Newest Articles Archive 2018 106 articles

  • Epigenetics

    Tumor Therapy of the Future

    Four group heads from different departments across faculties have joined forces in a pioneering three-million franc project. This collaboration will enable research into new epigenetic approaches for treating cancer. More …

  • Developmental Psychology

    Systematic Babies

    A research group at the chair for developmental psychology in infancy and childhood has shown that babies as young as six months can recognize changes in patterns of activity. The findings also have consequences for our understanding of language development in young children. More …

  • Nobel Laureate Meeting

    UZH Doctoral Candidate at the Nobel Laureate Meeting

    The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings see Nobel laureates and outstanding junior researchers from all over the world descend on Lake Constance. Karin Prummel of the University of Zurich attended this year’s meeting as an Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (IBH) grant-holder. More …

  • Talk im Turm

    “We’ve come a long way already”

    After years of little progress, cancer research has now entered into a gold rush. The Talk im Turm event on cancer and precision medicine shone an optimistic light on a difficult topic. More …

  • Continuing Education Course

    When our Lifestyle Damages our Health

    Everyone knows that they ought to lead a healthy lifestyle. But not everyone finds it so easy to put into practice. That’s where experts offering effective and sustainable support can be of help. In order to train such experts, UZH is offering a new continuing education course, the first of its kind in Switzerland, in physical and mental lifestyle change and mind-body medicine. More …

  • Graduate Campus Annual Ceremony

    Playful Research

    The Annual Ceremony of the Graduate Campus was focused on the topic of creativity and science. The improv theater group “anundpfirsich” added a playful and participatory twist to the event, at which this year’s Mercator Awards were also handed out. More …

  • Economics

    In the Engine Room of the World

    Can poverty be tackled by systematically influencing the behavior of those affected? Or does that just perpetuate it? Christian Berndt and Guilherme Lichand discuss the effects of social intervention. More …

  • Medicine

    Targeted Treatment for Leukemia

    Nicole Bodmer can use the individual genetic fingerprint of blood cancer cells to determine a suitable therapy for children suffering from leukemia. Often this helps – but not always. More …

  • Honor

    Researcher with Multiple Talents

    UZH doctoral candidate José Parra Moyano has been bestowed with a very special honor: The 27-year-old Spaniard was included on Forbes magazine’s prestigious 30 under 30 list. Parra Moyano researches blockchain technology at UZH. More …

  • Medicine

    DNA Set to Replace the Stethoscope?

    Family doctors have always done personalized medicine. While genetic patient data might sometimes make their lives easier, it won’t change the profession in itself, claims Thomas Rosemann, director of the Institute of Primary Care. More …

  • Robotics

    Learning by Flying

    Will our cities soon be full of whirring aerial devices? Robotics expert Davide Scaramuzza is working on making drones so smart that they can navigate fully autonomously. More …

  • Medicine

    Helping Weary Hearts

    If the heart is no longer able to pump enough blood around the body, our bodies’ capabilities diminish and the risk of sudden cardiac death increases. But thanks to preventive measures and modern treatment options, the disease has become less of a threat. Cardiologist Frank Ruschitzka reported on developments in the field in a talk at the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology. More …

  • Medicine

    The Secrets of Kidneys

    The National Center of Competence in Research Kidney.CH, with UZH as its leading house, is highly successful. Its kidney research is now entering its third funding period. More …

  • Psychiatry

    Nobody Likes Me

    Coming off anti-depressants can be difficult. Quentin Huys wants to find out what goes on inside the head during the process. That would make the decision about whether to stop taking medication or not easier. More …

  • Second LERU Gender Conference

    Gender Always Plays a Role

    Women are less likely than men to reach top positions in academia and are under-represented at higher levels – the result of unconscious prejudices? The LERU Gender Conference, which took place at UZH last week, was devoted to exploring the topic of implicit bias. More …

