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30.09.2016 | News

Nine professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella, at its meeting of 28/29 September 2016 the ETH Board appointed nine professors and took note of the resignation of 3 professors and thanked them for their services. Read more 

12.08.2016 | News

Deuteron smaller than thought

The deuteron — one of the simplest atomic nuclei, consisting of just one proton and one neutron — is considerably smaller than previously thought. This finding was arrived at by an international research group. Read more 

04.07.2016 | News

Awards for promising ideas

Last week the 11th "venture" startup competition drew to a close with an awards ceremony for the submitted projects. The winner in the Business Idea category was theMOFcompany, a startup from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Read more 

23.06.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Reversal of trauma is inherited

Behaviors caused by traumatic experiences in early life are reversible. Researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich could demonstrate that environmental enrichment allows trauma-related symptoms in mice to be reversed. This is the first evidence that positive environmental factors can correct behavioral alterations which would otherwise be transmitted to the offspring.  Read more 

09.03.2016 | News

Atomic Vibrations in Nanomaterials

Researchers at ETH have shown for the first time what happens to atomic vibrations when materials are nanosized and how this knowledge can be used to systematically engineer nanomaterials for different applications. Read more 

08.03.2016 | News

Collective memory in bacteria

Individual bacterial cells have short memories. But groups of bacteria can develop a collective memory that can increase their tolerance to stress. This has been demonstrated experimentally for the first time in a study by Eawag and ETH Zurich scientists published in PNAS. Read more 

23.12.2015 | News

From gigantic planets to tiny images

From the smallest ever printed colour image and the world’s largest plant seeds to the darkest matter in the infinite expanse of the universe – over the past year, ETH research has focussed on all animate and inanimate aspects of the natural world, presenting fascinating results and ingenious inventions. ETH News again looks back on the past year with a selection of highlights from 2015. Read more 

18.12.2015 | News

Architecture of mTOR protein complex solved

It has long been known that the protein TOR – Target of Rapamycin – controls cell growth and is involved in the development of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Through a collaborative effort scientists from the ETH Zürich and from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have now succeeded in revealing the unique architecture of the mammalian TOR complex 1 (mTORC1) in detail. Their results have been reported in the latest issue of “Science”. Read more 

07.10.2015 | News

Mysterious structures observed

A research team has observed structures racing out from the centre of a young star's debris disk at high speeds. It is still unclear what causes the phenomenon. Read more 

25.09.2015 | News

12 professors at ETH Zurich appointed

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella, at its meeting of 23/24 September 2015 the ETH-Board appointed 12 individuals as professors. Read more 

08.09.2015 | News

Molecular bodyguards for immature membrane proteins

During their formation within the cells, many proteins rely on the assistance of protectors, so-called chaperones. They help the proteins to fold correctly and thus ensure the right final structure. The roles of chaperones in membrane protein folding have long remained unclear. Researchers at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, and at ETH Zurich now show how chaperones stabilize an immature bacterial membrane protein and guide it in the right folding direction, thus protecting it from misfolding. Read more 

15.07.2015 | News

The charm of the recent past

Monte Verità, or the "Mountain of Truth", was recently the setting for an international gathering of historians, aimed at finding new patterns of interpretation for the period between 1980 and 2010. David Gugerli, a Professor of History of Technology at ETH and conference co-organiser, discusses the bold conference format and key findings from the meeting. Read more 

25.06.2015 | News

Research priorities for a sustainable food system

Among the great research challenges for the future will be the efficient use of resources and the provision of healthy and safe food. Further details are given in a new study carried out by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich commissioned by the Federal Office for Agriculture. An interview with ETH professor Nina Buchmann, chair of the World Food System Center and co-author of the report. Read more 

24.06.2015 | News

How the brightest lights in the universe ‘flicker’

Active galactic nuclei are the brightest objects in the universe. They are not lit up permanently, but rather ‘flicker’ extremely slowly. This insight helps ETH researchers better understand the influence these nuclei and black holes have on their host galaxy. Read more 

22.06.2015 | News

Rainer Borer will be the new head of Corporate Communication

As of October 1, 2015, Rainer Borer will be the new head of Corporate Communication of ETH Zurich. At the age of 52, he will join ETH after leaving the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) where he was responsible for strategic communication. Before joining FINMA he headed for eight years the economy editorial staff of Swiss public radio SRF. Read more 

07.04.2015 | News | 1 Comment

“Never before has urbanisation mattered as much”

The "Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture Shenzhen" is the largest of its kind. This year, the ETH professors of architecture Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are part of the four-person curatorial team. An interview with the two co-curators. Read more 

