Heating and cooling with lake water

Zurich town hall was heated with water from the Limmat as far back as 1938. Nowadays, four lake water networks around the Lake Zurich basin deliver heating and cooling to the surrounding buildings;...

Storing power in gas

On the site of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villigen, the future of energy is housed in six white containers, which are lined up on a platform called "Energy System Integration", or "ESI" for...

History goes digital: Virtual time machine allows you to step back into the past

“Recently, I was standing on the Rialto Bridge in Venice in front of one of the tourist shops and couldn’t help thinking that in 1740, in this exact spot, Francesco Raspi’s bottega was selling...
12 December 2017

Gender Strategy 2017–2020

The Gender Strategy 2017–2020 is an overarching strategy to foster gender balance and equal opportunities for women and men within the ETH Domain. While the broader concept of diversity is important...

Brilliant X-ray light for leading edge research

Radar waves have a very long wavelength. One of the physicists, Oliver Bunk, explained that "this enables them to track the arrival of a ship or aircraft. You need X-ray light with a very short...

Detecting unknown harmful substances

The NORMAN network, with a good 70 members, celebrated its tenth anniversary in Brussels at the end of October 2016. Juliane Hollender was there. "Through Eawag, Switzerland is a fully involved and...

Staying young in old age

Johan Auwerx was surprised to be honoured with the prestigious Swiss science prize: "It is good recognition of the research that I have been doing in Switzerland for nine years," the Belgian added....
21 March 2017

‘Piz Daint’ for Europe, European supercomputers for Switzerland

Ever since the inception of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), Switzerland has been actively represented by ETH Zurich and its affiliated National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)....

“One should never overlook the unexpected”

Michael Grätzel celebrated his 71st birthday in May at the Universal Exhibition Expo 2015 in Milan, and was delighted at the enormous birthday present: 80 dye solar modules arranged in the...

The guarantee of clean drinking water

The Canton of Basel-Landschaft (BL, “Basel-Country”) is characterised by karst areas used for agriculture, urban settlements in the valleys, and industry with its long history in the urban...