  • Plant Immune System

    Heyday for Plant Researcher

    Until recently Cyril Zipfel was head of the prestigious Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, Great Britain. Now he’s taken up a role as professor of plant physiology at UZH – armed with an ERC Consolidator Grant as well as a prestigious Japanese award. More …

  • Football World Cup

    Follow the Action and Feel the Passion

    The football World Cup kicks off in Russia today. We asked some UZH professors which teams they would be rooting for. More …

  • Vice President Medicine

    The Aim Is for Excellence

    Beatrice Beck Schimmer takes up the new role of Vice President Medicine from August. Her goal is to develop university medicine in the Zurich area. A portrait. More …

  • Life Sciences Spin-off

    Anaveon Backs Immunotherapy

    Onur Boyman, an immunologist working at the University Hospital Zurich and UZH, has joined forces with Andreas Katopodis to establish Anaveon, a company aiming to translate breakthroughs in research in the field of cytokines into new and innovative immunotherapies for cancer. The spin-off has been made possible thanks to support from the UZH Life Sciences Fund. More …

  • CHESS Talk

    Part-Time Leadership

    More should be done to promote part-time models for university professors, leaders and managers. CHESS, the Center for Higher Education and Science Studies at UZH, surveyed the current state of affairs. More …

  • Precision Medicine

    How Cancer Cells Communicate

    Bernd Bodenmiller’s research provides in-depth insights into tumors. The quantitative biologist investigates how different cells in diseased tissue interact, paving the way for increasingly targeted interventions. More …

  • New UZH Magazin

    Inside Cancer

    Bigger pictures, more flexible layout: UZH Magazin gets a complete new look. Cancer research and therapy are the focus of the latest edition. It reveals how precision medicine can lead to therapies that are more targeted, more successful and less aggressive. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    How Pizzas Went Online

    Celebrated alumni look back at their time at the University of Zurich. This time, we hear from Andrej Vckovski, CEO of Netcetera. More …

  • Political Science

    “Media loss is a threat to democracy”

    The less the press report on local politics, the lower the voter turnout in the municipalities, a study by political scientist Daniel Kübler has shown. He warns that the crisis of local journalism poses a threat to democracy. More …

  • Annual media conference

    Innovation in the Service of Society

    Jane Beil-Wagner and Stefan Kleiser are among the first recipients of the new UZH funding program created to support innovation in biomedicine and the life sciences. The “BioEntrepreneur Fellowships” for young researchers were presented at the annual media conference this week. And thanks to a donation from the Werner Siemens Foundation, UZH can expand the program. More …

  • Gender Equality

    Inclusive Language

    The new language guidelines published by the UZH give specific examples and practical solutions for everyday use of inclusive language. More …

  • Spotlight

    Diving with Dolphins

    Marine biologist Angela Ziltener’s most important work is done in El Gouna on the Red Sea. It is here that the UZH scientist conducts her research on dolphins and campaigns to save the habitat of these fascinating creatures. More …

  • swissuniversities

    Michael O. Hengartner Re-Elected President of swissuniversities

    It its meeting of 24 May 2018, the plenary assembly of swissuniversities elected Michael O. Hengartner to a second term (2019–2021) as President of swissuniversities. Hengartner plans to continue his work promoting collaboration among Swiss higher education institutions. More …

  • Theology

    World News from the Reformer

    It should be impossible to mention Zwingli without also invoking Bullinger. And yet Zurich’s second-most important reformer has remained an unknown figure. This is about to change thanks to the work of UZH researchers. Bullinger's writings are important for interpreting the events of his time, as shown by an exhibition at UZH. More …

  • UZH Alumni

    UZH Women Open New Chapter

    A new chapter has been added to UZH Alumni: As part of the final Alumnae Talks event under the auspices of UZH Alumni Co-President Denise Schmid, four UZH graduates presented the newly founded Women’s Chapter. It brings together alumnae of UZH at regular meetings where discussions are bound to be lively and controversial, but also entertaining and eye-opening, says the new chapter’s co-founder, Dr. Elefteria Xekalakis Matthys. More …

