“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...

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”...

ETH Zurich: Future Cities Laboratory

In this century, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population will live in cities. Making these cities environmentally friendly and worth living in is one of the greatest...

Eawag: Lake Kivu: time bomb or energy source?

Lake Kivu, between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is around one-and-a-half times the size of the canton Zurich and almost 500 metres deep. Virtually idyllic, yet danger lurks in the...

ETH Zurich: Urban design for the 21st century – in Addis Ababa

The “Urban Laboratory – Addis Ababa” is a research initiative conducted over many years by D-ARCH and other partners, for the purpose of encouraging the dialogue between North and...

Eawag: Solar water disinfection for millions of people

The SODIS method is ideal for treatment of drinking water in developing countries. It requires only sunlight and PET bottles. The water is decanted into transparent PET bottles and left in the sun...

EPFL: Master’s course in the Arab Emirates

EPFL Middle East is the first campus outside Switzerland, on which Swiss master’s projects can be carried out. The course on energy management and sustainability amounts to 120 ECTS credits and...