Sustainable Well-being for the Individual and the Collectivity in the Energy transition 

SWICE is a research project sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy’s SWEET programme (Call 1-2021 “Living and Working) and coordinated by the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). SWEET – “SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition” – is a funding programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) whose purpose is to accelerate innovations that are key to implementing Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 and achieving the country’s climate goals.

The SWICE project aims to identify and quantify the energy saving potential and opportunities for increased quality of life that can emerge from future urban scenarios involving new modalities of living and working, changes in mobility behaviours, and different business models

Key features of the SWICE project:

A unique Inter- and trans-disciplinary approach

The SWICE consortium brings together a range of different disciplines spanning across Geography, Sociology, Social-Psychology, Transportation, Engineering, Economics and Architecture, allowing to create research synergies on multiple levels and tackle the project’s objectives with a holistic approach.

Living Labs and participatory research

The SWICE project incorporates 8 Living Labs across Switzerland accounting for a participative involvement of stakeholders at different levels (residents and employees, property managers, businesses and communes/cities). Living Labs serve as the core observation spaces for research activities as well as for pilot and demonstration projects where the energy challenges addressed by SWICE are translated into action.

Representativeness of Swiss diversity

With a Consortium involving 10 Swiss Higher Education Institutions and 4 Research and Consultancy Companies spread across the Country supported by an extensive collaboration network with more than 25 Cooperation Partners from the public and private sectors, the SWICE project reflects Switzerland’s cultural and geographical diversity.

The 1st SWICE Conference Concludes with Remarkable Success and Collaborative Spirit

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our inaugural SWICE conference, which brought together enthusiastic participants and highlighted remarkable achievements. This momentous event provided a platform to showcase the groundbreaking work of our WPs and set the stage for the next phase of our...

SWICE Webinar 1. Wellbeing and sufficiency

SWICE project aims to identify conditions for high well-being with low energy use, as well as transition pathways towards such conditions. In this webinar, we’ll explore approaches to well-being, and the link to human needs, sufficiency, and provisioning systems, as well as methods to measure and evaluate all these...

SWICE Newsletter 1

Check out the SWICE first newsletter! In this issue, we will be providing you with updates on the main objectives of our project, introducing you to the members of our consortium, highlighting the exciting work taking place in our SWICE Living Labs, and sharing information on how to stay connected with us through our...

Energy research in real life

"At SWICE, we focus on people as drivers of change. We focus on the built environment as a place of change – from individual buildings to neighborhoods". Marilyne Andersen, SWICE coordinator, explains to SFOE the main objectives of the SWICE project and what is distinctive about research in Living Labs. In the...

SWICE Operational Management Team meeting

Today, in our SWICE Operational Management Team meeting, we discussed on how to make our project management agile and dynamic, to ensure a smooth coordination and collaboration among the partners.Our multidisciplinary team of work packages leaders already reported on their first achievements and insights were shared...

SWICE kick-off meeting

Today the SWICE consortium and its cooperation partners met at Smart Living Lab of Fribourg to get the SWICE project officially started. With more than 60 participants, the kick-off meeting laid the foundation for a fruitful trans- and interdisciplinary collaboration among ten Swiss Higher Education Institutions,...

A sustainable energy transition starts with individuals

EPFL and the Smart Living Lab will embark on an eight-year research project designed to help Switzerland cut its energy use. A key feature of the project lies in the way it will engage with people through Living Labs. By bringing together universities, businesses and public-sector organizations, the project...