“We have to ask some uncomfortable questions.”

Ms Björnsen, you led the Energy Change Impact research programme. Are there problems associated with alternative energy sources? The implementation of the Energy Strategy 2050 requires a radical...

“We are modelling the energy city of the future.”

From small to large. From complicated to complex. From architecture to construction physics. Kristina Orehounig has taken this scientific path. She studied architecture at the Technical University of...

The coronavirus crisis unleashes inventive energy

A new type of respiratory disease spread like wildfire all over the world from a seafood market in the city of Wuhan, which is located in central China and has more than 11 million inhabitants. In...
05 March 2021

Gender Strategy 2021–2024

The ETH Domain aims to improve the gender balance among its member institutions by increasing the share of women in education and in research, as well as in management positions. Ensuring equal...

"We don't have an energy problem, we have a CO2 problem."

Mr Bach, mobility is crucial in tackling the climate crisis. Why? If we are seeking to have a CO2-neutral economy by 2050, this primarily means that we have to stop using fossil fuels from...

Knowledge that works

Homo faber is something of a Swiss national hero. One of the few engineers to have achieved fame in world literature. Damien C. Weber, head of proton therapy at the PSI, has another hero. “Have you...

Cybersecurity, the Swiss way

Cybersecurity. Or security in the digital realm, which is frequently no longer even called cyberspace be-cause it has long since become part of our everyday lives. And that’s precisely where the...

The fun of pure thinking

Alessio Figalli hurries into his office in the main building of ETH Zurich and apologises in a heartfelt Italian way for being two minutes late. His shirt freshly ironed; on his desk a few piles of...

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...