  • Debate

    “Non-professorial academic staff need prospects”

    What can be done to ensure that the growing number of non-professorial academic staff have adequate career prospects? Where do the challenges lie? UZH Journal discussed these questions with Matthias Egger, President of the SNSF’s National Research Council, Claudine Leysinger from the Graduate Campus, and Georg Winterberger, who represents the non-professorial academic staff. One solution – advocated by the SNSF – lies in creating new tenure-track assistant professorships. More …

  • Citizen Science

    Exhibition on Tour

    The UZH Graduate Campus’ citizen science exhibition has been shown abroad for the first time – at two universities in India. Rafael Küng and Barbara Strobl traveled to India with the exhibition to report on their UZH citizen science project. More …

  • New UZH Journal

    Competent Leadership

    The May edition of the UZH Journal is dedicated to the topic of leadership. The University of Zurich has developed eight Leadership and Management Principles which were approved by the Extended Executive Board of the University in April. They contain specific recommendations for leaders and managers, and ideas to help them reflect on their own leadership style and behavior. More …

  • Research Expedition to Greenland

    Researching Arctic Vegetation

    Gabriela Schaepman-Strub of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies and a research group are set to travel to Greenland on a mission to strengthen cooperation between Switzerland and Greenland in the area of ecological Arctic research. More …

  • Exhibition on Bullinger’s Correspondence

    When Lightning Struck the Grossmünster

    On 17 May, an exhibition about Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger will open at UZH. Peter Opitz, professor at the Institute of Swiss Reformation History, explains the significance of Bullinger for the Reformation. More …

  • Campus

    TV Örlikä Wins 2018 SOLA Relay Race

    Around 14,000 runners took part in this year’s SOLA relay race. The race was won by team TV Örlikä, who finished about seven minutes ahead of their competition. More …

  • Latin American Center

    “Interdisciplinarity is our trademark”

    The second edition of the Tschudi Lecture in honor of the polymath from Glarus, Johann Jakob von Tschudi, takes place next week. For the University’s relatively new Latin American Center, the event presents an opportunity to consolidate its reputation. More …

  • Campus

    Research in Pictures

    The SNSF Scientific Image Competition encourages researchers to pick up a camera and present scientific work from a different angle. Our picture gallery features some of the photos submitted by UZH researchers. More …

  • Genetics

    Atlas of human cells

    First there was the Human Genome Project. Now, something even bigger is starting: the Human Cell Atlas. UZH statistician Mark Robinson is part of this global endeavor, developing computational tools to analyze large datasets of human cells. More …

  • Open Access

    “We’re negotiating open access”

    Thanks to the internet, academic publications are increasingly distributed and read online. But open access comes at a price. The Swiss universities are negotiating with the world’s three largest scientific publishers for fair – in other words affordable – terms of access. Michael Hengartner, president of swissuniversities and UZH, explains the background. More …

  • Alumni Chapter Tokio

    How Heidi came to Japan

    Thanks to Yuta Daigi, co-chair of the UZH Alumni Chapter in Tokyo, UZH alumni in Japan are part of a close-knit network. Yuta Daigi studied at the University of Zurich and now teaches at Mie University in Japan. His area of research: Language in Johanna Spyri’s Heidi. A portrait. More …

  • Campus

    Library of the Future

    Increasing digitalization poses great challenges for library services wishing to remain attractive and modern. In this interview, Vice President Christian Schwarzenegger discusses the plans for the future of libraries at UZH. More …

  • Death and Dying

    A Legacy on Film

    The Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine is presenting a series of events devoted to the topic of film and dying. On Tuesday the discussion focused on the film Vergiss mein nicht. More …

  • Eastern European Studies

    “Russia has not yet found its place in the world”

