Pioneer Fellows once again strongly represented among best Swiss startups

Meriam Kabbaj and Vincent Forster

Meriam Kabbaj and Vincent Forster, founders of Versantis: Rank 10 in this year’s list of the top 100 Swiss start-ups. (picture: Hannes Heinzer)

10.9.2018 – Among the Top 100 Swiss Startups 26 ETH spin offs can be found this year, including 11 Pioneer Fellows. Each year 100 investors and experts pick the 100 most innovative and promising startups from 100’000 young entrepreneurs. The startups have to be less than five years old. At the award ceremony organised by Venturelab in Zurich on 5 September the best young entrepreneurs 2018 were solemnly honoured.

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Cryo-electron microscopy to be expanded, and new professorship created, thanks to donations

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Von Finck family with members of the ETH  executive board and Prof. Hans Hengartner (Bild: Eline Keller-Sørensen)

23.08.2018 – ETH Zurich is delighted to announce that, thanks to a generous donation pledged by the family of August von Finck Jr, it is now in a position to acquire a new cryo‑electron microscopy (cryo-EM) system.

At the same time, three foundations have agreed to provide sustained support for scientific research in this field: the NOMIS Foundation and the Monique Dornonville de la Cour Foundation are making available initial funding, covering a 10-year period, for a professorship in the Department of Biology. This project is also being supported by the Baugarten Foundation.

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Visionary architect awarded Rössler prize

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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.

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Pioneer Fellows win W.A. de Vigier Award 2018

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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.

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Meet the Talent 2018

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.

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Inaugural lecture by Professor Daniel M. Hall

Anton Affentranger, Daniel Hall and Sarah Springman

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”.

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New Professor for Genome Biology

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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