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Scientific policy advice in crises

The institutions in the fields of education, research and innovation (ERI) welcome the implementation proposal for the involvement of scientific advisory bodies in crises, which the Federal Council has approved.

Federal Council appoints Christian Rüegg as Director of the PSI for a further term of office

On 8 December, the Federal Council appointed Christian Rüegg as Director of the PSI for a further four years from 1 April 2024. The PSI is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences in Switzerland.

ETH-Rat discusses optimal structure to meet future challenges

At its meeting of 6–7 December, the ETH Board discussed the future challenges facing society and how the ETH Domain can address them with an optimum structure. At the same time, the ETH Board is holding talks with various partners and stakeholders.

14 new professors appointed at ETH Zurich and EPFL

The ETH Board appointed 4 women and 10 men as professors and awarded the title of Professor of Practice to one individual. It also took note of the resignations of 11 professors and thanked them for their services.

The ETH Board reiterates its call for rapid association to the Horizon Europe package

The ETH Board welcomes the developments in Swiss-EU relations announced by the Federal Council on 8 November and by the European Commission on 21 November.

Review of the structure of the ETH Domain

At the request of the Federal Council and on the recommendation of a panel of international experts, the ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain are reviewing the current structure of the ETH Domain.

ERI Dispatch 2025–2028: ERI partners fear cutback in services

The universities and research and innovation promotion organisations are calling for significant, real growth for the entire ERI sector over the next four-year period.

ERI Dispatch 2025–2028: insufficient funding for the ETH Domain

The ETH Domain depends on adequate, stable funding from the Confederation if it is to fulfil its role in driving innovation for Switzerland and educating urgently needed specialists.

10 new professors appointed at ETH Zurich and EPFL

The ETH Board appointed four women and six men as professors and awarded the title of professor to five individuals. It also took note of the resignation of one professor and thanked him for his services.

List of public contracts awarded by the ETH Board in 2022 exceeding CHF 50,000

Pursuant to Art. 27 of the Ordinance on Public Procurement, contracting authorities subject to the Swiss federal legislation on public procurement are required once a year to report in electronic form on their public contracts exceeding CHF 50,000.

15 new professors appointed at ETH Zurich and EPFL

The ETH Board appointed 5 women and 10 men as professors and awarded the title of Professor to one individual and the title of Professor of Practice to one individual. It also took note of the resignation of one professor and thanked him for his services.

Strategy regarding the development of student numbers in the ETH Domain

The skills shortages and the strong demand on the Swiss labour market for holders of ETH degrees justifies the increase in student numbers at the Federal Institutes of Technology. However, the constant growth in numbers poses considerable challenges.

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Imaging at the next level

Their names are Marianne Liebi Adrian Wanner. Two young researchers who make the nanostructure of macroscopic samples, such as bones or brain tissue, visible in three dimensions using high-resolution images.

“It all comes down to the last atom”

Empa researchers have developed novel materials made of carbon that exploit quantum effects to exhibit previously unattainable electronic and magnetic properties.

“The magic of 8 and 24”

Professor of number theory Maryna Viazovska has solved a mathematical problem that has stumped researchers for centuries. This achievement brought her recognition with the Fields Medal, which is something like a “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”.

Start-ups worth a billion

The institutions of the ETH Domain produce around 60 spin-offs each year. Among them, five are valued at over one billion dollars. Here is an introduction to these five “unicorns”.

“Carbon dioxide can be turned into a valuable resource”

The Swiss energy system is expected to be climate-neutral by 2050. The key to this is science: CO2 can be converted by electrolysis into raw materials for chemicals or synthetic fuels and the cost of a fossil-free energy system can be calculated using modelling.

What isotopes reveal about climate change

Matthias Saurer is a physicist and heads the WSL isotope laboratory where complex measuring procedures are used to determine plants’ isotope ratios. These provide answers to questions about the nutrient and water balance in forests, for example, and provide important foundations for environmental and climate research.

Talented mathematician and cycling sensation

Anna Kiesenhofer has a doctorate in mathematics and was doing research as a postdoc at EPFL on partial differential equations when she qualified for the cycling road race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the gold medal in sensational fashion. She sees parallels between mathematics and cycling which were instrumental in her success.   

Natural toxins: from the arsenal of a bacterium

Cyanobacteria are ancient organisms. The most varied types of shells without a core, which, at high density in warm waters, can secrete complex substances and also toxins. Some are toxic to both humans and animals. Elisabeth Janssen is on the trail of these natural toxins: applied research, the results of which can be incorporated into water protection or water management.

Quantum leap in the quantum sciences

Quantum physics has a long tradition at ETH Zurich. Now it is further expanding its teaching and research activities. Around 150 students are completing the novel Master’s degree programme in Quantum Engineering, there is a “Quantum Center” and quantum computers are to be built in the ETHZ-PSI Quantum Computing Hub.

