Guiding Principles of PSI


PSI is committed to scientific excellence, promotes and practises interdisciplinary research, is market-oriented, and develops quality of leadership.

User Laboratory:

PSI co-operates with national and international research communities in the design, construction and operation of large research facilities, for their benefit.


PSI uses its complex facilities for its own research in physics, chemistry, biology, energy technology, environmental science and medicine.

Further Education and Training:

PSI provides further education and training, in close collaboration with universities.

Transfer of Skills:

PSI acts in partnership with industry to promote the transfer and application of research results into new products, techniques and processes.

Social Aspects:

PSI strives for social relevance by performing research into matters of national and international significance, cultivates open dialogue with the general public, and is accountable.