Recent "ETH-News" on Sustainability
More variety? Eat buckwheat!
What will it take to make our agroecosystems more diverse and secure? Take buckwheat, for example – an ancient grain-like plant with considerable potential. It's not related to cereals, yet produces storable seeds and can taste anything from deliciously tart to bitter. Read more
The cooling effect of agricultural irrigation
Previously, scientists have suggested that agricultural irrigation affects mean climate in several regions of the world. New evidence now shows that this cooling influence is even more pronounced when it comes to climate extremes. Read more
Climate research undermined
The about-face in US climate policy may amount to little more than a small step backward in fighting climate change, but it is a worrying attack on science itself. A report from the US. Read more
Other Sustainability News
Bike repair shop now open at ETH Zurich
The DYI bike repair shop at ETH Zurich’s main building offers ETH-affiliates opportunities to get a grip on their own bikes. All necessary tools to do so can be found at Töffligarage (Töga) at the main building, entrance via Tannenstrasse at the tramstation ETH/Universitäts-spital. Aside from the access to tools, the repair shop is intended to foster exchange and learning all around bikes.
ETH-EPFL Summer School 2017 «Catchment Transport Processes»
From July 2-7 2017, ETH Zurich and EPFL will jointly hold a summer school on transport processes in hydrology. Participants will learn about physical and chemical processes occurring in the generation and transport of nutrients, data analysis, and modeling techniques. The summer school includes a workshop with case studies and a one day field trip to an experimental catchment in Switzerland. Application deadline is April 30.
Guideline Sustainable Catering
ETH Zurich has developed a planning tool (in German) for sustainable catering events in collaboration with University of Zurich (UZH). This guideline aims to support planners at ETH and UZH in organizing receptions and similar events in a sustainable fashion. It is based on criteria for sustainable catering and suggestions on how to avoid food waste.
The study program MAS ETH in «Future Transport Systems»
The new study program MAS ETH in «Future Transport Systems» started successfully in January 2017. The program is designed specifically for professionals in the transportation sector and related fields. It focuses on developing and implementing strategies and solutions for sustainable mobility systems. Starting with the Module Basics in January, the class explored case studies related to autonomous driving, a prevalent and central topic for future transport questions. Moreover, participants got first-hand insights from Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, an ETH expert in this field. The next «CAS Technology Potential» will begin on September 4. Registration is now open until April 30.
For more information, contact or visit the program website.
Critical Thinking Seminar (in German)
Ist Forschung eine nationale Aufgabe? Dieser übergeordneten Frage geht das von der ETH Critical Thinking Initiative organisierte Seminar zum „Forschungsstandort Schweiz“ nach. Verschiedene Experten aus der Forschungsförderung, -strategie, Wirtschaftspolitik und Realwirtschaft diskutieren drängende Fragen, unter anderem zur Notwendigkeit staatlicher Forschungsförderung, der Lenkung von Forschung über thematische Schwerpunkte sowie der Arbeitsteilung zwischen privatwirtschaftlicher und staatlich finanzierter Forschung. Eine Anmeldung zur Veranstaltung ist erwünscht bis 21. April 2017.
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.
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.