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Sustainability at ETH Zurich is integrated into research, teaching, and operations and is a substantial element of university life.

Since its establishment in 2008, "ETH Sustainability" supports initiatives, projects and individuals who contribute to enhancing sustainability at ETH Zurich. As a central coordinating hub, our work includes connecting and consolidating the diverse sustainability activities at ETH Zurich while increasing both internal and external visibility.

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Student-organized Sustainability Week 2017

Already in its fifth year, the Sustainability Week took place from March 6 until March 11, 2017. This event series is organized by students of the five Zurich higher education institutions ETHZ, UZH, ZHdK, ZHAW und PHZH. In workshops, excursions, and exhibitions, different facets of sustainability were presented at the five institutional venues. All events are free of charge and public.

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No plans for next summer yet?

Then pack your laptop and hiking boots and join the ETH Sustainability Summer School on “Mountain Forests & Risk Management“.

Date: July 1 – 9, 2017

Place: Pfäfers, SG

Eligibility: all disciplines and all academic levels 

Application deadline: March 17

R4D colloquium

Colloquium "Research for Development (R4D)”

ETH Global and NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation hold the annual colloquium «Research for Development (R4D) - Theoretical Approaches and Field Studies» for doctoral students as part of the lectures at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS). Prof. Isabel Günther, Nadel (D-GESS) and Dr. Barbara Becker (ETH Global) form the teaching team, doctoral students across several departments participate.

Registration now open

E4D Call 2017

E4D Call 2017 now open

The Engineering for Development (E4D) doctoral scholarship programme promotes development-relevant products or methods. It awards two doctoral fellowships per year and promotes projects which are directly relevant for improving the livelihoods of poor people in developing countries. The grant sum is 175'000 CHF to cover the salary costs of the doctoral student for three years.

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Zukunfts-Blog 2016 silver medal

ETH Zukunftsblog wins scientific blog award 2016

17.01.2017 The silver medal of the scientific blog award 2016 goes to ETH Zukunftsblog. With this award, “Science communicates” honors understandable and yet accurate blog posts about ETH research covering climate change, natural ressources, energy, world food system, and cities of the future. As part of Corporate Communications, ETH Zukunftsblog steadily ensures that ETH-researchers journalistically communicate their findings. Congratulations on this successful and distinguished illustration of scientific work.

Read more about the award.

Winter School: 'Cities for all' in Cartagena/Santa Marta, Colombia

30.11.2016 Held from 4 - 18 February 2017, this winter school will combine theoretical and empirical field research, engaging with local practitioners and stakeholders, to explore the requirements to make cities more inclusive for all. This winter school will challenge you to work in an intensive, cross-cultural setting identifying new development potentials in complex, real-life contexts for the two cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta, Colombia.

The Chair of Architecture and Urban Design (U-TT) is looking for motivated PhD and Master students from ISTP, D-ARCH and D-BAUG with a strong interest in urban development and socio-spatial exclusion. Students from other institutions can also apply.

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Contact: Marie Grob,

VSETH KeepCup - the sustainable coffee cup

18.10.2016  Available now in all ETH Stores: the reusable VSETH KeepCup. After only 15 coffees KeepCup manages to compensate the CO2 emission of a common disposable cup. With KeepCup, all ETH cafeterias and bistros charge you 0.30 CHF less for a coffee or a tea until the 30 October 2016.

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Technology contributes to more equal opportunities

The Cybathlon is de­signed to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities have a more direct influence on the development of novel technical solutions that will substantially improve quality of life. At the world-premiere Cybathlon athletes with disabilities compete with each other using innovative assistive devices. The event facilitates discussion between technology developers and people with disabilities and fosters conversation between academia and industry.

The public competitions that will be broadcasted on TV as well as the public podium discussion prior to the Cybathlon contribute to a better understanding of the daily issues that those with disabilities face.

More information about the competition on October 8th, 2016.

Past news can be found in the News archive

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