For health reasons NSSI head Roland W. Scholz has resigned from his position as professor at ETH. Drs Pius Krütli and Michael Stauffacher took over management of the group with immediate effect. Roland W. Scholz will take early retirement on December, 31st, 2012.
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The goal of the MACOCC (Maya and Contemporary Conceptions of Cancer) project is to develop a systemic description and analysis of human cancer and the immune system which allows to describe and to relate (a) the current scientific approaches to cancer and the immune system and (b) the indigenous Mayan concept of cancer.
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In Gorleben wurde diesen Herbst so heftig wie seit Jahren nicht mehr gegen den Transport und die Endlagerung von radioaktivem Abfall demonstriert. Was falsch gelaufen ist und was die Schweiz davon lernen kann, sagt der Umweltnaturwissenschaftler Pius Krütli im ETHlife-Interview. »» Link
The Institute for Environmental Decisions is organizing a conference about environmental decision making, thereby integrating four different disciplines: risk assessment, risk perception, risk management and risk governance. The conference will be from Sunday evening to Thursday at the Centro Stefano Franscini on Monte Verità, in the south of Switzerland.
NSSI has worked successfully on the interfaces of human and environment systems (HES), research and practice (transdisciplinarity) and natural and social sciences. Meanwhile the research fields at these interfaces matured and eight NSSI alumni became professors at universities in different countries.
This NSSI colloquium is a chance for looking back and forth: All eight NSSI alumni will give insights in key aspects of human-environment systems research and will show how they advanced the field in the last few years. Further, the colloquium provides room and opportunity to delineate future research perspectives.
Link to article (in german) »»
TdLab Project Book
Stauffacher, M., Krütli, P., & Scholz, R. W. (Eds.). (2008). Gesellschaft und radioaktive Abfälle – Ergebnisse einer schweizweiten Befragung. ETH-UNS TdLab Projekt. Zürich, Chur: Verlag Rüegger.
ETH is celebrating the 20th anniversary of environmental sciences, see the official web site for more details.
Die Standortfindung für umstrittene Infrastrukturen ist in der Schweiz durchaus möglich, setzt aber den umfassenden Einbezug der Bevölkerung voraus. Die ETH Zürich hat den Prozess für das seinerzeit geplante Lager für radioaktive Abfälle am Wellenberg (Kanton Nidwalden) untersucht und wichtige Erkenntnisse für Zukunftsprojekte erarbeitet (»» Medienmitteilung ETH).
This four half-day sessions workshop with international participants was dedicaded to following topics:
On April, 12, we celebrated the start of the IED Institute with an official event at ETH. Dr. Bruno Oberle from BAFU (Federal Office for the Environment) gave an address, and the event ended with an «Apero».
This Institute is interdisciplinary and brings together economists, psychologists and political scientists. Founding members are International Relations (Prof. Dr. Thomas Bernauer), Environmental Policy and Economics (Prof. Dr. Stefanie Engel), Agri-food and Agri-environmental Economics Group (Prof. Dr. Bernard Lehmann), Natural and Social Science Interface (Prof. Dr. Roland W. Scholz) and Economic research (Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert).
In this one day conference at ETH Zurich we focused on microeconomic aspects (demand, supply, market actors preferences and marketing aspects etc.) and institutional settings which help to coordinate the demand and supply for ecosystem services. The invited speakers did highlight in eight presentations the issue from a theoretical and case study perspective. A plenum discussion on crunch issues closed the conference.
Once every two years people interested in advancing judgment and decision making research meet in a European city to participate in a scientific conference called 'SPUDM'. SPUDM represents an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists dealing with modelling, analysing and aiding decision processes. It covers fundamental as well as applied research, attracting contributions from various disciplines such as psychology, economics, medicine, law, management science, philosophy, and computer science.
"Future in Life Cycle Assessments: Methods, Perspectives, Applications" (Organized by M. Spielmann and O. Tietje)
Transdisciplinarity: Joint problem solving among Science, Technology and Society. The Conference dealt with new forms of mutual learning involving science, technology and society to efficiently meet the complex challenges of the 21st century (Technology, Labor, Cooperation, Learning, Environment). The goals of the conference were to a) Develop transdisciplinary practice, b) Promote transdisciplinary research, and c) Create favorable institutional structures and powerful incentives. There were 800 attendants from 42 countries.
Zürich '99 was the fifth auDes conference on teaching and teaching-related research in environmental sciences at university level. It focused on the case study approach in higher education. This approach was of special interest for environmental education and research as it may be considered an appropriate approach to understanding and mastering complex real-world environmental problems. Contributions aim to critically examine the case study approach in higher environmental education and research. 140 participants from 48 countries.
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