University of Zurich


Cultural Networks of Central African Hunter-Gatherers Have Ancient Origin

Social Sciences

Extensive social networks between different hunter-gatherer groups in the Congo Basin existed long before agriculture arrived in the region. This continent-wide exchange preserved a cultural diversity that evolved thousands of years ago, as researchers from the University of Zurich show based on musical instruments, specialized vocabulary and genetic information.

Limited Adaptability Makes Freshwater Bacteria Vulnerable to Climate Change

Life Sciences

Freshwater bacteria with small genomes frequently undergo prolonged periods of adaptive stagnation.

Music - Apr 24

UZH Acquires Important Richard Wagner Manuscript


UZH has made a spectacular acquisition of an important manuscript by Richard Wagner. In "Eine Mitteilung an meine Freunde" (-A Message to My Friends-), the composer takes autobiographical and artistic stock and looks to the future. The manuscript, which was written in Zurich, will now undergo further analysis.

Health - Mar 21

An Immunotherapy to Overcome Resistant Leukemia


Researchers at the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have discovered that a specific mutation in the cancer cells of an aggre

Paleontology - Mar 18

UZH Opens New Natural History Museum with Four Dinosaurs


The new Natural History Museum of the University of Zurich brings together zoology, paleontology, anthropology and botany under the same roof. The museum opens with four new dinosaur skeletons and various other additions that shine a light on how evolution and biodiversity have shaped life on our planet.

Campus - Apr 26

Honorary Doctorates for Four Women and Three Men

As the University of Zurich celebrates its 191st anniversary this weekend, honorary doctorates are awarded to legal scholar Michal Gal, behavioral economist Iris Bohnet, veterinarian Polly Taylor, particle physicist Beate Heinemann, historian Oded Lipschits, economist Douglas Bernheim and sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson.

Economics - Apr 18

CEOs’ Human Concern Translates into Higher Stock Price


Compassionate leadership has tangible benefits: CEOs' expressions of empathy correlate with positive stock performance, a study led by the University of Zurich shows. The researchers analyzed data from conference calls between CEOs and financial analysts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Environment - Mar 20

Ancient Giant Dolphin Discovered in the Amazon


Measuring between 3 to 3.5 meters, 16 million years old: Paleontologists from the University of Zurich have announced the discovery of a new species of freshwater dolphin in the Peruvian Amazon region. Surprisingly, its closest living relatives can be found in the river dolphins of South Asia.

Music - Feb 27

Live Music Emotionally Moves Us More than Streamed Music


How does listening to live music affect the emotional center of our brain? A study carried out at the University of Zurich has found that live performances trigger a stronger emotional response than listening to music from a device. Concerts connect performers with their audience, which may also have to do with evolutionary factors.

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