ETH News

10.07.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Smart technology needs smart users

What’s the point of smart assistants and intelligent electricity meters if people don’t use them correctly? In order to cope with the energy transition, we need a combination of digital technologies and smart user behaviour – and the social sciences can help. Read more 

09.05.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Swiss households could save energy

Efficient use of electricity is central to Energy Strategy 2050. But how much electricity-saving potential do Swiss households actually have? And which factors influence this efficiency? Read more 

21.03.2017 | News

Start with the users

An app for building managers – or data glasses that help you learn physics concepts? During the first "SPH Innovation Challenge", ETH students spent a week working on their own project ideas. Set up as a pilot station in autumn 2016, the Student Project House on the Hönggerberg campus provided the necessary space and resources. Read more 

10.03.2017 | News

New professors appointed

The ETH Board appointed three new professors and awarded the title of Professor to five recipients upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella Read more 

02.02.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Why energy forecasts often fail

Players in the energy industry and the policy domain often depend on forecasts. A closer look reveals that these predictions sometimes fall wide of the mark. Underestimating innovation dynamics is one reason why. Read more 

01.12.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Swiss businesses are good process innovators

Switzerland’s economy is facing some tough challenges: technologies are developing rapidly, processes are being amalgamated both inside and outside production facilities, and business units are becoming increasingly interconnected. This means businesses need to constantly adapt. The issue has been taken up by researchers from the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation and from the KOF Swiss Economic Institute, both at ETH Zurich. Read more 

11.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Nuclear power: where to next?

Switzerland’s electricity companies, and in particular the operators of its nuclear power plants, are in poor financial shape. Regardless of the outcome of the Nuclear Withdrawal Initiative, the funding required for dismantling and disposal raises issues of state redistribution. Read more 

12.10.2016 | Press release

Swiss employees do not hold back on cynical behaviour

Every fourth employee regards promises made by the company they work for as having been broken and every third is not satisfied with their relationship to their superior and with their co-workers. This is shown by the current results of the Swiss Human Relations Barometer of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Read more 

25.08.2016 | News

Polybahn Pitch featuring Elgar Fleisch

Riding the Polybahn from Central up to ETH Zurich with Elgar Fleisch: the Professor of Information Management at ETH Zurich tells us in a new Polybahn Pitch how the Internet of Things allows the development of better therapies for chronically ill people.  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 

24.06.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Energiewende 2.0

Die Energiewende tritt in eine neue Phase. Es geht nicht mehr nur um den Ausbau erneuerbarer Alternativen, sondern um das Überleben oder den Niedergang bislang dominierender Akteure und Technologien. Dieser Phasenübergang fordert Wirtschaft, Politik und Forschung. Read more 

17.06.2016 | News

New centre for public governance

ETH Zurich is establishing a new centre specialising in public governance. The intention is to fill the gap in the educational programmes currently on offer, and to bolster ETH’s research activity in this sphere. Read more 

05.04.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Zur Wirtschaftlichkeit der Wasserkraft

Die Schweizer Wasserkraft darbt. Die Ursache dafür sind letztlich Verzerrungen im europäischen Strommarkt. Nun diskutiert die Politik Subventionen für die Grosswasserkraft. Allfällige Rettungsaktionen sollten berücksichtigen, dass die Wasserkraftwerke noch Sparpotenzial bei den Kosten aufweisen. 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 

10.12.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Kompromissfreudiger Klimarechner

Wenn es derzeit an der COP oder künftigen Klimaverhandlungen darum geht, das globale CO2 -Budget gerecht unter den Staaten zu verteilen, sind Ansätze gefragt, die Vergleiche ermöglichen und einen fairen Kompromiss erlauben. Genau das bietet ein neuer Klimarechner der ETH Zürich, mit dem man länderspezifische CO2 -Budgets berechnen kann. Read more 

04.12.2015 | News

Four professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Lino Guzzella, the ETH Board appointed a total of four professors, and awarded the title of professor to two individuals. Read more 

10.11.2015 | News | 1 Comment

‘Diplomatic engineering’ with ex-Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey

Micheline Calmy-Rey gave a public lecture at ETH Zurich last Monday in which she spoke about Swiss foreign policy and called for an active role in international nuclear disarmament negotiations. Her visit took place as part of a joint seminar between the University of Geneva and ETH Zurich. Read more 

19.09.2015 | Globe magazine

Resources, politics and fairness

FOEN director Bruno Oberle, environmental engineer Stefanie Hellweg and economist Lucas Bretschger discuss ways to make resource consumption more ecofriendly, both in Switzerland and around the world. Read more 

23.07.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Business clusters boost company success

Faster, more global, more complex – innovation and product cycles are constantly changing. A study conducted by the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zurich found that the best way to keep up with the competition is sharing knowledge within a business cluster. 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 

27.06.2015 | News

3D for all

The use of 3D printing continues to rise among students and researchers. ETH Zurich has set up a special web platform so people will be able to find the right printer faster in future. At the same time, the ETH Additive Manufacturing Community has also been created, forming a place where researchers can exchange ideas on the various applications of 3D printing. Read more 

16.06.2015 | News

A festival of success stories

On Monday, the “venture” start-up competition celebrated its tenth run. Six ETH Zurich companies were among this year’s finalists, with Pregnostics winning the prize for best business idea. Read more 

21.05.2015 | News

Ten years of technology and economics

The Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. In both its research and teaching, the department explores the interfaces between technology and economics. Graduates with in-depth knowledge in these areas are in high demand on the labour market. Read more 

07.05.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Wie steht’s um die Schweizer Energieeffizienz?

