Profile + Values

We teach and research in agricultural, forest and food science. We prepare our bachelor- and master-level students for their professional future as methodologically competent and solution-oriented specialists and managers.

We use applied research to develop solutions to address current issues and future challenges. We provide tailored services both across Switzerland and around the world and we offer continuing education programmes that combine the latest scientific findings with practical knowledge.

We take a holistic, scientific, multifaceted and innovative approach to all that we do.

HAFL has a pronounced line organisational structure and is divided into five divisions: «Agriculture», «Forest Science», «Food Science and Management», «MSc programmes» and «Transdisciplinary Subjects». The two areas «Teaching» and «Research, Consulting, Continuing Education» coordinate these fields across all divisions.

Led by the Director, the departmental management board represents the interests of the entire department.

Advisory Board Food Science and Management Division

Name Function

Blumer Christina

Head of Research Management at FSVO

Conde-Petit Béatrice

Head of Food Safety at Bühler AG; Member of Administrative Board of HACO Holding AG

Escher Felix

Prof. Dr. em.

Furrer Urs Co-managing director fial

Hofer Otmar


Jehli Christian

COO Nestlé Super Premium

Künzler Thomas

Administrative Board of Boost Group AG, Managing Director of Caritas Markt

Wahlen Hans-Martin

CEO Kambly SA

Walther Barbara

Head of Research Group on Human Nutrition, Sensory Analysis and Flavour at Agroscope


Advisory Board Forest Science Division

Name Function

Brunner Markus

Director of WaldSchweiz (Association of forest owners)

Hefti Reto

Office Director/Cantonal Forester Canton of Grisons

Kocher Alan

Director Forestry Training Centre Lyss

Locatelli Gloria

District Forestry Engineer, Canton of Neuchâtel

Métraux Jean-François

Cantonal Inspector, Canton of Vaud

Morier Alain

Head of Forest Division (Cantonal Forester) Canton of Aargau

Prof. Rigling Andreas

Member of the WSL Directorate, Head of WALDDYNAMIK research unit on forest dynamics

Rosset Jean

President of the Swiss Forestry Society


Bern University of Applied Sciences
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
Länggasse 85
3052 Zollikofen
T +41 31 910 21 11