Newsletter September 2021
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02.09.21
 
 
 
Apprentices trained at the Laboratory school of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering at EPFL spend a year and a half perfecting their laboratory techniques. (Image: EPFL/Alain Herzog)
Apprenticeship – the hidden face of Swiss research
Apprentices play a little-known but essential role in science "made in Switzerland". Here, we take a look at young people who are being trained in the institutions in the ETH Domain.

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Who are the apprentices of the ETH Domain?
 
 
 
Biology technician apprentice Trisha Stewart feels part of the lab where she works. (Photo: Trisha Stewart)
"Communicating with a wider audience has taken me out of my bubble"
Portrait of Trisha Stewart, 17 years old. She is completing an apprenticeship as a biology lab technician at ETH Zurich.

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Marion Höhener is a recent graduate and was an apprentice physics laboratory technician at Empa for three years. (Photo: Marion Höhener)
"It's doing research that I particularly like"
Portrait of Marion Höhener, 19 years old. She completed an apprenticeship as a physics lab technician at Empa.

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Rohat Sihyürek, who arrived at PSI in 2017, made high-precision components in small numbers. (Photo: Rohat Sihyürek)
"I wanted to do something concrete that I could be proud of"
Portrait of Rohat Sihyürek, 20 years old. He completed an apprenticeship of polymechanic at PSI.

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ETH Zurich is the most sustainable Swiss university
ETH Zurich ranked first place in the latest comparative study by WWF Switzerland on sustainability in Swiss higher education.

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The floating laboratory LéXPLORE on Lake Geneva. (Photo: Natacha Tofield-Pasche, EPFL) The floating laboratory LéXPLORE on Lake Geneva. (Photo: Natacha Tofield-Pasche, EPFL)
“LéXPLORE brings together researchers from different disciplines”
There has been a floating laboratory on Lake Geneva called LéXPLORE since 2019. Natacha Tofield-Pasche, limnologist at EPFL and project leader of LéXPLORE, and Damien Bouffard, researcher at Eawag and member of the LéXPLORE steering committee, tell us what is being studied there.

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 Christian Bauer, scientist in the Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at PSI. (Photo: Paul Scherrer Institute/Mahir Dzambegovic)
Uncertainty spurs scientific progress
Citizens and scientists have two very different ways of reasoning. While citizens find comfort in certainty, scientists need to continually challenge the facts. Is it possible for these two groups to find common ground?

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