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September 8, 2022
 
 
 
ETH researchers are tackling one of mankind's big questions: Where does life on our planet come from? (Illustration: Adobe Stock)
In search of the origins of life
ETH Zurich is opening a new research and teaching centre with a focus on exploring the origin and prevalence of life on Earth and beyond. Under the leadership of Noble Laureate, Didier Queloz, more than 40 research groups from five departments will address the big questions posed by humankind.

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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council wants to instruct the Federal Council to conduct negotiations with the EU for Switzerland's immediate association with Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. (© Shutterstock)
Combining forces for the energy transition
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and the start-up AlphaSYNT have a common mission. By signing a cooperation and licensing agreement, they aim to commercialise a novel approach to “power-to-gas” conversion, or to be more specific: “power-to-methane”. The innovative methanation process developed by PSI will allow energy to be stored as methane gas in future.

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The Committee for Science, Education and Culture of the Council of States is "very concerned that the full association to Horizon continues to be blocked". (Foto: Shutterstock)
Parliament wants to secure funding for international research
Switzerland is still not associated with Horizon Europe. In addition to the loss of international networks and attractiveness, this may also result in financial losses for Swiss ERI actors. The Committees for Science, Education and Culture now want to ensure that the funds that Parliament had allocated for Horizon Europe actually benefit research – and are not used for other purposes.

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A group of buildings owned by the ABZ housing cooperative in Zurich. (© iStock/Rafael_Wiedenmeier)
Why it will be imperative to reduce the size of rental properties
A PhD thesis carried out at EPFL has shown that, based on realistic forecasts, the only way we’ll be able to shrink the environmental footprint of residential dwelling by 2050 in Switzerland is through a joint effort between housing owners and tenants.

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This cushion plant, a stemless campion, is a frugal species adapted to the cold. (Image: Simone Fior)
Determining the rate and shape of Arctic Greening
A team of researchers from ETH Zurich and WSL travelled to Svalbard this summer to take a closer look at the phenomenon of Arctic greening. Lead principal investigator Sebastian Doetterl discusses research in the face of polar bears, airline strikes and war.

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