After a welcome address by Ambassador Jean-François Paroz, Prof. Lino Guzzella shared the recent approaches in education and knowledge translation in health research at ETH Zurich. In particular, he presented a new curriculum which includes notably for the first time a Bachelor in Medicine. He then talked about Cybathlon, the international competition founded by ETH Zurich that promotes the development of technologies facilitating the everyday life of people with disabilities. The next edition will take place in 2020 in Zurich!
Prof. Christoph Hölscher, formerly at the Singapore ETH Centre and now back in Zurich, gave a short presentation on his research on urban and architectural design for healthy living. With his team, he developed a mobile video game that tests spatial orientation with the ultimate aim of tackling dementia. With already 3 million players all over the world, the game gives researchers access to very detailed and precious data.
Prof. Shuro Nakajima from Wakayama University presented the Japanese teams who took part in Cybathlon 2016 in Zurich and expressed his strong wishes for part of the international competition to come to Japan.
The presentations were followed by a brief Q&A session led by ETH Alumni Co-Chair Prof. Daniel Chitterio of Keio University, and the visitors were all eager to know more about the novelties going on at ETH Zurich!
After the discussion, everyone could enjoy a lively networking reception at the residence and their own share stories about ETH Zurich!