Energieeffizienz ist im Zuge der Energiestrategie 2050 ein grosses Thema. Aber wie effizient – oder ineffizient – sind wir denn nun, und wie gross ist das Einsparpotential? Diese Fragen versuchen wir mit einem dreijährigen Forschungsprojekt zumindest für Schweizer Haushalte zu beantworten. 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 

23.02.2015 | News

Research with a social relevance

Michael Ambühl, Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management, has just published his much discussed proposal on the implementation of the mass immigration initiative in the Swiss Political Science Review. ETH News spoke to him about the relationship between research and politics. Read more 

11.12.2014 | Zukunftsblog

Am Rande und doch mittendrin

Die diesjährigen UN-Klimaverhandlungen stehen unter besseren Vorzeichen als auch schon, gestalten sich aber dennoch zäh. Am Rande der Hauptverhandlungen diskutieren Expertinnen und Experten über wichtige Fragen, wie sich Klimaschutzmassnahmen besser umsetzen lassen. Read more 

09.12.2014 | News

Key motivators of the open source community

These days, technology companies are tapping into the expertise of online open source communities to develop new software. A research group under the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation is examining how companies can boost the motivation of these unpaid developers. Read more 

11.11.2014 | Zukunftsblog

Renewables: To store or not to store?

Do we need to invest in energy storage research and development to meet our renewable energy targets? Recent media reports suggest such investments are not necessary. However, ETH research tells a different story. 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 

15.09.2014 | Press release

EU negotiations acted out

Simulated negotiations with the EU on the free movement of persons: in a special seminar, two professors from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich sought to discover whether the simulation method could be applied beyond the realm of the technical sciences and used as a prediction tool in a political context. In addition to students, the seminar participants included experienced representatives from the world of diplomacy and politics. 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 

11.07.2014 | News

Predicting World Cup results with the wisdom of the crowd

Can a group of football fans predict match results of the world cup more accurately than individuals? Researchers at the Chair of Systems Design attempted to find out by statistically analysing games for which predictions were made. Read more 

23.04.2014 | News

Male-biased Tweeting

Today women take an active part in public life. Without a doubt, they also converse with other women. In fact, they even talk to each other about other things besides men. As banal as it sounds, this is far from being the norm in Hollywood movies. The same goes for Twitter, as a new study shows. Read more 

15.04.2014 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Keine Einigung in der Klimapolitik?

Der fünfte Bericht der Arbeitsgruppe III des IPCC verdeutlicht, dass wir uns in der gesellschaftlichen Bewertung des Klimawandels noch nicht einig sind. Der Bericht enthält viele Folgerungen, die auch in den Grundlagentexten der Umweltökonomie stehen. Warum ist es nötig, sich noch einmal darüber zu einigen? Warum herrscht wenig Konsens in Bezug auf die Klimapolitik? Read more 

13.03.2014 | News

Exchange rate behaves like particles in a molecular fluid

The swings in market prices and exchange rates have the same foundations as molecule movements in physics. This has been demonstrated by a team of scientists from Switzerland and Japan. Read more 

07.03.2014 | Globe magazine

Learning from mistakes

Psychologists from ETH Zurich have been studying what prompts mistakes in hospitals and elsewhere, how they can be avoided, and what doctors and nurses can learn from them. Read more 

03.12.2013 | Zukunftsblog | 2 Comments

UN-Klimaverhandlungen: Technologie rückt näher in den Fokus

Während die Hauptverhandlungen an der UN-Klimakonferenz (COP19) harzig verliefen, konnten Nebenveranstaltungen vielversprechende Resultate erzielen: Mit dem Technology Mechanism (TM) ist ein Instrument in Kraft getreten, das den nachhaltigen technologischen Wandel beschleunigen könnte. Read more 

12.11.2013 | News

"Negotiating is both an art and a science"

As a diplomat, Michael Ambühl was responsible for some of Switzerland's most important foreign policies. Now he is professor at ETH Zurich, sharing his expertise. Read more 

24.09.2013 | News

"Best address for business cycle research"

KOF Swiss Economic Institute celebrates its 75th anniversary. Representatives from politics, economy and administration agrred about one thing when ginving their congratulations: KOF is needed more than ever. Read more 

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