The new possibilities created by digitisation in research will also help to progress the strategic focus areas that the ETH Board has specified as strategic priorities for the ETH Domain between 2017 and 2020.

Among others, these focus areas concentrate on new scientific, technological or social approaches for energy management (Energy Research), for the design of social and economic interaction between people (Data Science), for the quality of life of the individual (Personalized Health and Related Technologies), as well as for the research into and development of materials with new properties (Advanced Manufacturing). The basis for this is the computer-aided analysis of large data records, as well as high-resolution digital images and measurement series from complex processes in the environment, in machines and in buildings, as well as their simulation.