Newest Articles Archive 2017 81 articles

  • Literature

    Books for Life

    Some books you forget as soon as you’ve read them, while others remain with you for life. Four members of the UZH community tell us about their “book for life”. Happy holidays from the UZH News editorial team! More …

  • Real Estate

    New Loan for Planned Chemistry Building

    The Government Council of the Canton of Zurich has applied for a new loan from the Parliament of the Canton of Zurich for the chemistry building, which is currently being built at Irchel Campus. The buildings are of crucial importance for the future development of UZH, as President Michael Hengartner explains in an interview. More …

  • Physics

    “A very pretty theory”

    How Erwin Schrödinger revolutionized physics during a Christmas holiday in Arosa in 1925. More …

  • Astrophysics

    The Universe Ticks Differently

    Galaxies drift apart, and time stretches as they do. Astrophysicist Romain Teyssier uses supercomputers to research the evolution of the universe and thinks in cosmic intervals. More …

  • History

    Cinema and Scandal

    UZH historian Martin Bürgin researches films that caused an uproar – and he is bringing them back to the big screen in a special film series. More …

  • Economics

    The Costs of Having Children

    Well-to-do couples in developed countries are having fewer and fewer children. While this may be good in terms of global overpopulation, it has unsettling consequences for living together. More …

  • Center of Implant Research

    A Better Bite

    These days Zurich dental specialists can use state-of-the-art technology to make jawbones and gums regenerate, and fit teeth implants that restore much of the patient’s original looks and feeling. Now this research is being coordinated internationally and accelerated by the Center of Implant Research. More …

  • In the Spotlight

    Christine in Wonderland

    Thrillers, children’s books, TV series: Literary critic Christine Lötscher researches popular characters in books and films. Find out how the UZH graduate got to read novels and watch TV for a living. More …

  • Psychiatry

    “There is no comprehensive definition of mental illness”

    Fear, sadness, and anger are part of life. But where do everyday feelings cross over into being symptoms of an illness? Paul Hoff, deputy director of the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, explained how psychiatry answers this question in a talk at the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP). More …

  • Infrastructure

    New Directorate for Real Estate and Facility Management

    From 1 January 2018, the University of Zurich will create a new Directorate for Real Estate and Facility Management to meet the demands of managing the large-scale construction projects over the coming decades. The new directorate will be headed up by Peter Bodmer on an interim basis until a new director is found. More …

  • History

    The Cradle of Modernity

    Bernd Roeck has written a major book about a period of major importance – the Renaissance. The historian spoke to us about the turning point that laid the foundation for Western modernity. More …

  • Churchill Symposium

    For a Diverse Europe

    This years’ Churchill Symposium at UZH drew a large audience, with around a thousand visitors in attendance on Monday. Former President of Germany Joachim Gauck spoke on the “Streitfall Europa” (the Europe debate), and Federal Councilor Alain Berset talked about protecting democracy. More …

  • The Art of Science Photography

    As a scientific photographer, Michelle Aimée Oesch spends her time shooting bones, worms, and embryos. More …

  • Student Support

    Welcome to the University

    Students at the University of Zurich are volunteering to provide refugees with guidance and support. More …

  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

    Under the Myanmar Sun

    Violence against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in Myanmar, has thrust the country back into the international spotlight. Anthropologist Georg Winterberger spent time in Myanmar researching the lives of the majority Buddhist population there. More …

  • LERU Report

    High Added Value of UZH

    UZH last year generated added value of over six billion francs according to a newly published study by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). More …

  • Medicine

    Blocked Blood Vessels

    A drug used to treat Alzheimer’s may also be effective in treating a very different type of disease: sickle cell anemia. Researchers at UZH are carrying out a clinical study to test its potential use. More …

  • Digital Detox

    Ways to Avoid Smartphone Stress

    Always online, always available: Your smartphone can be a major source of stress. Can taking digital breaks enhance wellbeing? As part of the Wissen-Schaf(f)t Wissen lecture series, psychologist Theda Radtke presented some surprising findings of her research. More …