    A dangerous dynamic is developing in Russia’s foreign policy, says UZH Professor Jeronim Perović in an interview. He is director of the Center for Eastern European Studies at UZH, which opens next week with a discussion event on the subject of “Russia and the West”. More …

  • Talk im Turm

    Discussing Educational Opportunities and Fair Taxation

    At the latest Talk im Turm event, educational scientist Katharina Maag Merki and economist Florian Scheuer discussed equal opportunities in education and a tax system that provides performance incentives rather than merely redistributing wealth. More …

  • Privacy

    Privacy on the Web

    Modern technologies are dangerous. Does this mean that individuals should be as seamlessly protected as possible? UZH professor of law Florent Thouvenin believes that this, the current approach to data protection, is misguided. More …

  • Board of the University

    Election of the Executive Board of the University

    The Board of the University has elected Beatrice Beck Schimmer as Director of Medicine. Michael Hengartner, Gabriele Siegert, Michael Schaepman, and Christian Schwarzenegger have been re-elected for a further term of office. More …

  • Economy

    Rip-Off Merchants, Profiteers, and Superstars

    High incomes are not always unfair, and too-high taxes can be bad for the economy, shows economist Florian Scheuer’s research into taxation of the super-rich. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    On Art (Dis)course

    Celebrated alumni look back at their time at the University of Zurich. This time, Fanni Fetzer, Director of the Kunstmuseum Luzern. More …

  • Day of Clinical Research

    Scientists Honored

    Nephrologist Johan Lorenzen and gastroenterologist Michael Scharl have received the renowned Georg Friedrich Götz Award. This prize is awarded annually at UZH for outstanding contributions in the field of medical research. The award was presented at the Day of Clinical Research at the UniversityHospital Zurich, alongside the presentation of the 2018 Hartmann Müller Memorial Prize. More …

  • University Conference

    Universities Shaping Europe

    This week, UZH has been hosting university leaders from around Europe. The annual conference of the European University Association, held from 4 to 6 April, was devoted to the question of how universities can shape the Europe of today and of tomorrow. More …

  • B2Run Corporate Fun Run

    Move and Mingle

    This year’s Swiss corporate running event takes place on 24 May 2018. All employees of the University of Zurich are invited to take part – jogging or walking. More …

  • University Spine Center Zurich

    Treating Back Problems

    Balgrist University Hospital yesterday opened the new University Spine Center Zurich. It brings together expertise in eight different disciplines to offer patients the full range of spinal care services under one roof. More …

  • Preventive Medicine

    Fighting the Kilos

    A growing number of people are overweight. Studies show that the worst affected are those in more disadvantaged sections of society. Food manufacturers could have a key role to play in the fight against obesity. More …

  • Medicine

    New Heart, New Life

    What does it mean to have another person’s heart in your body? As part of the lecture series of the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology, heart surgeon Michele Genoni reported on his experiences with heart patients and on alternatives to donor hearts. More …

  • Cultural Studies

    Wolf Territories

    Wolves are here and making political waves: their presence is fueling wild debate about different moral values, and even causing cantonal boundaries to be redrawn. These are the findings of researchers at the UZH Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. More …

  • Campus

    UZH Considers Dentistry Move

    The University Children’s Hospital Zurich is set to move to a new location in the Lengg neighborhood of Zurich, freeing up its former site in Zurich-Hottingen for a new occupant. The Government Council of the Canton of Zurich recommends making the current location of UZH’s Center of Dental Medicine available as a new outpatient clinic of the UniversityHospital Zurich. In turn, the Center of Dental Medicine is to move to the current site being freed up by the Kispi’s relocation. More …

  • Cell Biology

    Burned-Out Cancer Cells

    Cancer cells are very resourceful when it comes to evading the body’s repair mechanisms. Cell biologist Matthias Altmeyer researches these strategies, paving the way for novel therapies. More …

