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Team Switzerland


Niggli Urs Prof. Dr. Director of FiBL Switzerland and responsible for quality management
Riedel Judith Dr. sc. ETH Scientific assistant of the director

Deputy directors

Huber Beate Dipl.-Ing. agr. (FH) Head of department, member of the board of directors, deputy director, field of expertise: Organic legislation, certification, personnel and organization development, Group lead Policy and Sector Development
Tamm Lucius Dr. phil., Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Head of department, member of the board of directors, deputy director, Group lead Crop Protection - Phytopathology, list of approved substances, quality assurance for organic products, food safety, apple and grapevine diseases, epidemiology

Finances, ressources & administration

Bayer Erika Secretariat FiBL Switzerland, Advertisments "bioaktuell"
Deppeler Lars Secretariat FiBL Switzerland
Drexler Dóra Dr.-Ing. Organic agriculture in Hungary
Krähenbühl Serina Secretariat FiBL Switzerland
Leu Stefanie Secretariat FiBL Switzerland, administration FiBL courses
Merz Anne Head of secretariat FiBL Switzerland, member of the board of directors, head of quality management, organisation ABIM
Reding Bénédicte Finance and accounting
Rickenbacher Beat EDP
Ryter Doris Finance and accounting
Schärer Marc Head of finances, resources & administration, member of the board of directors
Sibold Gina Finance and accounting
Wang-Müller Qiyan Dr. rer. nat. Swiss-Sino collaboration
Widmer Manuela Finance and accounting
Williner Stefan Human resources, finance and accounting


Amsler Thomas Head of Facility Management
Bircher Erika Restaurant, domestic services
Bjelic Maja Kitchen, Restaurant, domestic services
Cafaro Immacolata Domestic services
Finsterwald Sibylle Cook
Hunziker-Rohrer Trudi Cook
Rohrer Rolf Services
Stocker Ivanka Restaurant
Vezzani Massimo services

Department of International Cooperation

Adamtey Noah Dr. Phil. Agr. & Umwelt Project coordinator
Andres Christian Dr. sc. ETH Zürich Sustainable agriculture in the tropics
Armengot Martinez Laura Dr. Scientific collaborator, Research on Sustainable Production Systems
Bautze David Research on Sustainable Production Systems
Bernet Thomas Dr. Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Market chain research, development and management
Bhullar Gurbir Dr. sc. Group lead Tropical Agriculture, Systems Comparison Project in India
Cicek Harun Dr. Organic Cropping Systems in drylands
Eisenring Tobias MBA, M.Sc., MAS Project leader and senior consultant
Garibay Salvador Dr. sc. ETH Region: Latin America; field of expertise: Plant production, tropical fruits, markets, curricula, training
Huber Beate Dipl.-Ing. agr. (FH) Head of department, member of the board of directors, deputy director, field of expertise: Organic legislation, certification, personnel and organization development, Group lead Policy and Sector Development
Joshi Tanay Dr. Scientist & SGF Project Coordinator (India)
Kadzere Irene Dr. Elaboration of training material for Africa, development of research projects
Lernoud Julia Statistics and data collection
Nicolay Gian L. Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Group lead Policy and Sector Development, Coordination Africa
Prokopchuk Natalie MBA, M.Sc. Market development, policy advice, project management
Riar Amritbir Singh Dr. Scientist, Syscom
Richter Toralf Dr. International development of organic markets, marketing services for organic market actors
Rüegg Johanna M.Sc. Umweltnaturwissenschaften ETH Cocoa, tropical agroforestry systems
Schneider Monika M.Sc. Agr. ETH Group lead Agroforestry and Cacao, Agricultural research for development, low-input agriculture, auditing and certification systems, institutional building
van den Berge Paul Dipl.-Ing. HTL Regions: Switzerland, Eastern Europe, Mediterranean, Middle-East, South America, South-East Asia; Field of expertise: Standards, label accreditation, traceability systems, vegetable production

