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Computer Science - Social Sciences - 21.10.2021
The fickleness of fame
It's an age-old question - who lives on in a society's collective memory after they die? New EPFL research has tracked the mentions of thousands of public figures in the year following their deaths, helping to reveal who is remembered, and who is not, after they are gone.  Cleopatra, Genghis Khan and Elvis are just a few historical figures that make up an elite group of people who live on in our history books and collective memory.

Architecture - Social Sciences - 20.10.2021

Social Sciences - 18.10.2021
80 Percent of People in Switzerland Feel Fully Integrated into Society
Only very few people in Switzerland feel highly excluded - including mostly foreigners, less educated people, young people as well as older people.

Social Sciences - 13.10.2021
EPFL is acting on harassment
EPFL is acting on harassment
EPFL has adopted a series of prevention, support and follow-up measures that were recommended by the School's Harassment Task Force.

Social Sciences - Life Sciences - 30.09.2021
Virtual reality affects children differently than adults
Virtual reality affects children differently than adults
Immersive virtual reality disrupts the child's default coordination strategy, scientists show, something that should be taken into account when developing virtual reality rehabilitation protocols for children. While very little is known on the effects of immersive VR on adults, there is next to no knowledge on the impact of such systems on the sensorimotor abilities of young children.

Environment - Social Sciences - 24.09.2021

Philosophy - Social Sciences - 23.09.2021

Social Sciences - Politics - 13.09.2021

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 02.09.2021

History / Archeology - Social Sciences - 06.08.2021
The scientific method throughout history
The scientific method throughout history
SUMMER SERIES: HOW SCIENCE WORKS - Looking to the past can help us better understand the workings of science today. Jérôme Baudry, Professor at the College of Humanities at EPFL, explains how the procedures for proving and communicating scientific results have changed over time. We often hear people talk about "the scientific method" as the ultimate guarantee of rigor in experimental research, but what exactly does it entail?

Social Sciences - 22.06.2021
Actively Addressing Inequalities Promotes Social Change
People who have contact with other social groups are more likely to be committed to social justice. However, an international study led by the University of Zurich has shown that for this to be the case, power relations and discrimination must be actively addressed and group-specific needs must be met.

Environment - Social Sciences - 04.06.2021
A social network for global ecosystem restoration
A social network for global ecosystem restoration
ETH spin-off Restor aims to increase the success rate of ecosystem restoration and conservation projects by connecting people with better data and ecological transparency.

Social Sciences - 07.05.2021
3D detectors measure social distancing to help fight Covid-19
3D detectors measure social distancing to help fight Covid-19
A team of EPFL researchers has repurposed an algorithm they initially developed for self-driving cars to help people comply with social distancing requirements.

Social Sciences - Health - 27.04.2021
Jeunes3 Programme Comes to a Close
Jeunes3 Programme Comes to a Close
The JeuneS3 (Santé, Sécurité, Sexualité) programme, which focused on improving adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health in four Francophone African countries, has come to a close after four successful years.

Environment - Social Sciences - 22.03.2021

Health - Social Sciences - 18.03.2021
Endocrine disruptors threatens semen quality
Endocrine disruptors threatens semen quality
Scientists from the University of Geneva and IRSET have established a link between poor semen quality in adult men and their mothers' occupational exposure to endocrine disruptors during pregnancy.

Social Sciences - Campus - 10.03.2021

Health - Social Sciences - 02.03.2021
Corona Immunitas Ticino: responding together - the results of the second round of serological test
In light of the second epidemic wave of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the project Corona Immunitas Ticino - carried out by the Institute of Public Health of Università della Svizzera italiana and SUPSI Depar

Social Sciences - Life Sciences - 10.02.2021
Friends Matter: Giraffes that Group with Others Live Longer
Friends Matter: Giraffes that Group with Others Live Longer
Adult female giraffes who spend time in larger groups with other females live longer than less sociable individuals. The effects of sociability on survival outweigh other factors such as environment or human presence, a study of giraffes in Tanzania led by the University of Zurich has shown. A research team led by Monica Bond, research associate at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies of the University of Zurich (UZH), studied giraffes in Tanzania for five years.

Economics / Business - Social Sciences - 04.02.2021

Architecture - Social Sciences - 13.01.2021
Rethinking urban planning for sub-Saharan African cities
Rethinking urban planning for sub-Saharan African cities
For his thesis project at EPFL, Armel Kemajou studied the peri-urban areas of Lomé, Togo, and Yaoundé, Cameroon, where populations are expected to double in 20 years.

