Category: News

New Mobility Initiative launched

ETH Zurich is launching the ETH Mobility Initiative together with the Swiss federal railways (SBB). At the WEF annual meeting, ETH and SBB announced a significant expansion of research and teaching in the field of mobility which is to include new professorships. “This collaboration will allow us to take full advantage of the opportunities offered… Read more »

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Visit to SIX for Excellence Scholars

04.01.2018 – A visit to SIX organised at the FinTech Incubator & Accelerator F10 gave around thirty Excellence Scholars an opportunity to find out more about Switzerland’s financial market infrastructure. The visit provided insights into the latest developments in this fast-moving sector, focusing in particular on innovation management, FinTech start-ups and cybersecurity. Moreover, the event… Read more »

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Illuminating the brain

24.10.2017 – How can we understand the workings inside the brain? Stanford psychiatrist, neuroscientist and bioengineer Karl Deisseroth literally lights up the brain to explore its cellular activity. At a special guest lecture in the Semper Aula he talked about optogenetics, a technique he developed which involves the use of light to control neurons in… Read more »

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New professorship strengthens Immunology Hub Zurich-Bellinzona

Federica Sallusto, the new professor for Medical Immunology

5.10.2017 – Federica Sallusto (*1961) has taken up her professorship in Medical Immunology at the Department of Biology, ETH Zurich, with an inaugural lecture on recent research. Like her predecessor, Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia, she comes from the Istituto di Ricerca in Biomedicina (IRB) of the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Bellinzona. Both professorships have been made possible through generous donations by the Helmut Horten Foundation. Thanks to the continuation of this partnership for the immunology hub Zurich-Bellinzona, ETH Zurich will be able to substantially strengthen its leading international position in the fields of life sciences and personalised medicine.

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Inauguration of commemorative plaque for the Werner Siemens Foundation

Inauguration of the commemorative plaque. Attending the ceremony: The president of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella (fourth from right) and Professor Martin Saar (far left). Representing the Werner Siemens Foundation, from left: Professor Peter Athanas, Germain Mittaz, Dr Hubert Keiber, Dr Christina Ezrahi, Oliver von Seidel, Manfred Nagel and Beat Vögeli. Photo: Felix Wey.

25.9.2017 – ETH Zurich has paid tribute to its longstanding partnership with the Werner Siemens Foundation by dedicating a plaque to the organisation. The inauguration ceremony took place at the premises of the Geothermal Energy & Geofluids group, Institute of Geophysics.


ETH Zurich is acknowledging in particular the Siemens Foundation’s donation of 10 million Swiss francs in 2013 for setting up a chair in deep geothermics. Martin Saar, whose Geothermal Energy & Geofluids chair was made possible by the endowment, presented his research team’s current projects during the ceremony.



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Avina Foundation supports ETH Week

20.09.2017 – Once a year, just before the beginning of the Autumn Semester, ETH Week is on: An open, innovative course fostering critical thinking and creativity across disciplines. From September 10 to 15, 2017, a full 180 bachelor, master and exchange students tackled difficult tasks and challenges to do with “Manufacturing the Future” and presented… Read more »

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12 Million for the Breakthrough in Communication Technology

12.09.2017 – The Werner Siemens-Foundation (WSS) has donated CHF 12 million to establish the Centre for Single-Atom Electronics and Photonics. ETH Zurich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are establishing the centre to develop new types of integrated circuits for communications networks. “We hope our donation will lead to a major breakthrough in the… Read more »

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Green Leaves Education Foundation supports talented Master students

11.09.2017 – The Green Leaves Education Foundation (GLEF) fosters education projects around the world and supports financially underprivileged pupils and students from developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The foundation now supports the “Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme” (ESOP) and thus secures that two students from the global South can enrol for a… Read more »

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13 Pioneer Fellows among the 100 best Swiss Start-ups

8.9.2017 – On September 6, 2017 the anxiously awaited Top 100 Award for the 100 best Swiss startup companies was handed out at a ceremony in Zurich-Schlieren. While last year, there were 10 Pioneer Fellows among the Top 100, not less than 13 Pioneer Fellows won the coveted trophy for young enterprises in 2017.

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Toxically sweet: High fructose consumption promotes tumour growth

30.08.2017 – Following his donation to the ETH Zurich Foundation in 2015, biochemist Dr Walter Fischli – an ETH alumnus and co-founder of Actelion – is continuing to support the research of molecular and cell biologist Professor Wilhelm Krek. Contributions from the Walter & Edith Fischli Fund are mainly being used to support his fructose metabolism project…. Read more »

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