Re-election of the iimt President and Vice President

During the meeting of the iimt Institute Council on June 30th, 2020, Dr. Hans C. Werner (Head of Group Human Resources Swisscom (Schweiz) AG) was re-elected President and Dr. Bernhard Kessler (Partner revendex) was re-elected Vice-President of the iimt. Both had already held their positions and will continue in their functions for a further period of 4 years. Hans and Bernhard are very familiar with the education and ICT sector and the Swiss educational landscape, but also with current and future technological challenges, and will contribute their professional and strategic know-how in a sustainable way. The iimt team as well as all the members of the iimt Institute Council would like to thank Hans and Bernhard for their commitment and look forward to the future cooperation.



Welcome Sarah Andrey

VP web

Sarah started her position at the iimt as Allrounder Marketing & Executive Programmes in May 2020.

She worked for almost six years at the Raiffeisenbank in Gurmels where she successfully completed her apprenticeship, including the vocational baccalaureate, which lasted three years. Sarah had the opportunity to gain many insights into the different departments within the Raiffeisenbank. After her apprenticeship, she took over the position as marketing manager. In September 2019, she travelled to Bournemouth, England for three months to improve her English skills.

In her free time, Sarah likes to do sports, especially hiking and jogging. Nevertheless, her greatest passion is dancing.

Sarah is very much looking forward to working with her new colleagues and the iimt is delighted to welcome Sarah into the team.


The final report on the course «Freiburg von morgen» is here!

Annual Report 2019 TitelbildIn the autumn semester of 2019, the iimt has implemented, for the first time, an interdisciplinary course focusing on the institute’s expertise in innovation and transition studies, project management and digitalisation processes.

Titled “Freiburg von morgen”, the course enabled students from various backgrounds to investigate real-life challenges for the City of Fribourg in an era of change. In line with the interdisciplinary focus of the course, inputs by the iimt’s experts were supported by almost a dozen external speakers from academia, industry and government, combining expertise from a broad range of areas, ranging from urban planning over energy management to theology and IP rights.

We’re happy to announce that this pilot trial was very successful. Discover how the course looked like, and what the students developed, here.

Happy reading!


New book chapter

Blockchain2As the most important energy market, the electricity market is undergoing a radical transformation that cannot be described by the term decentralization alone. Rather, this transformation is characterized by a diverse interplay of existing and new technologies and actors. Blockchain technology has the potential to intensify the dynamics of this transformation. The "Blockchain" publication in the Springer series Edition HMD provides the basics of blockchain technology, focuses on smart contracts and describes important application scenarios, first case studies and legal aspects. The iimt researchers Dr. Bernd Teufel, Dr. Anton Stentic and Tim Niemer as well as Kristina Hojckova from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, have made a significant contribution to this with their paper „Transformation oder Disruption im Energiemarkt?“. The article is available here:


The iimt Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2019 TitelbildThe iimt's Annual Report 2019 is now available online.

In our Annual Report you can find an overview of all our activities in the elapsed year.

News and highlights from our Executive Programmes, research activities, lectures and publications, more detailed information about the ideas at iimt programme and the Smart Living Lab, some facts and figures and a lot more.

Enjoy reading the iimt Annual Report 2019!