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18.07.2017 | News

"Don't rely on your holidays to make you happy"

Travel and happiness have a complicated relationship – even the Stoics were aware of this. An interview with philosopher Michael Hampe on the opportunities and risks that come with travelling. Read more 

07.07.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board appointed new professors at ETH Zurich as part of its meeting of 5/6 July 2017, in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

06.07.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

The impact of solar lighting in rural Kenya

While climate change has led many high-income countries to increase their efforts to improve energy efficiency and to invest in renewable energies, households in low-income countries still face another energy challenge: more than 1 billion people lack access to electricity. Could solar lights offer a solution? Read more 

23.06.2017 | Zukunftsblog | 3 Comments

Technological innovation “trumps” politics

Technological innovation, often induced by national and sub-national policies, is a key driver of global climate and energy policy ambition and action. Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement will hardly affect this trend. Read more 

05.05.2017 | News

How does trust work on the internet?

A secure and reliable internet generates trust. Just how the internet creates trust is a matter for debate between ETH computer scientists and social scientists – for example, in a public session on 9 May 2017. Read more 

02.05.2017 (Updated: 28.05.2017) | News

The stories of survivors and life after the Holocaust

The "Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors" exhibition, which opens today at the ETH Zurich Archives of Contemporary History, tells the stories of how fourteen eyewitnesses survived the Holocaust and then went on with their lives.The exhibition has been extended until 15 June 2017. Read more 

25.03.2017 | News

What morals do intelligent machines have and need?

Sometimes it’s the questions, rather than the answers, that show how the world is changing. For example, questions about the moral consequences of machines and computers becoming more intelligent. A group of ETH students have tackled this issue. Read more 

03.02.2017 | News

Can conflict be predicted?

Modern data science techniques can also be useful in conflict research. However, in an essay published in the journal Science, Lars-Erik Cederman, Professor of International Conflict Research at ETH Zurich, suggests that certain expectations regarding the predictability of armed conflict are unrealistic. ETH News caught up with him for a chat. Read more 

01.02.2017 | News | 1 Comment

User feedback is essential, especially for complex technology

Environmentally friendly, low-carbon energy technologies are needed to achieve global climate targets. Tobias Schmidt’s research examines the interaction between public policy and carbon-reducing innovations in the energy sector. He will present his findings at the world’s largest science conference, the AAAS, in February. Read more 

17.01.2017 | News

Work in the year 2050

How will digitalisation, artificial intelligence and robotics change the world of work? This question was discussed by numerous experts from business and academia at the “Global Talent Summit” before an audience of more than 300 in the Audi Max room at ETH Zurich. Read more 

02.01.2017 | News

Blackouts and other disasters

Timothy Prior and Florian Roth of the “risk and resilience” team at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) will be appearing as experts on SRF theme day on blackouts. The two researchers work in the field of disaster management, resilience, and risk and crisis communication. ETH News wanted to know about the state of readiness in Switzerland. Read more 

09.12.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual. Read more 

04.11.2016 | News

An opportunity for the university district and ETH Zurich

Zurich’s central university district continues to take shape. A joint press conference was held today by the canton and city of Zurich, University Hospital, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich to provide information on the planning status. This follows the decision by the cantonal Committee for Planning and Construction (KPB) to transfer management of the structure plan to the broader Cantonal Parliament. What does the overall plan mean for ETH Zurich? Read more 

24.09.2016 | News

Polybahn Pitch with Elsbeth Stern

Elsbeth Stern, Professor for Research on Learning and Instruction, explains in a Polybahn Pitch why physics is a difficult school subject and why it may be worth familiarising children with its basic concepts at an early age. Read more 

10.09.2016 | News

Are there decisive answers to undecidable questions?

Unsolvable problems, the nature of the infinite and the question of whether and how mathematics can be definitively substantiated – these issues are the focus of the Bernays Lectures 2016. The speaker for this year’s honorary lectures at ETH Zurich is W. Hugh Woodin, Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at Harvard University. Read more 

09.08.2016 | Press release

Less aggressive thanks to stronger relationships

Whether young people behave prosocially or aggressively comes down to the kind of relationship they have with their teachers: this is the conclusion of a long-term study conducted by researchers from ETH Zurich and the universities of Cambridge and Toronto. Read more 

28.06.2016 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Wie stationäre Batterien am besten fördern?

