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Academia Raetica is a not-for-profit association with offices in Davos, Switzerland. It is the umbrella organization and primary contact point for high-quality university level research and teaching in the Canton of Graubünden. It combines thirty nationally and internationally renowned research institutions, clinics, universities, and partner institutions in Graubünden and the neighboring regions.


History and ObjectivesEdit

Martin Allgöwer and like-minded researchers founded Academia Raetica on June 6, 2006. It opened its offices in Davos in July 2009. Markus Furrer acted as the first president of Academia Raetica.[1]

For more than hundred years, research institutions have been emerging in Graubünden. Among them are the Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos (1907, Carl Dorno), the Swiss National Park (1914, Steiven Brunies), the Schweizerisches Forschungsinstitut für Hochgebirgsklima und Medizin (1922, Florian Buol), the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF (1936), the AO Foundation (1958, Martin Allgöwer), and the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research SIAF (1905).

In recent years, the value of collaborations between research institutions, clinics, and universities has become apparent. The establishment of Academia Raetica provides a common base for the interaction with public authorities, the public, and universities on a national and international level. The aim is to strengthen the regional expansion of high-quality research and teaching.

In October 2012, the Canton of Graubünden established the legal basis for the future development of research and education by unanimously endorsing the Law on Universities and Research (Gesetz über Hochschulen und Forschung). On October 1, 2014, the Canton of Graubünden issued a performance mandate to Academia Raetica for the establishment of the Graduate School Graubünden. This subsidiary of Academia Raetica supports the young scientists in Graubünden. Already in 2013, Academia Raetica signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and the University of Zurich. The purpose of this cooperation is to establish the Graubünden based research activities firmly within the national university and research scene.


  • Platform for contacts and collaboration among the member institutions, universities, and businesses
  • Support of the institutions with regard to education and research activities
  • Support of the institutions with services
  • Execution of performance mandates issued by public authorities
  • Representation of interests towards the public, government, and administration with the goal to strengthen Graubünden and the region as a strong university and research location
  • Coordination and representation of institutions in political processes
  • Information of the public about the performance of the institutions and the importance of university-level research and teaching in Graubünden


The member body of Academia Raetica consists of individuals, research institutions, clinics, universities, and various partner organizations.[2]

Research institutionsEdit

Clinical institutionsEdit

  • Departement Chirurgie, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur
  • Departement Frauenklinik, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur
  • Departement Innere Medizin, Kantonsspital Graubünden, Chur
  • Hochgebirgsklinik Davos
  • Klinik für Neurologie, Rehabilitationszentrum Valens
  • Klinik für Rheumatologie und internistische Rehabilitation, Rehabilitationszentrum Valens
  • Spital Davos, Klinik für Orthopädie und Chirurgie


External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Academia Raetica - About".
  2. ^ "Academia Raetica - Institutions".