Newest Articles Archive 2020 147 articles

  • UZH COVID-19 Vaccination Center

    “It always seems impossible until it’s done”

    Jan Fehr and his team have set up the first reference vaccination center for the canton of Zurich. Vaccinations started on Monday. In our interview, the head of UZH’s Public and Global Health Department talks about some of the personnel and logistical challenges involved in establishing the new center. More …

  • Christmas 2020

    O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

    Christmas is just around the corner, which of course means that fir trees and Christmassy floral displays are once again finding their way into our homes. We spoke with Peter Enz, director of UZH’s Botanical Garden, and asked him about the ideal Christmas tree and what poinsettias have to do with Advent. The UZH News team wishes you happy holidays! More …

  • UZH Magazin and New Podcast

    Having Children

    Stroke of fate or heart’s desire – thanks to advances in reproductive medicine, people who in the past may have remained childless can now have children. The new UZH Magazin takes a look at the possibilities opened up by medical progress and the accompanying technical, ethical and legal boundaries. And in our brand new German-language podcast to accompany the magazine, we talk to three researchers whose research focuses on these topics. More …

  • Graduation

    Congratulations, Graduates!

    The University of Zurich applauds the class of 2020. More …

  • Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions

    DIZH Picking Up Steam

    In the next 10 years, the joint digitalization initiative by Zurich’s higher education institutions aims to explore the effects and opportunities of digitalization and develop innovative technologies. The initiative is now gradually taking shape, and the first round of calls for research and innovation projects has been launched. More …

  • Office Vice President Research

    Elisabeth Stark Nominated as New Vice President Research

    The UZH Senate nominated Professor Elisabeth Stark for the position of Vice President Research at its meeting on 10 December 2020. The Board of the University will finalize her appointment on 21 January 2021. More …

  • Equal Pay Analysis 2020

    Equal Pay Maintained at UZH

    At UZH, women earn practically the same as men who hold comparable roles. This is one of the findings of this year’s equal pay analysis, which was based on 11,200 data sets. More …

  • Sustainable UZH

    Roadmap for a Carbon-Neutral Future

    UZH aims to be a carbon-neutral institution in 10 years. The 2030 Implementation Strategy for the Sustainability Policy defines how this is to be achieved. We sat down with Lorenz Hilty, the UZH sustainability delegate, to talk about virtual conferences, sustainable research and making a peace deal with nature. More …

  • Digitalization

    "Great creative potential"

    The coronavirus pandemic has made us aware of the potential and limitations of working and studying digitally. UZH President Michael Schaepman and UZH Chief Information Officer Thomas Sutter talk about cyber risks, accelerated administration and online education. More …

  • New UZH Journal

    UZH in Times of Corona

    The University of Zurich is doing its utmost to ensure that students can complete the semester as normal despite the coronavirus. In our interview, President Michael Schaepman and Deputy President Gabriele Siegert talk about their day-to-day business and what challenges the pandemic has brought. More …

  • “We don’t want to see a coronavirus generation”

    In this interview, UZH President Michael Schaepman and Deputy President Gabriele Siegert state unequivocally that the university is doing everything in its power to enable students to complete the Fall Semester as normal. The university is well set up for digital teaching in technological terms; on the personnel side, however, it’s reaching its limits. More …

  • Depression therapy

    Adrift on the Ocean

    Psilocybin, the active ingredient found in certain mushrooms, expands the boundaries of the self and reduces anxiety. Psychiatrist Franz X. Vollenweider wants to harness this effect to treat patients suffering from depression. More …

  • Autobiography

    Midwife of One’s Own Story

    When we reminisce, we are working on our own sense of self. The older we get, the more we remember things in a positive light and rewrite our life story for the better. More …

  • Epigenetics

    “Health is inherited”

    According to Isabelle Mansuy’s research, the epigenome – which can switch our genes on and off – can be modified, positively or negatively, by our lifestyle choices. At least some of these modifications are passed down through the generations. More …

  • Coronavirus Research

    Protecting Yourself and Others

    In the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, epidemiologist Milo Puhan, virologist Alexandra Trkola and immunologist Onur Boyman were able to quickly start research on the novel coronavirus thanks to UZH’s Pandemic Fund. Now, in the second wave, they tell us what they have achieved so far in our video series. More …

