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
ETH Zurich’s main focus areas are as follows:
The life expectancy of the general population is growing steadily, with an increasing quality of life well into old age. At the same time, the possibilities offered by medicine and thus also the demands on healthcare are growing. ETH Zurich uses its expertise to make a significant contribution to the continued development of medical research and training at the interface between medicine, technology and natural sciences, and to promote the transfer of new findings into practice.
Food security, energy supply and climate change, the sustainable design of our habitats and the careful handling of natural resources are among the greatest global challenges. ETH Zurich has studied these topics intensively for decades and is today a leader in energy, nutrition and environmental research.
A company’s economic success depends on its ability to develop innovative products and ensure cost-effective production. ETH Zurich’s research contributes to the development of future-oriented production processes and manufacturing technologies.
Critical Thinking Initiative
ETH Zurich launched the Critical Thinking Initiative (CTETH) in 2012 with the goal of training ETH students to think critically and independently. This initiative allows the university to provide critical thinking and communication and leadership skills in addition to specialist expertise.