  • Gender Equality

    Lost in the Career Labyrinth

    Why are there so few women in leadership positions? One reason is our entrenched perception of traditional roles, said Hedi-Fritz-Niggli visiting professor Alice Eagly at a lecture held at UZH last Tuesday. More …

  • UZH Alumni Founding Party

    A Great Party with Buster Keaton

    The UZH Alumni held a party to celebrate its founding – starring silent film great Buster Keaton and a newly planted Mirabelle de Nancy plum tree. More …

  • Sports

    Studying for Sports Nuts

    How do elite athletes manage to juggle studying and training? A panel made up of UZH student and professional mountain biker Jolanda Neff, ETH Rector Sarah Springman, and Antonia Erni of the Swiss University Sports Federation (SHSV) tackled this question at an ASVZ event last week. More …

  • Psychology

    Speedy Swiss

    The pace of life differs depending on where in the world you are – in Switzerland it is the fastest of anywhere. That could be a good thing, but does it also lead us to work too hard? Why are so many workers suffering from stress and burning out? It doesn’t have to be this way. More …

  • Digital Day 2017

    Living in a Digitalized Society

    Bitcoins, artificial intelligence, privacy, health data, and games to adjust your moral compass – on the occasion of Digital Day at Zurich Main Station, UZH presented the possibilities of digitalization and discussed the implications of the digital revolution for society at large. More …

  • Gender Equality

    Honoring a Pioneer

    Nadezhda Suslova was the first woman to be awarded a doctorate by the University of Zurich, 150 years ago. An anniversary event was held at UZH this week to honor this remarkable woman. The occasion also saw the presentation of the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize to UZH researcher Mathilde Bouvel. More …

  • Social Entrepreneurship

    Concrete Solutions for Real Problems

    For the first time, the University of Zurich offered a seminar in which students could acquire first-hand knowledge of what it means to become a Social Entrepreneur and develop a business plan to solve a concrete social problem. In their final pitch last Monday, six teams competed in front of a jury for an award of CHF 10,000 to kick-start their business. More …

  • Medicine

    Where Patients and Statistics Intersect

    The new doctoral program Clinical Science at UZH helps strengthen clinical research in Switzerland. We spoke with Roxane D. Staiger, one of the program’s first candidates. More …

  • Geography

    Digital Pathfinders

    GPS and smartphones help us find our way quickly but to the detriment of our own sense of direction. UZH geographer Sara Fabrikant wants to combat this trend. More …

  • Legal Tech

    “Take dictation please, machine!”

    Digitalization and technology are revolutionizing the practice of law. The legal profession is rapidly changing, and the new technologies also lead to new legal questions. The UZH Faculty of Law has its finger on the pulse of these new developments. More …

  • When Your Profile Comes Back to Haunt You

    The traces we leave behind each day through our computers and mobile telephones have a very long life. This can lead to unpleasant surprises when data is combined and abused, explains professor of business administration at UZH, René Algesheimer. More …

  • New Look: UZH Marktplatz

    Marktplatz is UZH’s online marketplace and largest advertising platform, where people can offer and find jobs, apartments, events, and services. A complete redesign has now given it a fresh new look. More …

  • Marie Heim-Vögtlin-Preis 2017

    All in the Head

    Mathematician Mathilde Bouvel is a brilliant mathematician and analyst... and as a mother of two small children, she also knows how to keep a clear head. Now the researcher at the UZH Institute of Mathematics has been awarded the Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize 2017. More …

  • University Medicine Zurich

    Sleeping Soundly with SleepLoop

    The University Medicine Zurich initiative unveils its new flagship project, SleepLoop, a tool to modulate sleep that could have a wide range of medical applications. More …

  • Studies

    Veterinary Medicine Uncovered

    The dream of studying veterinary medicine is often quite different from the reality. The Veterinary Medicine Student Association invited high school students to an info day to give prospective students a taste of what studying veterinary medicine entails. More …

