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Research-Related Career Paths

For the latest Journal, we asked UZH alumni and alumnae about how they get to put their academic knowledge into practice in their day-to-day work. In addition, epidemiologist Milo Puhan and communications researcher Mark Eisenegger discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the relationship between science, politics and the public.
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The focus section of the new UZH Journal presents six people who completed their first degree or doctorate at UZH and wanted to continue on the path of research – albeit outside of academia.

Economist Basil Odermatt, for example, works as a project manager and data science expert at a private research and consulting bureau in Zurich, engaging with questions of a climate-neutral future. Biochemist Stefan Ewert found a job at the interface of basic and applied research in the Basel pharmaceutical industry. Applying her knowledge in practice is also a priority for biologist Pascale Hutter, who works in an environmental bureau.
Unlike scientists in the life sciences industry, people with a degree in humanities generally find it more difficult to practice their discipline outside the academic world. Two who have succeeded at this are Romance studies graduate Deborah Keller, who analyzes children’s and young people’s media for an institute, and Fabienne Tissot, who oversees discourse and dialogue analyses at a communications management company.
Others, in turn, choose to found a company to pursue their ideas and innovations. One person who took this leap is geoinformatics expert Reik Leiterer, who started the spin-off Exolabs with three colleagues and develops software related to earth observation.

In this issue you can also find out about:
•    Which technological tools and teaching tricks UZH instructors are using to manage the shift from on-site teaching to the digital classroom
•    Why renowned virologist Alexandra Trkola originally didn’t want to pursue an academic career
•    How the recently-appointed director of Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire, Salome Hohl, wants to cultivate the Dada tradition


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