On the occasion of 60 years of Swiss-Korean bilateral relations, a group of South-Korean journalists visited UZH. They gained an insight into the multifaceted research of the largest university in Switzerland.
As Co-Director of the Digital Society Initiative (DSI), Prof. Claudia M. Witt introduced the media professionals to the university-wide competence centre on digital transformation. The DSI promotes research and teaching on the digital transformation, engages in regular discourse with the public and supports policy-making on digital transformation issues.
Evolutionary biologist Prof. Marta Manser, Katharina Weikl and Laurens Bohlen presented several examples of how machine learning can be used to study biodiversity, animal behavior and environmental changes. One of the projects is Triggered by Motion, an international art and science video installation that will travel the world and amongst others also will be exhibited in Korea in May. The project is a prominent example of the vastly growing field of research on digital biology and conservation.
The journalists were further introduced to interdisciplinary approaches to blockchain by Prof Claudio J. Tessone. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the UZH Blockchain Center, the largest academic initiative within the global blockchain hub that Switzerland represents today.
Dr. Fabio Carillo and Dr. Flóra Vajda offered a glimpse into the OR-X (Operating Room X), a highly technological equipped surgical research and training center of the Balgrist University Hospital. OR-X offers researchers the opportunity to develop and validate new technologies and innovations more efficiently, helping Switzerland to stay at the forefront of surgical innovation.
Elisabeth Stark, Vice President Research at the University of Zurich welcomed the media delegation on behalf of the Executive Board. “Switzerland and Korea are both innovation leaders. For this reason, it is important to continue and strengthen our collaboration in research by pushing the boundaries of existing scientific knowledge. This will result in innovations with a profound impact on society,” she underlined in her speech.