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2023 News

Here you will find content related to digital transformation: new publications and projects, vacancies, grant and funding announcements and much more.

News list

  • Open positions: PhD Position & Wissenschaftliche Hilfsassistenz

    Two positions related to digital transformation are available in the DSI environment.

  • Contributions wanted for the third Campus Oerlikon lecture series

    The third Campus Oerlikon lecture series is entitled «Friend or Foe? Artificial Intelligence as a Challenge for Society». The organizers invite all doctoral students, post-docs and professors at Campus Oerlikon to submit a contribution related to the topic.

  • New indicators on the digitalization of Switzerland

    The statistics on the information society allow the Swiss Federal Statistical Office to show the developments in digitalization in Switzerland. Based on the latest data, the indicators have now been updated.

  • Dr. Ning Wang invited to WEF's «Summer Davos»

    DSI Researcher Dr. Ning Wang has been appointed a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Technology Policy by the World Economic Forum (WEF) during 2023-2024. She will attend this year's meeting of the new champions in China.

  • Open PhD position for SIGMA (60%)

    The Digital Society Initiative and the Department for Computational Linguistics are seeking a PhD student in the area of natural language processing for sign languages, especially neural machine translation. 

  • CAPIRE: Open PhD position (60%)

    The Digital Society Initiative and the Department for Computational Linguistics are seeking a highly motivated and talented PhD student in the area of person identification analysis using communication signals of speech, gestures, and mimics using AI.

  • DSI Community Mobility: Interdisciplinary Workshop – Call for Participation

    The DSI Community Mobility is organizing its 2-day interdisciplinary workshop in Filzbach, Switzerland on June 22-23, 2023, to connect researchers interested in the future of mobility and establish collaborations in the field.

  • Scigate - data showcase and one-stop shop for legal data

    With Scigate - a project of the DSI Community Libraries - an interface to the legal text corpus shall be outlined, which is a classical search interface and a modern programming interface at the same time.

  • Parldigi MasterClass – Independent digital expertise for politics

    Since spring 2023, the Digital Society Initiative of the University of Zurich and the Verein Parldigi have been offering the «Parldigi MasterClass» with the support of Stiftung Mercator.

  • Jobs at Yale: Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Positions

    The Center for Digital Ethics at Yale University, directed by Prof. Luciano Floridi, is recruiting full-time, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers, from a variety of backgrounds, to join this multidisciplinary center newly established at Yale, to investigate the Governance, Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (GELSI) of digital technologies.

  • DIZH Founder Call

    With this call type, the innovation program supports market-, society- or culture-related entrepreneurial projects in the context of digital transformation. The Founder Call is intended to contribute to the creation of spin-offs and start-ups in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors by employees and students of the partner universities.

  • «Digital Skills»: Community of Practice Meeting

    The new study program «Digital Skills» of the DSI prepares students of all faculties of the UZH for the digital transformation. This minor with a scope of 30 ECTS at Master's level is built up and continuously developed together with a Community of Practice (CoP). On March 17, 2023, over 40 people attended the meeting of this CoP.

  • Start of the Apéro Philo series

    The DSI Community Ethics invites all interested parties to the first session of the Apéro Philo series on May 11, 2023. The event focuses on the topic «Digital Wellbeing: Conceptualization, Empirical Results, Challenges».

  • Journalists attend DSI workshop on «Algorithms and AI»

    In March 2023, the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) organized a workshop on «Algorithms and AI» for journalists specialized in digital topics. A total of 18 media professionals accepted the invitation and engaged in a lively exchange with research experts.

  • Call for abstracts on medical knowledge

    The DSI Community Health organizes a workshop on «Medical Knowledge In the Clinic and Out of the Clinic». The organizers call for abstracts on the topic.

  • Open Position: Student Assistant (20-25%) for Digital Monitor project

    The Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich is inviting applications for a Student Assistant as a support of the Digital Monitor project starting on May 1, 2023. The position is limited to six months.

  • UZH Digital Strategy: Community review & information event

    Digital technologies shape our everyday lives, including our work and studies at UZH. That's why UZH is getting a digital strategy. All employees and students are invited to comment on the current draft

  • Research Assistant in the area of digital higher didactics 60 %

    The Institute of Educational Science at the University of Zurich, Chair of Educational Technology, has a vacancy for a Research Assistant (60%) to start on 01.05.2023 or as agreed.

