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    Animal research and 3Rs

    UZH Researchers Win Swiss 3R Awards

    This year’s awards from the Swiss 3R Competence Centre all go to UZH scientists whose research contributes to replacing, reducing and refining animal experiments.
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    Paul Karrer Medal

    “You have to be a champion of failure”

    Katalin Karikó visited the University of Zurich to accept the Paul Karrer Medal. The Hungarian-born biochemist has faced numerous setbacks in her groundbreaking mRNA research before winning the Nobel Prize in 2023.
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    Robotics

    UZH Robotics Research Leads the Way

    Davide Scaramuzza has been awarded the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award. In the interview below, the professor of robotics and perception explains why a drone needs agility and low latency and which progress is needed to improve the autonomy of drones in the future.
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    Teaching award

    Flying High with Carl

    Marc Thommen was presented with the UZH teaching award at this year’s Dies academicus. With his interactive approach to teaching, the criminal law expert succeeds in creating a conducive learning environment that gets students to ask questions, engage in discussion and challenge ideas – even in large lectures.
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    Prix Schläfli (SCNAT)

    Giving Turtles a Voice

    For a long time, turtles were regarded as largely voiceless creatures. In his dissertation, Gabriel Jorgewich-Cohen has shown that they definitely do communicate acoustically. The postdoctoral researcher at the UZH Department of Paleontology has been awarded the Prix Schläfli in Biology.
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    FAN Award

    Heart Defects, the World of Work, and Algorithms

    Melanie Ehrler, Simon Walo and Regina Weder are being honored with this year’s FAN Awards in recognition of their outstanding research work. Their three topics of research are the development of children with heart defects, the future of work, and the legal conditions for the use of AI in public administration.
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    Virology

    Alexandra Trkola Awarded US$3 Million Grant

    The renowned virologist from the University of Zurich receives the major award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for vaccine studies in well-studied groups of people living with HIV in Switzerland and South Africa.
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    UZH Postdoc Team Award

    A Smartwatch App to Tackle Long Covid

    A treatment for people suffering from Long Covid is yet to materialize. The only approach that has proven to be effective is for patients to manage their symptoms. Researchers at UZH have developed an innovative smartwatch application and app that help patients do this. The researchers have now been awarded this year’s UZH Postdoc Team Award.
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    Research Funding

    UZH Researchers Land Grants Worth Over CHF 15 Million

    The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is backing 10 projects at the University of Zurich with Starting Grants totaling more than CHF 15 million.
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    Tag der Lehre 2023

    “Learning from one another”

    The motto of this year’s Tag der Lehre was “inspire(d) minds”. Opportunities to get inspired by swapping experiences and sharing views with colleagues from the UZH teaching community were plentiful. The focus of the day was on the role of AI and interdisciplinary approaches in teaching at UZH.
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    UZH 3R Award

    Award-Winning 3R Research Reduces Animal Experiments

    UZH is developing alternative methods to animal experiments in line with the 3Rs principle. To highlight outstanding achievements of its members in the field of 3Rs, the university has introduced the UZH 3R Award, which has now gone to Giuseppe Esposito and Melanie Generali.
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    Oliver Ullrich Honored

    Highest Honor for UZH Researcher

    Oliver Ullrich, Director of the UZH Space Hub and professor at the Institute of Anatomy, has been awarded the Life Sciences Award by the International Academy of Astronautics. The aerospace medicine expert is being recognized for his innovative research in space life sciences, a field he has been instrumental in establishing.
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    Koetser Award 2023

    Encoding Memories in the Brain – Sheena Josselyn Wins Koetser Award 2023

    For her outstanding discoveries of mechanisms underlying learning and memory, Sheena Josselyn was awarded the 2023 Koetser award.
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    Johanna Spyri and Heidi archives included in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO

    The Johanna Spyri and Heidi archives in Zurich have been added to UNESCO's Memory of the World International Register. The University of Zurich will be working with both institutions to promote the academic study of the collections.
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    1 Million for Chemistry Project

    Boost for Sustainable Use of Resources

    Initial funding of 1 million: thanks to the Werner Siemens-Stiftung, UZH chemistry professors Greta Patzke, David Tilley, Stefan Seeger and Kathrin Fenner and their teams will be able to develop their project idea for a research into technologies for sustainable resource use. If successful, 100 million and the creation of a new WSS research center awaits.
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    FAN Awards

    Heart Attacks, Science Fiction and Lessons from Organic Agriculture

    Three UZH junior researchers are honored with a FAN Award for their original work: Florian Wenzl for his research on personalized heart attack treatment, Jessica Imbach for her study of Chinese science fiction and Emilio Dal Re for revealing the unintended consequences of organic agriculture.
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    UZH Postdoc Team Award

    Checking the Pulse of Society

    The newly established Postdoc Team Award allows UZH to recognize outstanding interdisciplinary research. The inaugural award has gone to two teams, both of which are developing innovative approaches in healthcare research, such as linking pupil size to stress resilience or exploring what tweets can reveal about our mental health.
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    2022 Koetser Award

    The Causes of Dizziness

    Adolfo Miguel Bronstein has been awarded this year’s Betty and David Koetser Award for Brain Research for his groundbreaking contributions in the field of eye movements, balance and spatial orientation.
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    Right Livelihood Award

    “Peace is more than the absence of war”

    Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman are the recipients of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. Before the awards ceremony, the two activists spoke at UZH about their humanitarian activities in Somalia, a country beset by civil war.
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    Economics

    Diversifizieren statt abschotten

    Global trade policy has become more unpredictable, says the recently appointed Chief Economist of the World Trade Organization (WTO), UZH’s Ralph Ossa. We interviewed him to find out more.

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