Main focus areas
In order to cope with humanity’s major challenges, a combination of disciplinary approaches in multidisciplinary teams, or a multidisciplinary approach, is often necessary. This is why ETH Zurich concentrates on several main focus areas in addition to departmental activities. The research focuses on the needs of society – be that at a local, national or global level – and so makes a valuable contribution to politics, the economy and society
Based on the Strategy 2012-16, ETH Zurich is focusing, amongst others, on the areas of world food system, cities of the future, climate change, energy, health, risk research, information processing, new materials and industrial processes.
To complement the research activities of the various departments, ETH also supports the creation of thematic focal areas, which allow for cross-departmental research to meet the challenges of mankind.
In its strategy for the years 2012-16, ETH Zurich is focusing on the topics "Sustainable worlds", "Technology and knowledge for health", "Complex systems", "Materials, technologies and industrial processes", and "Scientific foundations of the future".