Projects

Upcoming Projects

  • AVETH survey on supervision for doctoral students at ETH: AVETH plans to conduct a survey on the supervision practice at ETH.
    - How doctoral students are supervised during their thesis?
    - How do doctoral students supervise undergraduates?
    This survey is planed for release in early Spring 2017.
  • AVETH report about women at ETH: In collaboration with the Equal! Office of ETH Zurich, AVETH is working on a report summarizing the situation of female doctoral students and postdocs. Some of the main points of the analysis are the drop-out rates and drop-out reasons of female students.

If you would like to become active or know more about our planned projects, don’t hesitate to contact Martin and Romain.

 

Completed Projects

  • AVETH survey on salary and duties (11/2014): The survey was conducted in line with the implementation of new employment regulations for ETH doctoral students for 2015. Based on 1202 completed answers, it summarizes their current employment situation and their corresponding opinion about employment level and additional duties. Read more>

 

Position Papers

  • Strategie zur Chancengleichheit und Gender Balance 2017 – 2020 des ETH Bereichs (06/2017)
    Summary - The ETH Doman drafted a "Strategy for Equal Opportunity and Gender Balance 2017-2020". AVETH welcomed the initiative and urged to note exemplary measures across the ETH domain.

    • The strategy should furthermore include, not only the formulation of measures but also their implementation and a timeline for implementation.
    • The suggested "Life-Domain-Balance" should be a parenting and family issue and the parental leave should be met by adequate infrastructure and services.
    • Lastly, AVETH noted that the proposed percetage of the global budget for the implementation measures could be increased considering the complexity and scope.
  • Zulassungsverordnung ETH Zürich (01/2017)
    Summary - 
    ETHZ proposed to adapt parts of the regulations for student admission to better reflect the actual admission process.We commented mainly on these points:

    • Changing to a different course of studies would only be possible at the beginning of the study year,
    • Less chances to repeat or switch courses, prior exclusion from a course at another university would exclude a candidate to study in the same field with similar lectures.
  • Parkierungsverordnung (10/2016)
    Summary - ETHZ proposed to change their old parking regulations. AVETH welcomed that doctoral students will now have reduced parking fees compared to regular ETH personnel and will be able to apply for parking spots at more locations. We pointed out that the current document did not seem to reflect the rise of electric vehicles and subsequent demand for loading stations.
  • Gebührenverordnung ETH-Bereich (10/2016)
    Summary - ETHZ proposed to change their old parking regulations. AVETH welcomed that doctoral students will now have reduced parking fees compared to regular ETH personnel and will be able to apply for parking spots at more locations. We pointed out that the current document did not seem to reflect the rise of electric vehicles and subsequent demand for loading stations.
  • Vernehmlassung Weisung Direktdoktorat (06/2016)
    Summary - 
    Formerly known as “fast track”, this new model will enable research groups to recruit promising candidates right after they finished their bachelor studies. These candidates still have to acquire their Masters at ETH but they receive a remuneration and continue afterwards with their doctoral studies within the research group.
  • Evaluation der Testphase ohne Testat (06/2016)
  • Lehrpolicy und Qualität der Lehre an der ETH Zürich (03/2016)
    Summary - 
    These two documents should act as a guideline for teaching policies and quality of teaching at ETH. AVETH mainly commented on the fact that postdocs and other higher scientific staff were not mentioned explicitly although they do teach and supervise. Furthermore, we commented on fair distribution of teaching duties and we expanded on the need for more and clearer communication between students, scientific staff and professors.
  • Vernehmlassung Strategie & Entwicklungsplan 2017 – 2020 (01/2016)
  • Teilrevision ETH-Gesetz (10/2015)
  • Leistungsauftrag 2017-­2020 des Bundesrates an den ETH-­Bereich (05/2015)
  • Teilrevision der Organisationsverordnung der ETH Zürich (05/2015)
  • Neufassung Forschungsvertragsrichtlinien (02/2015)
  • Ecopop initiative (11/2014): The Politics Team of AVETH has worked out a position paper on the Ecopop initiative and its effects on scientific staff at ETH. ActionUni, the Swiss wide association of scientific staff, has issued a statement as well.