  • Uni-Poly Rowing Regatta

    UZH Victorious in 66th Uni-Poly Rowing Regatta

    UZH won three of the four races at the 66th edition of the Uni-Poly rowing regatta – with the boats of the alumni, the professors, and women all victorious. The 16-scull race – a world premiere – was also won by the UZH rowing team. More …

  • Day of Excellence in Teaching

    54 Students Presented with Semester Awards

    At this year’s “Tag der Lehre” (Day of Excellence in Teaching) at UZH, new ideas for interactive teaching methods were discussed. The day was topped off with a closing ceremony at which students were honored for their outstanding work. More …

  • Zurich City University District

    University Embedded in the Fabric of the City

    With the planning stage for the Zurich City University District (Hochschulgebiet Zürich Zentrum) now closed, the architectural competitions are about to be launched. An update on this major long-term project was given at a media conference on Tuesday. More …

  • International Relations Office

    Visit to Hong Kong

    UZH academics spent a week in Hong Kong as part of the Zürich meets Hong Kong festival, staging their own events as well as networking with local researchers and universities. Topics included FinTech, healthy aging, and literature. More …

  • Neuroscience

    25 Years of Brain Research

    The Betty and David Koetser Foundation for Brain Research is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The foundation has been supporting neuroscience at the University of Zurich since 1993, donating a total of around three million francs. More …

  • How songbirds learn a new song

    As scientists from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have now shown, songbirds are minimalists when it comes to learning a new song. The birds’ learning strategy resembles the methods used by computer scientists for document comparison. More …

  • Ranking

    UZH Moves Up 11 Places

    UZH has moved up 11 places in the global university ranking published by US News & World Report and is now ranked 59th in the world. More …

  • Literature

    Feminism in the Age of Donald Trump

    Twenty-five years after the publication of Elisabeth Bronfen’s groundbreaking work Over Her Dead Body, Bronfen, Judith Butler, and other international stars of the feminist literary scene met at UZH for a symposium marking the book’s anniversary. More …

  • International Relations

    UZH meets Hong Kong

    The Zürich meets Hong Kong festival takes place from 21 to 29 October 2017. The University will be taking part in five festival events featuring scientists from UZH and Hong Kong presenting their research and joint projects. More …

  • Psychology

    Overcoming Crises

    Why are some people better at coping with emotional stress than others? This is what resilience research wants to find out. An international group of psychologists has now come together to establish common principles for this fledgling field of research. More …

  • Banking and Finance

    Sustainable Investing

    The UN Development Program is now working with the University of Zurich. Economist Marc Chesney and his team are helping the United Nations reach its sustainable development goals. More …

  • Wyss Annual Event

    High-Flying Ideas and Deep-Sea-Diving Robots

    Wyss Zurich, the joint research and development center of UZH and ETH, is going from strength to strength. At its Annual Event on Wednesday evening, guests heard about intelligent robots and the ability of the human body to heal itself. More …

  • My Alma Mater

    Father Tobias

    Accomplished alumni look back on their studies at UZH. This time it’s the turn of Tobias Brandner, a professor of theology and prison chaplain in Hong Kong. More …

  • Fintech

    Digital Change in the Financial Sector

    With algorithms providing investment advice and private individuals giving loans, digital transformation is sweeping the financial sector. The Swiss FinTech Innovation Lab at the University of Zurich is looking into the potential of new technologies for financial services and insurance. More …

  • Global Change and Biodiversity

    Biodiversity Protects against Drought

    The latest publication from the Global Change and Biodiversity University Research Priority Program shows that biodiverse tropical forests are better equipped to cope with periods of drought than monocultures. Team member Michael O’Brien investigated the situation in Malaysia. More …

  • Ig Nobel Prize

    Prestigious Award for Curious Research

    Researchers led by UZH professor Milo Puhan discovered that playing the didgeridoo helps stop snoring. Now they’ve been awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize. More …

  • Sports Law and Arbitration

    Addressing the Olympic Crisis

    To help ensure that the next Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 are conducted fairly, UZH jurists want to provide Japanese sports scientists and institutions with support in matters of sports law and arbitration. At the beginning of September 2017 an international symposium was held to discuss the issues. More …