The benefits of mistakes in science

Failing to perform an experiment, considering the wrong hypothesis, having a paper rejected: failure is not only normal in science, it is also essential for cutting-edge research. What is the experience of researchers in the ETH Domain with this sensitive topic?

“Scientific cooperation is of indisputable benefit to all parties”

A pan-European initiative launched at the behest of the Swiss and British research communities calls for the two countries to be rapidly reintegrated into European science.

Next Target: Net Zero Emissions

What are the institutions of the ETH Domain doing to reduce the CO2 emissions of their buildings? An overview shows: quite a lot, from anergy and waste heat to district heating and photovoltaics.

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Auf dieser Seite sind nach Aktenzeichen die Entscheide der ETH-Beschwerdekommission seit dem 1. Januar 2024 aufgelistet. Hier klicken für Entscheidungen vor 2024 (Link). Die Entscheide sind jeweils nur in einer Sprache verfügbar, entweder auf Deutsch oder auf Französisch.

Environment & energy

The ETH Domain seeks to play a pioneering role in climate protection. The two Federal Institutes of Technology as well as the four research institutes have common goals in terms of environmental protection and, in providing their respective services, make the best possible use of the resources they require for their proper functioning.

Strategic Focus Areas and Strategic Areas

The three Strategic Focus Areas defined for the ERI period 2021–2024 are Personalized Health and Related Technologies, Data Science, and Advanced Manufacturing. In the Strategic Plan 2025–2028, published in July 2022, the ETH Board defines five Strategic Areas.

Zwischenevaluation des ETH-Bereichs

Alle vier Jahre wird der ETH-Bereich durch eine Gruppe von nationalen und internationalen Expertinnen und Experten im Auftrag des Departements für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung (WBF) eingehend evaluiert.

Joint Initiatives

Joint Initiatives are large-scale initiatives carried out jointly by the institutions of the ETH Domain and external partners. Their topic relates to one of the Strategic Areas defined by the ETH Board.

Review of the structure of the ETH Domain

At the request of the Federal Council and on the recommendation of a panel of international experts, the ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain are reviewing the current structure of the ETH Domain. The overarching aim is to ensure that Switzerland is better equipped for the challenges that lie ahead. Three options for the future are currently being drawn up.

Intermediate Evaluation 2023 of the ETH Domain

Every four years, half way through its funding period, the ETH Domain undergoes a thorough evaluation by a group of national and international experts mandated by the head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER). The ETH Board would like to thank the Expert Committee of the 2023 Intermediate Evaluation for its in-depth examination of the ETH Domain and its institutions. The examination of the current strengths and weaknesses as well as the productive exchange and stimulating discussions resulted in forward-looking recommendations that are both supportive and challenging. The implementation of these recommendations will support the ETH Domain’s development to the benefit of Switzerland’s education and research sector, economy and society. The ETH Board is pleased by the experts’ overall assessment of the exceptional quality of the ETH Domain institutions. The ETH Board is also satisfied that the experts have noted significant progress since the last Intermediate Evaluation in 2019 and is aware of the need to continue its constant reflection on how best to further improve the performance and the impact of the ETH Domain and to respond to upcoming challenges. In this Response to the Recommendations of the Expert Committee, the ETH Board addresses each of the recommendations and presents its considerations and ongoing activities with regard to the points raised by the experts. This is followed by “action lines” with which the ETH Board and the ETH Domain institutions intend to address the recommendations at a general, domain-wide level. More concrete measures are subsequently developed and implemented at the level of the individual institutions. The ETH Board believes that it is crucial for the ETH Domain institutions to maintain their ability to compete with the best institutions worldwide and to remain the flagship of the Swiss education, research and innovation (ERI) sector. Through their excellence in teaching, research and knowledge and technology transfer (KTT), the institutions of the ETH Domain enhance the attractiveness of the Swiss ERI sector as well as the prosperity and competitiveness of Swiss society and the Swiss economy. In response to the Expert Committee’s report and recommendations, the ETH Board considers the following points in particular to be essential for the successful development of the ETH Domain: The institutions of the ETH Domain give the highest priority to research-based teaching. They continue to take the necessary action to maintain and improve the quality of education in the long term and in the context of a growing student population – an important contribution to help counteract the shortage of experts in Switzerland. They pay particular attention to assessing the relevance of educational programmes in light of the present and future demands of the economy, industry, research and the public sector.The institutions of the ETH Domain continue to perform research at the highest level and contribute to anticipating and resolving the most pressing local, national and global challenges. Attracting and retaining the best talent is a major condition for ensuring excellence. Another key factor in the ETH Domain’s international attractiveness are Switzerland's first-class research infrastructures. The institutions of the ETH Domain further strengthen their leading role in conceptualising, developing, operating and upgrading large-scale research infrastructures and platforms.The institutions of the ETH Domain actively contribute to Switzerland’s innovative capacity by further strengthening their key role in knowledge and technology transfer for the benefit of the economy and industry (young companies as well as SMEs and established companies), the public sector and society. They continuously develop their KTT instruments to enable simple and straightforward processes.The ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain are engaged in a future-oriented discussion on the mission of the ETH Domain and, building on this, on the question of strategic orientation and the optimal structure as one of their central tasks and responsibilities. They evaluate various options on how to best position and organise the ETH Domain to meet future needs.The institutions of the ETH Domain further strengthen an inclusive and respectful culture and working and studying environment, recognising that inclusion is key to realising the full potential of diversity. They build on existing policies to develop and implement a corresponding strategy.The institutions of the ETH Domain contribute to the translation of research into concrete solutions and policies in order to respond promptly to urgent challenges by intensifying the dialogue between academic actors, public authorities and society. They play a leading role in the development and implementation of the strategies to improve the involvement of the scientific community in future crisis situations.   In order to address the above aspects, the corresponding political and financial framework conditions are indispensable. The Expert Committee mentions the following points, which the ETH Board would like to underline: International openness: To compete at the highest international level, to attract the best talent and to maintain excellence, international openness and multilateral scientific collaborations are essential. Switzerland's full association with the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, Euratom Research and Training Programme and ITER is of utmost importance for the ETH Domain.Stable and reliable funding: Only with sufficient financial resources can the ETH Domain continue to fulfil its flagship role for the Swiss ERI sector and – in a context of growth in student numbers – maintain the quality of education and meet the demands of economy, industry and the public sector for highly qualified personnel.

