Engineer of light
How ETH Zurich’s Professor of Physics, Rachel Grange, makes use of the optical properties of materials and develops novel devices. A visit to her laboratory.
On the way from lab to skin factory to hospital
Ernst Reichmann and Daniela Marino developed a replacement skin in the laboratory which gives hope to millions of people suffering from burns or other severe skin defects. The novel personalised, smooth and soft replacement skin could enhance their quality of
Are a few neurons sufficient to produce intelligence and emotions?
Giacomo Indiveri, Professor at the Institute of Neuroinformatics at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, together with his team, attempts at understanding the neuronal structures inside the brain in order to build more efficient and spontaneously responsive computers by
When Swiss spruce turns into something like ebony
How a spin-off of ETH Zurich and EMPA strikes new chords in string instruments, why this helps the tropical forests and what connects the funding of spin-off companies to bathtubs.
«We are downright dependent on EU projects»
Adrienne Grêt-Regamey, Professor of Planning Landscape and Urban Systems at ETH Zurich, analyses how landscapes change and with them the ecosystem services existentially important for all of us. For her research she depends on projects outside the borders of Switzerland.
Of men, wheat and fungi
One training programme — two experiences How a European Training Network equips PhD candidates with the skills needed for their professional future, why plant scientists will never run out of work and why it is crucial for Switzerland to have access
«The drone expands the farmer’s view on his field»
Intelligent devices shall make agriculture more efficient and sustainable. The EU project «Flourish», coordinated by ETH Zurich, developed a work team consisting of a drone and an agricultural robot to control weed in a sugar beet field.
Florian Scheuer explores whether top salaries are of benefit to the poorest
Higher taxation of top salaries that hardly create any social values and of robots that destroy jobs? Florian Scheuer, Professor of Economics of Institutions at the University of Zurich, assesses novel tax systems in an ERC project to control the
The art of creating artificial cells
About the smartness of cells, the challenge of copying them and the crucial impact of an ERC Grant on the career of a scientist. – An interview with Petra Dittrich, Professor for Bioanalytics at ETH Zurich.
The silent power of time
How the Japanologist Raji C. Steineck and his interdisciplinary team explore concepts of time in medieval Japan in a novel way and what we learn by this ERC project about our own perception of time.