Department of Interdisciplinary Work (IQT)

Sustainable innovation and development require interdisciplinary cooperation. With the Department of Interdisciplinary Work (IQT), interdisciplinarity is firmly integrated into the structure of Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST). Through the interaction of various disciplines, we can create something new together.

Societal and economic questions demand interdisciplinary solutions. The IQT researches and develops these for external partners by promoting interaction between different disciplines – in an innovative, practical and sustainable way. The solutions range from artificial intelligence-assisted physiotherapy, to participatory robots for elderly assistance, to multi-perspective services for communities.

The IQT supplies OST's schools, students, executive education course participants, alumni and third parties with specialist expertise and services. Thanks to the variety of expert knowledge and services on offer, the organizational units of the IQT play an active role in teaching, as well as in carrying out OST's mandate. This diversity, in combination with a deep-rooted interdisciplinary approach, makes the IQT unique.

Events and News of the organisational units of the IQT


Organisational units of the department IQT


IKTS Interdisciplinary contextual studies

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alumniOST – the network that lasts!
interdisciplinary - networked - personal - subject-specific

The three alumni organisations Alumni HSR, Club Alumni NTB and FHS Alumni have joined forces to form the new association «alumniOST».

Get to know the department IQT

We are IQT

The IQT is the OST's specialist department for interdisciplinary issues. Through active dialogue and cooperation between the organisational units, the department IQT promotes and lives interdisciplinarity at OST.

But who is behind the department IQT? How are we involved in research and teaching? What services do we offer?

Find out in our video!

Dean, Department of Interdisciplinary Work

Prof. Dr. Sibylle Minder Hochreutener

Fachabteilung Interdisziplinäre Querschnittsthemen Leiterin Fachabteilung IQT

+41 58 257 17 10

Heads of the organisational units

Prof. Oliver Augenstein

KMN Kompetenzzentrum für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften Professor, Leiter KMN

+41 58 257 43 68

Prof. Heinz Bleiker, dipl. Math.UNIZH

ZHB Zentrum für Hochschulbildung Leiter

+41 58 257 17 03

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Cloots

IGD Institut für Gender & Diversity Institutsleiterin Gender und Diversity, Leiterin HR-Panel New Work

+41 58 257 17 73

Simone Eicher

IAF Institut für Altersforschung Leiterin Kompetenzzentrum Technologische Innovationen und Alter

+41 58 257 16 18

Alexandra Egger

WBO Weiterbildungsorganisation Leiterin Weiterbildungsorganisation OST

+41 58 257 17 01

Michael Federer

Alumni Services Leiter Alumni Services / alumniOST

+41 58 257 14 88

Damaris Hübner

SAD Studienadministration Leiterin Studienadministration OST

+41 58 257 12 76

Prof. Dr. Stefan Kammhuber

IKIK Institut für Kommunikation und interkulturelle Kompetenz Leiter IKIK, Leiter Fachgruppe KSGWR

+41 58 257 45 53

Claudia Moser-Klaus

CS Career Services Leiterin Career Services / Career Services Soziale Arbeit

+41 58 257 18 48

Prof. Dr. Guido Schuster

ICAI Interdisciplinary Center for Artificial Intelligence Professor, Direktor ICAI

+41 58 257 45 13

Angelika Inge Studer

IAF Institut für Altersforschung Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin/ Projektkoordination AGE-INT

+41 58 257 14 85