  • New Library Management System

    Access to Over 30 Million Books and Media

    Starting on 7 December, members of the UZH community will be able to access the collections of 475 university-related libraries. Users will need to create new accounts to use the service. UZH News has rounded up everything you need to know. More …

  • NMR spectroscopy

    At the Limits of What’s Possible

    The new chemistry department building on the Irchel Campus will house the very latest in NMR spectroscopy technology. The equipment, which costs CHF 13.5 million, is being acquired together with ETH Zurich and the University of Basel. More … 1 Comment

  • Origins of the E.G. Bührle Art Collection

    Art and Armaments

    A study led by UZH historian Matthieu Leimgruber shows how Zurich industrialist Emil Bührle became the richest man in Switzerland and how he built up his art collection. Leimgruber concludes that Bührle’s Oerlikon-based arms company allowed him to buy art on a grand scale. And he was no outsider, but rather a well-integrated member of the Zurich elite. More …

  • Covid-19 Drive-In Test Center Dübendorf

    A Testing Lab on the Airfield

    The UZH Space Hub is supporting the new coronavirus drive-in test center managed by Balgrist University Hospital. The Space Hub director Oliver Ullrich and his team have set up a test laboratory at the military airfield in Dübendorf and are coordinating teams of UZH students to provide assistance. Starting this week, the center is also offering rapid antigen tests. More …

  • University Medicine Zurich

    Viruses That Heal

    At its annual event, the University Medicine Zurich initiative presented its new flagship project ImmunoPhage: a groundbreaking endeavor that aims to develop bacteriophages for treating urinary tract infections. More …

  • Art History

    “Photography is highly political”

    UZH art historian Bettina Gockel is an expert in the history of photography and investigates techniques of color photography. Her research has yielded some surprising insights. More …

  • Honorary Doctorate for Andrea Büchler

    Not Looking Away From Difficult Situations

    Diversity is the barometer of our freedom, says UZH legal scholar Andrea Büchler. She was granted an honorary doctorate in September by the University of Vienna for her outstanding and courageous academic contributions. More …

  • US Elections 2020

    “The same weak spots as in 2016”

    Voters in the US have cast their ballots, but it’s still too close to call who will ultimately win the White House. We’ve asked two UZH political scientists, Marco Steenbergen and Jonathan Slapin, about their take on the elections. More …

  • 150 Years University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich

    “Worms don’t develop schizophrenia”

    The University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The hospital, often referred to as the “Burghölzli”, has a rich and varied past. Paul Hoff, deputy director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, looks back on historical developments in psychiatric care, with a focus on the doctor-patient relationship. More …

  • Astronomy

    How Giant Planets Turn Gas into Metal

    New theoretical insights and space mission data have changed our perception of the solar system’s largest planets. Scientists from the University of Zurich involved in the National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS have reviewed our current state of knowledge. More …

  • Neurosciences

    The Mind and the Body

    The development of our consciousness and sense of self is closely linked to how we perceive our body. More …

  • Musicology

    Singing with the Maestro

    The composer Paul Hindemith worked as an unconventional professor at UZH in the 1950s. His archives, which document his many-faceted oeuvre, have now been donated to the Department of Musicology. More …

  • Vision Campus Irchel 2050

    “A complete overview of what’s going on”

    The high-tech building for chemists is almost finished, and the design plan for expanding Irchel Campus is about to be approved. François Chapuis, Vice President Real Estate and Facility Management of UZH, talks about what’s going on on campus – before and behind the scenes. More …

  • Evolutionary Biology

    New Blooms from the Uri Alps

    Evolutionary biologist Kentaro Shimizu gathers flowers from a Swiss alpine meadow and cultivates Japanese wheat in a garden on UZH’s Irchel Campus. He wants to find out how plants are adapting to climate change. More …

  • Emotions Research

    Investigating the Consequences of Child Abuse in Different Countries

    Psychologist Monique Pfaltz researches the socio-emotional consequences of abuse and neglect in childhood. She recently launched an international initiative to carry out transcultural and transnational research projects. More …

  • “We’re open. Are you?”

