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Digital Society Initiative

Partner Organizations

The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) maintains partnerships with the following organizations.

The Center for Legal Data Science (CLDS) is an interdisciplinary research center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich. The core task of the CLDS is the application, critical reflection and promotion of data science methods in national and international legal contexts.

The CLDS pursues the following overarching goals:

  • Advancing legal knowledge and legal knowledge production through the application of quantitative methods.
  • Improve the transparency of law and legal processes through the application of quantitative methods.
  • To promote interdisciplinary legal research and the teaching of related quantitative methods at the national and international levels.

Citizen Science Zurich is a joint initiative of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland. The Competence Center strives for an open, diverse, and inclusive science, where research is done with the public and for the public, and where Citizen Science is accepted as a standard/ general research approach. To achieve this, Citizen Science Zurich inspires and supports people to engage in different forms of participatory research.

The Data Innovation Alliance is a Swiss innovation network for companies and research institutes with a focus on data-driven value creation in business models, services and products.

The mission of Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions (DIZH) is to promote cooperation on digitalization issues between higher education institutions in Zurich, thereby strengthening the greater Zurich area as a hub for research and business. The University of Zurich (UZH), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and Zurich University of Teacher Education (PHZH) are part of the DIZH network, which aims to advance research and innovation on digitalization by using interdisciplinary approaches.

The Healthy Longevity Center (HLC) is the center for research, innovation and societal impact for healthy longevity at the University of Zurich. The HLC promotes and supports the collection and use of data on the heterogeneity, complexity, and context-dependence of functional abilities in healthy aging.


The UZH Innovation Hub is the platform for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Zurich. It serves to build an entrepreneurial mindset among students and researchers, support innovators to translate their research results to the benefit of the society and to nurture the innovation ecosystem around the university.

The goal of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) is to foster and advance interdisciplinary research, to encourage the collaborative development of multidisciplinary projects and to serve as a forum that promotes dialogue and knowledge transfer between researchers from various disciplines such as computer and communication sciences, sociology, psychology, geography, ethics, and law. 

The OR-X (Operating Room X) is a novel and innovative research and training center for surgery at Balgrist University Hospital. The center contributes to developing surgical innovations; especially in the field of new technologies such as the use of Augmented Reality (AR), Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in surgery.

The OR-X is a national research infrastructure in the Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2023. The center includes a fully equipped, state-of-the-art operating room and a skills lab used for surgical training. As an open-access facility, the OR-X welcomes users from clinical and academic institutions as well as industrial partners.

The School for Transdisciplinary Studies (STS) facilitates inter-/transdisciplinary courses offered by various university-wide initiatives and faculties, as well as projects that foster transferable skills for bachelor and master students at UZH. Bachelor students can book the DSI Studium Digitale through STS.

The UZH Blockchain Center is Switzerland's largest academic initiative in the field of blockchain and has an active network of cooperations world-wide. The Center comprises 24 professors from the University of Zurich from three faculties and eight departments.
The approach of the UZH Blockchain Center is strongly interdisciplinary  and  provides a comprehensive range of teaching offerings for bachelor's students to leaders in industry. The center serves as articulation  point for industry, academic peers and regulators. In close cooperation with industry and universities, the UZH Blockchain Center helps to create structured knowledge on the topic of blockchain and to anchor it to society.