About us

The Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication promotes scientific research into technologies that generate and use ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF). Examples of these technologies are electric power supply installations and equipment as well as radio-based services such as mobile telecommunications. We are also engaged in the publication and communication of the results of our research. We are a competent point of contact for questions about EMF for individuals and institutions in business, politics and society at large.


The Foundation’s three organs are the Foundation Board, the Scientific Committee and the Administrative Office. The FSM is financed by industry (Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange) and supported by the ETH Zurich. One-off grants have been received from the City of Zurich, ewz and the Hasler Foundation. Our events are sponsored by ENKOM AG and the following federal offices: FOEN, FOPH and OFCOM. An external body, the Scientific Committee, decides on the research funding awards. Our financial backers are not members of the Scientific Committee nor are they informed about the Committee’s deliberations. This guarantees the absolute independence of all funding decisions.

In the area of research we see ourselves as an internationally-orientated organisation. Thus we are active on the European level in research coordination and also sponsor international research papers. The institutional link to the ETH Zurich additionally and decisively helps us to cultivate our international orientation. Research decisions and activities are made in a completely research-political independence. 

In the media we are strongly focussed on the local and national levels. We regularly put across the current state of knowledge at public events, in publication and in the internet. We attach great importance to presenting complex scientific issues in a simple and understandable way.