    Open Science Requires a Cultural Transformation

    To mark the start of International Open Access Week, UZH is launching the topic through an internal campaign and the rollout of the new Open Science Office website. The co-heads of the office, Manuela Höfler and Katherine Hermans, explain why open access in science is so important. More …

  • Communication and Media Research

    Shocking Stories

    Disinformation is increasingly permeating our everyday news. But why does it spread more easily in some places than in others? Edda Humprecht knows what makes countries resistant to fake news. More …

  • In the Spotlight

    Tireless Researcher

    Over the past months, Alexandra Trkola, head of the Institute of Medical Virology at UZH, has been showing her mettle as a researcher and communicator. More …

  • Graduate Campus

    Clear Criteria for Authorship

    Academic authorship was the theme of this year’s Graduate Campus event. An expert panel discussed the subject from a variety of perspectives. More …

  • Identity

    Without Acne for Once

    Duck face and six pack: Young people’s selfies say less about them than they do about the norms they are subject to. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    “I love to be creative in a theoretical way”

    Salome Hohl, art historian, curator and recently-appointed director of Zurich’s Cabaret Voltaire, looks back on her UZH student days. More …

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Celebratory Mood

    UZH researcher Martin Jinek is particularly pleased about this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The biochemist made a major contribution to the development of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors, for which Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have now been honored with the prestigious award. More …

  • Identity

    Me, Myself and I

    Role models and biological factors shape who we are. But our selves change throughout our lives. Over time, it is not only our appearance, our relationships and our circumstances that change, our identity changes too – and yet we feel we are still the same. More …

  • New UZH Magazin

    How We Become Who We Are

    Who am I? This is a question we ask ourselves throughout our lives. To answer it, we look to role models, create our own narratives and take selfies that show how we want to be seen. The new UZH Magazin explores aspects of our identity. More …

  • Gender Medicine

    Women’s Hearts Age Differently

    Cardiologist Catherine Gebhard’s research focuses on why certain diseases affect women and men differently. For the gender medicine pioneer, the corona pandemic is both a textbook example and a call for action at the same time. More …

  • 35th Anniversary of the Senior Citizens University

    Birthday Year Rings in the Changes

    The Senior Citizens University of Zurich has had a busy anniversary year. Despite coronavirus, it is continuing to offer high-quality education for older people. From this semester, members can take part in live online lectures and connect with each other using a newly developed portal. More …

  • Start of the semester

    “Things will be more routine and we’ll all be more confident”

    This Fall Semester will be particularly challenging for all UZH members – for students just as much as for instructors and everyone else working for the university. In this interview Gabriele Siegert, Deputy President and Vice President Education and Student Affairs, answers questions related to the start of the semester. More …

  • Covid-19

    “Communicate uncertainties clearly”

    Never before has science been in the public limelight more than it is now because of Covid-19. Can it benefit from this? Communications researcher Mark Eisenegger and epidemiologist Milo Puhan discuss the gain in prestige, but also what’s at stake. More …

  • UZH Journal

    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. More …

  • Biology

    Prestigious Award for Pioneer of Proteomics

    Ruedi Aebersold, a professor of molecular systems biology at UZH and ETH Zurich, is to receive the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist. Aebersold is being honored for the part he has played in founding and advancing the field of proteomics, a branch of biology that is seen as the foundation of the personalized medicine of tomorrow. More …

  • Physiology

    Maternal Elixir

    Mothers' milk has always been subject to superstitious beliefs and questions. How long should mothers breastfeed? What if it doesn't work? UZH human biologist Thierry Hennet's aim is to find rational arguments, and to identify how breastmilk protects babies from infections. More …

  • Part-time Leadership and Management

    “Part-time employment benefits research”

    Professor Stefanie Walter reduced her workload to better balance her professional and private life. She talks about her positive experience with the project on part-time leadership duties, which UZH launched as part of the Gender Equality Action Plan 2017–20. More …

  • Fall Semester 2020 Ringvorlesungen

    Lectures on Humans, Health and Pestalozzi’s Legacy

    The University of Zurich’s latest round of public Ringvorlesungen explores what it means to be human, education in the age of technology, health in a digital society, and gender in the Middle Ages. The lecture series kicks off on 15 September. More …

