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Newsletter 4/2023
Dear reader

In today’s newsletter, we would like to draw your attention especially to two exhibitions dealing with ecology. In these you will gain insights in also inspiration from the research done in this field. Furthermore, we invite you to our FameLab competition taking place in September and we also present some interesting events and studies coming up.

We wish you all a nice summertime!

Best regards

Life Science Zurich
Silvie Cuperus & Helen Stauffer
Communication & Events
Future Plan(t)s
The future of our plants is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. How do 15 artists respond to this current discourse and the future of plants? What is the future of plants and their interaction under the drought conditions of climate change? Should plants and production systems be redesigned or diversified for climate adaptation? Will they lose their nutrients? Can our soil, seeds, and water be preserved? In this exhibition, 15 well-known artists reflect on these questions together with researchers in the greenhouse of the SAE Sustainable Agroecology Group at ETHZ.

The exhibition ist taking place from 26 August to 10 September in the SAE Greenhouse Art-Lab, Häldeliweg 19, 8044 Zürich .

Partner: SAE Agroecology Group ETH, Life Science Zurich, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, LASERZURICH

More information will be available on the website soon.

FameLab Final 2023
FameLab Final 2023
On 18 September 2023, it's FameLab time again: At this year's Swiss final, the 10 best communication talents - the winners of the preliminary rounds in Basel, Zurich and Lausanne - will meet. Who will win the final and represent Switzerland at the international FameLab competition?

Experience an evening of exciting scientific presentations delivered by young researchers from EPFL, ETHZ, University of Basel and University of Zurich. Ruchi Manglunia, Institute of Quantitative Biomedicine UZH, Michael Herzog, Institute of Microbiology ETH, and Anish Kirtane, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Environmental Dynamics ETH are the finalists from Zurich who will participate in the event.

Where and when: Monday 18 September 2023, 18:00 Aula PRPOGR, Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Bern. Free entry, no registration needed.
Bits, Bytes & Biodiversität
Bits, Bytes & Biodiversity: A Special Exhibition of the University of Zurich in the Swiss National Park
Today one in eight species is threatened with extinction. This loss of biodiversity is a huge global challenge. Ecologists study how animal and plant worlds react to human and climatic influences - and how we humans can protect them. To do this, they are increasingly turning to digital tools. For example, camera traps such as those used by the Swiss National Park.

Thanks to camera traps, ecologists can observe wildlife without affecting animal behaviour and without having to resort to invasive means such as collars or ear tags. However, this generates huge amounts of data, the evaluation of which is very time-consuming. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) comes in: More and more research teams are using machine learning to speed up image evaluation.

With Bits, Bytes & Biodiversity, the first special exhibition in the newly staged National Park Center, the University of Zurich addresses the use of modern technologies in ecology. The exhibition lets you immerse yourself in current research projects at UZH. It shows promising digital methods in ecology and also points out that nature conservation projects only work if they are supported by everyone.

Duration of the exhibtion: 4 June 2023 to 9 March 2024 at the Swiss National Park Zernez. For more information about the visit, see here. For an overview of the exhibition on UZH News, see here.

Bits, Bytes & Biodiversity was made possible by the Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions (DIZH) and the Mercator Switzerland Foundation. With thanks to Impact Acoustic for the acoustic material made from recycled PET.
Research Animal Days UZH
“Research Animals days 2023” at UZH
Time and again, media report on the successes of biomedical research at the University of Zurich. Many of these successes are based on animal experiments, which is why it is important to UZH to communicate transparently about the topic of animal experiments and to engage in discourse with the public. Thus, UZH is one of the founding members and currently the lead institution of STAAR (Swiss Transparency Agreement on Animal Research).

How and why animals are used in research is also addressed at the "Research Animals days" event, where UZH employees and students have been able to obtain first-hand information on animal experiments at UZH since 2016.

This year, those responsible for animal husbandry, researchers, and the Office for Animal Welfare and 3R once again provided an insight into their work and answered questions from interested parties. In addition to an information booth in the atrium of the Irchel campus, there was the opportunity to take part in guided tours of the animal facilities and visit rodents, large and farm animals, and zebrafish.
 For more information on research with animals at UZH, see here.
 Insights into research with animals - an offering of Life Science Zurich, website
 In the program "Researchers share knowledge" researchers from UZH and ETH report virtually about their work and answer questions. Also about animal experiments, more information here.
Studie Social Egg Freezing
Social Egg Freezing: Participants sought for online study
More and more women in developed countries are freezing some of their eggs to increase their chances of becoming pregnant later in life. If this is not done for medical reasons (e. g. before chemotherapy), it is called social egg freezing.

In a study of the Institute of Psychology of the University of Zurich, researchers would like to explore on the one hand how women in German-speaking countries think about social egg freezing. On the other hand, they want to find out what psychological characteristics women who freeze eggs have, and what their reasons are for this decision. This is a 40-minute anonymous online study open to women aged 18 and older.
 More information here
Life Sciences Core Facility Day
Technology Platforms: Cutting-edge research requires cutting-edge infrastructure
The technology platforms (TPF) of the University of Zurich contribute to research excellence by providing professional and efficient access to equipment and technology. They actively support researchers in their projects and offer theoretical and practical training.

The Life Science TPF will present their range of services at the Life Science Core Facility Day at Irchel on 22 August 2023 starting 2pm. Save the date and come and get to know the Life Science TPF! No registration, no fees.
Join the Graduate Campus UZH for an evening of threefold science and fun! 3MT participants will have 3 minutes to present the quintessence of their research. Next, you will learn about the award-winning findings of 3 young FAN (Fonds zur Förderung des akademischen Nachwuchses) Award laureates. Afterwards, there will be drinks and an opportunity to network.

More information and registration: hier.
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