Ithaka Institut

The Ithaka Institute

The Ithaka Institute is an international open source network for carbon intelligence. It is a non-profit research foundation based in Valais (Switzerland) and Rochester (NY, USA). It eventually became a leading research collaboration for carbon sequestration through agronomic methods. The Institute is known for its expertise in production, post-production treatment and use of biochar. It coordinates the European working group on biochar characterisation and has established the European Biochar Certificate.

The Ithaka Institute offers carbon intelligent solutions including the use of carbon-positive building materials, increased biomass production in the urban environment, fostering biodiversity, improving green water cycles and promoting carbon recycling.

Network of unconventional thinkers

The Ithaka Institute's team is made up of people who are not just specialized in their respective disciplines, but who, as in an ecosystem, are tightly linked with each other, forming a knowledge network.

The research foundation's laboratory is located in the middle of its Mythopia vineyard in Valais (CH), where practical methods and strategies for an ecologically and economically sustainable quality wine-growing are being developed. This farm of almost five hectares is not only where most of the experiments are carried out but also where wine, vegetables, fruit, medicinal herbs and honey are produced and where chicken, sheep and two horses help sustain the nutrient cycles. The comprehensive master plan ranges from soil activation and carbon sequestration to ecostabilisation through biodiversity and mixed cultures and testing smart material cycles and alternative ways of producing bioenergy.

The Ithaka Institute disseminates most of its findings not only to interested groups but also to the general public through education, consultations, publications and the media.

To understand an ecosystem, especially from a scientific point of view, we need to take a step forwards, looking at the whole system from the inside.