Davos, City of Research

Institutes and research centres

AO Research Institute

The AO Research Institute was founded by the Association for the Study of Osteosynthesis (AO) in 1959 as a laboratory for experimental surgery .A privately financed research institute, it is part of the global AO Foundation, which was set up in 1984.The research done at the institute aims to solve practical surgical problems regarding dealing with fractures and degenerative conditions .It carries out fundamental and practical research work in the fields of mechanics, biology, materials science, biochemistry and molecular biology. These build the basis for new implants and procedures.


PMOD - Physical Meteorological Observatory

The Davos Physical Meteorological Observatory (PMOD) was founded in by Carl Dorno in 1907 as a private institute to investigate sunlight and its properties .It has been part of the "Swiss Research Institute for High Altitude Climate and Medicine"since 1922.The institute’s main activity has traditionally been measuring atmospheric radiation . In 1971, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) appointed the PMOD the World Radiation Centre (WRC).As the World Radiation Centre, the PMOD/WRC is responsible for making sure that all solar radiation measurements are standardised.This is why the PMOD/WRC maintains a radiation scale, which is comparable to the Ur-kilogramme in Paris.


SIAF - Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research

The Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF) is a product of the former medical department of the Swiss Research Institute.It was founded on the request of Professor Karl Turban, the Davos Doctors’ Association and the municipality of Davos.While, at the time, research into tuberculosis was a priority, today the SIAF is concerned with immunological relations in allergic conditions, particularly asthma and atypical skin diseases.From the findings, researchers hope to identify more effective diagnostic and therapeutic measures.


WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF

The Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) has existed since 1942.In 1996 its headquarters was moved from Weissfluhjoch to the village of Davos.It is best known for the Avalanche Bulletin, which is published twice a day during the winter season (November-May).Around 130 researchers deal with research and scientific services in the fields of snow, natural hazards, alpine habitats and integrated risk management.For interested parties, an exhibition on "snow, natural hazards and alpine habitats" is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons.Tours of the institute are available on Fridays or on request.



The Christine Kühne - Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE) is dedicated to research and education in the field of allergic diseases. The headquarter is in Davos Wolfgang. Renowned research groups in Munich, Davos, Bonn, St. Gallen and Zurich form a globally unique center with other partners in cross-border cooperation. Qualified, closely networked research in the field of allergies and targeted training of professionals based on the latest knowledge create the two supporting pillars of CK-CARE’s commitment. The declared aim is to remove deficiencies in terms of the recognition of allergies but also in the area of treatment and rehabilitation of allergy sufferers.


Global Risk Forum - GRF Davos

The Global Risk Forum promotes the worldwide exchange of know-how and expertise, creates solutions and fosters good practices in integrative risk management and climate change adaptation. GRF Davos aims for an improved understanding, assessment and management of disasters and risks that affect human safety, security, health, the environment, critical infrastructures, the economy and society at large. GRF Davos creates interaction between key players by connecting line ministries, disaster, risk and safety management authorities, academic institutions, practitioners, the private sector, practitioners, and the media.


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