Vision and Mission

Academia Engelberg Foundation recognizes science’s and society’s growing need for a better understanding of new and highly complex issues, their relationship with society (including politics, culture, ethics, religion, education) and business and their impact on the increasing global inequity.

Academia Engelberg conducts annual conferences in the monastery village of Engelberg, which address specific scientific topics. It wants to set in motion a dialogue among a variety of disciplines this way. Through personal exchanges among the participants from a multitude of disciplines, all the participants become aware of the questioning of their discipline from the perspective of the others on the one hand, and on the other hand, they contribute to the discussion of the common topic and thus quite concretely experience the development of a comprehensive approach. Academia Engelberg is convinced that this experience will significantly improve the discussion within the scientific community as well as society.

In a pluralistic society, sustainable progress can only take place in dialogue with the relevant groups and by including a broad range of needs, interests and activities. This is not possible, however, without finding a new language between science, politics, ethics, religion, culture, and business, which allows the open exchange of arguments.


Impart Knowledge

Experts from science, society and business meet for interdisciplinary and constructive encounters.

Make Use of Knowledge

The events actively contribute to an understanding between science and society. The findings are incorporated into specific projects.

Our Vessels

We are a platform for the young and the older generations to meet (intergenerational dialogues):

  • Swiss Study Foundation
  • Swiss Youth in Science
  • Partner companies


A network of knowledge transfer and reflection

Academia Engelberg provides services in the following areas:



Donators and Partners

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the ETH domain and assumes the supervision of its institutions. Its close relationship with the ETH Council has contributed to the successful continuation of Academia Engelberg Foundation since 2000.

The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.