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Federal Council appoints Beate Jessel as new WSL director

The Federal Council appointed Beate Jessel as the new director of the Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) on 4 June 2021. She will assume her role on 1 September. The 59-year-old currently serves as president of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation in Bonn.  Professor Beate Jessel succeeds Professor Konrad ...

ETH Board appoints new Vice President for Finances at EPFL

Upon application of EPFL President Martin Vetterli, the ETH Board has appointed Françoise Bommensatt as new Vice President for Finances for the 2021–2024 period. Françoise Bommensatt comes with an impressive track record in managing finance departments in the higher education sector. Currently, she is Chief Financial Officer at the Swiss Education Group, a business and ...

The Limitation Initiative is harmful to education, research and innovation

The Swiss universities and organisations that support the promotion of research and innovation are opposed to the popular initiative “For moderate immigration”. The initiative jeopardises some of the basic parameters that favour Switzerland’s role as a centre for science and enterprise. Adopting the initiative would halt the free movement of persons and thus bring the ...

WSL Director Konrad Steffen fatally injured in Greenland accident

Konrad Steffen, Director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), has died following an accident in Greenland this past weekend. With Koni Steffen’s death, the ETH Domain has lost an extremely prominent researcher who was also a uniquely kind and committed man. He was a pioneer in research into climate ...

The ETH Board welcomes the ERI Dispatch and underlines the importance of the European research programmes

At its meeting of 4/5 March 2020, the ETH Board discussed various topics related to education policy. The Board takes a positive view of the Federal Council’s ERI Dispatch, in relation to which it stresses the great importance of Switzerland’s full participation in the forthcoming EU research framework programme “Horizon Europe”. It is opposed to ...

24 new professors appointed at the two Federal Institutes of Technology

At its meeting of 4/5 March 2020 and upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Joël Mesot, and the President of EPFL, Professor Martin Vetterli, the ETH Board appointed a total of 24 professors and awarded the title of professor to two individuals. It also took note of the resignations of twelve professors and thanked them for ...

26 new professors appointed at the two Federal Institutes of Technology

At its meeting of 11/12 December 2019 and upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Joël Mesot, and the President of EPFL, Professor Martin Vetterli, the ETH Board appointed a total of 26 professors and awarded the title of professor to three individuals. It also took note of the resignations of two professors and thanked them for ...

ETH Board dismisses professor at the Department of Physics

After a thorough examination of the facts of the case, the ETH Board decided to accede to a request for dismissal of a professor submitted by ETH Zurich and considers the accusations against the professor to be justified. The ETH Board and the institutions of the ETH Domain advocate respectful interpersonal relations in the ETH ...

ETH Board focuses its strategic orientation on digitalisation

At its meeting of 22/23 May, the ETH Board made decisions concerning the finance and investment planning for 2020 and debated the annual reporting on the strategic focus areas. The ETH Board also dealt with ETH Zurich’s application for the dismissal of a professor and received an interim report on the administrative enquiry into governance ...

11 professors appointed at ETH Zurich and EPFL

At its meeting of 22/23 May 2019 and upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Joël Mesot, and the President of EPFL, Professor Martin Vetterli, the ETH Board appointed a total of eleven professors and awarded the title of professor to two individuals. It also took note of the resignations of two professors ...

Information from the ETH Board

At an extraordinary meeting, the ETH Board today debated ETH Zurich’s request to dismiss a professor at the former Institute of Astronomy. Berne, 29 March 2019 – At an extraordinary meeting, the ETH Board today debated ETH Zurich’s request to dismiss a professor at the former Institute of Astronomy. The ETH Board will now provide ...

20 new professors appointed at ETH Zurich and EPFL

At its meeting of 8/9 December 2021 and upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Joël Mesot, and the President of EPFL, Professor Martin Vetterli, the ETH Board appointed a total of 7 women and 11 men as professors and awarded the title of professor to two individuals. It also took note of ...

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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?

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.