26.03.2015 | News

Nanomedicine pioneer Mauro Ferrari at ETH Zurich

Every year, the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) awards the Aurel Stodola Medal to an outstanding scientist in the discipline. Mauro Ferrari, who researches and teaches in the field of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas, is honoured this year. He will speak about his research on April 1 at ETH Zurich. Read more 

19.03.2015 | News

Spinal cord neurons that control pain and itch

The spinal cord transmits pain signals to the brain. But not all the impulses arrive at their destination: Certain neurons act as checkpoints and determine whether a pain signal is relayed or not. Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich identified these neurons. Moreover, they developed means to specifically activate these neurons, which reduces not only pain – but astonishingly also alleviates itch. Read more 

19.02.2015 | News

Switzerland’s ‘Grand Prix Literatur’ award goes to Adolf Muschg

Adolf Muschg, emeritus professor of ETH Zurich, received the Swiss Grand Prix Literatur award for his complete literary works on Thursday. Federal Councillor Alain Berset honoured the writer at the ceremony of the Swiss literary awards.  Read more 

16.01.2015 | News

Citizens create knowledge

Search for asteroids, observe birds or make the computing power of your own computer available: through ‘citizen science’, citizens can participate in various research projects. This week, a workshop takes place at ETH Zurich. Effy Vayena, bioethicist at the University of Zurich and co-organiser of the workshop in an interview. Read more 

13.01.2015 | News

Hans-Eggenberger-Prize 2014 for innovative solar technology

The mechanical engineer Thomas Cooper developed for his PhD thesis a solar power system of cost-effective parabolic trough concentrators coupled to high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. He was awarded the Hans-Eggenberger-Preis 2014. Read more 

08.01.2015 | News

ETH team awarded prize for energy management system

Today, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is presenting the Watt d’Or energy prize in the Energy-efficient mobility category to the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. This award is in recognition of the technology the institute has developed in collaboration with Carrosserie Hess AG. Read more 

19.12.2014 | News

Of racing students and genetic circuits

Programmable cells that can detect cancer, canyons on Mars that may have been formed by lava, and black holes catapulted out of the centre of a galaxy: ETH researchers made a name for themselves in 2014 with some outstanding scientific achievements and exciting hypotheses. It was also a politically charged year for all Swiss research institutions. As the year draws to a close, the ETH News editorial team looks back on some of the most memorable moments. Read more 

12.12.2014 | News

Eight professors at ETH Zurich appointed

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Ralph Eichler, at its meeting of 10/11 December 2014 the ETH Board appointed eight individuals as professors, took note of the departure of one professor and thanked him for his services, and awarded the title of professor to one individual. The ETH Board also bade farewell to the President of ETH Zurich.   Read more 

08.12.2014 | News

Polybahn Pitch feat. Annette Oxenius

Science short and sweet: During a Polybahn journey from Zurich Central to ETH Zurich, ETH-scientists have about 100 seconds to inspire the audience with their research. Today: Annette Oxenius, Professor for Immunology at ETH Zurich. Read more 

14.11.2014 | News | 1 Comment

ETH launches Future Resilient Systems Programme in Singapore

Critical infrastructure systems are the backbone of society and ever growing in complexity and interconnectedness. A new research programme kicked off at the Singapore-ETH Centre strives to increase their robustness and resilience. Read more 

12.11.2014 | News

ETH Zurich to host Amgen scholars

ETH Zurich joins a network of top education institutions to bridge the gap between engineering sciences and medicine through its collaboration with the Amgen Foundation Scholars Program. Read more 

22.10.2014 | News

Federal Council approves the Horizon 2020 package

In its meeting today, the Federal Council approved the agreement on Switzerland’s participation in the Horizon 2020 research programme. The agreement covers Switzerland’s partial association to the programme between 15 September 2014 and 31 December 2016. Read more 

15.10.2014 | News

“I try on stories like clothes!”

