The Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH) is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice. Founded in 1855, it today offers an inspiring working environment for researchers and comprehensive education for students.
ETH Zurich has more than 18,000 students from over 110 countries, including 3,900 doctoral students. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, as well as management and social sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the university.
ETH Zurich concentrates on three core tasks:
i) Education - Training and continuing education of students and specialists in scientific and technical fields.
ii) Research - Extending the scope of scientific knowledge and supporting the next generation of scientists.
iii) Knowledge and technology transfer - Direct transfer of new findings into practical applications.
Among the eight focus areas of ETH, ETH operates five technology platforms (TP) to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation, offer attractive working conditions for highly specialised experts and serving science with state-of-the art infrastructures and expertise.
One of these central TP is the Scientific Center for Optical and Electron Microscopy (ScopeM), an interdisciplinary microscopy facility providing resources for scientific research of materials using dedicated light and electron beams.ScopeM maintains state-of-the art microscopy equipment and supports a variety of interdisciplinary research and training programs as well as methodological research in microscopy. It is open to researchers and users from both academia and industry.
About 30 scientific and technical staff members give their support to researchers, ensuring at the same time the maintenance and operation of the facility equipment. ScopeM scientists are involved in teaching/training of the users, execute service projects and conduct own methodical research. The outcome of the present project is expected benefit the broader users’ community of ScopeM and ETH, as well as further users both from Switzerland and abroad (notably Europe).
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