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Research cooperation

The IPP is an innovative, experienced and reliable cooperation partner for applied research and development. We offer various forms of cooperation, such as those carried out within the Innosuisse, EU or SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation) frameworks as well as projects funded by foundations or directly by ourselves. You will find the right contact at the IPP for your inquiry here:

We look forward to your inquiry and the opportunity to work with you.

ZHAW research platforms

Interdisciplinary cooperation is extremely important for our research projects. For this reason, we are well networked with ZHAW researchers from other institutes and departments. We consciously involve experts in our projects according to topic and need. We maintain an active exchange with these experts through our active participation in the School of Engineering's research platforms: Industrie 4.0, Photovoltaik, Smart Cities & Regions, Additive Manufacturing, Digital Mobility and Photonics. We value exchange and collaboration with researchers from different fields and are always open to new collaborations.

EU cooperation

We are keen to contribute our expertise to EU projects, and do so with success. Our strength lies in concept development and engineering as well as in the implementation of ideas in functional models, prototypes and test setups for classic and, in particular, circular approaches. We possess the technical equipment and experts for everything from handling and transforming 3D data through to integrated additive and classic product manufacturing in order to implement, test and validate ideas efficiently and quickly on the real model. The IPP also has an excellent network of industrial companies in the machinery industry with whom we carry out national and international research projects. If you are interested in collaborating on EU-funded projects, please feel free to contact our EU expert Simon Winterberg.

Innovation Booster: Applied Circular Sustainability

The IPP is the Leading House of the Innovation Booster Applied Circular Sustainability. In this role, we coordinate a consortium of 15 university and industry partners. In design-thinking workshops and open innovation challenges, we work together with researchers, startups and SMEs to develop radical ideas for the circular economy. Selected and radical approaches to solutions receive funding under the Circular Campaigns programme. This allows 100% circular ideas to be tested together with an interdisciplinary team. Find out more directly on our website

Contact enquiries regarding the Innovation Booster: 

Head Leading House: Adrian Burri

Coordinator for Leading House: Jens Baier

Student work

In the autumn and spring semesters, we supervise several bachelor's theses and project work by students in mechanical engineering and other fields of study. The projects are publicly advertised, and students can choose a project that suits them. If you have an interesting assignment, please contact us as early as possible so that the project can be advertised.

Project work: Autumn semester (mid-September to end of December), call for proposals from end of May, your ideas should reach us by the end of April at the latest

Bachelor theses: Spring semester (mid-February to end of June), call for proposals from end of October, your ideas should reach us by the end of September at the latest

In-depth work: Individual arrangements possible, typically in spring or autumn semester

Individual project: Master's theses, individual arrangements possible, typically in spring or autumn semester

Our research partners

The partnerships are of great importance to us, as they allow us to contribute our expertise, collaborate with industrial companies and other universities and benefit from their experience and know-how. The interdisciplinary nature of our partnerships enables us to develop and implement innovative solutions to complex challenges. We look forward to further successful collaborations and we are always open to new partnerships that help us achieve our goals.