Mission Statement of Empa and the SUL

The ETH Domain’s Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology (CCMX) was established to promote collaboration on promising technologies and their applications. It combines the strengths of several ETH Domain institutions (EPFL, ETHZ, Empa and PSI) and of CSEM, and involves the active participation of partners from industry, industrial associations and Swiss universities. With EPFL as the Leading House, the CCMX has already initiated activities in various areas. The SUL is jointly financed by both CCMX and Empa.

Empa is a transdisciplinary research and service institution within the ETH Domain covering selected fields of materials science and technology development including important environmental aspects. Empa’s R&D activities focus on the requirements of industry and the needs of society, therefore bridging the gap from science to engineering and from research to industry and society. As a result, Empa is capable of providing its partners with customized services and solutions that not only enhance their innovative edge, but also help to improve the quality of life for the public at large. Safety, reliability and sustainability of materials and systems are cross-sectional topics permeating all Empa activities. As such, Empa plays a key role in Switzerland's research and innovation landscape.

Empa also brings its competencies to bear in the areas of knowledge dissemination, technology transfer, different levels of teaching and continuing formation, thus transforming knowledge and inventions into marketable innovations. The newly established PORTAL is the «one-stop shopping» access point for potential customers and partners looking for innovative solutions and collaborative research efforts in materials science and technology.