SFIAR Award 2016
The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
With this award the SFIAR aims to support relevant agricultural research for development (ARD) and to promote knowledge on and visibility of Swiss ARD.
The SFIAR Award 2016 is a good opportunity for young researchers:
- The best PhD or Post Doc project wins CHF 5’000, the best Master thesis CHF 1’000.
- Submission is not complicated.
- The Award may help winners enter into development work, or receive project funding.
Please note: To be eligible research must have been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution!
For all the details and the application form see the Award Guidelines.
Deadline for applications: 14 July 2016
Award Ceremony Event 2015
Winners of SFIAR Award 2015
Zerihun Tadele and team (University of Bern)
"Tef Improvement Project: Promoting Research and Development of an African Understudied Crop"
Master Thesis Award:
Madeleine Kaufmann (former student at HAFL)
"Maintaining Agrobiodiversity in Man and the Biosphere (MaB) reserves in Guantánamo, Cuba - Driving forces influencing on-farm agrobiodiversity"
Winners of SFIAR Award 2014
PhD/Post-Doc Award: Gurbir Singh Bhullar (FiBL, formerly ETH):
"A novel cropping system for climate neutral and bio-diverse rice farming"
Description of award-winning project PDF, 376 KB
Winner of SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013
Christian Andres, formerly student at ETH Zurich and currently working at FiBL, has won the SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013 for his submission: "Fertilization of Dioscorea rotundata with poultry manure: effects on nutrient dynamics and nutrient use efficiencies"
Winner of SFIAR Award 2012
Dr. Sabine Douxchamps, formerly employed at ETH Zurich and currently working for the CGIAR, has won the SFIAR Award 2012 for her submission:
"Integration of Canavalia brasiliensis into the crop-livestock system of the Nicaraguan hillsides: environmental adaptation and nitrogen dynamics"
Description of award-winning project PDF, 98 KB
SFIAR Award 2012 press release (in german) PDF, 213 KB
Award ceremony presentation by Dr. Sabine Douxchamps PDF, 1625 KB
The award ceremony was held at the North-South Forum "Tertiary Education for Sustainable Development" organised by NCCR North-South and ETH on 13 November 2012 in Bern.
Winner of SFIAR Award 2011
The Cassava Research Team, led by Dr Hervé Vanderschuren of ETH Zurich has won the SFIAR Award 2011 for their submission: „Cassava research - Technology transfer and capacity building: Making tropical crop technologies available where it can have an impact”
Press release: English | German PDF, 365kb
Short description of awarded Project PDF, 368kb
More information on the Cassava Research Team
Laudatio SFIAR Award 2011, given at Award ceremony PDF, 91kb
The award ceremony was held at the World Food Day Symposium "Food Price Volatility and Food Security" organized by BLW / SDC on 11 October 2011 in Bern
Click on the below links for high-res versions; from left to right:
- Hervé Vanderschuren and Charles Orek (PhD student, ETH Zürich) at ILRI-BecA Hub (Nairobi, Kenya)
- Scientists performing cassava genetic transformation at Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
- Evans Nyaboga (PhD student, University of Nairobi) on a cassava field trial in Kiboko (Kenya)
- Ima Zainuddin (PhD student, ETH Zürich) performing post-harvest deterioration test on cassava roots at LIPI Bogor (Indonesia)
- Ravi Bodampalli (PhD student, ETH Zürich) testing virus resistant cassava lines in the greenhouse of ETH Zürich
SFIAR Award Winner 2010
Dr. Lian Pin Koh (ETH) has won the SFIAR Award 2010 for his project “A spatially-explicit scenario analysis for reconciling agricultural expansion, forest protection, and carbon conservation in Indonesia".
Press release: English | German | French PDF, 261kb
Short description of award- winning project PDF, 81kb
Interactive web tool developed by Dr. Lian Pin Koh
Award ceremony presentation by Dr. Lian Pin Koh PPT, 13'969kb
The award ceremony was held on 15 September 2010 at ETH Zurich on the occasion of Tropentag 2010
ETH Life (german)
Click on fotos for high-res version (left: Dr. Lian Pin Koh, center: Fruit of oil palm, right: Oil palm plantation in Indonesia)
Winner of SFIAR Award 2009
Prof. Silvia Dorn (ETH) working with Dr. Cesar Cardona of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia and Drs. Ine Schmale, Guido Velten and Anja Rott at ETH Zürich, have won the SFIAR Award 2009 for their project “Preventing post-harvest losses by a combination of a parasitoid and host plant resistance in dry beans".
The award ceremony was held at a Symposium on the occasion of World Food Day 2009 in Bern on 15 October 2009.
Swissinfo (german) / Swissinfo (spanish)
ETH Life (german)
Schweizer Bauer (german, not available anymore)
Schweizerischer Bauernverband (german, not available anymore)
Winner of SFIAR Award 2008
Christoph Studer and team from the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL) have won the SFIAR Award 2008 for their project "Response-Inducing Sustainability Evaluation (RISE) – Improving the Sustainability of Agricultural Production".