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...
01 July 2015

Eight competence centres conduct research into the energy of the future

Energy has already been a central field of research in the ETH Domain for years, and with ETH Zurich, EPFL and its four research institutes, the ETH Domain covers the entire value-creation chain...

When a field turns into a dangerous slide

24 July 2014: It has been raining for days and now the forecast is for heavy thunderstorms. For five hours it has been pouring down in buckets over the mountains of Emmental. The river Emme is...

Expertise in accelerator technology helps cancer patients

The patient is led into the treatment room, and lies down on the treatment table. After ensuring that she is positioned and held in the right place, the table rotates to the treatment position of the...

Fertilize Plants Instead of Contaminating the Water

In the language of the Zulus, who live in the Durban region, “Vuna” means harvest. In fact, VUNA is also the abbreviation for “Valorisation of Urine Nutrients in Africa”...

Artificial Hand Restores the Sense of Touch

“A Sensation”, “A Moving Breakthrough”, were the headlines in the international press in February 2014, when EPFL-Professor Silvestro Micera and his team published the results...
01 May 2013

Seizing opportunities and promoting the next generation

“The ETH Domain will create attractive and family-friendly working conditions, promote equality of opportunity and develop young scientific talent.” This is the key sentence in the...

A toilet for developing countries

There it is, the very first model in the Eawag foyer in Dübendorf, Zurich. It is a design piece, more than two metres high and made of blue coloured polyethylene. It was dubbed the “poor...