  • UZH Start-Up

    Teaching More Efficiently

    A University of Zurich start-up has developed an innovative learning and assessment platform for teachers. Thanks to the platform’s cutting-edge technology, teaching staff can individualize and mark exams through an automated process. More …

  • International Relations

    “Not only fostering quality, but making it visible as well”

    In August Christian Simm, the founder of the Swiss swissnex network in the United States, took over as the head of the International Relations Office. In this interview with UZH News he explains why he believes UZH could be doing a lot to gain greater international influence and recognition. More …

  • Georg Friedrich Götz Award

    Steffen Böttcher and Silvia Brem Honored for Outstanding Medical Research

    Cancer researcher and physician Steffen Böttcher from the Medical Oncology and Hematology Clinic, and neuroscientist Silvia Brem from the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, have been presented with the Georg Friedrich Götz Award. The prize is awarded annually for outstanding contributions in the field of medical research. More …

  • Medicine

    Joining Forces to Battle Cancer

    Around 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Switzerland every year. In this interview with UZH News, Markus Manz, the new chair of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Zurich (CCCZ), explains why he’s convinced that close collaboration between clinicians and researchers will give a renewed boost to efforts to develop innovative approaches in cancer medicine. More …

  • Evolution

    The Harsher the Environment, the More Help Parents Receive

    Cooperative childcare is essential for us humans. It allowed us to evolve larger brains, to better learn from one another, and to be more social. But why did human evolution take this course? More …

  • Graduate Campus

    “We’re pioneers in Switzerland”

    The goal of the Graduate Campus is to create the best possible framework for junior researchers. Ulrike Müller-Böker, who directed the Graduate Campus from August 2016 to July 2020, and departmental head Claudine Leysinger take stock and look ahead. More …

  • Botany

    Plethora of Plants

    The herbaria of the University of Zurich and ETH house many historical plant discoveries, some of which are up to 300 years old. Now the paper-mounted plant samples are being digitized and made available for global use – in large part thanks to the work of committed volunteers. More …

  • Research Integrity

    Assuring Transparency and Fairness

    UZH’s new integrity ordinance enters into force on 1 September 2020. It defines scientific misconduct and how to deal with it, with a particular emphasis on preventing misconduct by means of training and education. More …

  • University Research Priority Programs

    “An ideal funding instrument”

    Starting in 2021, UZH will be launching five new University Research Priority Programs (URPP), bringing the collaborative interdisciplinary initiative into its third generation. We sat down with Vice President Medicine Beatrice Beck Schimmer to learn more about the success of the program. More …

  • Covid-19 Survey

    Most 22-Year-Olds Followed FOPH Recommendations

    The long-term study z-proso has examined the effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on the lives of young adults in Zurich. On the whole, the pandemic has been a challenging time for the around 700 participants, whose daily lives were at times thrown into disarray. Nevertheless, many of the young adults were able to adopt positive ways of dealing with the difficulties. More …

  • Unique vaccine approach

    Spores to Help Combat Coronavirus

    Virologist Cornel Fraefel hopes a novel vaccine technique will help control Sars-CoV-2. The Swiss National Science Foundation has awarded him a grant to fund the remarkable project. More …

  • Strategic Partnership with Kyoto University

    Towards a Sustainable, Inclusive and Digital Society

    The University of Zurich and Kyoto University are entering into a strategic partnership. Japan’s second-oldest university and UZH are stepping up their cooperation in research and teaching and increasing efforts to support junior academics. More …

  • UZH-Spin-off

    Precision Predictions for Hydropower Plants

    The UZH spin-off ExoLabs has developed a model that can predict snowmelt and help hydropower operators generate energy more efficiently. The innovative business idea has now won the funding and support of the European Union. More …

  • UZH Journal 2/20

    On Thin Ice

    Our glaciers are melting. Glaciologist Michael Zemp believes that a reduction in air travel among the scientific community is inevitable. More …

  • Library

    University Library Zurich Gets Its First Director

    Rudolf Mumenthaler will be the first director of the new University Library Zurich (UBZH) when it opens its doors on 1 January 2022. He will take an active role setting up the new library from 1 January 2021. More …

