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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.
Didier Queloz is a highly passionate person with a broad sense of humour. Instead of becoming a storyteller, he chose to become an astrophysicist. While working on his PhD., he made a discovery that changed astronomy entirely. Together with his professor Michel Mayor, Didier Queloz received the Physics Nobel Prize for this discovery. In the ETH podcast, he talks about the quandaries of being a young Nobel Laureate. He also talks about his plans at ETH and tells us what he would ask a Martian if he met one.
While Domenico Giardini, Professor of Seismology and Geodynamics, already has his hands on Mars, Adrian Glauser, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Astronomy, has to be patient. Among many others, Adrian worked on the James-Webb-Telescope that shall finally launch this fall, with a delay of many years. Both researchers talk about their work in the ETH Podcast and contemplate the universe's dimension to time on planet earth.
Or: how to become an astronaut
For Claude Nicollier, the dream of flying to space came true four times. Judit Szulágyi - a professor in computational astrophysics at the ETH- has never left the earth's atmosphere so far. She is applying to become one of the next ESA astronauts. We talk to Claude about what planet earth looks like from space, and we ask Judit about her experiences working at NASA and what she thinks it takes to reach for the stars.
ETH series on the topic of uncertainty, part 5
Helga Nowotny is an internationally recognised researcher on Social Studies of Science. She is professor emerita from the ETH and is on many advisory boards. Eric Burns just finished his Ph.D. at ETH and is pursuing a career in Switzerland. In the last episode of the Uncertainty-Series, we talk to Helga and Eric about why uncertainty in research is imminent but at the same time increases pressure on researchers regarding their position. An episode of different generations on one subject.
ETH series on the topic of uncertainty, part 4
"Uncertainty is something that makes people uncomfortable. At the same time, it is the only chance for learning", Nadine Bienefeld says. She is the Senior Researcher & Lecturer at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics at the ETH. Nadine works in the team of Professor Gudela Grote, who is particularly interested in unlocking people's potential by increasing Uncertainty. At the same time, she points out: "Uncertainty is hard for people right now. And it is also a question of what resources you have to deal with the uncertainty". In the ETH Podcast, both Scientists tell us about their research and talk about how important it is to speak up in teams in stressful working environments.
ETH series on the topic of uncertainty, part 3
ETH senior lecturer Myriam Dunn Cavelty never imagined that cybersecurity would evolve from a niche subject to a big thing. Today, the topic is on everyone’s lips - and it is an important research field at ETH Zurich. Myriam is a highly respected researcher in the area and talks about how cybersecurity and uncertainty come as a pair. In the third episode of the uncertainty series of the ETH podcast, we also meet student Karin Holzhauser. She decided to go back to university after having had a career in the business world and having stayed home with her family for a while. Out of all subjects, she chose Computer Science at ETH Zurich as, after all, she wanted to get involved and shape the future.
ETH series on the topic of uncertainty, part 2
The threat of Climate Change is similar to the Corona Pandemic. Covid-19 and Climate evoke Uncertainty on many levels and are both global problems that affect every single one of us. In the second episode of our Uncertainty-Series, we talk to the renowned ETH Professors Reto Knutti and Tony Patt and student and Climate activist Annabelle Ehmann. In this episode of the ETH podcast, everyone reveals how he or she deals with uncertainty in Climate Change.
ETH podcast series on the topic of uncertainty
This past year has been strange and strenuous. Patience and endurance are what all of us need on many levels. The Corona-Virus-Pandemic not only changed the way we interact, work, and study, it also brought out Uncertainty in many aspects. In the December Episode of the ETH-Podcast, we talk to Tierry Hörmann, the old, and Luca Dahle the new president of VSETH, the umbrella organisation of all students, and how they reach out to fellow students. ETH-Rector Sarah Springman joins the talk and compares this phase with competing in a triathlon without the finishing line in sight. All three guests also talk about the few positive aspects of the crisis. This year's end episode marks the beginning of a Podcast-series touching on the topic of Uncertainty. In our next episodes, we will talk to scientists and students about Uncertainty regarding the field of Climate as well as Cyber Security.
United in virtual space
Sometimes it only takes a few seconds to separate life into a before and an after. Joachim Schoss talks about such a moment when he had a horrible motorcycle accident. He lost his arm and shoulder as well as a part of his leg 18 years ago. Joachim is the president of Myhandycap, a Foundation for people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and he is also an ambassador of the Cybathlon. ETH-Robotics Professor Robert Riener joins the Cybathlon-Episode of the ETH-Podcast and talks about how he came up with the idea of a competition for people with physical disabilities and how the competition fuels scientific progress.
A question of time
At the moment, nothing seems to be the way it was. There is a „before" and „during" regarding the pandemic. Many people in the world are impatient while waiting for a COVID-19-vaccine. Why is it taking so long, and because of the pandemic, might it be smart to get a flu shot this fall? In the ETH-Podcast, we talk to two immunologists about these questions: Professor Emma Slack from ETH and Johannes Trück, a pediatrician from Kinderspital Zürich.