Department of Extension, Training and Communication

Alföldi Thomas Dr. sc. ETH Research networks, communication projects, audio-visual media
Basler Andreas Translations, web support
Bircher Richard Meisterlandwirt Extensions in sustainability, biodiversity
Bissig Simone Layout of the magazine "Bioaktuell", graphics
Chevillat Véronique Dipl.-Biol. Extensions in feedstuffs, plant production trials, biodiversity
Hämmerli Franziska Lic. phil. Media spokesperson, editor magazine "Bioaktuell", internet editorial team, social media
Hirschi Christian Dipl.-Ing. agr. Editor magazine "Bioaktuell"
Huber Kathrin Umweltingenieur FH (B.Sc.) Development of educational programs, teaching materials, vegetable crops, herbs, ornamental plants
Kemper Laura Internet editorial team, English communications, Project dissemination
Obrist Robert Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Head of department, member of the board of directors, Group lead Advisory Coordination and Training Coordination
Rebholz Theresa Dipl.-Ing. agr. (FH) Editor magazine "Bioaktuell", internet editorial team
Riedi Kurt Visueller Gestalter Graphic design, visual communication
Schmutz Res Dipl.-Ing. agr. HTL Editor technical leaflets and www.bioaktuell.ch, general organic advice
Schürmann Stefan B.Sc. agr. Extensions in animal husbandry, processing and marketing, farm planning
Weidmann Gilles Dipl.-Ing. Agr. ETH Editor technical leaflets and manuals
Willer Helga Dr. rer. nat. Group lead Dissemination & Outreach, Group lead Data & Digitalisation

Department of Soil Sciences

Bodenhausen Natacha PhD Microbiome, molecular biology, microbiology
Böhler Daniel Dipl.-Ing. agr. (FH) Extensions in arable farming
Bongiorno Giulia M. Sc. Soil Science, soil organisms and biotic interaction
Bünemann-König Else PD Dr. sc. nat. Group lead Nutrient Management & Symbiosis
Dierauer Hansueli Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Group lead Cultivation Technique Arable Crops
Efosa Norah M.Sc. PhD Candidate
Fliessbach Andreas Dr. sc. agr. Group lead Soil Fertility, soil biology, soil ecology
Frick Hanna M.Sc. PhD student
Gelencsér Tobias M.Sc. Agrarwissenschaften ETH Arable crops, Field trials, projects
Klaiss Matthias M.Sc. agr. organic seeds, arable farming
Krause Hans-Martin Dr. rer. nat. Greenhouse gas emissions, Soil microbiology
Krauss Maike Dr. sc. agr., Dipl. Geoökol. Soil sciences
Kuhn Anton Laboratory management
Kundel Dominika M.Sc. Biology PhD student
Lori Martina M.Sc. PhD student
Mäder Paul Dr. phil, Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Head of department, member of the board of directors, DOK trial, soil biology, mycorrhiza, soil fertility
Mayer Marius M.Sc. PhD student
Munyangabe Adolphe Laboratory
Natarajan Mathimaran Dr. sc. nat. ETH Coordinator of a Indo-Swiss collaboration in biotechnology project ISCB BIOFI
Niggli Jeremias B.Sc. Agronomie Field trials and advisory services arable farming
Perrochet Frédéric Dipl.-Ing. Agr. FH Field trials (DOK, compound trial, reduce tillage trial)
Sauter Moritz Coordination DOK
Sousa Fernando M.Sc. Naturschutzbiologie Assistance in the coordination of the project "Farmer-driven organic resource management for soil fertility"
Steffens Markus Dr. rer. nat. Group lead Climate, climate and agriculture
Stehle Bernhard Soil fertility, assistence in field work & laboratory analyses
Symanczik Sarah Dr. Sc. Plant symbiosis, molecular biology