In 1964, Max Frisch published a new novel, “Gantenbein”. To mark the novel’s 50th anniversary, the Max Frisch Archive at the ETH-Bibliothek is holding an exhibition in its honour. Read more 

06.08.2014 | News | 36 Comments

Curing arthritis in mice

With a new therapeutic product, researchers have managed to cure arthritis in mice for the first time. The scientists are now planning to test the efficacy of the drug in humans. Read more 

21.07.2014 | News

Non-association in Horizon 2020: CRUS and SNSF collect data

CRUS und SNSF are collecting data with regard to the non-association in Horizon 2020. The science community can participate. Read more 

15.07.2014 | News

Award for ETH developers of customised jeans

The ETH spin-off Selfnation, which offers women’s made-to-measure jeans over the internet, impressed the jury of venture kick’s young entrepreneur competition and won one of two sponsorship awards worth CHF 130,000. Read more 

11.07.2014 | News

Four new professors at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board appointed four professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by the President of ETH Zurich. Read more 

01.07.2014 | News

SNSF Advanced Grants: call expected in mid-August

The SNSF is planning to launch a call for SNSF Advanced Grants in mid-August. They are part of the "Temporary Backup Schemes" and replace the ERC Advanced Grants. Read more 

23.06.2014 | News

The ML will be renovated and extended

The listed building complex of the machine laboratory/district heating plant will be renovated and extended: for this and for other renovations and new buildings, the Federal Council is applying to Parliament for 233.4 million francs. Read more 

13.06.2014 | News | 1 Comment

With the right rehabilitation, paralyzed rats learn to grip again

After a large stroke, motor skills barely improve, even with rehabilitation. An experiment conducted on rats demonstrates that a course of therapy combining the stimulation of nerve fiber growth with drugs and motor training can be successful. The key, however, is the correct sequence: Paralyzed animals only make an almost complete recovery if the training is delayed until after the growth promoting drugs have been administered. Read more 

10.06.2014 | News

“The Earth is like an onion” − pupils discover research at ETH Zurich

The annual Study Week took place at ETH Zurich from 2 to 6 June, giving upper secondary-school students the chance to work on projects alongside scientists and find out about studying at ETH. Read more 

22.05.2014 | News

Ten new professors at ETH Zurich

At its meeting of 21 and 22 May 2014, the ETH Board appointed ten professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by the President of ETH Zurich. Read more 

28.04.2014 | News | 3 Comments

Sunlight to jet fuel

In the framework of the EU-project Solarjet, scientists demonstrate for the first time the entire production path to liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, CO2 and solar energy. The key technological component is a solar reactor developed at ETH Zurich. Read more 

24.04.2014 | News

ETH Zurich strengthens its social media presence

ETH Zurich steps up its activities on social media platforms and complements its existing channels with its first official appearance on Facebook and Google+. Read more 

10.04.2014 | News

Camels emit less methane than cows or sheep

When ruminants digest, they exhale methane. Their contribution to this global greenhouse gas is considerable. So far the assumption had been that camels with similar digestion produce the same amount of the climate-damaging gas. However, researchers have now shown camels release less methane than ruminants. Read more 

02.04.2014 | Press release

Driverless parking for tomorrow’s vehicles

Electric vehicles that are able to park and charge themselves could contribute to sustainable mobility in the future. In an EU-funded research project coordinated by ETH Zurich, scientists work on new concepts of transportation and low-cost technologies that enable driverless valet parking and charging. Read more 

30.03.2014 | News

Never say never in the nanoworld

The fundamental laws of thermodynamics do not apply to objects on the nanoscale to the extent they do in our macroscopic world. A team of researchers describe how heat can transfer from cold to hot objects in the nanoworld. Read more 

25.03.2014 | News

Dropping out is not the end of the world

ETH Zurich does not abandon its students. For almost all problems there is always a port of call, for instance an academic adviser or coach. However, the fear of failure is still considerable. Read more 

21.03.2014 | News

Europe's most powerfull supercomputer cleared for users

Since the end of last year, Switzerland has boasted the most powerful supercomputer in Europe: “Piz Daint”. As of today, it is officially cleared for research. For the approval, “early science” has already been conducted successfully on “Piz Daint” over the last few weeks. Read more 

20.03.2014 | News

ETH Zurich in New York

A festival in May will promote cultural and scientific exchange between the cities of Zurich and New York. ETH plays a major part in the Zurich meets New York festival. Read more 

11.03.2014 | News

Total mobility in any situation

We are constantly on the go in both the real and the virtual world. The spring edition of ETH’s popular science programme "Treffpunkt Science City" looks at the breadth and borders, and opportunities and risks of our global total mobility. Read more 

07.03.2014 | News

Four new professors at ETH Zurich

At its meeting of 5 and 6 March 2014, the ETH Board appointed four new professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by the ETH President Ralph Eichler. Read more 

07.03.2014 | News

New professors appointed at ETH

At its meeting of 5 and 6 March 2014, the ETH Board appointed four new professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by the ETH President Ralph Eichler. Read more 

02.03.2014 | News

Homing in on cancer

Whether a tumour develops from individual cancer cells and whether metastases are formed depends on many factors in the affected tissue. Researchers at the University of Zurich and at ETH Zurich have come up with an imaging method that is able to simultaneously visualize a previously unachieved number of factors involved in cancer. Read more 