Fest installierte Batterien können die Energiewende unterstützen, doch sind sie oft nicht profitabel. Eine techno-ökonomische Studie zeigt nun, wie Batterien durch geschickte Kombination verschiedener Anwendungen wirtschaftlicher und in manchen Fällen sogar heute schon profitabel werden könnten. Read more 

27.05.2016 | News

18 professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed 18 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

18.05.2016 | News

Polybahn Pitch featuring Gerd Folkers

Riding the Polybahn from Central up to ETH Zurich with Gerd Folkers: the former director of the Collegium Helveticum tells us in a new Polybahn Pitch why, as head of the Critical Thinking Initiative, he is questioning existing structures in the academic world. Read more 

04.05.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Rohstoffhandel: Transitland Schweiz

Die Schweiz ist ein rohstoffarmes Binnenland – und dennoch Drehscheibe für den globalen Rohstoffhandel. Bereits im 19. Jahrhundert waren Schweizer Handelsfirmen weltweit tätig. Was nach langer Tradition aussieht, ist allerdings die Geschichte eines radikalen Wandels. Read more 

28.04.2016 | News

Mirko Meboldt is honoured for an innovative teaching concept

For the first time, ETH Zurich has presented its KITE Award for innovative teaching concepts. The university recognised ETH Professor Mirko Meboldt for his “Innovation Project” and “Leading Engineering Projects and Coaching Design Teams” courses. Read more 

11.03.2016 | News

Ten professors appointed at ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has appointed ten professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

07.03.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Everyone sees the world through their own prism

How can public opinion be influenced in favour of climate protection? ETH political scientist Thomas Bernauer explored the question in a recent study. His sobering answer is that there is no magic formula. Read more 

16.02.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Rohstoffreichtum – Segen oder Fluch?

Mit Ländern reich an Rohstoffen verhält es sich ähnlich wie mit Lottomillionären: Die einen verlieren sich hoffnungslos und enden auf dem Sozialamt, die anderen starten durch und schaffen sich die Basis für eine erfolgreiche Zukunft. Nur: Warum blühen die einen auf, während andere darben? Read more 

26.09.2015 | News

What physics students can learn from philosophers

Philosophical considerations do not take centre stage in a physics degree. However, a new seminar is providing physics students with an insight into the process of philosophical debate and reflection. This also teaches them about how their subject works and how new theories are formed. Read more 

12.09.2015 | News

Valuable historic documents

As part of the Humanitarian Switzerland project, the Archives of Contemporary History has integrated into its database a total of 250 hours of video and audio recordings featuring contemporary witnesses. And this resource-intensive project has paid off: the extensive body of material gives an impressive account of how Swiss development aid has changed over the last few decades. Read more 

04.09.2015 | News

At the frontier of the quantum world

French Nobel laureate Serge Haroche will give the Paul Bernays Lectures next week at ETH Zurich. In his research he deals with the transition from quantum physics to classical physics. Read more 

13.08.2015 | News

How Switzerland invented rankings and became a nation of science

Since the 18th century, the international success of natural science research has played a significant role in shaping the international image of Switzerland. Bernhard Schär and Lea Pfäffli, two historians at ETH Zurich, have investigated its history. Read more 

27.07.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Neural efficiency hypothesis confirmed

One of the big questions intelligence researchers grapple with is just how differences in intelligence are reflected in the human brain. Researchers at ETH Zurich have succeeded in studying further details relating to suspected functional differences in the brains of intelligent people. 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 

10.07.2015 | News

6 professors at ETH Zurich appointed

At its meeting of 8/9 July 2015, the ETH Board appointed six professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

29.06.2015 | News

How we get defectors to cooperate

When a person in a group violates a norm, he or she is often punished by the others. In a game theory experiment, ETH sociologist Andreas Diekmann shows that this defector is most likely to be punished if those injured by the violation have differing levels of strength. Among equals, in contrast, the defector tends to get away with it. Read more 

05.05.2015 | News

Youth violence on the decline

Researchers at ETH Zurich's Criminological Research Unit have examined the evolution of violence among youths in the canton of Zurich. Their study shows that the propensity towards violence is clearly decreasing within this age group. Read more 

16.03.2015 | News

Effective leadership through self-reflection

Teaching at ETH Zurich is breaking new ground: in one teaching project, students are solving real tasks – and those tasks are set by businesses, not by the university. Another project looks at how lively debate can help participants to develop solid arguments. Read more 

16.03.2015 | News

Effective leadership through self-reflection

Teaching at ETH Zurich is breaking new ground: in one teaching project, students are solving real tasks – and those tasks are set by businesses, not by the university. Another project looks at how lively debate can help participants to develop solid arguments. Read more 

19.02.2015 | News

A laboratory for the real world

The new MSc programme in Science, Technology and Policy offered at ETH Zurich aims to equip natural scientists, engineers and architects with the necessary skills in order to provide academic support for and help shape political, economic and social decision-making processes. Read more 

