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ETH Zurich – Where the future begins! Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow. ETH Zurich has an excellent reputation in scientific circles: 21 Nobel laureates have studied, taught or researched here, and ETH regularly ranks as one of the world’s top universities.
Philippe Kahn, a serial technology innovator, and entrepreneur, who studied mathematics at ETH Zurich, is credited with creating the first camera phone solution.
Switzerland's former ambassador to the US Martin Dahinden made many exciting encounters during his diplomatic career, and ETH Zurich played a key role throughout.
The exclusion of Switzerland from European Research
Horizon Europe is the European Union’s multi-billion-euro research programme. Due to political differences, Switzerland is now largely excluded from this programme.
“If more people knew about engineering, they would find their passion in it, because you can really do a lot… I mean, you can change the world.”
International Women's Day
On International Women’s Day, the ETH podcast has a close look at facts and figures regarding gender equality at ETH. Rachael Garrett, a professor in the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, tells her story about working full-time and criticism she gets from those minding her children. We also ask two male professors a few biased questions that only women usually get to hear, and Julia Dannath, one of ETH’s Vice Presidents, explains how things are speeding up when it comes to achieving more equality, in professorships, for instance.
Jennifer’s story is one of coming full circle. Originally from Detroit and having recently moved back there, Jennifer explains how her serendipitous path and global living experiences built on each other: From Detroit to Colorado to study anthropology; to Senegal and Ghana in order to see this work on the ground; to New York and living through 9/11, creating a need to focus on understanding terrorism and crisis, which took her to California for further studies; to Switzerland in order to go deeper in this field at the ETH Zurich Center for Security Studies; and back to the US. Back to Detroit in fact, to be a part of a new community that looks to create spaces and rebuild the city in a new light, based to a large extent on the theoretical background and principles from her work at ETH. “ETH gave me a canvas, and they gave me the best paints in the world. And they said: “paint what you want.” And as a creative, in terms of thinking, writing, seeing, interpreting, analyzing, it gave me this license to dance across a couple of different domains that were all about our environment, and our interplay with our environment.”
If you don't learn to fail, you will fail to learn
Usually, failure is something shameful, or at least it used to be. Nowadays, people rather talk about how crucial failure is for success. In this episode of the ETH podcast, we explore the benefits of failing and what makes stories about failure so interesting. Sascha Stocker, who used to be on the board of the ETH Entrepreneur Club, talks about organising “FuckUp Nights,” and ETH professor Manu Kapur explains how he discovered the power of failure for teaching mathematics.
ETH Zurich was not Jeannine's first choice for a place of study, but she made the switch because she was looking for more opportunities to apply her creative side. “At ETH, you learn that it is entirely up to you what you want to make out of your university experience. ETH gives you a lot of freedom in how you can achieve your goals.” This was exactly the foundation she needed, as it gave her the freedom to develop both her skills and personality. "We are not machines. Students are all individuals, and they need the liberty to find which way they want to go," says Jeannine.
The Student Project House
ETH’s Student Project House is a dream come true for young inventors. It's a space where flashes of inspiration can materialise - or not and a place where students can implement their ideas without the pressure of succeeding. The ETH-Podcast talks to the head of the Student Project House, Lucie Rejman, who shows us around and introduces a few tinkerers who use the 3-D printer, laser cutters, as well as people who breed grasshoppers, or young students inventing a straw that should check drinks for drugs.
Most famous ETH alumnus Albert Einstein has come to life as an animated figure
The ETH is the Alma Mater to quite a few people who obtained the Nobel Prize. The most prominent one is probably Albert Einstein. He is somewhat as famous as a pop star in and outside of the science community. For the 100. anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the ETH spin-off Animatico created an animated figure called Digital Einstein. In the ETH podcast, we talk to Patrick Karpiczenko, the author and impersonator of Digital Einstein, and ETH physics professor Marina Krstic Marinkovic about why Albert Einstein is still a role model for not only young scientists.