Department of Crop Sciences

Alkemade Joris M.Sc Plant breeding and phytopathology
Arncken-Karutz Christine Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Holistic grain quality, seed and breeding for organic agriculture
Baumgartner Fabian B.Sc., Environmental Engineer FH Fruit and berry cultivation, Cultivation technique and experimental trials
Bosem-Baillod Aliette Dr. phil. agr. Agroecology
Boutry Clémence M.Sc. ETH Agr. Cultivation Technique Fruit and Berry crops
Cahenzli Fabian Dr. sc. nat. Biological pest control
Daniel Claudia Dr. agr. Group lead Entomology, Biological pest control
Flury Pascale Dr. sc. ETH Phytopathology
Friedli Michael Dr. sc. ETH, M.Sc. ETH Agr Group lead Cultivation Technique Fruit and Berry crops
Fuchs Jacques Dr. sc. ETH Phytopathology, compost quality, soil-borne diseases
Häseli Andreas Dipl.-Ing. agr. HTL Group lead Cultivation Technique Fruit & Wine crops
Hauenstein Samuel M.Sc. agr. ETH Group lead Cultivation Technique Vegetable Crops
Haug Benedikt M.Sc. Ph.D. student, plant breeding, cereal-legume intercropping
Herforth-Rahmé Joelle Dr. Sc. Vegetable growing
Hohmann Pierre Dr. Plant breeding
Lévite Dominique Dipl.-Ing. Rebbau und Vinifikation IUVV Viticulture, oenology
Ludwig Mathias B.Sc. Test engineer
Luka Henryk Dr. phil, Ing. agr. Biodiversity and habitat management
Messmer Monika Dr. sc. agr. Group lead Plant Breeding
Oberhänsli Thomas Dr. Sc. ETH Molecular biology, plant pathology, microbiology
Pfiffner Lukas Dr. phil. nat, Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Group lead Agroecology, Biodiversity, nature conservation, cultivation systems
Roggli Martin Gartenbau-Ing. HTL Input list, technician
Schärer Hans-Jakob Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Group lead Crop Protection - Phytopathology, seed pathology
Schwitter Patricia M.Sc. ETH Experimental Vegetables
Sommer Léa Dipl.-Ing. agr. Vegetable growing, herb cultivation
Speiser Bernhard Dr. phil. Inputs, residues, slugs and snails
Stefani Patrick Dipl.-Ing. agr. (FH) Fruit-growing, viticulture
Steinemann Beatrice Dipl.-Ing. Obst- und Weinbau HTL, MBA Biodiversity, fruit growing and viticulture, climate change
Stöckli Sibylle Dr. sc. ETH Agroecology, climate change adaptation, integrated and biological pest management
Tamm Lucius Dr. phil., Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Head of department, member of the board of directors, deputy director, Group lead Crop Protection - Phytopathology, list of approved substances, quality assurance for organic products, food safety, apple and grapevine diseases, epidemiology
Thürig Barbara Dr. phil. Phytopathology, induced resistance
Vonzun Seraina M.Sc Plant breeding
Wille Lukas M.Sc. Ph.D. student, Plant Breeding

Department of Livestock Sciences

Amsler-Kepalaite Zivile Dipl. Agrarökologin Field trials, laboratory
Ayrle-Stauss Hannah Dr. med. vet Veterinary phytotherapy
Baki Cem Hermetia illucens production BLW project, Animal Nutrition (GenTore Project)
Bieber Anna M.Sc. agr. Animal breeding and husbandry: cattle
Biegel Ulrike Med. vet Mistletoe therapy for dogs and cats
Christen Ophélie Dr. med. vet Mistletoe therapy for horses
Früh Barbara Dipl.-Ing. FH Lead group Animal Welfare and Housing, feedstuffs, non-ruminants
Heckendorn Felix Dr. Sc. ETH President of FiBL France, endoparasites in ruminants
Holinger Mirjam Dr. sc. ETH Animal welfare & behaviour, pigs, data analysis
Jenni Anna Breeding, fattening, alternative breeds
Leiber Florian Dr. sc. nat. Head of department, member of the board of directors, Lead group Animal Nutrition
Leubin Markus Technical employee
Maeschli Ariane Dr. med. vet. Health of dairy cows, complementary and alternative medicine
Maurer Veronika Dr. sc. ETH Group lead Animal Health, Ectoparasites, list of approved substances
Meili Eric Dipl.-Ing. Agr. ETH dairy and meat production, Extensions in market development, farm planning
Moser Florian Dr. sc. nat. Researcher in the project GenTORE
Notz Christophe Dr. med. vet. Animal Nutrition, Extensions in Livestock
Perler Erika Biologie-Laborantin Field and laboratory trials
Quander-Stoll Nele Dipl.-Ing. PhD student, animal feeding
Rell Julia PhD student
Sandrock Christoph Dr. sc. nat. Project leader
Schneider Claudia Dr. agr. Extensions in ethology, horned cows in loose housing, feedstuffs
Spengler Neff Anet Dr., Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Group lead Livestock Breeding, constitution, health and behaviour of cows and feeder cattle
Stadtlander Timo Dr. sc. agr. Technician aquaculture
Steiner Andrea Laboratory of parasitology
Steiner Franz Josef Landwirt, Tropen Agrotechniker Livestock Breeding, pasture management, beef production
Thüer Susann Dr. med. vet Endoparasites in ruminants
Walkenhorst Michael Dr. med. vet. Group lead Animal Health, Medicinal Plants, Phytotherapy, Ethnoveterinary Medicine
Werne Steffen Dr. Sc. ETH Endoparasites in ruminants
Wohlfahrt Jens Dr. rer. nat. Hermetia illucens

