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  • Free download

    “Open access publishing can’t be stopped”

    Professor of criminal law Marc Thommen has joined forces with 13 of his colleagues to bring out Switzerland’s first-ever textbook about law published in open access. The freely accessible publication can be downloaded online for free. More …

  • Campus

    Ready for the Future

    In the first issue of the UZH Journal in 2019, we take a look at the study reforms in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. From the Fall Semester 2019 onwards, students can look forward to a revamped study experience. The new structure of the study programs has sharpened the profile of UZH’s Bachelor’s and Master’s programs. More …

  • Children's University of Zurich

    Children’s Universities on the Nile

    There are 34 children’s universities in Egypt. Sybille Leuthold, head of the Children’s University of Zurich, was a guest of honor at their recent meeting in Cairo. Read about her impressions in our interview. More …

  • Global History

    Glimpses of East Asia

    UZH’s chair for global history has introduced a podcast series in cooperation with partners from across Europe. It provides listeners with fascinating insights into the history and historiography of East Asia, from the 16th century to the present. More …

  • Autobiographies

    Web of Stories

    There are many different ways of looking back on your life. One example is writing an autobiography. The website meet-my-life.net guides people wishing to put the story of their lives into words. Earlier this week, the best autobiographies were awarded prizes at an event held in UZH’s main lecture hall. More …

  • Spotlight

    Embracing the Wilderness

    Ecologist Florian Altermatt has presided over the Swiss Biodiversity Forum since the beginning of the year. He’s committed to researching biodiversity and facilitating the cooperation of scientists and policy-makers. More …

  • Karin Kneissl at UZH

    “The region is very close to us indeed”

    Migration has brought the Middle East much closer, said Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl in her lecture at UZH. At the same time, Europe is losing influence in the Middle East while China strengthens its presence in Syria. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    Across Borders

    Swiss diplomat Christine Schraner Burgener has been the United Nations Special Envoy on Myanmar since last spring. A law degree from the University of Zurich formed the basis for her exceptional career. More … 1 Comment

  • Medicine

    Live-Cell Therapy for Muscles

    Incontinence is unpleasant and limiting for the women who suffer from it. Urologists are working on a new therapy to treat the condition, using the body’s own muscle cells to get the damaged urethral sphincter working again. More …

  • History

    “More than hunger, suffering and war”

    UZH historian Gesine Krüger is one of the editors of the online platform Geschichte der Gegenwart. She has recently published an article about Négritude. We met her to find out why she got involved in the magazine. More …

  • Astrophysics

    All About Jupiter

    Jupiter is the most important planet in our solar system, says Ravit Helled, an astrophysicist who’s investigating how the round giant and other planets were formed. More …

  • Political Science

    Coming Apart at the Seams

    Political scientist Stefanie Walter’s area of research is political current affairs. But she doesn’t just watch from the sidelines, she also gets involved in the debate – especially about the worrying future of Europe. More …

  • Ergonomics

    "Working flat out"

    More lifestyle choices or total exhaustion: There are pros and cons to flexible working hours says ergonomist Georg Bauer. In this interview he talks about the effects of digitalization and how to feel healthy and satisfied at work. More …

  • Historic Buildings

    History Seen through Farmhouses and Village Churches

    A research team from UZH is investigating the historically significant buildings of the rural district of Dielsdorf near Zurich. The results will be published in a volume of the book series "Die Kunstdenkmaler der Schweiz". More …

  • Executive Board of the University

    Pointing the Way

    Gabriele Siegert started her work as Deputy President of UZH last summer, in addition to her position as Vice President. Her goals include streamlining evaluation processes and promoting sustainability and diversity at UZH. More …

  • Arabic Studies

    Alchemical Bestseller

    Didactic poetry combining alchemy and religion: The 12th-century Moroccan manuscript “Splinters of Gold” took the Arabic world by storm. But when Regula Forster was researching its author, she made a surprising discovery. More …

  • Hedi Fritz-Niggli Visiting Professor

    Taming the Goddesses of Vengeance

    For philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum it is clear: Anger and revenge are destructive and don’t get us anywhere – whether it’s personal or political. She wants us instead to embrace “transition anger”: Anger that acknowledges problems but looks for solutions. More …

  • Children’s and Young Adult Literature

    Through the Eyes of Children

    The Swiss Institute for Children’s and Young Adult Books (SIKJM) researches, documents and promotes children’s literature in Switzerland. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, in September the institute published the Atlas der Schweizer Kinderliteratur. More … 1 Comment

  • Astrophysics

    Sapphires and Rubies in the Sky

    Researchers at the Universities of Zurich and Cambridge have discovered a new, exotic class of planets outside our solar system. These super-Earths were formed at high temperatures close to their host star and contain high quantities of calcium, aluminum and their oxides – including sapphire and ruby. More …

  • Video

    What We Wish For

    Christmas is a time to make wishes. We asked the UZH staff and students to tell us their hopes for 2019. Find out what they said in our video. From UZH News: Happy holidays and may all your wishes come true! More …

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