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  • Covid certificate

    Basic Right to Education Is Maintained

    As of the Fall Semester, students at the University of Zurich are required to have a Covid certificate if they want to attend classes on site. Felix Uhlmann, UZH professor of constitutional and administrative law, discusses some of the legal aspects surrounding this significant measure to combat the pandemic. More …

  • Koetser Award

    Building and Repairing the Brain

    For her groundbreaking discoveries related to the functions of neurons in the brain, Professor Magdalena Götz received the 2021 Prize of the Betty and David Koetser Foundation for Brain Research. The award was presented at the annual symposium of the Center for Neuroscience Zurich (ZNZ) on 16 September. More …

  • Learning to Read

    Tuning the Brain

    Reading is one of the basic skills we acquire as children. But for some, it is more difficult than others. Neuroscientist Silvia Brem explains why and describes the promising therapies she is working on. More …

  • UZH Vaccination Campaign

    “The safest way back to normality is through vaccination”

    There are many good reasons why students should get vaccinated against Covid-19, even if they are young and healthy. UZH virologist Alexandra Trkola takes a clear and balanced look at the arguments for and against vaccination. More …

  • Employee Assistance Office

    Untangling Knotty Problems

    Facing a difficult situation at work? The team from the Employee Assistance Office (MBS) supports UZH staff in stressful situations or with psychological or legal problems. The service is confidential, neutral and accessible. More …

  • Language Evolution

    Humans and Chimps

    Human communication is much more complex than all other forms of animal communication. And yet, monkeys and meerkats are also able to use language. Research into animal languages can help us understand how human language evolved. More …

  • Science Festival

    Successful Scientifica 2021

    Over the weekend, Scientifica took place around the topic “Synthetic naturally”. The science festival's program was greater than ever before, and thousands of visitors flocked to the various campuses of UZH and ETH to experience science up close. More …

  • Gerontology

    “The appetite for education in later life is greater than expected”

    Older people in Switzerland would like to have far more educational opportunities than are currently available, a new national study carried out by senior citizens universities, adult education institutions and the UZH Center for Gerontology has found. In an interview with UZH News, gerontologist Mike Martin explains why education is so important for older people. More …

  • Linguistics

    Tapping into People’s Thoughts

    Machines that read our thoughts and translate them into spoken language – what sounds like science fiction could be a real possibility in the future, says linguist Balthasar Bickel. Scientists in the NCCR Evolving Language are researching mind-reading, both to gain a better understanding of it and to warn of the dangers. More …

  • Vaccination Bus

    “We wanted to come to the people”

    Thanks to Céline Moser and her team, anyone can drop by the UZH vaccination bus this week and get themselves vaccinated against Covid-19. We asked the head of nursing at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute what it took to bring the vaccination bus to UZH. More …

  • Astronomy

    Like Star, like Planet

    One of the patterns emerging from the thousands of exoplanets that astronomers have discovered to date, is that the larger planets often orbit more massive stars. The reason behind it was unknown. A new study led by scientists at the University of Zurich, and members associated with the National Center of Competence in Researc (NCCR) PlanetS offers an answer to this cosmic mystery. More …

  • Corona

    Five Reasons to Get Vaccinated

    Vaccinations literally get under your skin. Each and every one of us has to decide for ourselves whether we want to get vaccinated or not. But there are good reasons to do so, says Christoph Berger, pediatrician and infectious diseases expert at the University Children’s Hospital Zurich. More …

  • Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

    “Research isn’t a one-man show”

    Developmental psychologist Moritz Daum took the reins of the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development at the beginning of August. With the center now fully developed and having reached its target size, the incoming executive director wants to continue to step up cooperation in the fields of sociology, economics and psychology with the aim of generating new insights for the benefit of children and young people. More …

  • Seat of Power

    Chairs, benches, sofas or stools – seats are more than just somewhere to rest our legs: They are also used to display power. UZH art historian Sabine Sommerer researches the phenomenon – from thrones of old to the recent “sofagate” and Putin on horseback. More …

  • Ethical behavior

    Doing Good Effectively

    Stefan Riedener has pledged to donate 10 percent of his income to charity – for as long as he lives. We spoke with the ethicist about leading a good, ethical life and finding joy in restraint. More …

  • Coronavirus

    Data for Flexible Pandemic Management

    Coronavirus-relevant data can help those in charge of pandemic management at UZH gain a better overview of the situation during the Fall Semester. In order to achieve this, students and staff are being asked to make their data available in anonymized form. The information will be evaluated as part of a scientific pilot project. More …

  • UZH Summer Quiz Solution

    Did You Know?

    The summer quiz has attracted a lot of interest. The correct solution word is: SUMMERQUIZ. Congratulations to the winners. More …

  • Scientifica

    Two Days of Scientific Research Up Close

    Scientifica will be held over the weekend of 4 and 5 September on the theme of “Synthetic naturally”. This year’s science festival of the University of Zurich (UZH) and ETH Zurich offers a more comprehensive program than ever before, and will now also include the Irchel and Hönggerberg campuses. More …

  • 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 …

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