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  • Neuroscience

    Scallop Eyes as Inspiration for New Microscope Objectives

    Neuroscientists at the University of Zurich have developed innovative objectives for light microscopy by using mirrors to produce images. Their design finds correspondence in mirror telescopes used in astronomy on the one hand and the eyes of scallops on the other. The new objectives enable high-resolution imaging of tissues and organs in a much wider variety of immersion media than with conventional microscope lenses. More …

  • UZH Teaching Fund – Part 4: Individualized Teaching

    From Lab Bench to Sofa

    The MyMi.mobile 2.0 app enables medical students to use their computers or smartphones to conduct microscope examinations of pathology tissue samples. This helps them understand the connections between cell structure and organ dysfunction. More …

  • FORUM UZH

    The Meeting Place

    The FORUM UZH will create urgently needed space for the teaching and research of the future. It brings a fresh energy not just to academic learning, but also to the surrounding neighborhood. More …

  • Climate Change Threatens Lemurs on Madagascar

    Mouse lemurs give birth to their offspring during the five-month rainy season and build up fat reserves to survive the dry season when food is scarce. But what happens when the rainy season becomes drier and the dry season warmer? Researchers show that climate changes destabilize mouse lemur populations and increase the risk of extinction. More …

  • Cancer Research

    A Targeted Method to Combat Cancer

    By analyzing tumors in unprecedented depth, the Tumor Profiler project represents an important step along the road toward personalized cancer treatments. And the team have already recorded initial successes: in a study focusing on skin cancer, tumors shrank in about one third of patients. More …

  • FORUM UZH

    Green Light for New Main Building

    The Government Council of the Canton of Zurich has approved the budget request for the new education and research center FORUM UZH. The new building can be realized as planned and is expected to be completed by the end of 2029. More …

  • Sexual Harassment Awareness Day on 23 March

    Universities Unite Against Sexism

    Sexual Harassment Awareness Day takes place on 23 March. In this interview, legal scholars Brigitte Tag and Sina Staudinger explain what UZH is doing to protect its staff and students against sexual harassment. More …

  • Webdesign

    A Fresh Look for UZH’s Website

    UZH is updating the design of its website on 12 April 2023. Thanks to its user-friendly navigation, generous layout and easy-to-read font, the new website looks fresh and inviting – especially on mobile devices. More …

  • UZH Teaching Fund – Part 4: Engaged Teaching

    Pitch Perfect

    How do interdisciplinary teams develop ideas that are in touch with the world outside of university? In various innovation courses at UZH, students learn how they can translate their ideas into business solutions – including a reality check by industry experts. More …

  • Evolutionary Anthropolgy

    Genetics as Conservation Tool for Endangered Chimpanzees

    The western chimpanzees of Guinea are threatened by mining activities. Using a novel genetic approach, UZH researchers and an international team have collected information on population size and community structure of the endangered species. These data provide an important baseline to assess the impact of mining. More …

  • UZH Teaching Fund – Part 3: Goal-Oriented Teaching

    Programming and Reflecting

    A cross-faculty lecture series addresses the basic principles, applications and implications of machine learning. Students are introduced to the use of algorithms in the world of work and in research, and gain awareness of the risks of digitalization and the accompanying ethical issues. More …

  • UZH Teaching Fund – Part 2: Transdisciplinary

    “Reality is much more complex”

    In the interdisciplinary lecture series “Sustainability Now!”, Right Livelihood Award recipients talk about how they have been able to initiate sustainable developments, from peacebuilding to preserving biodiversity. The lectures are presented and chaired by students who want to learn how to translate academic learning into practice. More …

  • LINA testing facility

    Flying Toward the Future

    A new testing facility at Dübendorf Airport enables researchers to develop autonomous systems such as drones from idea to marketable product. The facility was conceived thanks to the Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions. More …

  • International Collaboration

    Kyoto University and UZH Strengthen Their Strategic Partnership

    How can artificial intelligence help improve medical diagnoses? This was one of the topics of the joint symposium of UZH and Kyoto University, which ended successfully yesterday. More …

  • Equality of Opportunity

    Preventing Social Decline

    Income inequality is increasing. According to economist David Dorn, this is causing wider demographic groups to turn their back on the established system – most notably in the US, but also elsewhere. We talk to Dorn about redistribution of salaries, temporary protective tariffs and the future of work. More …

  • UZH Teaching Fund – Part 1: Research-based teaching

    Taking the Plunge into Research

    In the Research Cycle in Genomics block course, students experience research firsthand, by formulating their own research questions based on experimental data and then investigating them. In addition to getting undergraduates motivated, this freedom can lead to some amazing results. More …

  • Exhibition

    Looted Cultural Heritage Objects from China

    The 1900/01 Boxer Rebellion in China resulted in countless looted objects that eventually ended up in museums and collections across the West. A new workspace exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum now shines a light on these objects. More …

  • Portrait

    Tenacious Virtuoso

    Kerstin Noëlle Vokinger has doctorates in law and medicine, was admitted to the bar, has a Master’s degree from Harvard and is a professor at only 34 years old. And yet she doesn’t see herself as a high flier. More …

  • Big Data

    Fighting Back Against the Data Leviathans

    Google and Facebook sell our personal data and earn billions worth of profits by doing that. Economist Gregory Crawford and philosopher Francis Cheneval think that they ought to share the money with us and that we should have ownership rights over our personal data. More …

  • Global Challenges

    “Democracy and solidarity must be strengthened”

    We are experiencing a moment of world history in which many certainties are being questioned and the ground under our feet feels shaky. But instead of wallowing in pessimism, we need to mobilize positive forces and face the problems head on, say legal scholar Matthias Mahlmann and political scientist Stefanie Walter. More …

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