E4D programme looks back on successful year

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Students examine sand during a field excursion at the second E4D summer school 2016. (photo: ETH Global)

07.03.2017 – The “Engineering for Development” (E4D) programme is generously supported by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.
Since its beginning in 2008, the E4D programme has awarded a total of 18 scholarships for doctoral candidates and organized two summer/winter schools for students. In 2016, nine research projects were running and two new fellows have been selected – Ms. Kanika Dheman from India and Mr. Moritz Gold from Germany. This year, two new fellows will be awarded with the scholarship. Read more

Huawei supports young entrepreneurs of ETH Zurich


Dr. Li Yingtao (5th from left) and Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther seal the partnership. (Photo: ETH Zurich Foundation)

28.02.2017 – Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, supports ETH Zurich’s “Pioneer Fellowship Program” via ETH Zurich Foundation, promoting young and talented entrepreneurs out of science.

With the “Pioneer Fellowship Program” of ETH Zurich, ambitious young researchers receive the means to realize an innovative product and a solid business plan out of their research results. Read more

Pioneer Fellow Haelixa wins Venture Kick final

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Haelixa Team: Gediminas Mikutis, co-founder and CTO, Michela Puddu, co-founder and CEO (photo: Venture Kick)

17.02.2017 – Dr. Michela Puddu, supported by the Pioneer Fellowship Program at ETH Zurich and entrepreneur, brings her company Haelixa to new heights. With the win at the finale of venture kick, a venture platform, an additional cash of CHF 130’000.- will be available to the company.

The technology of Haelixa, an ETH Zurich spin-off, facilitates ecofriendly and economic exploitation of underground reservoirs of fluids such as oil or water with so-called green tracers. Read more

Srdjan Capkun receives ERC Consolidator Grant

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Srdjan Capkun, Professor am D-INFK (Photo: ETH Zurich / Giulia Marthaler)

22.12.2016 – Three projects from researchers at ETH Zurich have been awarded ERC Consolidator Grants based on their scientific excellence. One of them is Srdjan Capkun, Professor for Information Security in the Department of Computer Science and Director of Zurich Information Security & Privacy Center (ZISC), which is supported by generous contributions of various industry partners in cooperation with ETH Zurich Foundation.
In his project, Capkun plans to design a positioning system that takes security requirements into account from the very start, and also accounts for the way that positioning systems are built and used.

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Swiss Post is new partner of Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC)

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Photo: ETH Zurich

19.12.2016 – Data protection and the safety and reliability of IT systems are key issues for the economy and society as a whole, and, in turn, for Swiss Post. In light of this, Swiss Post has agreed a ten-year research partnership with the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC) at the ETH Zurich. Swiss Post believes this cooperation will be very promising, particularly in the fields of security, machine learning, analytics and robotics.

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BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung supports “Pioneer Fellowship Program”


BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung and ETH Zurich are looking forward to their cooperation

16.12.2016 – The BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung is supporting the “Pioneer Fellowship Program” at ETH Zurich with funding in the amount of CHF 1.2 million. The money will go to the ETH Zurich Foundation, which support gifted scientists and forward-looking research projects in the field of specialty chemicals. The funds are to be invested in particular in innovations for sustainable building.

“Without science, there can be no innovation. Key impulses are given by young researchers with excellent qualifications, who contribute to new insights through their creativity,” says Dr Norbert Wagner, President of BASF Schweiz Forschungsstiftung. Read more

ETH Zurich and private media companies launch media tech initiative

(Photo: ETH Zurich / Gian Marco Castelberg)

06. December 2016 – ETH Zurich will establish a professorship and new centre for media technology together with media companies Tamedia, Ringier and the NZZ Media Group.
The centre aims to better integrate research and practical applications and to help the Swiss media sector make use of technological advances.
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Science Award for Pioneer Fellow Martin Ebner

Science Award Electrochemistry 2016: Dr. Ulrich Eichhorn (Volkswagen), Dr. William Chueh (Science Award Winner), Dr. Martin Ebner, (Special Award Winner), Dr. Martin Brudermüller (CTO BASF).

Award winner Martin Ebner, 2. from right (Picture: BASF)

30.11.2016 – Martin Ebner, graduate of the Pioneer Fellowship and founder of the ETH spin-off Battrion AG, was recently awarded with the “Special Prize in recognition of applied sciences in Electrochemistry”. This prize, awarded by BASF and Volkswagen, is offered worldwide and supports excellent scientific and engineering achievements and strives to provide fresh impetus to the development of high-efficiency energy storage devices. Martin Ebner is part of these achievements. During his Pioneer Fellowship, he founded Battrion AG and increased the charging of lithium-ion batteries twofold while cutting production costs.

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Misrock Foundation continues funding of ETH-professorship for Biomolecular Engineering


Prof. Sai Reddy with Jean-Marc Joerin, President Misrock Foundation

28.11.2016 – The Foundation of S. Leslie Misrock supports Sai Reddy’s professorship at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering in Basel since 2010 and recently increased its initial commitment for the second time. Reddy’s professorship was only made possible through the generous funding by Misrock Foundation.

For Jean-Marc Joerin, President of Misrock-Foundation, the partnership between Misrock, ETH Zurich and ETH Zurich Foundation has been a win-win situation from the start: “I’m delighted that Professor Sai Reddy, whose professorship is funded by the Misrock Foundation, is so successful. Our donation is bearing fruit. Sai Reddy and his research team are a gain not only for the ETH Department of Biosystems in Basel, but also for us.”

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SIX is new partner of ETH ZISC


SIX Group CEO Urs Rüegsegger and ETH-President Lino Guzzella (Photo: ETH Zurich Foundation)

15.11.2016 – Data protection and security are of utmost importance to SIX as the main infrastructure provider for the Swiss financial center. To be even nearer to the beating heart of science, a twelve-year research cooperation agreement with Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC) at the ETH was sealed yesterday, making SIX an active cooperation partner for future projects and developments.
The commitment of SIX and other partners, in conjunction with the ETH Zurich Foundation, will allow the ZISC to operate its OpenLab, which aims to promote the central exchange of ideas and information between researchers at the ETH and partners in business. SIX will be actively involved with the ETH-ZISC OpenLab.

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