Department of Socio-Economic Sciences

Baumgart Lukas M.Sc. Ökologische Landwirtschaft Sustainability assessment
Bickel Regula Dr.sc. techn Group lead Quality & Safety, Consumers, Food
Blockeel Johan M.Sc. Sustainability assessment
Brüggemann Judith Dr. agr. Policy impact assessment, modelling (FARMIS)
Curran Michael Dr. Sci. ETH Zürich Sustainability assessment
Frehner Anita M.Sc. PhD student, modelling of global food systems
Frick Rebekka M.Sc. Environmental Governance Urban food systems, regional development
Gabel Vanessa Maria Dipl.-Ing. agr. Biodiversity, life cycle assessment
Grovermann Christian Dr. rer. agr. (Agrarökonomie) Group lead Agri Policy, rural development
Heidenreich Anja M.Sc. Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science Sustainability assessment
Home Robert Dr. sc. nat. Agricultural knowledge systems, agricultural innovation networks
Jahrl Ingrid Dipl.-Ing. Urban food systems
Landert Jan M.Sc. ETH Umwelt- und Naturwissenschaften Sustainability assessment
Lazzarini Gianna Dr. sc. ETH Zürich Sustainability assessment
Meier Claudia M.Sc. Umweltökonomie und Klimawandel Consumer research
Moakes Simon B.Sc. Agrarwissenschaften Group lead Food Policy, Development of economic sustainability indicators, farm sustainability assessment, farm accounting, economic assessment
Moschitz Heidrun Dr. sc. ETH Group lead Society and Innovation, Agricultural policy, rural sociology
Müller Adrian Dr. sc. nat. Agriculture and climate change, policy instruments, food system models
Oehen Bernadette Dipl. Botanikerin, MAS ETH Group lead Consumers and Food, Technology assessment, environmental risk analysis, environmental monitoring
Papagiannakis Haris Staff researcher, Sustainability assessment
Pfeifer Catherine Dr. SMART, Sustainability assessment, Big data
Quiédeville Sylvain Dr. socio-economic impact assessment, innovation and economic analysis, agricultural policy
Schader Christian Dr. Group lead Sustainability, policy evaluation
Schlatter Bernhard Dipl.-Biol. Consultancy of statistics and data
Schmid Otto Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETH Rural development, standards
Stolz Hanna Dr. agr. Consumer research
Stolze Matthias Dr. sc. agr. Head of department, member of the board of directors, agricultural policy, policy evaluation, socio-economic impact assessment
Tennhardt Lina M.Sc. International cooperation, sustainability assessment, sustainable value chains
Winter Eva M.Sc Analysis and optimisation of seed value chains in the EU organic sector

Experimental Farms

Bugmann Yves Vine dresser trainee
Dehlinger Bronya Eidg. dipl. Landwirtin Farm manager
McAlavey Thomas Coordination of research projects and trials on the FiBL-Farm
Schädeli Alfred Dipl.-Ing. Agr. HTL Master farm manager
Tuchschmid Andreas Ing. HTL Weinbau Manager FiBL vineyard

Team Suisse Romande Research & Advice

Bougouin Hélène M.Sc. agr. Innovative production systems, economics
Charles Raphaël Dr. Dipl.-Ing. agr. ETHZ Head of the FiBL Team Suisse Romande, arable crops, soil
Dos Santos Alice M.Sc. Junior Scientist, Innovative food systems, Rural sociology
Lebleu Flore M.Sc. agr. / Ing. agr. Fruit growing, berries and special fruit horticulture
Schmid Nathaniel Agr. Ingenieur HTL animal production, animal nutrition, arable crops
Wendling Marina arable crops, soil