On occasion of the company’s 20th anniversary in 2003, Hintermann & Weber created an award to honor applied research in nature and landscape conservation. With funding for nature conservation research reduced to a drizzle these days, many concrete questions still remain unanswered, while the results of pure research frequently find little practical use in nature conservation.

For this reason, H&W is intent on promoting applied research in nature conservation – not least because the activity of environmental counseling experts relies on practical insights. So, in order to celebrate 20 years of excellence, the renowned Reinach-based company decided to father an annual award for outstanding original research of particular usefulness in hands-on nature conservation.

Endowed with 5000 Swiss francs, the award recognizes the efforts of researchers whose insights lend themselves to immediate implementation in nature and landscape conservation. The award winner is selected by a jury of five, among them two H&W employees and Isabelle Flöss of the regional office of landscape, agriculture and environment of Zurich, René Amstutz of of Switzerland’s leading nature conservation organization pro natura and Valentin Amrhein of the Research Station Petite Camargue Alsacienne.


Deadline for applications 2024 is on 15th August.

Rules for application

With the research award, Hintermann & Weber AG wants to honour young scientists, especially completed diploma and doctoral theses.

The work should either:

  • identify a solution to a problem in nature or landscape conservation,
  • identify a hitherto little-known problem in nature or landscape conservation,
  • point out new paths for nature or landscape conservation,
  • re-evaluate existing nature conservation strategies,
  • or contribute significantly to setting priorities in nature or landscape conservation.