  • Pediatrics

    Protector of Preemies

    Children born prematurely, with heart defects, or who have developmental disorders have a difficult start in life. Physician and researcher Bea Latal has dedicated her career to supporting them. More …

  • Childcare

    Playing without Distractions

    The Foundation for Childcare in the Zurich University Area (kihz) supports members of UZH and ETH Zurich when it comes to childcare. One of the offers is "kihz Flex", which now also provides flexible temporary childcare services on Plattenstrasse near UZH City Campus. More …

  • Gender Equality

    Of Concern to All of Us

    From informal groups to a modern diversity policy: At the reception for female professors, which took place for the 10th time this year, attendees recalled the grassroots beginnings of the gender equality movement at UZH, and discussed future steps. More …

  • Executive Board of the University

    Strengthening the Ability to Act

    The Executive Board of the University is renewing its structures and processes to remain viable for the future. The Offices of the Vice Presidents will be renamed in August 2018, while other elements of the reform will gradually enter into force by 2020. More …

  • Ethics

    Rewarding Reflection

    Medics in their first semester at UZH are confronted early on with thorny ethical questions. Now, a new prize is being awarded for the best essays on the subject. Selina Steiger was crowned winner of the very first Premio Pusterla Junior by public vote at an event this week. More …

  • Mercator Awards

    Award-Winning Research by Junior Scholars

    This year's Mercator Awards recognize the research achievements of immunologist Natalia Arenas-Ramirez, theologian Christoph Heilig, and economist Bruno Caprettini. The awards will be presented at the Annual Event of the Graduate Campus of UZH on 3 July. More …

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Dried Stars

    Star anise is a popular spice used in cooking and also known for its medicinal properties. Social and cultural anthropologist Annuska Derks follows the fruit from its cultivation in Vietnam on its journey through a globalized world. More …

  • Sustainability Week

    Change Attitudes Not Rules

    Last Wednesday, leaders and representatives from five Zurich-based higher education institutions joined a panel discussion to set out their vision for "a sustainable university". More …

  • Technology and Philosophy

    The Hype Surrounding Artificial Intelligence

    What are the philosophical questions that we need to debate in connection with artificial intelligence? UZH sociologist of law Christoph Graber organized a workshop on this topic at UZH in cooperation with Harvard University. More …

  • Alumni

    Founding an Alumni Chapter

    In 2017, UZH Alumni introduced the idea of chapters, a new format designed to make it easier for University graduates to connect. An example is the new Entrepreneurs Chapter. More …

  • Innovation Park Zurich

    Research and Innovation Fly High

    The Innovation Park Zurich promises great opportunities for research at UZH. The information pavilion was officially opened at an event in Dübendorf on Friday. Air and space travel was the topic of the hour – and UZH's Space Hub initiative is already using the airfield infrastructure for projects from all over Switzerland. More …

  • Survey

    UZH Researchers Embrace Open Access

    Researchers at UZH welcome the shift towards open access publishing, which makes academic work available publicly for free. Around half of researchers already publish their work with open access, according to a comprehensive survey carried out by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. Besides a number of positive results, the survey also revealed a need for more information. More …

  • Economy

    Out of the Poverty Trap by Text Message

    Poverty reduces people’s ability to think and take action. Poor people often make the wrong decisions, which means they stay poor. Brazilian economist Guilherme Lichand wants to change this – by text message. More …

  • Open Access

    Free-of-Charge Journals on HOPE

    The specialist journal for communications science SComS has recently been made available free of charge on UZH’s HOPE platform. The journal has moved from the renowned publisher Elsevier to the platform managed by the Main Library of the University of Zurich. More …

  • Swiss National Science Foundation

    Nine new externally funded professorships for UZH

    The Swiss National Science Foundation has this year awarded 39 professorships to outstanding young researchers. Almost one in four of them are at the University of Zurich. More …

  • Education

    Pupils without Pigeonholes

    The Swiss education system is full of hurdles. For children from less privileged families, navigating the route to university is tough. Reforming the system could change that More …