The ETH Domain, an essential component of the Swiss model for success

With its two Federal Institutes of Technology and four research institutions, the ETH Domain contributes to Switzerland’s prosperity and ensures the country’s place among the major scientific nations. The inadequate financial resources allocated by the Confederation for the period 2025-2028 jeopardise this model for success.

Members of ETH Board

The ETH Board consists of a President and ten other members, all of whom are elected by the Federal Council. As a college, it has the necessary political, scientific, economic, managerial and legal competencies to ensure the sustainable development of the ETH Domain.

Measure 2: Coordination of Access to Research Data Management (RDM) Services & Infrastructures

The main goals of this measure are the standardization, federation, or mutualization of existing services and infrastructure across the ETH Domain. It also aims to improve interoperability of existing services and fil gaps, considering the full data lifecycle: data (1) planning, (2) acquisition, (3) processing and analysis, (4) publication and re-use, (5) long-term preservation, (6) disposal. As a starting point, a survey of existing ORD services and infrastructure was conducted. Please see here the result of the landscape analysis.

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Strategic Plan 2025–2028

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Report of the Expert Committee

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Self-Assessment Report of the ETH Board

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Response of the ETH Board

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ERI Dispatch 2025–2028: Joint press release of the ERI Partners

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List of public contracts in 2022 (only in German)

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ETH-Rat | Positionspapier (German or French)

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EPFL | Stellungnahme (German or French)

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ETH Zürich | Positionspapier (German or French)

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Netzwerk FUTURE | Positionspapier BFI Botschaft 2025-2028 (German or French)

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Preface | Strategie in Bezug auf die Entwicklung der Studierendenzahlen im ETH-Bereich

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Strategy regarding the development of student numbers in the ETH Domain

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Andreas Aeschbacher

Real Estate
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Pascale Bruderer


Josefa Haas

Head of Communications swissuniversities

Michael Seiler

Real Estate
ETH Board Hirschengraben 3
3011 Bern

Dominic Kamer

Finance Finance & HR
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Dr Sabrina Krank

Real Estate
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Dr Nikolaus Thumm

Sciences
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

GS-EAER Communications


Simone Tichy Illi

Legal services
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Maryline Maillard

Head of EU and International Affairs Communication
ETH Board Hirschengraben 3
3011 Bern

Prof. Dr Michael O. Hengartner

President of the ETH Board Presidium & Management
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Prof. Dr Christian Rüegg

Director of PSI

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Praktikant/-in Kommunikation (50 %)

Der ETH-Rat ist das strategische Führungs- und Aufsichtsorgan des ETH-Bereichs, welcher aus den beiden Hochschulen ETH Zürich und EPFL sowie den vier Forschungsanstalten PSI, WSL, Empa und Eawag besteht. Bei der Vorbereitung und Umsetzung seiner Geschäfte wird der ETH-Rat durch seinen Stab unterstützt. Der Stabsbereich Kommunikation des ETH-Rats ist für die Umsetzung der Kommunikation des ...

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