Social Sciences - Psychology - 17.12.2020
Female Language Style Promotes Visibility and Influence Online
Female Language Style Promotes Visibility and Influence Online
A female-typical language style promotes the popularity of talks in the digital context and turns out to be an underappreciated but highly effective tool for social influence. This was shown by UZH psychologists in an international study in which they analyzed 1,100 TED Talks. A large part of social interaction nowadays takes place digitally.

Health - Social Sciences - 14.12.2020

Social Sciences - Environment - 19.11.2020
Honey - Staple Food and Indigenous Cultural Asset
Honey - Staple Food and Indigenous Cultural Asset
A new exhibition in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich delves into the recent history of the Ayoréode, a nomadic people in the forests of Bolivia, who have had to adapt to settled life for decades.

Social Sciences - Campus - 12.11.2020

Social Sciences - 29.10.2020
Geneva and Casablanca: two approaches to globalized urban development
For his PhD thesis at EPFL, Kamil Hajji compared urban development projects in two major cities - each a business and financial hub, but in countries with very different societies and political systems.

Media - Social Sciences - 26.10.2020
Corona Crisis Increases Media Usage, Reduces Revenues
Corona Crisis Increases Media Usage, Reduces Revenues
In times of uncertainty, people increasingly return to traditional news media. This increased usage has not, however, resulted in additional revenues.

Career - Social Sciences - 21.10.2020

Social Sciences - Innovation - 19.10.2020
Interdisciplinary cooperation
Interdisciplinary cooperation
Ten years ago, ETH took the bold step of establishing a presence abroad in the form of its very own research centre.

Social Sciences - Health - 15.09.2020
Older adults prefer to remain in their home
Older adults prefer to remain in their home
Living at home in old age: This is what most older adults want. As a result, there is a high demand for senior apartments and tailor-made services for the care of older adults in need of assistance in their own households.

Campus - Social Sciences - 15.09.2020
A university for the guardians of the rainforest
A university for the guardians of the rainforest
The Inga hope a university will keep their indigenous heritage alive, safeguard the natural habitat of the Colombian rainforest and give the younger generation a future.

Social Sciences - Environment - 19.08.2020

Social Sciences - 04.08.2020

Health - Social Sciences - 13.07.2020
Faces and stories of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences: Marta Fadda
Faces and stories of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences: Marta Fadda
We continue our journey to discover the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences with Marta Fadda, post-doctoral researcher and lecturer, with whom we talk about social and cultural patterns, medical ethic

Health - Social Sciences - 02.07.2020
Launched on Antibody Prevalence and Impact of Coronavirus in Basel
Launched on Antibody Prevalence and Impact of Coronavirus in Basel
A long-term study on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic is being carried out in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft.

Research Management - Social Sciences - 01.07.2020
Swissuniversities and Springer Nature sign a new Open Access agreement
Swissuniversities has adopted a new transformative Open Access agreement with Springer Nature.

Health - Social Sciences - 01.07.2020

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 19.06.2020

Health - Social Sciences - 16.06.2020
Studying health issues
Studying health issues "upon the people"
Emiliano Albanese, MD PhD is a Full professor at the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Institute of Public Health.

Health - Social Sciences - 29.05.2020

Health - Social Sciences - 29.04.2020
"The psychosocial burden is not to be underestimated"
Switzerland is gradually easing the measures imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus. However, the fight against Covid-19 is far from over.

Health - Social Sciences - 16.04.2020
ETH Zurich and the canton of Bern: fighting coronavirus together
ETH Zurich and the canton of Bern: fighting coronavirus together
How exactly is the coronavirus spreading in Switzerland? To determine this based on a large dataset, Biomedical informatics specialists from ETH Zurich and the canton of Bern have now combined their online questionnaires on the shared platform covidtracker.ch. To better understand and more quickly identify how coronavirus is spreading among the Swiss population, the team led by Gunnar Rätsch, Professor for Biomedical Informatics at ETH Zurich and University Hospital Zurich, developed the COVID-19 symptom survey (see ETH News, 31 March 2020).

Social Sciences - 11.03.2020
How cities have tamed counterculture
How cities have tamed counterculture
An unprecedented study by EPFL researchers spanning three cities - Geneva, Lisbon and Ljubljana - has revealed how, over the past 40 years, urban cultural policy has blunted the subversive force of counterculture. The change has been so dramatic that, today, art is reduced to a regulated form of profit-making entertainment within a defined space.
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