  • Psychology

    "Leave the mobile phone in your bag"

    The first thing many of us think about in the morning is our mobile phone. Indeed, our daily lives are dominated by smartphones. According to psychologist Theda Radtke, we should deliberately keep our mobile phones out of sight as well as out of the hands of small children. By Thomas Gull and Roger Nickl More …

  • Media Relations

    Audience of up to 5 Billion People

    A new orangutan species, gender differences, and simulations of outer space: The public are fascinated with research topics. An overview of the 10 UZH media releases that received the most attention in 2017. More …

  • Endowed Professorship

    UZH to Open Center for Breastfeeding Research

    With the help of a 10 million franc donation, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics of the University of Zurich is to establish a center to research the long-term effects of breastfeeding. The professorship and associated research fund is financed by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. More …

  • Non-Professorial Academic Staff

    “Address problems early on”

    The Association of the Non-Professorial Academic Staff of the University of Zurich (VAUZ) has carried out a survey about the job satisfaction and student-to-instructor ratio of doctoral candidates and postdocs at UZH. Vice President Gabriele Siegert discusses the results of the survey below. More …

  • Debate

    "Publication practice has to change"

    A deluge of scientific publications is pushing the system to its limits. Studies are questioning the reproducibility of results. In this interview, neuropsychologist Lutz Jäncke and systems biologist Lawrence Rajendran talk about the crisis in the publication process and new solutions such as the Matters of Reproducibility platform. More …

  • Human Resources

    Counseling and Mediation Services for Employees Planned

    Problems and conflicts are easier to solve with the advice and support of neutral third parties. This is why UZH is setting up an office for counseling and mediation. More …

  • Essay

    Science Fiction Enriches Ethical Discourse

    Science fiction in literature and film can offer us insights into ethics for the post-human age, says Johann Roduit. On the occasion of the 50th birthday of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the UZH ethicist has launched a series of events. More …

  • University Board

    "A great loss for UZH"

    Markus Graf, a member of the Board of the University since 2016, was particularly committed to real estate development at UZH. He passed away last Saturday at the age of 69. More …

  • Portrait

    Sport with Head and Heart

    Triathlete and cultural studies scholar Yonca Krahn researches the links between space, sport, and the body. More …

  • New UZH Journal

    Happy Birthday VAUZ!

    It’s a special birthday for the Association of the Non-Professorial Academic Staff of the University of Zurich (VAUZ) this year: The group was founded 50 years ago by a committed group of staff with the aim of improving their employment conditions and having more of a voice within the University. The UZH Journal looks back at the history of the association that arose out of the turbulence of 1968, and asks where it is headed in the future. More …

  • Law and Ethics

    Surrogacy and Child Protection

    Surrogacy has become a trans-national industry. At UZH, an international group of experts has come together to develop principles for the protection of the children involved. In this interview, UZH professor of law Andrea Büchler discusses the challenges. More …

  • Exhibition

    Pacific Entanglements

    The new exhibition in the Johann Jacobs Museum focuses on Japan's rise as a global power. The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the professorial chairs of UZH art historian Hans Bjarne Thomsen and UZH historian Martin Dusinberre. More …

  • Communications research

    Learning to Surf

    The Swiss National Science Foundation elected UZH communications scholar Eszter Hargittai to be a member of its National Research Council from April 2018 onwards. Her research focuses among other things on the different ways in which people can benefit from the internet. More …

  • swissuniversities

    "Speaking with one voice"

    Michael Hengartner's presidency of the umbrella organization swissuniversities runs until the end of 2018. In this interview, the UZH President talks about what has been achieved so far, the challenges ahead – and why he is planning to stand for re-election. More …

  • Board of the University

    Appointments of 29 January 2018

    In its meeting of 29 January 2018, the Board of the University approved a number of appointments. More …

