About us

Our interprofessional research team consists of experts from nursing and health sciences, anthropology, ethnography, psychology, medicine and sociology, who complement one another in a mutually beneficial way. This broad skill base enables us to approach our research in a targeted, practical manner. Our expertise is further enhanced by multilingual staff and an international network of partners in research and practice.


Collaboration with partners in the fields of healthcare, science, clinical research and business, provides a basis for interdisciplinary research projects.

Academia-practice partnership Insel Gruppe – BFH

Our academia-practice partnership (APP) with the Department of Nursing, Medical Technology and Therapeutic Care at Insel Gruppe, enables us to strengthen our collaboration and link academia with practice. This APP is led by Prof Kai-Uwe Schmitt, and it focuses on interdisciplinary, networked research within the context of a dynamic, interprofessional environment.

Academia-practice partnership with Domicil Bern AG

For several years, we have had a successful partnership with Domicil Bern AG, that focuses on care development and quality assurance. The research projects contracted by Domicil Bern were planned and implemented by staff at Domicil Bern and BFH Health Professions, enabling each party to make the best use of their knowledge, skills and resources. We have collaborated – and continue to collaborate – on a variety of individual research projects. The academia-practice partnership gives us an opportunity to define the innovative scope of these research projects more clearly and hone our combined strategy.

Academia-practice partnership with the Lindenhofgruppe

BFH Health Professions and the Nursing Development Department at Lindenhofgruppe have been working closely together since 2007. In 2014, the two partners entered into an academia-practice partnership. The goals of the partnership are as follows:

  • Quality improvement and evidence-based practice in nursing and midwifery
  • Development and evaluation of continuing education opportunities and a range of other services
  • Continuous role development (Advanced Practice)
  • Mutual provision of expertise and institutional oversight

Other national and international partnerships

Doctoral Programme Nursing Science

The international Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is offered jointly between Maastricht University (the Netherlands), the Medical University of Graz (Austria) and Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH. It offers registered nurses with a Master of Science in Nursing an opportunity to undertake independent research at a high level.