Engagement and Networking
Honoring our responsibility
for our future
Gruner is committed to the promotion of young talent and the active sponsorship of selected research projects aimed at technical innovation. Through our activities in the most influential professional associations of the Swiss construction sector, we seek to shape the framework governing our everyday business.
Sponsorship of research projects
Through startup funding or direct involvement, we support research projects aimed at innovating the tech-nology of tomorrow. Our building services specialists, for instance, are assisting the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in the design and construction of the “HiLo” research module. As part of the NEST (Next Evolution in Sustainable Building) platform of Empa* and Eawag**, the project focuses on ultralightweight construction (www.nest.empa.ch). As a member of the FHNW Foundation Board, we also sponsor various research products conducted at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
* * Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
** Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Partnerships with higher education institutes
Gruner Group employees act as lecturers, speakers or experts at universities and other higher education institutes. They share their skills and hands-on project experience, and promote the transfer of knowledge and technology between the students and Gruner.
Targeted development of young talent
We have been actively involved in supporting young engineers for many years. We offer internships within the Gruner Group. We also partner the ETH Foundation in its “Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme”. Under this scheme, scholarships are granted to students who produce exceptional work. Moreover, the “Gruner Diplompreis” is awarded on an annual basis to outstanding civil engineering graduates at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the Bern University of Applied Sciences.
Networking in professional associations
As a member of various professional construction industry associations, we champion the needs of the sector: in an advisory role, in education and by safeguarding its interests at a political level. We are, for example, represented in the Swiss Association of Road and Transportation Experts (VSS) through the chairmanship of Dr. Dietrich Wepf, Deputy CEO Gruner Group; in the Swiss Association of Consulting Engineers (usic) as Board Member; on various committees of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Archi-tects (sia); and as expert on the Swiss Federal Geological Commission (FGC).