Rössler prize winner Philippe Block with Max Rössler (left) and ETH president Lino Guzzella
06.07.2018 – At yesterday’s “Thanks Giving” event of the ETH Zurich Foundation, civil engineer and architect Philippe Block received the 200,000 Swiss franc Rössler Prize 2018. He is one of ten brilliant researchers who have received the award since 2009 and whose research promises great potential for the future.
Philippe Block is looking for new structural forms and constructional systems that would allow materials to be used more efficiently and takes inspiration from historical building principles. Some of Block’s favourite examples include the vaults in Gothic cathedrals or Catalan vaults made from thin bricks.
The nanoleq team at yesterday’s award ceremony (Picture: W.A. de Vigier Stiftung)
31. May 2018 – Vincent R.J. Martinez and Luca Hirt and their ETH Zurich Spin-off nanoleq are one of the winners of the W.A. de Vigier Award 2018.
The Pioneer Fellows have developed a fundamentally new kind of cable technology. Under mechanical stress, the startup’s cable has up to a hundred times longer service life than a standard cable while retaining its high flexibility.
The W.A. de Vigier Award is one of the highest endowed prizes for young entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas, eager to establish a lucrative enterprise in Switzerland.
Donors and Scholars enjoyed the exchange of ideas (photo: ETH Zurich Foundation / Nicola Pitaro)
20.04.2018 – At this week’s Meet the Talent event, donors to the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme met with recipients to learn more about their research projects and directly see the effect of their support.
The annual Meet the Talent event is an opportunity for Sarah M. Springman, ETH Rector and patron of the programme, and the ETH Zurich Foundation to thank everyone involved with the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP). This year, support from private individuals, companies and foundations enable 57 scholarships to be granted to particularly talented students.
Anton Affentranger, CEO Implenia, Professor Daniel M. Hall and Professor Sarah M. Springman, Rector of ETH Zurich. (Photo: ETH Zurich Foundation)
29.03.2018 – In the summer of 2017, the ETH Board appointed him Assistant Professor for Innovative and Industrialized Construction, and now Professor Daniel M. Hall gave his inaugural lecture at ETH Zurich. On March 28, 2018 he spoke on “The Global Construction Industry: Reorganizing Today For Innovation Tomorrow”.
Prof. Dr. Jacob Corn
13.03.2018 – At its meeting of 7/8 March 2018, the ETH board appointed Professor Jacob Corn as Full Professor of Genome Biology.
Jacob Corn, born in 1979, is currently scientific director at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), Berkeley, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Corn researches fundamental processes which identify and repair damage to inherited genetic material (DNA). He uses discoveries about the molecular processes of DNA repair to fix, switch on and off or replace genes at a defined position in the genome. This knowledge is important not only for fundamental and applied research but also for therapeutic medical applications. By appointing Jacob Corn, ETH Zurich is strengthening the cooperation between the fields of genomics, genetics and cell biology, as well as the development of modern genome editing techniques.
Jacob Corn’s professorship in Genome Biology is significantly supported by „Lotte und Adolf Hotz-Sprenger Stiftung“ and „NOMIS Foundation“.
Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, SBB CEO Andreas Meyer and ETH President Lino Guzzella anouncing the launch of the ETH Mobility Initiative during the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Photo: ETH Zurich / Andreas Eggenberger)
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 by the digital transformation – to improve people’s quality of life and the attractiveness of Switzerland as a location. As a strategic funding partner, we are delighted to be able to access ETH’s expertise and to support research and development in this field,” adds SBB CEO Andreas Meyer. The first ten years of the project will require CHF 100 million in funding. The donation by SBB to ETH Zurich Foundation is the first within the ETH Mobility Initiative. The partnership with SBB shall be expanded by other companies, organisations, foundations and private individuals.
More information about the ETH Mobility Initiative can be found here.
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 provided an opportunity to learn more about possible career paths within SIX, including the SIX Graduate Program to kick-start a career. At the end of the event, the participants also had an opportunity to ask questions and explore some points in more depth.
Lino Guzzella with Karl Deisseroth during his guest lecture in the Semper Aula. (Photo: NOMIS Foundation)
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 the living brain.Read more
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.
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.