Getting to know ETH’s top talents


Scholar Michelle Ammann talking with donors about her project (Picture: ETH Zurich Foundation / Eline Keller-Soerensen)

13.04.2017 – Patrons of the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP) got to know scholarship students at yesterday’s Meet the Talent 2017.

As part of an open day, current and former Excellence Scholars met with guests to present their research projects and discuss their studies, motivations and future plans. In her speech, Rector and ESOP patron Sarah M. Springman thanked all the sponsors and partners who make a key contribution to supporting ETH’s most talented students every year.

Since 2007, the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme has made it possible for Master’s students to complete their degree at ETH without any financial worries, while benefiting from special support from a member of the teaching staff. The scholarship is offered exclusively to the best incoming Master’s students, regardless of their origin or financial background.

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ZISC researchers nominated for Top 5 invention of ETH

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(Photo: ETH Zürich / Christian Eisenberg )

10.04.2017 – ZISC researchers Sinisa Matetic, Kari Kostiainen, David Sommer, Aritra Dhar and Prof. Srdjan Capkun were nominated as TOP 5 finalist in the ETH Spark Award 2017 (annual ceremony that recognizes the best research results of ETH based on their scientific novelty and potential commercial impact) for their work on rollback protection in hardware-based security architectures and its applications to more secure financial transactions and services.

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The year 2016 in review

Project team of the ETH week «A Story of Food» (Photo: ETH/Alessandro Della Bella).

26.03.2017 – The ETH Zurich Foundation has a good year to look back on: 500 new donors were added to the existing 4,400 supporters of the ETH Zurich Foundation. Together, they supported ETH Zurich’s unique projects with gifts amounting to CHF 48 million.

Two aspects of the private individuals among that number stand out: their generous relationship to the university and the age spectrum. The youngest donor was just 22 years old, while the oldest alumni sponsor already celebrated his 105th birthday. Private donors were particularly interested in the promotion of talent and also favoured innovations in teaching.Read more

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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