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Implant acts as a countermeasure

Scientists have developed a new, more complex type of genetic circuit, which has enabled them to successfully treat psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin condition, in the mouse model. Read more 


CHF 10 million for young talents

Seven researchers from ETH Zurich are to receive an ERC Starting Grant. The European Research Council supports talented young researchers as they embark on their academic careers. More than half the grants awarded this year go to young female researchers. Read more 


The ETH main building is getting a new forecourt

A clearer separation from the street and traffic-restricted atria: the plans for ETH’s new forecourt. The renovation is planned from 2018–2019; the building will remain open for business as usual. Read more 


Turning innovation into practical solutions more quickly

Wyss Zurich had its official opening today in the presence of Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann and Hansjörg Wyss, whose donation made the center possible. The aim of the joint development center created by ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich is to take innovative ideas from basic research and apply them in practice as quickly as possible. Read more 


Successful launch of LISA Pathfinder

After the successful lift-off of the Vega rocket in French Guiana, the LISA Pathfinder satellite uncoupled from its booster rocket at approximately 7.00 a.m. this morning. The satellite will spend the next 9 months floating in space. There it will enable scientists to test key measurement techniques for the detection of gravitational waves, which Albert Einstein predicted about 100 years ago in his general theory of relativity. Read more 


Teaching machines how to learn

Machines will become not just more intelligent in the future, but also more capable of learning. To promote research in this field, ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Society officially open the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems today. The scientists want to understand the theoretical principles of learning and how these can be applied to real machines. Read more 


Virtuoso in the field of synthesis

The Ruzicka Prize 2015 has been awarded to Henning Jessen, Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. The 36-year-old German scientist has been highly successful in researching how secondary messengers can be chemically modified or even artificially produced in the laboratory. Read more 


«Doing the right things»

On the 160th anniversary of ETH Zurich, Rector Sarah Springman described how she wants to provide students with the tools they need for their future careers in a rapidly changing professional world. In her address, Mayor Corine Mauch emphasised how important open-mindedness is for the future of ETH and for the city of Zurich. Read more 


Research to prevent Food Waste

Bühler and Migros-Industry companies will give a total of five million Swiss francs to ETH Zurich to finance the professorship for Sustainable Food Processing. Additionally, post-doc research projects will receive funding within the framework of the ETH World Food System initiative. Read more 


Trampolining water droplets

Materials that actively repel water and ice very strongly are sought after by the aviation industry and for many other technical applications. ETH researchers have now found out how to specifically design the rigid surfaces of such materials: by teaching water droplets how to trampoline. Read more 

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