09.02.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Ways to escape the empirical nirvana

A law professor from ETH Zurich and an economist from MIT have been studying how a court ruling on the use of trademarks as keywords in Internet advertisements affects user behaviour – a case of big data with an interesting beginning and potential. Read more 

03.02.2015 | News

Drones and the human factor

Last week's accidental crash landing of a drone at the White House heightened the international debate on the regulation of commercial drones. A conference at ETH Zurich addressed the fact that drone technology comes with controversial applications. Read more 

13.11.2014 | News

How a research visit abroad can enrich your thesis

Tamaki Ohmura is a doctoral student working for the Assistant Professor for Global Governance. Thanks to a mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), she has worked in the US. The SNSF will be presenting its funding programmes at the Research Day at ETH Zurich on 26 November 2014. Read more 

28.10.2014 (Updated: 09.09.2015) | News

We learn mathematics more easily if we talk about examples

Good results at school – what do they take? Pressure to perform and special tutoring? Collaborative learning in a group? Elsbeth Stern, an ETH researcher on learning, is discussing the first of these questions today in a Treffpunkt platform debate, while the second is being studied by her team. Read more 

19.09.2014 | News

The drive to discover

Chemist Detlef Günther is set to join the Executive Board. The ETH Board has elected the 50-year-old professor of analytical chemistry as the new Vice President Research and Corporate Relations. Günther is taking over from Roland Siegwart, who will return to his professorship at the beginning of 2015. Read more 

02.09.2014 | News

A new foundation for mathematics

Proofs are the key method of mathematics. Until now, it has mainly been humans who have verified whether proofs are correct. This could change, says Russian mathematician Vladimir Voevodsky, who will present his ideas at the Paul Bernays Lectures at ETH in September. Read more 

27.08.2014 | News

Building on industry relationships

Industry Day 2014: with passion and technical expertise, ETH professors presented their research topics to representatives from industry and SMEs – from big data and additive technologies to computer graphics. The interest of the companies was greater than ever. Read more 

19.08.2014 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Liability mechanism to strike an ambitious climate agreement

The question whether countries can be held liable for climate change damages is becoming a major issue in the UN climate negotiations. The discussion currently revolves around fairness and historical responsibility. We argue that a liability mechanism could also help countries to agree on an international climate treaty with more ambitious emission reductions. Read more 

31.07.2014 | Press release

Hotspots of cultural history

An interdisciplinary research team has managed to uncover clear migration and interaction patterns, applying statistical analysis to information on where notable cultural figures were born and died. Just published in the journal Science, the study shows that natural science and the humanities can enrich each other and that the humanities can profit from complex network research. Read more 

17.07.2014 | News

Japan turns its back on pacifism

For the last four years, the Japanese government has resolutely resisted China’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy. At the same time, Prime Minister Abe’s cabinet has pushed for a change to Japan’s constitution to remove military constraints. ETH News spoke to political scientist Michael Haas about Japan’s departure from a pacifist security policy. Read more 

27.02.2014 | News

“Ukraine needs a national dialogue”

After weeks of confrontation, Ukraine is in search of a political future. The conflict between the new government in Kiev and forces sympathetic to Russia is escalating, particularly in Crimea. Nevertheless, Russia expert Jonas Grätz, a researcher at the Center for Security Studies, does not foresee a return to the Cold War era. Read more 

30.01.2014 | Press release

Four ETH researchers win award

Once again, ETH researchers benefit from European Research Council (ERC) grants: four researchers from ETH Zurich receive an ERC Consolidator Grant – a total of almost CHF 9 million – for their projects. Read more 

07.01.2014 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Nord-Süd-Finanzierungsmechanismen in der globalen Klimapolitik

Wie beim Schutz der stratosphärischen Ozonschicht, bei dem globale Bemühungen seit den 1980er Jahren sehr erfolgreich sind, ist auch das Klimaproblem durch einen starken Nord-Süd-Gegensatz geprägt. Transferzahlungen sind das übliche Politikinstrument, um solche Differenzen abzubauen. Read more 

02.12.2013 | News

Tit for tat

Voluntary user ratings are extremely important for online auctioneers. Researchers at ETH examined why this system works so well. In the process, they were also able to show that it pays off for online retailers to watch out for their reputation. Read more 

10.10.2013 | News

The reasons behind criminality

More punishment does not necessarily lead to less crime, say researchers at ETH Zurich who have been studying the origins of crime with a computer model. In order to fight crime, more attention should be paid to the social and economic backgrounds that encourage crime. Read more 

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