SIF strengthens ESOP talent programme and obesity research

Thanks to heat producing Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) in the shoulder and back, the person to the right shows a higher energy turnover (dark patches) compared to the person on the left with no BAT. (body scans: ETH Zurich/USZ)

17.08.2017 – The SIF Foundation continues to support ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, with a generous donation. SIF’s commitment allows international top talents, mostly from the US and China, to study at ETH Zurich in an ESOP (Excellence Scholarship) master course of their choice. Further, SIF supports the obesity and metabolism research of Rössler prize awardee Prof. Christian Wolfrum und Prof. Markus Stoffel, who succeeded in decoding the catalyst for type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes.

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From Sion to Canberra

Philippe Nicollier, a fellow of the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme

Philippe Nicollier, a fellow of the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) and Master Student in Materials Science from Sion, had the great opportunity to represent ETH Zurich at the Asia Pacific Week. The conference is held every year at the Australian National University in Canberra. This year’s edition was devoted to „A Changing Landscape“. Read more about the conference and Philippe’s experience and impressions of this week here.

Find out how to support our  Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme here.

Corporate Philanthropy — What can we do for you?

Dr. Donald Tillman, Managing Director at ETH Zurich Foundation. (credit: Nicola Pitaro)

19.7.17 – Dr. Donald Tillman, Managing Director at ETH Zurich Foundation will be speaking on the topic of corporate philanthropy at the CASE Europe Annual Conference taking place from 28 Aug-1 September in Birmingham. Read his blog post on corporate philanthropy here

Spin-Offs – an investment for the future

Nicolas Mirabaud, Member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie SA and Corinna Adler, Head of Strategic Partnerships at ETH Zurich Foundation (credit: Nik Hunger)

20.07.17 – For the first time, the Mirabaud Group and ETH Zurich Foundation organized the “Circle of Innovation”, where students of the ETH Zurich were able to present their spin-off ideas to a group of investors. Nicolas Mirabaud, Member of the Executive Committee of Mirabaud & Cie SA and Corinna Adler, Head of Strategic Partnerships at ETH Zurich Foundation, discussed the purpose of the “Circle of Innovation”. Read the full interview here

New Assistant Professor for Innovative and Industrial Construction

US citizen Daniel Hall, appointed professor for innovative and industrialised construction (credit: Stanford University).

7.7.2017 – The ETH Board appoints Daniel M. Hall (*1985), currently a doctoral student at Stanford University, California, USA, as Assistant Professor of Innovative and Industrial Construction.

Daniel Hall studied Architectural En­gine­ering at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obisbo and received a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford Univer­sity. Since 2014, Daniel Hall has been researching on “the Impact of Project Integration Strategies on Systemic Innovations“. He will defend his thesis in the summer of 2017 and officially start in his new position of Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich in January 2018.

Daniel Hall’s research focusses on the question of how innovation in the built environment may be fostered through processes geared towards productivity and new approaches to the management of complex projects and organisations, allowing for a leaner and more flexible construction industry.Read more

Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia wins Robert-Koch-Award 2017

Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia wins the 2017 Robert Koch Award

6.7.2017 – The Robert-Koch-Foundation is jointly awarding the 2017 Robert Koch Award to Professors Antonio Lanzavecchia (ETH Zurich, Università della Svizzera Italiana) and Rafi Ahmed (Emory University, USA). The award recognizes the two immunologists’ pioneering research on the regulation of the immune system and their ground-breaking contributions to the development of new vaccines and immunotherapies.

Prof. Antonio Lanzavecchia from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Università della Svizzera italiana, Bellinzona, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland is considered one of the most influential modern immunologists.Read more

IMG fosters young entrepreneurs, heart research and urban development

Singapore Skyline (CC BY 2.0 by Erwin Soo via Wikimedia Commons)

29.06.2017 – The IMG foundation has been supporting ETH Zurich since 2014. This year, IMG has renewed its commitment for two strategic ETH initiatives, „Pioneer Fellowships“ and „Zurich Heart“ for the third time.

The foundation now also supports the team of Prof. Gerhard Schmitt, head of the Institute of Information Architecture and the Singapore ETH Center (SEC). Schmitt’s research in the field of urban planning and mobility focusses on the visualisation and the simulation of major cities of tomorrow.

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Venture Start-up Competition 2017 – Pioneer Fellows win final round

Sergio Sanabria with his mentor, Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and Prof. Orcun Goksel. (Photo: Venture/Alessandro Della Bella)

22.06.2017 – The road between idea and business is often full of obstacles – Venture is committed to ease this process with its Start-up Competition. The final round of the oldest start-up competition in Switzerland, as well as the award ceremony at ETH Zurich Foundation was held on June 19, 2017.

For this year’s competition, 548 participants handed in 108 business plans and 95 business ideas. ETH Zurich Foundation was very pleased to see two its former Pioneer Fellows win the final round. Read more

Simons Foundation supports international research project

A microbial community around a marine diatom (in white). Motile bacteria (their tracks are in blue) accumulate near the diatom to utilise organic matter leaking from it. (Image: V. Fernandez, S. Smriga, R. Stocker)

30.05.2017 – A research project by ETH Zurich, MIT with other US universities will receive 15 million US dollars in funding from the New York-based Simons Foundation. Over the next five years, researchers will investigate how microbial communities are organised and function, with a focus on the oceans.
The project’s founders are deliberately pursuing an interdisciplinary approach that combines the ideas and methods of physicists, biologists and mathematicians. Ten research groups are involved in the project, three of them from ETH Zurich.

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ETH Zurich and Austrian Economic Chambers sign agreement

Prof. Lino Guzzella and Dr Christoph Leitl (left to right) (photo: Dennis Yulov).

12.05.2017 – Yesterday, the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ) and ETH Zurich signed an agreement regarding the support of research and education at ETH. The goal of this agreement is to bring Austrian corporations closer to ETH Zurich and to foster future interaction. This accord, which was formally signed by Prof. Lino Guzzella, president of ETH Zurich, and Dr Christoph Leitl, president of WKÖ, forms the basis of future collaboration.

Please find more information on the German website of WKÖ.