  • Cornerstones of UZH's New Governance Structure

    No other university in Switzerland is quite as diverse as UZH, which is home to almost the entire spectrum of academic disciplines. In order to accommodate this diversity even better in the future, the seven faculties at UZH will be given a greater say in their own affairs starting in August 2020. More …

  • Conversation with the new President

    “Giving people room for creativity”

    Encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, streamlining regulations, and giving people the freedom to research: These are some of the goals Michael Schaepman hopes to achieve as new UZH President. More …

  • Summer Break

    Next Stop Olten

    Spending your summer vacation in Switzerland is an obvious choice this year. We asked a historian, a geographer, an ecologist as well as a religious studies and a cultural studies expert to name intriguing getaways in Switzerland. With this, the UZH News team is off into the summer break. We hope you enjoy your summer! More …

  • President ad interim

    Thank You, Gabriele Siegert!

    When Michael Hengartner stepped down, Gabriele Siegert took over the presidency of UZH on an interim basis on 1 February 2020. In two weeks, Michael Schaepman will take office as the new president on 1 August. The six months in between were quite a rollercoaster ride. Seven members of UZH look back. More …

  • International Summer Schools

    Education Without Borders

    The UZH International Summer Schools for Bachelor’s and Master’s students from around the world are currently taking place for the third time. The difference this year is that they are taking place entirely online. Students from a total of 54 different universities will learn about Switzerland, blockchain and more. More …

  • Minor BioMed Entrepreneurship

    Acquiring Business Skills Early On

    An innovative new minor is imparting business knowledge to Master’s students in the life sciences. The program aims to give students earlier access to the tools they need to translate academic research into marketable products and business concepts. More …

  • Portrait

    Blazing a Trail

    Uschi Backes-Gellner advises the German government on employment matters and researches vocational education and training here in Switzerland. Her own father was a bricklayer. More …

  • Medicine

    Space Bones

    Microgravity in space could help us manufacture human tissue. Researchers at the UZH Space Hub sent stem cells to the International Space Station (ISS) to explore this idea. The samples have now returned to earth. More …

  • Economic History

    Launchpads to Prosperity

    The plague claimed countless victims in the Middle Ages and early modern period. According to economist Joachim Voth, it also made Europe rich. More …

  • Nomination

    Michael Schaepman Proposed as New President of UZH

    The Senate of the University of Zurich has nominated Michael Schaepman as the new president. Michael Schaepman is professor of remote sensing and current Vice President Research. The election of the president by the Board of the University will take place on 9 July 2020. More …

  • Literary Studies

    Smoked Sermon, Anyone?

    Asger Jorn (1914-1973) achieved fame with his wild expressionist paintings filled with strange, wondrous creatures. But the Danish artist also made books into artworks and produced subversive theories of language. Nordic expert Klaus Müller-Wille has been taking a closer look. More …

  • Solidarity

    Solidarity – a Fickle Lover

    In crises like the current one, values such as solidarity are in high demand. But acting with solidarity does not come naturally to us, especially when we have to keep it up over a long period, say sociologist Heiko Rauhut and psychologist Johannes Ullrich. More …

  • Faculty of Science

    Attracting the Best Researchers

    Specialists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are in high demand. A good thing then that these so-called STEM subjects are a popular choice among young people. And yet, this positive development presents the Faculty of Science of UZH with a number of challenges, as MNF Dean Roland Sigel explains in an interview. More …

  • International Relations Office

    Joining Forces

    The University of Zurich and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin are entering into a strategic partnership. This will enable Zurich and Berlin to step up cooperation in medical research and teaching. The first joint priority area is digitalization in medicine. More …

  • Neuroeconomics

    Giving Makes Us Feel Happy

    Generosity entails costs. Its benefit to us, though, is indeterminate. Why are we nonetheless generous toward others? Neuroeconomist Philippe Tobler has peered into the brains of generous people and discovered an answer to that question. More …

  • Racism

    Making Their Voices Heard

    Katja Rost, professor of sociology and president of the Gender Equality Commission, gives her view on the ongoing debate about racism and the role of universities. . More …

  • Next Generation Sequencing

    New Method Revolutionizes Corona Testing

    State-of-the-art sequencing technology can analyze billions of DNA fragments in a matter of hours. A group of researchers at the Functional Genomics Center Zurich has demonstrated how this high-speed method can be leveraged to increase coronavirus testing capacities: Hundreds of thousands of samples could be processed each day. More …

  • Corona and the Future

    Crisis-Proof: Switzerland and the Pandemic

    Now that coronavirus cases are dwindling, the economic fallout of the pandemic is becoming more apparent. One thing is clear: Countries that were well equipped before the crisis – like Switzerland with its social welfare system – will be able to cope better and get back on their feet more quickly. More …

  • Resilience

    “Believe in yourself!”

