The Academic Association of Scientific Staff at ETH Zurich (AVETH) is the official representation of doctoral students and higher scientific staff at ETH. AVETH counts more than 2000 members and is organized in 18 sub-associations in all departments at ETH.

Upcoming Events

Registration for Challenge 2017 - the traditional winter sports competition between EPFL and ETHZ!

November 28, 2016 4:44 pm

The Challenge will take place from Thursday, 30th of March to Sunday, 2nd of April 2017 at a secret ski area in Switzerland. The Challenge is the unique winter sports competition between 50 students of each school. During four days, they compete for the victory of their school in a series of ski/snowboard races. They are thereby encouraged by fellow ex-participants, professors, PhD students and sponsors. The Challenge focuses on the relationship between the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology with the goal to encourage the exchange between both schools on all levels. We would be happy, if we could meet this goal by welcoming a lot of PhDs to Challenge 2017!


Fri.-Sun. 13.01.-15.01.2017: AVETH Ski-Weekend in St. Moritz

November 15, 2016 8:12 am

AVETH organizes a ski trip open to all scientific staff at ETH – as last year we are going to St. Moritz. We leave Zurich HB around 16:30 on Friday and come back on Sunday evening (ca. 21:00). Included in the price will be the train ride, two nights in the hotel (www.randolins.ch, close to the ski lift), breakfast, ski pass for Saturday & Sunday, Glühwein, other drinks and a lot of fun! Get to know people from other departments and enjoy the awesome ski resort in St. Moritz!


Tue. 29.11.2016 Learn how to visualize your projects and hypotheses with Ideasketching

November 15, 2016 8:08 am

Did you know that visual thinking via sketches facilitates the structuring of the case analysis and clear reasoning? Sketching is the most immediate and lean visual language. Slowing down the transfer of an idea to a visual form via software can lead to partial loss of the idea. Constrictions in the software blocks our creative side. Instead sketching down your ideas directly helps to remove ambiguity and reduce the complexity of your work. The sketches can serve as a good basis for reflection and discussion.