Newest Articles Archive 2020 34 articles

  • UZH Magazin

    Cleverer Than Us?

    Artificial intelligence is getting better and better. We can benefit from this development, say UZH scientists in the latest UZH Magazin. By joining forces with AI, we can grow cleverer. More …

  • Coronavirus

    “We can also learn from this situation”

    UZH has seen unparalleled changes this past week. What's next? In this interview interim president Gabriele Siegert answers some of the many questions UZH staff and students are asking in the current extraordinary situation. More …

  • Mental Health

    “We want to relieve the burden on family doctors”

    Birgit Watzke does research into specialist care provision for people with mental health needs. More …

  • European University Foundation

    UZH’s Trojan Horse

    The University of Zurich recently became a member of the European University Foundation. Executive Manager João Bacelar explains how the network can support UZH when it comes to student mobility. More …

  • Mercator Awards

    Citizen Science, Humanitarian Aid in Uganda, Customs and Norms

    Their innovative and original research projects won over the jury: This year’s Mercator Awards go to Simon Etter and Barbara Strobl at the Department of Geography, the ethnologist Maria-Theres Schuler, and lawyer Oliver William. More …

  • Election of New President

    Michael Schaepman Standing for Election

    The Board of the University has concluded the appointment process to fill the position of UZH President. The board is proposing Michael Schaepman as nominee to the Senate. More … 1 Comment

  • Plastic Waste

    No More Plastic

    Millions of tons of plastic are floating in the oceans of the world. Satellites in space could help to clean up these mountains of waste. More …

  • Sustainability

    Sustainable Living for the New Decade

    UZH has been stepping up its efforts to develop sustainably since 2014. One key goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the running of the university. This is an area where UZH members can contribute through their day-to-day actions. More …

  • Coronavirus

    “We want students to be able to continue studying”

    President ad interim Gabriele Siegert explains what UZH is doing about the coronavirus. With a few exceptions, all regular courses will continue to go ahead as planned. Staff and students are being kept up to date about the latest developments. More …

  • Apprentices at the UZH

    UZH Increasing Vocational Training Opportunities

    Eighty-four trainees are currently undergoing vocational training at UZH, and twelve different professions are available. An expansion of the offer is planned for this summer. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    The Biographer

    Regina Dieterle is the author of an 800-page biography on Theodor Fontane. The author and school teacher looks back on her time as a student at the UZH and tells how she became a Fontane expert. More …

  • University Communication

    ”Credibility Is the Greatest Asset”

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the UZH Journal, Jürg Dinner, head of UZH Communications, and Mike S. Schäfer, professor of science communication, discuss the media, academia and changes in the way higher education institutions communicate. More …

  • Sustainability

    Free Train Travel

    An ecological overhaul of business and society is the task of a lifetime. But it’s achievable, says sustainability researcher Kai Niebert. The money is there, what is needed is courage and the political will. More …

  • Biodiversity

    The Underestimated Threat

    While the threat posed by climate change is well recognized, the loss of species diversity is less so. The neglected issue takes center stage, however, at the World Biodiversity Forum, organized by UZH, in Davos next week. More …

  • Media Highlights 2019

    Climate Crisis, Evolution and a New Building Project

    UZH researchers’ answers to the burning questions of the day made international headlines in 2019. The plans for the new “Forum UZH” also met with great media interest. More …

  • Academic Careers

    When Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story

    Quantifiable metrics like the journal impact factor should not be the only way of assessing scientific outputs, said Stephen Curry of Imperial College London at an event held at UZH. More …

  • Phonetics

    The Voice Catcher

    Our voices are as individual as our appearance. Phonetician Volker Dellwo knows how to decode their special characteristics. He is also developing cloned voices. More …

  • Sustainability

    Repairing Instead of Replacing

    The power of digitalization could help us save energy and optimize product life cycles. That would be good for the environment. But the possibility is yet to be harnessed. More …

  • Designer Crops

    Thanks to the CrisprCas9 gene editing method, it is now possible to quickly and precisely breed resilient plants – an important contributor to sustainable agriculture. In Switzerland, however, the cultivation of genetically modified crops is not currently permitted. More …

  • Astrophysics

    Why Uranus and Neptune Are Different

    The two outermost giant planets of the solar system have similar masses, but are also have striking differences. Researchers of the NCCR PlanetS at the University of Zurich have found an explanation for this long-standing mystery: Two different giant impacts could have had completely separate effects. More …

  • Michael Hengartner

    Six Great Years

    Last Friday, Michael Hengartner bid UZH employees adieu at a farewell apéro. We flick through the photo album and look back at a few memorable moments from his six-year tenure at the helm of the university. More …

  • Innovation

    Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture

    UZH already has a strong reputation for driving innovation. Entrepreneurship and innovation are now to be given even more of a boost to make students and junior researchers more aware of career paths outside the traditional routes, explains Michael Schaepman, Vice President Research. More …

  • Saving the World

    Green Investment

    A mere fraction of the wealth of the super-rich would be enough to make our economy more sustainable – assuming it’s invested the right way. More …

  • Video Series “Standing Out”: Rolf Dörig

    Insurer Supreme

    Rolf Dörig is a household name in the business world as chairman of the board of directors of international companies such as Swiss Life or, until recently, the Adecco Group. Watch the video to find out what helped him build such a remarkable career and what he’d advise today’s students who want to reach the top. More …

  • Study of Religions

    The Fate of the Nameless Dead

    What happens to boat refugees who never reach the other shore? This question preoccupies religious studies scholar Daniela Stauffacher. She researches the official treatment of and rituals performed for migration victims in southern Italy. More …

  • Digitalization Initiative

    “Vote of confidence in Zurich as a research hub”

    The Parliament of the Canton of Zurich yesterday unanimously resolved to provide 108 million francs of funding for the DIZH, the ground-breaking joint initiative by Zurich’s higher education institutions. More …

  • Biology

    Cellular Traitors

    When it comes to disease-causing viruses, medicine is still waiting for a breakthrough. The reason lies in the special way these quasi-living organisms function. Viruses don’t simply attack us; they live in constant symbiosis with us. More …

  • Joseph Stiglitz at UZH

    Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

    The new Center of Competence for Sustainable Finance (CCSF) was inaugurated at UZH last week. At the opening, Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel prize for economics and chair of the center’s academic advisory board, spoke about the risks and opportunities of climate change. His message was clear: Decisive action must be taken – now. More …

  • 20 years of Unitectra

    “We can’t be everybody’s darling”

    Technology transfer office Unitectra recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. In the interview below, Managing Director Adrian Sigrist explains what has changed and why the organization has thrived. More …

  • Alumni

    Two Souls Dwelling in My Breast

    Accomplished alumni look back on their studies at UZH. This article features professional flautist and music educator Renate Lemmer. More …

  • Medicine

    Fixing Hearts, Saving Lives

    Artificial heart valves save many lives. But the problem is that a prosthesis is never as robust as the real thing. This is why UZH Professor Maximilian Emmert wants to get the human body to rebuild the damaged valves itself. More …

  • In the Spotlight

    Political Whiz Kid

    Political scientist Fabrizio Gilardi and his colleagues established the Digital Democracy Lab. More …

  • Urban Psychology

    Happy Places

    Some parts of Zurich are colorful and full of life, while others appear drab and empty. Psychologist Alice Hollenstein knows what brings joy to city dwellers – and what doesn’t. More …

  • Open Science

    Science Opens Up

    Open science is gaining momentum. According to Mark Robinson and Marc Thommen, the open science delegates newly appointed by UZH to support the transformation to greater cooperation, the movement will bring about major changes in the academic system. More …