Research at HES-SO

More than 700 projects are current underway within the 72 institutes and departments making up HES-SO. The scientific and artistic research projects carried out here are often conducted in partnership with regional organisations, and the results of our work are used directly by companies, the health sector, social and cultural organisations, government entities and even civil society.

Our research has both a national and international reach and is constantly being adapted to keep pace with new practices. Our projects are increasingly supported by competitive funding from Innosuisse, the Swiss National Research Foundation and the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme.

Applied research

The applied R&D conducted at HES-SO keeps up with professional practices and contributes considerably to technological, cultural and societal innovation and value creation.

By collaborating with local businesses, we can ensure that we develop innovative solutions that are useful for the local economy. And the studies we carry out in partnership with government agencies ensure that public policy is built on solid scientific foundations. We also work with the health sector and social and cultural organisations on projects that help them to evolve in a dynamic and creative manner.

Open to society

Through our open science strategy, we ensure that the knowledge we create is shared with others by making our data and publications accessible. Most of our research projects also involve non-academic partners, and we engage in citizen science.

Cross-cutting research

HES-SO covers six fields of research: design and visual arts, economics and services, engineering and architecture, music and performing arts, health care, and social work. Our research is increasingly at the intersection of numerous fields, addressing global issues using diverse methodologies. The findings from each of our regional sites – Bern-Jura-Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Geneva, Vaud and Valais – are shared across our entire network.

From research to teaching

Our research also enhances the teaching conducted within HES-SO. It helps us to train responsible and autonomous professionals who take a reflexive approach to their work and have the capacity to constantly enhance their skills.

Key research figures for 2019


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PhD theses co-supervised

Research news


Appel à projets du programme E&TA pour le développement durable

La HES⁠-⁠SO lance un appel à projets pour la promotion du développement durable dans les pays francophones du Sud dans le cadre de son programme de…


La HES-SO Valais-Wallis associée à quatre vastes projets d’Innosuisse

Dans son nouveau programme national Flagship Initiative qui soutient 15 projets de recherche collaboratifs innovants, Innosuisse a approuvé 4 projets…

Open Science

Les Journées Open science HES-SO

Les 9 et 10 mai 2022 se sont tenues les Journées Open science HES-SO à l'Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source. Organisées par le groupe de…

G-GAMA : un guide pratique de gamification des apprentissages

G-GAMA : un guide pratique de gamification des apprentissages

L'objectif de ce guide est de s'approprier aisément la démarche du Game Based Learning (GBL). Il est né de la fructueuse collaboration…


Prix international pour Mara Graziani, Post-doctorante à la HES-SO Valais-Wallis

Le prix de thèse de doctorat 2021 de l'IEEE Technical Community on Computational Life Sciences (TCCLS) a été attribué à Mara Graziani pour son travail…


Concours d'images du FNS : une étudiante HEPIA récompensée

Julie Fahy, doctorante à la la Haute école du paysage, d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Genève (HEPIA), est lauréate du concours d'images…

Projets digitaux

Guichet permanent sur l'expérimentation digitale

Pour la 3e année consécutive, le Guichet permanent vous soutient dans vos initiatives novatrices en lien avec la transformation numérique à la…


La collaboration de la HES-SO avec la Tunisie et le Liban reconnue

Trois projets de recherche menés par des équipes de la HES‑SO ont obtenu un financement lors du dernier appel à projets de la Leading House MENA.


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