  • Men's studies

    Healthy Optimists

    Psychologist Ulrike Ehlert is looking into what keeps men over 40 healthy, fit, and satisfied. What’s important, she’s found, is an optimistic outlook on life and regular physical exercise. More …

  • Digitalization Transformation

    “Global Brain”

    Digitalization is accelerating the economy and transforming research. Abraham Bernstein and Michael Hengartner talk about the digital revolution and the role of UZH. More …

  • Graduate Campus

    Friendly Wake-up Calls and Fine Tomatoes

    Gold rush fever in citizen science: yesterday participants at the LERU Doctoral Summer School 2017, organized by UZH’s Graduate Campus, presented a whole variety of ideas for future participatory research projects. More …

  • International Relations

    UZH Delegation in Boston

    At the end of May, the executive board and UZH researchers spent two days in Boston. The trip was designed to foster relationships and build new cooperation arrangements with Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and other institutions in the Greater Boston Area. More …

  • Campus

    UZH collaborating with Asia Society

    The global non-governmental organization Asia Society has opened a European Center in Zurich and works together with the University of Zurich. A joint event held yesterday was attended by Japanese art historian Princess Akiko of Mikasa. More …

  • International Relations

    Interpol President Visits UZH

    Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, supporting police forces all over the globe. Last week its president, Meng Hongwei, visited UZH and met president Michael Hengartner. Their discussion revolved around ways UZH and Interpol could cooperate. More …

  • Ranking

    UZH ranked as one of the most innovative universities in Europe

    The spirit of invention is flourishing at the University of Zurich, which places ninth in the latest Reuters ranking of the hundred most innovative universities in Europe. More …

  • Physics

    Hunting the Invisible

    In mid-May a new accelerator was inaugurated at CERN. It’s designed to enable considerably more particle collisions. Physicists Florencia Canelli and Lea Caminada hope to use it to hunt down dark matter. More …

  • New Vice President Elected

    “The Future Is Interdisciplinary”

    The Board of the University has named Professor Michael Schaepman Vice President for Veterinary Medicine and Natural Sciences. Professor Schaepman has a lot of ideas for his new office. And he can cook. Below, he shares one of his favorite recipes. More …

  • International Relations

    “There’s a climate of fear and mistrust”

    The Turkish government brooks no criticism from academics. That’s why psychologist Ayse Dayi fled the country. This week she talked at UZH about the repression of universities and scholars. Researchers under threat receive support from the international Scholars at Risk network. More …

  • Universitas 21

    UZH Joins Global Network of Universities

    Last Friday, UZH joined “Universitas 21”, a global network of research universities made up of research-intensive universities from six continents. UZH President Michael Hengartner welcomes the membership as a major step toward realizing the University's internationalization strategy. More …

  • Senat

    Michael Schaepman Nominated Vice President

    Yesterday, the University Senate nominated Professor Michael Schaepman as Vice President for Veterinary Medicine and Natural Sciences. The Board of the University votes on the appointment on 17 May. More …

  • BVK Board of Trustees

    Two UZH Employees Standing for Election

    Elections to the board of trustees of the BVK pension fund will be held in May. The candidates include two employees of the University of Zurich. In this interview, they explain how they see the future of BVK. More …

  • EGMO 2017

    Shining Young Math Talents

    At the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO), young women from many different countries had to solve tricky math problems. Yesterday evening the closing ceremony took place on UZH's Irchel Campus. More …

  • Mercator Awards 2017

    Strawberry season and financial analysts

    Irene Garonna, Timo Mennle and Stefan Leins have all won 2017 Mercator Awards for their PhD theses – on shifting seasons, markets without money, and financial analysts. More …

  • Parasitology

    More mosquito species that transmit Zika?

