New Professor for Genome Biology

Portrait Professor Corn

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“.


New Mobility Initiative launched

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.

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 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.

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Illuminating the brain

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

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

During ETH week 2017, 18 teams worked on visions that may result in manufacturing the future.

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 astounding solutions at the closing ceremony.

The week was organised by ETH Sustainability, the central hub for coordi­nating sustainability activities at ETH Zurich, the Competence Centre for Materials and Processes and the Chair of Technology and Innovation Management. As in 2016, ETH week 2017 was generously supported by the Avina Foundation.

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12 Million for the Breakthrough in Communication Technology

Prof. Dr. Oliver Kraft, Vice President for Research, KIT, with Oliver von Seidel, Member of the Foundation Board, WSS, and Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella, President, ETH Zurich, at the ceremony for the donation by Werner Siemens Foundation, ETH Zurich. (Picture: Nicola Pitaro)

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 area of communications technology,” says Hubert Keiber, Chair of Trustees of the Werner Siemens-Foundation. Read more

Green Leaves Education Foundation supports talented Master students

Photo: ETH Zurich / Alessandro Della Bella

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 Master programme at ETH Zurich.

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13 Pioneer Fellows among the 100 best Swiss Start-ups

Meriam Kabbaj and Vincent Forster, founders of Versantis: Rank 11 in this year’s list of the top 100 Swiss start-ups. (picture: Hannes Heinzer)

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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