Scientists and Society – let’s talk!

A panel discussion about science communication

The event will start out with a keynote lecture by Pia Viviani (Founder and co-director of catta gmbh) followed by an exciting discussion about how scientists can communicate their science efficiently to the general public with our experts in the field of science communication, Tania Jenkins (Scientific officer at SCNAT – sustainable science and society), Marielle van Kooten (Second place at Falling Walls 2018 in Berlin, Founder of SciSwipe) and Pia Viviani.

24th November 6pm – 7.30pm on zoom

The Zoom link to the webinar:

Meeting ID: 218 238 8329

We are looking forward to seeing you all!



November nanoTalks: Nobel Prizes

Join our nanoTalks in November and learn what is behind the 2020 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics. You will gain insights into CRISPR – today’s leading gene-editing technology – and the strongest confirmation of Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.

Thursday 29th November 2020 at 7pm via YouTube Live Stream

Additional information you will find on their website.


Coffee Lectures

For more detailed information download the Coffee Lecture Flyer:


Master Thesis in Neuroimaging Group at Balgrist Campus

Investigation of Metabolic Changes in Hippocampus after Spinal Cord Injury using MRS

The Neuroimaging Group, led by Prof. Patrick Freund, at the Spinal Cord Injury Center at Balgrist University Hospital is looking for a motivated and skilled master student who wants to perform her/his master thesis in the field of clinical neuroscience and neuroimaging of human spinal cord injury.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating and life-changing event for patients, leading to immediate sensory, motor, and autonomic dysfunction below the level of injury and often results in a reduced quality of life. Following SCI, ascending and descending connections between the brain, spinal cord, and periphery are disrupted leading not only to degeneration of directly affected neurons and tracts but also to indirect atrophy of remote spinal cord and brain regions. However, the changes in the metabolic profile of many of these regions and the related behavioural consequences are largely unknown.

Project description:
In the context of our study aiming at identifying molecular processes underlying functional and structural changes in the hippocampal brain region after SCI, we will be conducting neuroimaging assessments and behavioural memory experiments in healthy control participants and SCI patients. After SCI, remote neurodegeneration and associated functional impairments have been observed in many brain regions. However, the hippocampus and its neurochemical profile after SCI are rather understudied when comparing to other neurological diseases and disorders.

To quantify metabolic changes in the hippocampus after SCI and investigate relationships of these results to potential neurodegeneration and functional impairments, we are going to use magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of the hippocampus in healthy controls and SCI patients. In order to get information about behavioural correlates outside the scanner, healthy control participants and SCI patients will be tested using a standardized working memory task.

The aim:
We aim to improve our understanding of injury-induced alterations in the metabolic profile of the hippocampus as well as its structural changes after SCI. Furthermore, we try to identify memory task-derived functional correlates of the hippocampal metabolic levels measured.

The goal of the student will be to help organize and conduct the experiments as well as collecting and analysing the data. The student will be in charge of recruiting and testing healthy control participants and SCI patients. She/he will organize the assessments, perform the behavioural and clinical testing, and assist during MRS scans. The student will analyse neuroimaging and behavioural data with the goal to depict potential metabolic differences within the hippocampus between healthy control and SCI participants and to identify possible molecular-functional relationships.

Fig. 1: Representative MR images with hippocampal voxel placement on coronal, transversal, and sagittal sections
Fig. 2: Example spectrum with metabolic markers of different biochemical properties and their specific chemical shift

The candidate who aims to join this project should consider a minimum duration of 6 months (full-time thesis project or internship). The project could be started from now on but the exact date can be discussed.

* Recruiting healthy control participants and SCI patients
* Organizing the assessment/testing schedules
* Conducting the behavioural testing
* Assisting during MRS scans
* Managing patient data banks
* Collecting and analysing data
* Holding project and journal club presentations

Person specification:

* Student in Biology, Health Sciences and Technology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, Biomedical Imaging, Neuroscience, Human Movement Sciences, or related fields of study
* Interested in clinical neuroscience, motivated to work with SCI patients
* German speaker, fluent in English speaking and writing
* Obliging and friendly
* Multitasking during patient assessments (small talk but still able to stick to tight schedule)
* Self-organised and independent
* Disciplined, dedicated, and reliable

Better to have:
* Experience in patient communication
* Experience in processing data
* Experience with Matlab or other programming languages
* Good knowledge of statistics and experience with statistical programs

Contact Details:

If you are interested, please submit a short motivation letter and CV via e-mail to:

MSc Dario Pfyffer


Jobinserat für interessierte Masterstudierende

Deine Chance für einen Job im Bereich der Nachhaltigkeit in der Bauindustrie. Die Hauptanforderung ist ein sehr gutes Verständnis von biologischen Systemen.

Revolutionize the building and construction industry

Your chance to do something large scale for sustainability!

What to expect:
– Interesting and meaningful work within a supportive team
– conduct a project
– experience how a large company prepares important strategic decisions

Your Profile:
– Biology, Chemistry, Health Tech or similar background
– Sound knowledge of biological systems
– Interest in economical and strategical questions

Your Job:
– Conduct a technology research and market analysis
– Find key opinion leaders and players
– Give your opinion and recommendations on how to approach the future

Your Engagement:
– Start: as soon as possible
– Duration: about 5 months
– Workload: 30%- 100%, very flexible working hours
– Location: Zurich, Home Office
– Salary: 40 CHF/h

Please send your CV, a short motivation letter and a signed version of our data policy as soon as possible to:

We are looking forward to receiving your application!
ETH juniors Projekt Manager