    Optimism, faith and spirituality can help us get through crises. Psychologist Ulrike Ehlert and theologian Thomas Schlag talk about strength and vulnerability, the slowing down of life, and the opportunities that can come out of crises. More …

  • Research Project "Corona Immunitas"

    Journey Out of Lockdown

    The coronavirus isn't going anywhere anytime soon. As long as there is no vaccine, policymakers need reliable information about the level of infection within the population. Milo Puhan, an epidemiologist at UZH, is leading a national study that investigates this very issue. More …

  • Adapted On-Site Operations at UZH

    “We’re ready”

    Today, UZH returns to adapted on-site operations. What exactly does this mean for employees? Many questions were answered at last week’s virtual town hall meeting. More …

  • UZH Magazin 2/20

    The Perfect Virus

    Covid-19 has spread fear and panic all over the world. The question of why this viral disease takes so many different forms is still largely unresolved. What is clear, however, is that international cooperation to manage pandemics will have to be stepped up. More …

  • Covid-19-Research Projects

    “Can anyone hear me here?”

    How do UZH professors give lectures to an empty room? How have churches gotten through the crisis? The special circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic have raised new questions for research. We present two current projects. More …

  • UZH Magazin 2/20

    A World Turned Upside Down

    The challenges posed by the coronavirus have exposed our personal strengths and weaknesses as well as those of our society. The new UZH Magazin examines what helps us overcome crises and what we can learn from them. More …

  • AI and the Ideal Market

    How Markets Are Getting Smarter

    Computer scientist Sven Seuken uses artificial intelligence to design complex electronic markets that aim to benefit vendors and customers in equal measure. More …

  • AI and Health

    Doctor Digital

    Artificial intelligence is already commonplace in healthcare, lightening doctors’ workloads and helping them make medical decisions. The legal issues have yet to be resolved, however. More …

  • Portrait

    In Another Skin

    Virtual reality can immerse you in foreign worlds and let you experience your body in a completely new way. Neuropsychologist Jasmine Ho wants to harness the power of these physical illusions for medical treatments. More …

  • KI und Fairness

    Becoming Smarter Together

    From checking loan applications to selecting job applicants, decisions are increasingly being made with the aid of artificial intelligence. While AI doesn’t make them any fairer, it can make us wiser, says ethicist Markus Christen. More …

  • The Prejudices

    The Secret Life of Algorithms

    Algorithms sort the internet for us. The problem is, no one knows exactly how they decide. Information scientist Anikó Hannák is trying to change this. What she’s finding out in the process offers food for thought. More …

  • AI and Our Jobs

    Not Less Work, but Different

    Artificial intelligence is changing the way we work. Information scientist Abraham Bernstein predicts that it won’t make us redundant. But there will be new forms of collaboration between humans and machines that will open up new and interesting avenues. More … 1 Comment

  • Covid-19 Research

    Are We Immune Enough?

    There are still many unanswered questions around the coronavirus: How many people in Switzerland are immune? How long does immunity last? And how can high-risk patients be quickly identified and given the best treatment? Three UZH researchers told us in these video interviews about their search for the answers. More …

  • Universitas 21

    Sustainable Research, Teaching and Operations

    The University of Zurich was supposed to host this year’s meeting of Universitas 21 members on the topic of sustainable universities. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has now gone digital. More …

  • History

    What Causes the Downfall of Republics

    The Roman Marcus Tullius Cicero once inspired the founding fathers of the United States. But are his ideas still relevant today, at a time when many Americans fear for their republic? More … 1 Comment

  • Coronavirus Pandemic

    Shopping with Maximilian

    The ShopSensor app determines which shop to go to at specific times to lower the risk of infection with COVID-19. The tool was developed by a PhD candidate at UZH’s Department of Geography in his spare time. More …