  • Pfizer Research Award

    Award-Winning Medical Research

    This year's winners of the Pfizer Research Awards include seven researchers from the University of Zurich and the University's hospitals. More …

  • University Program for School Students

    Studying at University While Still at School

    In the Fall Semester of 2018, UZH will launch a pilot project giving high school students the opportunity to study at the University. The initiative was announced by UZH President Michael Hengartner in a press conference. More …

  • Order of Merit

    UZH Virus Researcher Honored

    Karin Mölling, professor emerita of virology at UZH, has been awarded the Cross of Merit (First Class) of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. More …

  • Chemistry Days

    The Energy of the Future

    They're young and interested in learning about the energy of the future: 40 high school students were given the opportunity to explore the chemistry laboratories at UZH last week. Some impressions can be seen in the video below (in German). More …

  • Digitalization

    Democracy under Pressure

    The 10th edition of the Aarau Democracy Days is dedicated among other things to looking into the effects of digitalization on democracy. In his essay, UZH political science scholar Uwe Serdült discusses the potential of digitalization to change our day-to-day political life. He makes the case for using the opportunities of digital democracy in a constructive way. More …

  • Gender Equality

    Equal Pay at UZH

    When it comes to salary, UZH treats men and women virtually the same. This is one of the findings of an analysis of over 9,400 sets of data carried out by the Human Resources Office. More …

  • Society

    On Feeling at Home and Citizens' Rights

    The exhibition "Zürcher!nnen machen" examines what being a "Zürcher" actually means. The question was also the fiercely debated topic of a panel discussion. More …

  • Talk im Turm

    Wormholes and the Cradle of Modernity

    Screws, glasses, printing: The inventions of the Renaissance triggered a dramatic surge in development. Will digitalization have a comparable impact on modern society? Historian Bernd Roeck and physicist Titus Neupert debated the question at UZH’s Talk im Turm podium discussion. More …

  • Debate

    The Conflicts around Data Protection

    Research requires more and more data, while data protection rules exist to protect the privacy of the people involved. Vice President Christian Schwarzenegger, epidemiologist Milo Puhan, and data protection delegate Robert Weniger came together to discuss conflicts arising from these contradictory needs. More …

  • Campus

    Row, Row, Row Your Boat

    UZH student Luca Baltensperger rowed across the Atlantic as part of the “Swiss Mocean” team. No mean feat, with about a million rowing strokes over 4,700 kilometers. More …

  • Film Studies

    Utopian Cinema

    Movies such as Blade Runner paint a grim picture of the future. Positive utopias, hardly ever seen in entertainment cinema, have found a home in documentaries. Film studies scholar Simon Spiegel tells us why. More …

  • Japanese Studies

    Water Clocks and Eternity

    Medieval Japan wasn’t a pre-modern timeless paradise, says Raji C. Steineck. The Japanese studies scholar is examining the nature of time and researching how time is perceived in the land of the rising sun. More …

  • Psychology

    Sleepless Nights

    According to a study by psychiatrist Wulf Rössler, almost 30 percent of people in Zurich have problems sleeping. The main cause is stress. More …

  • Anthropology

    Tailing Apes

    Anthropologist Carel van Schaik has spent years observing orangutans and tackling the major questions of human evolution. He finds new answers to them time and time again. More … 2 Comments

  • Philosophy

    “The freedom of thought appealed to me”

    The first-ever Zurich Philosophy Festival kicks off next week. The theme: “Me, Me, Me.” We spoke to the man behind the festival, UZH philosophy student Urs Siegfried. More …

  • Social Policy

    “Investment instead of insurance”

    Polarization in Swiss politics makes the country less able to reform, says political scientist Silja Häusermann. She wants to see a welfare state that helps people to stay in the employment market. More …

  • New UZH Magazin

    Striving Upwards. Chances for a Better Life

    Life chances are the focus of the latest issue of the UZH Magazin. Academics at UZH are researching inequality and examining what can be done about it. More …