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  • Astronomy

    Advancing to the core thanks to marsquakes

    Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have been able to use seismic data to look inside Mars for the first time. Marsquakes recorded by NASA’s InSight lander provided information about the structure of the planet’s crust, mantle and core. More …

  • UZH Summer Quiz

    Did You Know?

    New findings are emerging from UZH research all the time; the range of projects is breathtaking. In our summer quiz, we take you on a voyage of discovery around a few of the topics covered by UZH Communications in the last six months. Have fun trying to guess the answers. More …

  • How Human Language Evolved

    Schleicher's Dream

    Originating in Africa, homo sapiens spread across the globe, and with it the human language. A project is now underway to trace the genealogy of the world's languages with the help of highly advanced methods borrowed from big data, genetics and geostatistics. More …

  • Evolutionary biology

    Courting Females

    In the animal kingdom, it’s the ladies who get to pick their partners. So if males want to mate, they have to woo females and outshine their rivals. UZH biologist Stefan Lüpold examines what gives male animals the edge when it comes to sexual selection. More …

  • Art History

    Local Heroes

    Raphaèle Preisinger’s research demonstrates how Christians around the globe fought for recognition in the early modern period. Representations of saints were of central importance. More …

  • Portrait

    Aleppo Forever

    Ahmed Fatima Kzzo once documented ancient inscriptions in Aleppo that dated back to the Ottoman Empire. Shortly thereafter, large parts of his hometown were reduced to rubble. The Syrian archaeologist is currently researching at UZH under a scholarship. More …

  • An Ambassador for Open Science

    Melanie Röthlisberger provides students and junior researchers with the tools to navigate all things open science. The linguist has been working in the Data Services & Open Access team in the Main Library of the University of Zurich since February 2021. More …

  • MEDICINE

    Eating Our Way Through the Pandemic

    Increased stress, lack of exercise and frequent snacking: The effects of the pandemic are visible on our waistlines. For endocrinologist Philipp Gerber, the weight gain is not just a short-term side effect, but is storing up problems for the future and needs to be taken seriously. More …

  • Citizen Science

    Research Fascinates Non-Academics Too

    Around half of the Swiss population is interested in actively taking part in academic research. Social and environment topics are among the most popular.. More …

  • Swiss LGBTI-Label

    UZH Awarded Diversity Label

    The University of Zurich has received the Swiss LGBTI Label. The label certifies that UZH embraces a culture of openness, inclusion and appreciation towards LGBTI people. More …

  • Catering

    UZH Cafeteria Price Changes

    Meal prices in the cafés and cafeterias of UZH haven’t changed in over 15 years and are well below the Swiss average. To meet current expectations in terms of sustainability and quality, UZH has decided to adapt its pricing strategy. More …

  • How Human Language Evolved

    Action Movies for Apes

    Our brains tend to perceive events as causal. Researchers at the NCCR Evolving Language are now exploring whether this is the same for great apes at Basel Zoo. This ability may hold the key to finding the origins of grammar. More …

  • Evolving Language

    Babbling and Barking

    Language is our most powerful tool. It evolved along with our species over the millennia. The UZH-led NCCR Evolving Language explores how exactly this came about. The new UZH Magazine shines a light on how animals communicate, how human language developed, and how it spread across the globe. More …

  • Vaccination Campaign

    “A high vaccination rate benefits everyone”

    UZH is in favor of vaccination and is promoting the FOPH’s campaign. At the same time, it respects the personal decision of each of its members to get vaccinated or not. President Michael Schaepman explains the university’s position in this interview. More …

  • Science and Politics

    “Embracing Diversity of Opinion”

    What has the pandemic taught us about the relationship between the science community and policymakers? According to political geographer Michael Hermann and medical historian Flurin Condrau, the two spheres need to engage with one another better and communicate more effectively. More …

  • Social Entrepreneurship

    John Snow's Legacy

    Onicio Leal is a startup founder and public health researcher in one. He wants to help improve the health of children growing up in Malawi. More …

  • In the Spotlight

    A Head for Heights

    As leader of the Ciao Corona study which examines the role of children in the pandemic, physician Susi Kriemler is in high demand. More …

  • Neuroscience

    Thinking in Technicolor

    Tommaso Patriarchi's ambition is to decipher the brain's chemical language – using neurosensors that he has developed himself. More …

  • Fluorescence microscopy

    A Deep Dive into the Brain

    Researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich led by Daniel Razansky have developed a new microscopy technique that lights up the brain with high resolution imagery. This allows neuroscientists to study brain functions and ailments more closely and non-invasively. More …

  • Computerlinguistics

    Speaking with Signs

    Computational linguist Sarah Ebling wants to help deaf people and those with cognitive impairments access the digital world more easily – with an app that can translate speech into sign language in real time. More …

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