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Our Vision

To contribute to evidence-based and effective policy-making with regard to key societal challenges, such as urbanisation, the energy transition, digital society, and sustainable use of natural resources and the environment.

The ISTP focuses on education and research

Public policies addressing key challenges of our time, for instance sustainable use of natural resources, urban development, energy, and the ICT revolution, rely heavily on new knowledge generated by natural, engineering, and social sciences. ETH Zurich, one of the world’s leading universities, can and should play an important role in this realm.

In September 2015, the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) entered a 4-year pilot phase. The ISTP is dedicated to supporting public policy-making processes via education of future policy analysts and decision-makers; via exchange of information among scientists, policy-makers, and other members of society and via innovative and productive trans-disciplinary research collaborations.

The ISTP puts particular emphasis on collaboration and interaction with non-academic partners. An international visitors program will bring policy-experts, decision-makers and experienced academics to ETH Zurich. Research projects will be developed and implemented in partnership with relevant stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector.  

The ISTP assembly is made up of a Director, an Executive Board, members, associate members, visitors, PhD students and staff. Currently the following departments are representated in the ISTP assembly: D-ARCH, D-BAUG, D-CHAB, D-ERDW, D-HEST, D-GESS, D-INFK, D-MAVT, D-MTEC and D-USYS. The ISTP is open for new members and actively seeks collaboration with scientists from all ETH departments.

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