A new attempt for Horizon Europe

The Europe dossier continues to occupy Parliament in the current winter session. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council is proposing to double the cohesion contribution  if the EU allows Switzerland to participate fully in Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ by mid-2022. The Council of States is also discussing the moratorium on genetic engineering. It is discussing exceptions for procedures in which no foreign DNA is introduced into organisms.

A cleaner science

Science helps us to analyse climate change and to act to limit its effects. But it also contributes to climate change, for example through the many trips scientists make to conferences or to visit colleagues. The institutions of the ETH Domain are committed to reduce their carbon footprint. Here’s how.

Will animal experiments be banned in Switzerland?

Education and research are not the focus of the spring session of the Federal Parliament. However, with the popular initiative to ban animal and human experimentation and the latest differences in the ETH Law, exciting discussions are scheduled that directly affect Switzerland as a centre of research and the ETH Domain.

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.   

Science and politics: an exciting relationship

The summer session of the National Council and Council of States begins on 31 May. Interesting for the ETH Domain are the popular initiative "Yes to the ban on animal and human experimentation", debates on the relationship between science and politics, and a motion calling for campaigns against harassment at the two Federal Institutes of Technology.

Research during the pandemic

Scientific research has not been left unscathed by COVID-19. Three people describe everyday life in their labs during the lockdown, and the lessons to be learned for the future.

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.

Master key against viruses

Francesco Stellacci sees the world through the eyes of a materials scientist who is breaking new ground in virus research. The EPFL professor is looking for the formula for a broad-spectrum virus killer. His aim is not to contain the pathogen but rather to destroy it permanently. Sugar molecules are the means he intends to use for this purpose.

“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.

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.

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Election procedures

Appointments of the executive boards in the ETH Domain: competencies of the ETH Board.

Advanced Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is currently undergoing radical change. Increasing digitalisation and a more intensive interlinkage between IT systems, machines and products are creating completely new opportunities in the field of production processes and manufacturing technologies, too. These advances are of great significance for Swiss industry since they pave the way for extremely innovative developments in goods manufacturing. Through their strategic focus area Advanced Manufacturing, the institutions of the ETH Domain are seeking to contribute towards ensuring that Switzerland will remain a world leader in this area and be able to counteract any further de-industrialisation of the country. This strategic focus area is also intended to promote cooperation among the ETH Domain’s research institutions and to enable them to conduct joint research projects in the field of Advanced Manufacturing. The programme of the strategic focus area Advanced Manufacturing covers five aspects: precision free-form manufacturing, printed electronics, sustainable digital manufacturing and design, sensing technologies and advanced automation. Additional pertinent information can be found on the strategic focus website: www.sfa-am.ch. For Advanced Manufacturing to deliver the greatest practical benefits possible, cooperation with industry will occupy a prominent position. In addition, representatives of industrial partners have significant roles to play in the steering committee of the focus area.

Strategic management & Strategic controlling

The ETH Board is responsible for the strategic management of the ETH Domain in compliance with the Federal Council’s strategic objectives (formerly: “performance mandate“). On this basis, and in dialogue with the institutions of the ETH Domain, the ETH Board prepares the strategic planning and supervises its implementation. The ETH Board issues controlling directives and carries out strategic controlling in the ETH Domain.

Overview of the ETH Domain

The ETH Domain comprises the two Federal Institutes of Technology ETH Zurich and EPFL, the four research institutes PSI, WSL, Empa and Eawag, as well as the ETH Board (a strategic management body) and the Internal Appeals Commission of the ETH (an independent appeals body).

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Measure 1: Calls for Field-Specific Actions