  • Drama, Psyche, Soma

    Medicine as entertainment, mental anguish expressed in the body: Literature scholar Sophie Witt researches the fascinating history of the links between theater and psychosomatic medicine. More …

  • Fundraising

    “More than just a source of funding”

    How does effective fundraising for science work? What’s the best way for researchers and donors to work together? These were the topics discussed by NOMIS Foundation Managing Director Markus Reinhard, UZH Vice President Research Michael Schaepman, and UZH Foundation CEO Martin Gubser. More …

  • Reading Minds

    Thanks to neurotechnology, it could soon be possible to read people’s thoughts, says linguist Balthasar Bickel. While fascinating from a me­dical perspective, it’s also incredibly dangerous. More …

  • 2019 Annual Report

    Looking Back on a Successful Year

    The University of Zurich’s annual report for 2019 has just been published – featuring research and teaching highlights as well as the latest facts and figures. More …

  • Pandemic Fund

    UZH Researchers in the Fight Against Coronavirus

    The UZH Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign for urgent research projects tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is on research into antibodies to determine immunity and improvements in treatment. More …

  • AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

    Imaging technology helps to detect cardiovascular diseases much earlier; however, precise examinations are still very time-consuming. Researchers from ETH and the University of Zurich have now presented a method that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging of blood flow. More …

  • Storm in the Blood Stream

    16-year old Patrick Simonis was looking death in the eye – but genetically modified blood cells enabled him to beat his cancer. More …

  • Astrophysics

    Simultaneous Simulation of Gravitation and Magnetism of a Protoplanetary Disk

    Researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Cambridge have succeeded for the first time in creating a single computer-simulated model that combines processes in the development of planets that were previously simulated separately. In their novel simulations on the Piz Daint supercomputer, they identified a new kind of friction mechanism that could solve a ubiquitous problem in astrophysics. More …

  • Libraries and the Covid-19 Pandemic

    Service Continues

    The UZH libraries and the Zentralbibliothek Zürich are currently closed. But behind closed doors, the librarians are working tirelessly to ensure students and teaching staff can get hold of the books, scanned copies and other media that they require. More …

  • Anthropology

    The Social Life of Dolphins

    With their ability to maintain life-long friendships and form coalitions within wide social networks, the dolphins in Shark Bay, Australia, display a complex social life. This is a sign of intelligence, says anthropologist Michael Krützen. More …

  • University Act

    Co-Determination Rights for All UZH Employees

    Updates to the University Act and University Statutes will go into effect tomorrow, reorganizing the bodies represented in the Extended Executive Board of the University and recognizing administrative and technical staff as a new representative body with voting rights. Both changes have been in the works for some time now. The organizational and management responsibilities of the faculties will also be strengthened as part of the Governance 2020+ program. More …

  • Perspective

    "We all have to work together"

    For three weeks now the university has been operating mainly via digital channels. The switch has happened quickly thanks to great joint efforts by all involved. Gabriele Siegert addresses UZH employees in a video from her office at home. More …

  • The University of Zurich’s New COVID-19 Test Center

    “We’re bridging a gap”

    On 30 March a new COVID-19 test center was opened on the premises of the UZH Center for Travel Medicine. In this interview with UZH News, Professor Jan Fehr, the director of the center, explains why a new test facility is important and who it is primarily geared to. More …

  • Detecting Sars-CoV-2

    Virologists on the Frontline

    Staff at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Medical Virology have been working flat out and are now able to carry out around 800 to 1,000 coronavirus tests a day. Alexandra Trkola, who heads the institute, explains what determines the quality of a good diagnosis. More …

  • Computers Are Not Curious

    People and intelligent machines learn in similar ways, says philosopher Hans-Johann Glock. Unlike humans, however, computers do not pursue their own goals – not yet, at least. More …

  • 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 …

  • New Structure for Representative Body Associations

    The representative body associations are also affected by the upcoming restructuring of the University’s representative bodies. While the VSUZH (University of Zurich Student Association) will remain active in representing student interests, all other associations will be restructured. Here is an overview of the changes. 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 … 1 Comment

  • 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 …