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  • UZH Spin-Offs in 2021

    Levelling Up

    Every year, innovative UZH researchers launch their own businesses – in 2021, four new spin-offs were founded. Spin-offs play a key role when it comes to transferring scientific findings into industry practice More …

  • Successful innovation

    “We have created a stable active ingredient”

    Molecular Partners, a spin-off from the University of Zurich, has developed a drug against Covid-19 and is applying for approval, together with Novartis, in Switzerland and the US. Phase 2 clinical trials have already demonstrated efficacy in Covid patients. Andreas Plückthun of the UZH Department of Biochemistry was involved from the start. More …

  • Top of the Press Pops

    Screams of Joy and Modern People

    Health, psychology and technology were the most popular topics covered by media releases on the University of Zurich’s research projects in 2021. Worldwide, news that the modern human brain evolved in Africa and that we perceive shrieks of joy more intensely than roars of rage were the two most reported stories out of UZH. More …

  • UZH Mentoring Award

    Successful as a Team

    Three professors were recently awarded UZH’s first-ever Mentoring Award. But what are the hallmarks of good supervision and mentoring? We met with award-winner Katharina Maag Merki to find out. More …

  • Christmas

    Christmas Favorites

    Christmas traditions are as diverse as the people who celebrate them. The UZH News team presents some of the favorite Christmas things of UZH researchers and wishes all readers happy holidays! More …

  • Astronomy

    How Did the Peculiar Moons of Uranus Form?

    The peculiar characteristics of Uranus’ moons have been a topic of debate in astronomy for decades. Using of state-of-the-art supercomputing and interdisciplinary expertise, researchers of the University of Zurich, who are part of the National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS, have proposed a detailed answer in a new study. More …

  • Human Rights

    Putting Human Rights on the Agenda

    Last Friday marked 73 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948. In the intervening decades, says Peter Schaber, professor of applied ethics at the Institute of Philosophy, public awareness of the topic has grown considerably. More …

  • New University Library

    “Less about books than about people”

    For a year now, Rudolf Mumenthaler has been working behind the scenes and building up the new University Library Zurich. He will be the new library’s director from 2022. We asked him about his professional experiences, his most urgent tasks and his favorite books. More …

  • Open Science Policy

    An Open Future

    Legal expert Anne Schneuwly and molecular biologist Izaskun Mallona discuss what UZH’s new Open Science Policy means for their respective fields, together with Vice President Research Elisabeth Stark. The three scholars agree that the new policy increases transparency and quality. More …

  • Mysterious Exoplanet

    An international team of researchers with participation of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich has succeeded in capturing an image of a very special planet. No known planet orbits a hotter or more massive star system. Some astronomers even considered it impossible for planets to exist in such an environment. More …

  • Empathy-Based Counter Speech Can Reduce Hate Speech

    Online hate speech can be curbed by inducing empathy for those affected. In contrast, the use of humor or warnings of possible consequences have little effects. A team of social scientists has demonstrated this in a new scientific publication. More …

  • Digital expertise

    Political Masterclass

    Should Swiss legislators respond to the challenges of artificial intelligence? This year, the Digital Society Initiative offered background information and food for thought on this and other questions in a masterclass for parliamentarians. More …

  • Studies

    New Master's Degree in Brain Sciences

    The University of Zurich and ETH Zurich are jointly offering a new interdisciplinary Master's degree in brain sciences starting in the fall of 2022. The program combines biology, neuroscience and clinical methods. More …

  • Quantitative Biomedicine

    Bridging the Gap to Patients

    This week, the University of Zurich held a symposium to mark the newly established Department of Quantitative Biomedicine. The research institute strengthens UZH’s standing in the field of precision medicine. We met with its director Bernd Bodenmiller to discuss how the department’s methods can be used to benefit patients. More …

  • Global Science Film Festival

    The Shortest Distance between Science and Society

    Who benefits from a functioning ecological infrastructure? What do turtles have to do with human communication? Can protons and Indian classical dance be brought together? Answers to these and many other questions can be found at the Global Science Film Festival in Zurich's Filmpodium. More …

  • One Health

    When Resistant Germs Travel

    Resistance to antibiotics is increasing and can be found all over – in humans, animals, plants and the environment. To stop the spread of antibiotic resistance, we need to understand how it is transmitted and how we can prevent this from happening. More …

  • Appointment Procedures

    Appointing the Most Suitable Candidates

    Landing a professorship at UZH requires excellent qualifications in research and teaching. But professorial appointment committees also take into account candidates’ leadership and management skills. A pilot project on this topic has been ongoing at UZH for three years. More …

  • Sharing economy

    “Giving up privileges”

    Sociologist Katja Rost discusses the sharing economy, sustainable behavior, status-oriented thinking, and sharing culture at UZH. More …

  • Sustainability

    Less Flying for UZH

    The University of Zurich wants its members to reduce air travel by at least 53 percent by 2030. Environmental psychologist and sustainability expert Somara Gantenbein on the background, significance and implementation of the goals. More …

  • Hochschulmedizin Zürich

    When Stress Makes You Sick

    Chronic stress can decrease the quality of our lives, and have long-term negative effects on our health that may be irreversible. The new Hochschulmedizin Zürich (HMZ) flagship project STRESS aims to explore the causes of stress and highlight possible treatments. More …

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