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Who is eligible to participate?
Any Bachelor’s or Master’s student, from any department of ETH Zurich, can register. Exchange students are also eligible.

I have no idea about the topic. Can I still apply?
Yes! You don’t need to have a background in the respective field. A wide variety of expertise in each team will contribute to a better problem understanding and a more creative solution. We will provide sufficient content related information so that the week will be successful for participants without a specific background. The whole point of the week is to learn, so you are right where you need to be.

Why should I, as a student in Theoretical Physics, participate when the topic is e.g. about water?

  1. Meet people who are not physicists.
  2. Learn how people from outside of your discipline think and solve problems.
  3. Integrate your expertise and learning principles into the group work process and learn more about methods on how to generate new ideas in interdisciplinary teams. This might help you for your future career and the work in other teams.

Why is the ETH Week a novel and innovative learning format at ETH Zurich?
We are combining existing approaches to learning: design thinking, problem based learning, and team building processes. These approaches complement one another and will allow you to integrate the research process into design thinking and let you think about research as a design project. This means we will combine lecture oriented inputs (keynote presentations, panel discussion) with team work sessions and excursions, but we will also provide you an inspirational environment to meet external partners, professors and students from other disciplines informally.  

Do I get credit points for participating?
If you participate for the entire week of the programme and contribute to the final group presentation, you will get 1 ECTS. This is subject to your study programme’s rules regarding “Wahlfach” credit points, so please check this before making a final decision to join the week. To receive the credit point, please register under 701-0901-00L on MyStudies.





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