    The European Union is pushing research into Zika. UZH insect researcher Eva Veronesi heads a project funded by Horizon 2020 investigating whether an exotic species of mosquito living in Switzerland might also transmit Zika virus. More …

  • European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

    Getting Young People Excited About Math

    This week the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) starts at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Anna Beliakova, Professor of Mathematics at UZH, has been working to promote math for years. In this interview with UZH News she explains why events like the Olympiad are important to get young women excited about math. More …

  • EUA 2018 Annual Conference

    University Leaders to Meet at UZH

    UZH has been chosen to host the European University Association’s annual conference in 2018: Next year, some 400 university rectors and presidents from all over Europe will meet in Zurich to discuss the challenges and opportunities in higher education and research. More …

  • Elections to the BVK Board of Trustees

    Fair Arrangements for All Generations

    Thorsten Hens wants to ensure that any new returns generated by BVK are distributed equitably to the various age groups to avoid injustices. In an interview with UZH News, he explains why this is a good solution. More …

  • Elections to the BVK Board of Trustees

    “Women Are Particularly Hard Hit by Reductions in Benefits.”

    Among other things, Calista Fischer wants to ensure that the interests of women and part-time staff are represented on the BVK board of trustees and management. More …

  • Teaching Fund

    Four Great Teaching Ideas

    The competitive Teaching Fund is designed to promote innovative teaching formats at UZH and stimulate even more effective, varied, and vibrant instruction. Here we present four of the fifteen projects that have been awarded funding. More …

  • Rankings

    Top Rankings for Anatomy and Physiology

    UZH places among the top 50 in four subjects in the current QS World University Rankings by Subject. In Anatomy & Physiology, which is new in the 2017 survey, it is ranked 20th in the world – UZH’s best result. Johannes Loffing, head of the Institute of Anatomy, and Carsten Wagner at the Institute of Physiology, are delighted with the results. More …

  • Economics and IT

    “What’s happening here with us affects everyone.”

    For almost five years the UZH Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics has been headed by Harald Gall. In this interview he explains how the faculty is sharpening its profile, why last year the offering of degree programs was redesigned, and why economics and IT make such a powerful combination. More …

  • Start-up

    Owls Taking Fledgling Companies Under Their Wing

    A group of Executive MBA alumni from the University of Zurich have set up the Owl Business Angels GmbH, investing capital in young companies and giving them the benefit of their experience. One of the beneficiaries is the start-up firm Piavita, which is developing a medical diagnosis device for horses. More …

  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

    Understanding Biodiversity

    Biodiversity is the topic of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by the Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies. It starts on February 27. More …

  • Horizon 2020

    “Making the Most of the Remaining Four Years”

    Peter Erni is director of the Swiss research and advisory network Euresearch. Currently, Erni is encouraging Swiss researchers to take part in Horizon 2020, the world’s largest funding program for research and innovation. More …

  • Architecture of Biomolecules

    Big Things Come In Small Packages

    Leading structural biologists from across the globe gathered at UZH to discuss their latest findings and experiments. Zurich continues to enjoy an excellent standing in this specialist field, which provides the basis for developing new medicines. More …

  • Grand Challenge Award

    Tumors as Walkable 3D Models

    UZH Professor Bernd Bodenmiller is part of an international research team that has won a Grand Challenge Award of Cancer Research UK. The goal of this new and important research award is to generate high-definition, interactive 3D maps of entire tumors, so opening up new avenues for cancer research and medicine. More …

  • Political Science

    “Withdrawing into a shell of nationalism”

    New US president Donald Trump is preaching national egotism, and all over Europe nationalist parties are gaining ground. In this interview political scientist Stefanie Walter explains what this means for the future of world trade and the post-war world order. More …

  • FINEXUS Conference

    “We need to talk about values, not prices”

    How can the financial system operate more sustainably? This question was the focus of a conference that took place last week at UZH. Those attending included Nobel Laureate Joseph. E. Stiglitz. More …

  • Neurosciences

    More Blood Vessels in the Brain

    Nogo-A is a signal molecule that is known to inhibit nerve cell growth. Now brain researcher and budding neurosurgeon Thomas Wälchli has managed to show how it suppresses the formation of fine blood vessels in the brain. More …