26.02.2014 | News

Brainstem discovered as important relay site after stroke

After a stroke, sufferers are often faced with the problem of severe movement impairment. Researchers of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now discovered that the brainstem could play a major role in the recovery of motor functions. Read more 

19.02.2014 | News

Exhibition from Erik Steinbrecher

From 19 February to 13 April 2014 the Collection of prints and drawings shows «Books & Prints» von Erik Steinbrecher. Read more 

29.01.2014 | News

Enhanced antibiotics

An international research team led by scientists at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich has succeeded in improving a class of early-generation antibiotics: they have been able to suppress their once serious side effects. Read more 

20.12.2013 | News | 1 Comment

From economical engines to teleported information and invading bumblebees

As 2013 comes to an end, one is inclined to say that it went by in a flash. The ETH News editorial team reminisces about the most tense, exciting, difficult and not least satisfying moments of the past year. With this recollection, the editorial team says goodbye to take a short holiday break between 23 December to 5 January and wishes all of its readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Read more 

10.12.2013 | News

Globe: Everything under control

The technical systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated. In order to exploit the full potential of technology, however, efficient control systems are needed. Entitled “Everything under control”, the newest issue of Globe, the magazine of ETH Zurich and ETH Alumni, explores this topic. Read more 

09.12.2013 | News

New Professors

At its meeting of 4 and 5 December 2013, the ETH Board appointed 5 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the applications submitted by Ralph Eichler, President of the Executive Board. Read more 

04.12.2013 | News | 10 Comments

New algorithm makes quadrocopters safer

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a novel control algorithm that allows quadrocopters to continue to fly in spite of multiple motor or propeller failures. This algorithm makes these vehicles safer and may allow them to be used for instance in delivery services. Read more 

22.11.2013 | News

Gordon Bell Prize for bubble simulation

For its simulations of imploding cloud cavitation bubbles, a team of scientists was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance computing. Read more 

18.11.2013 | News

An enzyme reaction in slow motion

For the first time, researchers from ETH Zurich have succeeded in analysing the interplay between enzymes and their cofactors at an unprecedented resolution, thereby providing fresh insights into how one of the most common cofactors in nature works. Read more 

06.11.2013 | News

Dialogue with Drawings

To mark the centenary of the art-collector and paediatrician Robert Landolt, the Graphische Sammlung ETH is holding an exhibition of 80 works from his collection of historical drawings. Read more 

04.11.2013 | News | 1 Comment

Two victories each for ETH and the University of Zurich

At the 62 nd Uni-Poly rowing regatta between ETH (Poly) and the University of Zurich (Uni), the results were split evenly: the ETH students’ team won both the men’s and women’s races, while the ETH professors’ and alumni teams had to settle for second. Read more 

04.11.2013 | News

Symposium in the honour of Heinrich Rohrer

At ETH Zurich, on October 31, leading scientists paid tribute to the achievements of Heinrich Rohrer. The Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics and ETH alumnus passed away earlier this year. Read more 

30.10.2013 | News

Full speed ahead

ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the five university hospitals joined forces in the field of medical research in order to benefit from the advantageous location Zurich. Yesterday, the umbrella organisation “Hochschulmedizin Zürich” celebrated its first anniversary. Read more 

24.10.2013 | News | 1 Comment

A thermoelectric materials emulator

Converting heat directly into power with so-called thermoelectric materials could be a major source of renewable energy. Physicists now precisely simulated the behavior of such materials – in an experiment with cold atoms trapped by lasers. Read more 

22.10.2013 | News

Of spasers and chimeras

This year, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the ERC Advanced Grant to five researchers at ETH Zurich. Each researcher will receive between CHF 3 million and CHF 4 million for their project. The ERC Advanced Grant is regarded as a special award. Read more 

14.10.2013 | News

Using reports for research

Research reports are an alternative to publications in scientific journals. The ETH library has various platforms through which research reports from ETH Zurich and other institutions can be found. Read more 

19.09.2013 | News

25 ETH spin-offs in the top 100

25 spin-offs from ETH Zurich are among the 100 most successful companies in Switzerland, with four making it into the Top 10 this year, according to the third rankings of the Institute for Young Entrepreneurs. Read more 

11.09.2013 | News

ERC Grant awarded to another ETH researcher

Another ETH researcher receives an ERC Starting Grant: biochemist Benoît Kornmann. He wants to explore how organelles in cells are organised and how they communicate with each other. Read more 

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