The primary goal of the measure is to support ETH researchers to engage in, and develop ORD practices and to become ORD leaders in their fields.Its secondary goal — in synergy with Measure 2 — is to strengthen the connections between research communities and services and infrastructures providers.For any questions relative to the calls, please contact:For technical issues: EPFL ReO, Esther van der Velde – research@epfl.ch.For further information:Eawag: Damien BouffardEmpa: Michele GriffaEPFL: Arne SeitzETH Zurich: openscience@sl.ethz.chPSI: Uwe FilgesWSL: Alexander BastThe calls are along three different tracks:Explore projects will allow early phase exploration, testing and prototyping of what an ORD practice could be like. They will enable starting to engage with a community without necessarily building up something definitive. The aim is to help our researchers to explore if ORD practices can be developed and how.The first Explore call was closed mid-April 2022. A second call will be launched late 2023. Click here to access the Explore projects application guidelines - Next deadline: Early 2024Establish projects will allow to establish ORD practices that are already existing, with a research agenda and a common understanding about ORD practices. It would give the possibility to bring it to the next level, improve its scope, and develop projects that can become the de facto standards in a community and raise the quality level.Deadline: closedThe Establish call for pre-proposals was closed at the beginning of May 2022. The successful applicants were invited to submit a full proposal by 28 July 2022. Contribute projects will help researchers to contribute to existing open communities built around ORD. They will validate their integration with existing infrastructures (including international ones) and focus on their potential to advance the scientific impact of the field as well as their technical quality.Contribute calls will be launched every four months with deadlines at the beginning of April, August and December. Last call deadline: August 2024. Click here to access the Contribute projects application guidelines - Next deadline: 28 July 2022Contribute calls will be launched every four months with deadlines at the beginning of April, August and December. Last call deadline: August 2024. Click here to access the Application Portal – please note that the call is hosted on the EPFL Applicant Portal. Should you have an account, please use it. If not, please create one before applying.Financed Projects: Call 1 – deadline 1st April 2022

Conciliation Commission

The Conciliation Commission according to the Gender Equality Act for the ETH Domain (schlichtungskommission@ethrat.ch) provides information and advice in the event of disputes in the area of the Gender Equality Act that involve employment relationships in the ETH Domain. The aim of the conciliation process is to achieve a mutually acceptable solution to the dispute in verbal negotiations with the parties (employer and employee) in order to avoid court proceedings. The Conciliation Commission does not issue any judgments. It handles cases confidentially, but not anonymously. The following issues can be dealt with by the Conciliation Commission if they fall under the Gender Equality Act:PayAllocation of tasksEducation and trainingPromotionWorking conditionsHiring or terminationSexual harassmentGender-related bullying or bullying for requiring equality 

Strategic focus areas

The three Strategic Focus Areas defined for the ERI period 2017–2020, i.e. Personalized Health and Related Technologies, Data Science, and Advanced Manufacturing, are being continued in 2021–2024 so that their potential can be fully realised.

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Supervision, internal auditing & risk management

As the strategic governing body, the ETH Board monitors the attainment of the institutions’ agreed strategic objectives. It supervises the ETH Domain. It condenses the results of its supervision activities in its annual report.

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The ETH Domain's environmental objectives

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Promoting biodiversity

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Mobility: identify, control and avoid

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The ETH Domain’s environmental policy

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Internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit stärken und in zukunftsweisende Forschungsbereiche investieren

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Report 2013 – 2020

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Personalized Health and Related Technologies

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ETH Domain invests in digital change

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ETH Board considers international cooperation and networking to be in jeopardy

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Knowledge and technology transfer

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Meeting of the ETH Board of 12/13 December 2018

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Meeting of the ETH Board on 6/7 March 2019

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Prof. Dr. Michael O. Hengartner

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

Maria von Gunten

Backoffice - Berne Information systems & Services
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
3011 Zürich

Corina Ferrari

Services Information systems & Services
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8092 Zürich

Dr. Catherine Brun

Sciences
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3011 Zürich

Gian-Andri Casutt

Head of Communications Communication
ETH Board Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zurich

Dr. Michael Käppeli

Executive Director Presidium & ManagementInformation systems & Services
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zürich

Sylvia Föry

Deputy Head of Audit Internal Audit
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zürich

Beate Kehrberger

Communication
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zürich

Kurt Aeschlimann

Internal Audit
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zürich

Dr. Stefania Moresi-Izzo

Sciences
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8092 Zürich

Isabelle Maillard

Translator Information systems & Services
ETH-Rat Häldeliweg 15
8092 Zürich

Marc Christen

Real Estate
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