Seminar and round table discussion in Tramelan

“The mountain regions – added value for agriculture, relaxation for the population“



Thursday, 22 October 2009

From 11–17:00



Friday, 23 October 2009

From 09–13:00

Seminar and round table event


Saturday, 24 October 2009

From 08:30 Uhr



Excursion A: Visit to the cheese dairy in Les Reussilles (where Gruyère AOC and other specialities are made) plus the Longines museum in St-Imier. CHF 30.– (max. 30 participants)
Excursion B:: Visit to the cheese dairy in St-Imier (where Tête de Moine, Gruyère and many other cheese specialities are made) plus the Renewable Energy Park in Mt-Soleil/Mt-Crosin. CHF 50.– (max. 60 participants)
Excursion C: Visit to the cheese dairy in Fornet-Dessous (where Tête de Moine, Gruyère and other cheese specialities are made) plus the beautiful medieval town of St-Ursanne. CHF 30.– (max. 40 participants)

Seminar brochure (only in German and French, PDF, 966 kB)

Registration for the seminars and accompanying excursions (PDF, 65 kB)

Registration for the seminars and accompanying excursions (online form)


Seminar topics

A seminar looking at various themes concerning mountain cheese will be taking place on the 22nd and 23rd October 2009. As a starting point, participants will consider the expectations consumers have of a mountain product as opposed to an industrial product. Other speakers will talk about the inner qualities of mountain and alpine cheeses. Emphasis will also be placed on the legal situation faced by mountain and alpine products in Switzerland and Europe. The round table discussion will focus on the various functions currently fulfilled by the mountain regions – living space, production site, and recreational area for the general public whilst also looking to what lies ahead. Participants will be from the fields of research, politics, tourism, agriculture and consumer protection and all will be invited to share their opinions.


Seminar speakers

Well-known speakers from national and European organisations have been invited to address participants:

Jean-Charles Arnaud, Vice President of Caseus Montanus

Christine Avelin, Assistant Director of the National Institute for Quality and Origin, Paris

Dominique Barjolle, Director of Agridea, Lausanne

Isidor Baumann, President of the Cantonal Executive, Director of Economic Affairs for the Canton of Uri

Gerardo Beneyton, President of Caseus Montanus

Bernard Beuret, Manager of the Rural Development Office for the Canton of Jura

Manfred Bötsch, Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture, Bern

Ueli Bütikofer, NutriScope Programme Manager, Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux Research Institute

Jacques Chavaz, Deputy Director of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Manager of Markets and International Affairs, Bern

Peter Damary, Manager of the Process Value and Geographical Region of Origin Declaration Department, Agridea, Lausanne

Thomas Egger, Director of the Swiss Working Group for Mountain Regions, Bern

Marie Guitton, Project Manager, Euromontana, Brussels

Franz Handler, Managing Director of the Association of Austrian Nature Parks, Graz

Hansjörg Hassler, National Councillor, President of the Swiss Alpine Economy Association, Donat

Sylvain Marmier, Member of the bureau of Euromontana

André Nietlisbach, General Secretary of the Economic Directorate for the Canton of Bern

Jürg Schmid, Director of Swiss Tourism, Zürich

Sara Stalder, Managing Director of the Consumer Protection Foundation (SKS), Bern

Fabian Vogelsberger, Managing Director of the Chasseral Regional Park Association, St-Imier



Make the most of the RailAway combi offer with a 20% discount and free use of the shuttle bus between event sites.

*Subject to programme changes
6th Mountain Cheese Olympics 2009
Mountain Cheese Olympics
Swiss Confederation - Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG
FROMARTE – the Swiss Cheese Specialists
Tête de Moine
Republic and Canton of Jura
Canton of Berne
Gold sponsors