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We have a new building: Haus Adeline Favre!

The School of Health Professions is relocating to Haus Adeline Favre, a new custom-built facility on the grounds of the Sulzer industrial site and very close to the ZHAW University Library. The new building takes its name from Adeline Favre, a former midwife from the canton of Valais. Working and learning will take place on the new campus site from August 2020.

The health professions move to Haus Adeline Favre

The School of Health Professions is moving to Haus Adeline Favre in July 2020. The building is situated on the industrial site of Sulzer in Winterthur and named in honour of the late Adeline Favre, a midwife from Val d’Anniviers in the canton of Valais. The new building will accommodate over 2,000 students and around 300 staff members and will be inaugurated on 26 September 2020 with an Open-House Day.

How to get there

ZHAW School of Health Professions
Haus Adeline Favre
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8400 Winterthur (Switzerland)

Open-House Day postponed

Due to the Corona pandemic we have decided to postpone our Open-House Day event by one year from 26 September 2020 to 2 October 2021. We will keep you informed on the Open-House Day 2021 in due course on our website

In the meantime, however, you are more than welcome to attend other events organised by the School of Health Professions such as the lecture series on health or exciting talks on current health issues.

Important: Please note that the BSc Info event (9am-12.15pm) and the Continuous education event (2-4pm) will take place as scheduled on 26 September 2020 despite the Open-House Day being postponed.

Who was Adeline Favre?

In the early 20th century Adeline Favre, after whom the new building on the Sulzer industrial site is named, stood up for herself and did the midwifery training in Geneva against her parents' approval. After the training, she first practised independently as a midwife in Val d’Anniviers and later worked at the local hospital in Sierre and hence witnessed first-hand the transition from home birth to hospital birth and the changes which this development brought to the midwifery profession. In the book «Moi, Adeline accoucheuse» («I, Adeline, midwife from Val d’Anniviers», only available in French and German) published in the 1990s, she shared her wealth of experience – some 8,000 children saw the light of day with her help – with a wider audience in Switzerland. Journalist Yves Balmer traces Adeline Favre's history and explores her connection to the new building of the ZHAW School of Health Professions in a documentary for canal9/kanal9.

Click here to listen to the documentary on Haus Adeline Favre (broadcast on the local Valais radio and TV station canal9/kanal9)