creating a research facility was there from the early years, but a dedicated research institute was only established in 1966.

In 1989 the ETS was renamed the Swiss Sports School Magglingen (SSSM). In 1999, the ever increasing societal and, therefore, political importance of sport led to the reorganisation of the sports school to become the Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO). A close link with Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH was established at that time and SFISM is still a part of BFH today.

SFISM was established through the merger of SSSM and the SWI research institute in 2005. In 2010, the Youth + Sports (Y+S) unit was taken out of SFISM to form a separate department within FOSPO. The decision to remove the Y+S sport policy apparatus for promoting sports created the necessary foundations for SFISM to develop its own identity as a university.

Please note

The academic work ‘Die Eidgenössische Sportschule Magglingen 1944- 1994: 50 Jahre im Dienst der Sportförderung’ [Swiss Sports School Magglingen 1944-1994: 50 years of promoting sport] by Lutz Eichenberger provides a detailed examination of the development of the SSSM. It can be viewed or borrowed from the SFISM sports media library.