Knowledge Systems and Knowledge Transfer

The “Knowledge Systems and Knowledge Transfer” research area focuses on the generation, processing, conveyance, linkage and utilisation of knowledge in various contexts. The research team conceives training and staff development programmes in the areas of didactics and methodology, vocational training and extension projects, evaluations and services for stakeholders in Switzerland and abroad and also supports practical implementation efforts. It is important to the team to raise targeted methodological questions and offer methodological findings in order to supplement and strengthen the effectiveness of research and extension projects. In this respect, HAFL staff can build on their own research and development projects and also take recourse to a strong and diverse professional network.



  • Evaluation, development and implementation of curricula, training measures as well as teaching materials and qualification procedures
  • Training and staff development in teaching and extension methodology for teaching and technical personnel
  • Training and staff development for examiners
  • Backstopping for education projects on issues of content, methodology and organisation
  • Evaluation and further development of extension services
  • Support for research projects on issues of knowledge transfer and conceptual research design
  • Facilitation of workshops on topics related to education and extension institutions
  • Planning and realisation of study tours on topics related to vocational training and rural development


Robert Lehmann, Team leader, Lecturer in didactics and methodology

Dr Bruno Häller, Lecturer in extension methodology

Dominique Herren, Lecturer in didactics and methodology

Dr Mirjam Pfister, Lecturer in educational psychology

Dr Roland Stähli, Head of Teaching at HAFL, Lecturer in didactics and methodology

Johannes BrunnerResearch scientist

Daniel DünnerAssistant

Michaela Krummen, Research scientist

Natalie Raeber, Research scientist

Irina StorkAdministrator

Romilda TorrianiResearch scientist

Eléonore Tran, Assistant



Evaluation of basic vocational education in the occupational field of agriculture and farming professions

As part of the legally stipulated review of basic vocational education in the occupational field of agriculture and farming professions, OdA AgriAliForm, a public-private partnership to support agricultural education, commissioned HAFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training to undertake a comprehensive evaluation of basic vocational education in the farming sector. Based on a sound evaluation strategy, the first step of the evaluation involved a survey of trainees, trainers, teachers, commission members, cantonal representatives, and other professionals in the field. The results of this written survey were subsequently discussed and analysed in thematic workshops.

Project management at HAFL: Robert Lehmann

Final Report (German)

Scientific guidance for REDES pilot project

Resource efficiency is one of the major challenges the Swiss farming sector will be facing over the coming years. The REDES project commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture is to create essential new impetus in this field and provide guidance for practical implementation. Amongst other project activities, a working group involving interested farmers addresses concrete questions with regard to knowledge needs and knowledge transfer to practitioners. HAFL staff guide and document this process. In particular, the project aims at devising general advice for knowledge transfer between the scientific community, the political arena, and practitioners.

Project management at HAFL: Bruno Häller


Advanced training courses and event facilitation

One of the core activities of the “Knowledge Systems and Knowledge Transfer” team is to conceive and implement didactic and methodological training and staff development programmes. These include, for example, teaching assignments in higher vocational education in the equine sector, courses for examiners and teachers involved in basic as well as higher vocational education, and courses for actors in development cooperation. Moreover, the team has at their disposal a broad repertoire of methods for guiding smaller or larger workshop groups in addressing a range of different topics.


International cooperation

The HAFL staff active in Research and Consulting also apply their expertise in international contexts. For example, they currently assist agricultural colleges in Nigeria in upgrading their programmes, support projects by delivering short interventions on behalf of development organisations, and establish cooperations.

Further information on activities in the international context


Robert Lehmann


Phone +41 (0)31 910 22 90