10 Years MSc@HAFL Symposium and 2019 Graduation Ceremony

We have not one, but two reasons to celebrate: The 10th anniversary of the Master’s in Life Sciences at BFH-HAFL and the Graduation Ceremony for the graduates of the Master’s programme.

26.09.2019, 09.30-19.00 o'clock – BFH-HAFL, Zollikofen

The «10 Years MSc@HAFL» Symposium will be held on the morning of this round birthday. We invite you to look back with us at 10 years of Master’s programmes at Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences. Experts, sector representatives and alumni will discuss current challenges and sustainable approaches. Prior to the conferring of postgraduate degrees in the afternoon you’re welcome to participate in a number of different colloquia presenting master’s theses in the areas of agricultural, forestry and food sciences. We will end the day with drinks and a small buffet, and an informal evening programme.

Symposium 10 Years MSc@HAFL und Diplomfeier 2019


  • Start date 26.09.2019, 09.30-19.00 o'clock
  • Place BFH-HAFL, Zollikofen
  • Application deadline 12 September 2019


The event will primarily be conducted in English. In the morning some contributions will be presented in German or French (simultaneous translation will be available).
  9.30–10.00 am   Registration  
  10.00–10.30 am   Welcome by Dr Magdalena Schindler Stokar, Director BFH-HAFL and Dr Urs Scheidegger, Head of Master’s Studies BFH-HAFL  
  10.30–11.00 am   Key note: Different but equivalent – 10 years of master’s studies at Swiss universities of applied sciences
Prof Dr Herbert Binggeli, President BFH
  11.00–12.00 pm   Panel discussion: Options and challenges in designing demand-driven master’s studies
With Dr Eva Reinhard, Head of Agroscope; Dr Peter Braun, CEO Swiss Food Research; Dr Jean-Nicolas Aebischer, Director, School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg; Dr Filippo Lechthaler, Designated Head Master Studies BFH-HAFL; Mélanie Feurer, MSc alumna and scientific collaborator BFH-HAFL.
Moderation: Robert Lehmann, BFH-HAFL
  12.00–1.30 pm   Lunch and poster exhibition  
  1.30–2.30 pm   Presentation of selected theses and input by alumni (part 1)  
  2.45–3.45 pm   Presentation of selected theses and input by alumni (part 2)  
  4.00–5.30 pm   Graduation ceremony in the auditorium, with speech by Madeleine Kaufmann, Policy Advisor, Federal Office for Agriculture and HAFL MSc alumna  
  5.30–7.00 pm   Drinks and small buffet  
  From 7.00 pm   Party  

Notes on parking

As the BFH-HAFL campus offers only limited parking, we kindly request that you use public transport where possible. A second car park is available at the Rütti (roughly a 400 m walk). A parking fee will apply at the BFH-HAFL and Rütti car parks. Please be sure to note the parking meter.