We raise public awareness of the global challenges caused by human activities, and help to shape a more responsible World by supporting educational projects and concrete actions that encourage a more conscious and sustainable way of life.

Loyal to the values of the Primat Family and aiming to spark positive change in our society, the Foundation has chosen to prioritise its activities around the major ethical issues raised by technological and environmental disruptions and its implications for Humanity and Nature. In a world undergoing major transformation, the Foundation places the transmission of ancient and contemporary wisdom at the core of its mission. It promotes the development of critical, creative and collaborative thinking from an early age, with the aim of improving individual life skills and encouraging more responsible choices and social behaviour.

To achieve its objectives, the Foundation empowers scientists, philosophers and artists and supports relevant stakeholders in Europe, with a particular focus on France and Switzerland, but also internationaly for certain transnational projects.

The Foundation’s values are:

Transmission, Authenticity, Harmony, Responsibility.

Projects

To spark a positive change on the world

Release of the film “The Oak” an ode to life and biodiversity

The wonderful story of an oak tree, told through the lives of the animals that inhabit it.

Preserving the memory of endangered glaciers

Creating a global ice archive sanctuary for ice core records in Antarctica - a continent devoted to peace and science, to preserve a legacy critical to future research.

Fighting plastic pollution in the Mediterranean

Fight against plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea by rewarding actors on the ground for effective and sustainable solutions.

Fighting overfishing in the Mediterranean through increased transparency

Protecting the Mediterranean against overexploitation by exposing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing fleet activities.

SUPPORT TO TARA OCEAN MICROBIOME EXPEDITION

Collection and modelling of plankton samples to improve their knowledge and protection.

ENCOURAGING ANIMAL WELFARE IN FARMING

Improving animal welfare in farming in France through economic and legislative levers.

SUPPORTING THE UPTAKE OF SAFE AND RECYCLABLE FOOD PACKAGING

Encouraging industrial eco-design solutions aimed at reducing harmful effects on human health and the environment.

Stimulating ethical reflection on the world of tomorrow

Support to the new SPARKS Forum at CERN on Ethics and Future Intelligence.

Ten Years for agroecology and sustainable food systems in Europe

Promoting sustainable agri-food systems in Europe that are more mindful of biodiversity, natural resources, and health.

ANCIENT BUTTERFLIES COLLECTIONS, WITNESSES OF PAST BIODIVERSITY

Safeguard old butterfly collections as references in measuring the evolution of biodiversity.

Plastic waste free islands – Mediterranean

Demonstrating solutions to reduce plastic pollution leakage from 2 Mediterranean islands.

The polymath initiative: a force for good in the governance of emerging technologies

Launch of a new fellowship program in governance and ethics of emerging technologies at the Geneva Center for Security Policy

Helping children to grow up with wisdom and compassion

Supporting the development of life skills and coexistence skills in children through workshops in philosophy and mindfulness.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS AFFECTED BY THE CORONA CRISIS

Granting scholarships for students facing financial difficulties in Geneva.

SCIENCE GALLERY VENICE AWARDS TWO ARTISTS INSPIRED BY ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Earth, Water, Sky : an annual prize from Science Gallery Venice to reward artistic creativity around the major environmental issues of the 21st century

Pioneers in education for the future

Championing new learning models from education pioneers.

EMERGENCY COVID-19: FOOD AID TO PEOPLE IN PRECARIOUS SITUATIONS IN GENEVA

Support to two local associations to meet the needs of underprivileged populations.

Supporting the dissemination of innovative education models

Opening discovery classes to disadvantaged children in agroecology and “life skills” at the Centre des Amanins.

Reconnecting with the environment

Raising public awareness on the importance of nature and encouraging responsible behaviour through educational workshops and field trips.

Experimenting large-scale agroecology

Testing and disseminating solutions for large-scale agroecology at the Domaine du Possible university farm.

GCSP – HIGH-LEVEL WORKSHOP ON EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, ETHICS, SECURITY AND GOVERNANCE

Unwrapping the ethical and gouvernance implications of new technologies on human societies

SYNLAB DISSEMINATES THE COOPERATIVE LEARNING METHODS OF ISABELLE PELOUX

Mainstreaming the cooperative learning method of Isabelle Peloux thanks to online tutorial

RESTORING THE BIODIVERSITY OF EUROPEAN AGRICULTURAL LANDSCAPES

Disseminating concrete solutions to restore biodiversity of European agricultural landscapes

Supporting the French Agricultural Observatory of Biodiversity

Introducing digital technology to better assess biodiversity in agriculture and encouraging eco-friendly farming practices.

Teaching young people to adopt a safe behavior when using social media

Teaching teens and pre-teens to adopt an informed and safe behaviour in their use of social media through a simulation platform

INFORMING THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE ROLE OF FOOD PACKAGING ON HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3 videos on food packaging to optimize decisions in the circular economy and environmental health

Sheltered Funds

The Didier et Martine Primat Fondation also administers 5 additional sheltered funds whose regulations are compatible with its general goals.
These 5 sheltered funds are endowed with additional means by their founders. The latter actively participate in the orientation of their conduct in collaboration with the Foundation Board.