About us

The team working on applied research and development in nutrition and dietetics is made up of qualified academics. We are an interprofessional team, where food science, dietetics, public health nutrition, health education and health promotion all play an important role. This wide-ranging skill set allows us to take a thematic, applied and practical approach to our work. This expertise is further enhanced by multilingual staff and an international network of partners in practice and research.

Nutrition and Dietetics research team


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 Lindenhofgruppe Bern

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 offerings and range of services
  • Continuous role development (Advanced Practice)
  • Mutual provision of expertise and institutional oversight

Centre for Food Systems

In addition to expertise in agricultural production, in processing and in diet and nutrition, the Centre for Food Systems incorporates transversal skills. The Centre is organised on an integrated and interdisciplinary basis. As part of the Centre, we are responsible for expertise in ‘Nutrition’ and focus on the following areas:

  • nutritional physiology,
  • targeted use of foods and their ingredients,
  • recommendations for specific nutritional solutions for particular groups of consumers.

Other national and international partnerships