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Social Sciences - Health - 06.09.2022
Children not less active during COVID 19 pandemic
The SOPHYA study of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) investigated the physical activity and sports behaviour of children and adolescents throughout Switzerland over a period of five years. Physical activity did not decrease during the COVID 19 pandemic. Results show that the living environment and physical activity of the parents have a significant influence on physical activity behaviour during childhood and thus have a long-term impact on the health of children and later adults.

Music - Social Sciences - 28.06.2022
Party hard but party safe at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Party hard but party safe at the Montreux Jazz Festival
An EPFL PhD candidate in urban sociology spent four years working at the Montreux Jazz Festival in order to gain insights into how safety and security are managed, both within and around this world-famous event.

Health - Social Sciences - 18.05.2022
Swiss TPH Awarded Four New Research Grants in Paediatric Health
Swiss TPH Awarded Four New Research Grants in Paediatric Health
Swiss TPH has been awarded four out of six new research grants from the Principal Investigator Initiative of the Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH).

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 09.05.2022
Cyberbullying: the viewpoint of social neuroscience
Cyberbullying: the viewpoint of social neuroscience
Responsible digitalisation is one of the key themes chosen by USI for 2022, which we explore in depth thanks also to Dr Rosalba Morese 's neuroscientific studies on cyberbullying and isolation.

Health - Social Sciences - 28.04.2022
Tackling the Consequences of Long Covid
Tackling the Consequences of Long Covid
A research team at the University of Zurich has helped people affected by Long Covid identify the problems they most urgently want scientists to tackle, through a collaborative citizen science approach. The topics identified as most pressing include the development and clinical testing of effective therapies, appropriate healthcare structures, increased awareness as well as better data on children and adolescents affected by the disease.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 25.04.2022
Better assess the needs of people with multiple disabilities
Better assess the needs of people with multiple disabilities
A team from the University of Geneva demonstrates that eye-tracking can be used to assess the perceptual abilities of people with multiple disabilities.

Social Sciences - Law - 11.04.2022
Companies, accountability, corruption. Understanding things to change them
The popular initiative "For Responsible Businesses - Protecting Humans and the Environment" was filed in Switzerland in 2016.

Life Sciences - Social Sciences - 22.03.2022
Our sleep shows how risk-seeking we are
Our sleep shows how risk-seeking we are
Each person has their own individual sleep profile which can be identified by the electrical brain activity during sleep. Researchers at the University of Bern have now demonstrated that the brain waves during periods of deep sleep in a specific area of the brain can be used to determine the extent of an individual's propensity for risk during their everyday life.

Health - Social Sciences - 16.03.2022
Increasing Awareness of Noma - A Severe but Treatable Disease
Increasing Awareness of Noma - A Severe but Treatable Disease
There is very limited data on the incidence and prevalence of noma, which hinders better management and treatment of this devastating disease that mainly affects young and malnourished children in very poor communities.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 10.03.2022
Frequent External Childcare Can Affect Children's Behavior
Frequent External Childcare Can Affect Children’s Behavior
How does childcare outside of the family affect the development of children and adolescents? To answer this question, researchers at the University of Zurich surveyed around 1,300 Zurich school children, their parents and teachers. The survey suggests that the more time children spend in external daycare, the more likely they are to exhibit problematic behavior; however, this behavior generally disappears at the end of primary school.

History / Archeology - Social Sciences - 18.02.2022
The role of immigration in Zurich's historical growth
The role of immigration in Zurich's historical growth
Demographer and migration specialist Mathias Lerch has shown that Zurich owes as much of its industrial era development to international immigration as it does to the rural exodus.

Social Sciences - Career - 08.12.2021
'The EU is hitting the limits in the US system it's modeled after'
’The EU is hitting the limits in the US system it's modeled after’
Policymakers need to reconsider the European Union's heavy promotion of cross-border mobility if they want to preserve cohesion among member states, according to a new book by three researchers drawing on urban sociology studies carried out at EPFL.

Environment - Social Sciences - 02.12.2021
Giving freshwater biodiversity a seat at the table
Giving freshwater biodiversity a seat at the table
"Biodiversity loss in freshwater is a global crisis that is literally hidden beneath the water surface," stated Professor Sonja Jähnig of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) and Humboldt University in Berlin. The freshwater scientist spearheaded the agenda for prioritizing research topics and conservation measures for freshwater biodiversity - together with 95 researchers from 38 countries.

Economics / Business - Social Sciences - 26.11.2021
The socio-economic scenarios of confronti 2021
The socio-economic scenarios of confronti 2021
Life, work, travel. At confronti 2021, which took place at the LAC Lugano on November 16, researchers, practitioners and the public discussed these topics from different viewpoints and disciplines, consistent with the recent developments of scientific research.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 25.11.2021

Social Sciences - Psychology - 23.11.2021
Social Media: Users Who Aren't Tagged Feel Excluded
Social Media: Users Who Aren’t Tagged Feel Excluded
Individuals can also experience feelings of ostracism in the digital world. Researchers from the Universities of Basel and Koblenz-Landau have studied how strongly people's fundamental psychological needs are affected when they are not tagged on Instagram. Humans are highly sensitive to what are known as ostracism experiences.

Social Sciences - Economics / Business - 28.10.2021
The NFT market for digital artwork behaves like social networks
The NFT market for digital artwork behaves like social networks
In a study of transactions involving non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which represent digital works of art, scientists have found that the NFT market has much the same structure as interactions on social networks.

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
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