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  • Gender Equality Monitoring

    Facts and Figures on Gender Equality

    Just published, the UZH Gender Equality Monitoring Report indicates that the share of women at professorship level at UZH increased slightly in 2018. The good news is that things are progressing: in the last ten years the number of female full professors has doubled. More …

  • Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences

    “Rich people are mostly born rich”

    The fifth Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences will take place at UZH from 5 to 7 June. The theme of the congress is wealth. In this interview, medieval historian Simon Teuscher discusses the meaning of wealth and how ideas about it have changed. More …

  • Public Health

    Small or Tall

    Height – and the influence it has on our health – is the topic of an international symposium currently taking place at UZH. For example, research shows that tall women in Switzerland are more likely to develop cancer than shorter women. More …

  • International Congress for 200th Anniversary of Gottfried Keller’s Birth

    A Wonderful Legacy

    Gottfried Keller is the most famous Zurich writer of the 19th century. He had close links with UZH and bequeathed the university his complete estate and archive, laying the foundations for modern-day Keller research. A major international congress is now being held on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Keller’s birth. From 23 to 25 May, congress attendees and speakers will examine Keller’s literary heritage. More …

  • Publications

    Open Access – at Breakneck Speed?

    Free access to all academic publications is the goal of the open access movement. But how quickly should academic publishing be transformed? UZH put this question up for debate at a well-attended panel discussion on Tuesday evening. More …

  • Digitalization

    Appeal for Human Rights

    Developments in artificial intelligence are continuing apace, dramatically impacting our lives in the process. In his guest lecture at UZH, UN Special Rapporteur Philip Alston explains how human rights offer an important normative framework for regulating artificial intelligence. More …

  • Georg Friedrich Götz Award

    Research Excellence

    Today, dermatologist Simone M. Goldinger and molecular biologist Tuncay Baubec received the renowned Georg Friedrich Götz Award. This prize is awarded annually at UZH for outstanding contributions in the field of medical research. More …

  • Appointment Procedures

    Fair Chances for Women

    Who gets the coveted professorships, and why? UZH has developed new guidelines on professorial selection procedures. The new guidelines should also lead to the recruitment of more female professors. More …

  • Sustainability Week

    “2019 is the University of Zurich’s year of sustainability”

    As part of Zurich Sustainability Week, leaders from the five Zurich higher education institutions got together to discuss the role of universities in sustainable development. Many measures are underway at the University of Zurich, reported Gabriele Siegert, Deputy President of UZH. More …

  • Scandinavian Studies

    From Edda to Pippi Longstocking

    On Friday the Universities of Zurich and Basel celebrated their joint professorial chair for Nordic studies. Invited guests included the Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish ambassadors. More …

  • Study of the Ancient World

    Modern Lessons from the Ancient World

    A brilliant lecture by Egyptologist Jan Assmann opened the series of Ringvorlesungen on the theme of Migration in Antiquity. The event also marked the opening of the ZAZH – Zurich Center for the Study of the Ancient World. More …

  • 200 Years of Gottfried Keller

    “He never lost his spark”

    A public lecture series at UZH investigates the many faces of poet, writer, politician and painter Gottfried Keller, who was born 200 years ago. Notable Keller expert Ursula Amrein discusses why his work has remained meaningful to this day and what he had in common with railway pioneer Alfred Escher, who was a contemporary of Keller. 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • International Relations

    A Second Life in Switzerland

    A new exhibition about the many people who found a new home in Switzerland after the suppression of the Prague Spring 50 years ago opened in the Lichthof yesterday, and a commemorative plaque was ceremoniously unveiled. And, at a joint symposium, Charles University in Prague and UZH reinforced their strategic partnership. More …

  • Francis Fukuyama at UZH

    Not the End of History after all

    In his guest lecture at UZH, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama claimed that both right-wing and left-wing identity politics pose a threat to democracy. He pleaded for a rational return to universal values. More …

  • Right Livelihood Award

    “What Future Do You Want for Your Children?”

    Instead of continuing to plant trees futilely, for decades Tony Rinaudo has been persuading African farmers to regenerate trees from the existing underground root system. The agronomist received a Right Livelihood Award for his longstanding efforts. On Wednesday he spoke about his work at the University of Zurich. More …

  • University Medicine Zurich

    Precision Surgery of the Future

    At its annual event this week, the University Medicine Zurich initiative presented its new flagship project SURGENT. The new technology enables operations to be planned and carried out with the utmost precision, in part thanks to holographic navigation. More …

  • Participatory Science Academy

    Citizen Science, Zurich Style

    This past Wednesday the University of Zurich and ETH jointly unveiled the new Participatory Science Academy, an expansion of the Citizen Science Center Zurich that aims to bring citizen science to a new level. The Academy is generously sponsored by the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz. More …

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