Adolphe Merkle Foundation

In late 2007, Adolphe Merkle set up the Adolphe Merkle Foundation and donated CHF100 million to support the University of Fribourg. The donation is primarily being used to establish the Adolphe Merkle Institute (AMI) and to maintain the support of Frimat, but also to support other areas such as a Chair of Innovation Management and Technology Transfer, the Institute of Multilingualism and a prize worth CHF500,000, which will be awarded every three years in recognition of outstanding scientific, cultural, social, or business achievements.

Members of the Foundation Board

  • Prof. Joseph Deiss (President)
    Former member of the Swiss Government, former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Professor at the University of Fribourg
  • Isabelle Chassot
    Head of the Federal Office of Culture, former State Minister in charge of Education, Culture and Sport of canton Fribourg, former President of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education
  • Peter Huber
    Group Director S&M, Meggitt PLC, UK, President of Meggitt Sensing Systems SA, Switzerland
  • Prof. Rolf Mülhaupt
    Managing Director Freiburg Center of Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies
  • Dr. Peter Pfluger
    Consultant, former CEO of Tronics Microsystems, Phonak Group and Swiss Center of Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM)
  • Prof. Claude Regamey
    Former chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Cantonal Fribourg, former President of the Ethical Committee of the Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • André Broye (Managing Director) 
Adolphe Merkle Institute - Chemin des Verdiers 4 - CH-1700 Fribourg - Phone +41 26 300 9254