  • New project: «Government as a platform»

    Liudmila Zavolokina, researcher and postdoc at the DSI, in collaboration with Gerhard Schwabe and Gianluca Miscione, has received DIZH funding for her latest research project: «Government as a Platform: Orchestrating stakeholders in crisis situations through digital platforms».

  • Paper of DSI Professor published in «Nature Human Behavior»

    The paper «Political Polarization of News Media and Influencers on Twitter in the 2016 and 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections» by DSI Professor Alexandre Bovet and nine co-authors was published in the current issue of the journal «Nature Human Behavior».

  • Games in Context: Lectures & workshops around the digital game culture

    The DSI Community Gaming, together with the Zentralbibliothek Zürich (ZB) and the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), is organizing the public event series «Games in Context» from March to December 2023. The increasing influence of digital games on our society will be made visible and discussed.

  • DSI researcher Dr. Ning Wang appointed Member of the WEF’s Global Future Council

    DSI Researcher Dr. Ning Wang was appointed a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of Technology Policy by the World Economic Forum (WEF) during 2023-2024.

  • Now open: DSI Infrastructure & Lab Call

    The DSI Infrastructure & Lab Call is now open. It is addressed to all DSI members and allows funding of up to CHF 100'000.

  • Big data, big challenges: Conclusion NRP 75

    The National Research Programme «Big Data» (NRP 75) of the Swiss National Science Foundation investigated the opportunities and the challenges. On March 2, 2023, the final report was presented at a media conference.

  • New DIZH professorship «Digital Higher Education»

    The University of Zurich invites applications for a position as an assistant professorship with tenure track in digital higher education. The position should be filled by 1 August 2024. This is a joint professorship with the University of Teacher Education Zurich (PHZ).

  • The DSI Community Sustainability introduces itself

    The newly launched DSI Community Sustainability aims to drive both sustainable digitalization and digital sustainability. Co-leader Dr. Mario Angst gives a brief insight into the work of the community.

  • DIZH: Innovative projects put people at the centre

    «Playful work», combating forced marriage or education for the 60+ generation: the 18 applications approved in the 2nd project call in the innovation program of the Digitalization Initiative of the Zurich Higher Education Institutions (DIZH) use technologies and develop innovative applications to address human needs and values.

  • 3 Questions about PREMIA – new project in the «DSI Infrastructures & Labs» series

    DSI Infrastructures & Labs are shareable infrastructures or structural vessels for creating collaborative research environments related to digital transformation. Prof. Dr. Oliver Strijbis briefly introduces PREMIA, one of the latest projects in this series.

  • Event: «ChatGPT & Co. – eine Chance für Forschung und Lehre?»

    Interactive language models amaze people. How did these machine learning successes come about? Do they have semantics and abstraction capabilities? And what do they mean for research and teaching at the University of Zurich in the long term?

  • Questions wanted for «Digitalization Monitor 2023»

    How do the candidates for the Swiss National Council and Council of States position themselves on digital policy issues? The digitalization monitor for the elections on October 22, 2023, helps voters make their decision on the basis of selected questions. Citizens can now submit their questions.

  • New DIZH professorship

    The University of Zurich (UZH) invites applications for a DIZH professorship in Digital Cultures and Arts. The position should be filled by February 1, 2024. The professorship will be established as a joint assistant professorship between the UZH and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). After six years and upon a successful evaluation, the professorship is to be made permanent.

  • DSI Community Education: Kick-Off

    Newly launched in 2023, the DSI Community Education is dedicated to research in learning and teaching with digital media and in digital environments. Are you interested in becoming part of the new community? Share your ideas, wishes and perceived challenges with the community via a short survey and join the kick-off meeting at the end of February.

  • Paper from DSI members awarded

    DSI members Liudmila Zavolokina and Kilian Sprenkamp, with co-author Birgit Schenk, won the Best Paper Award in the Digital Government Track at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences with their paper «Citizens' Expectations about Achieving Public Value and the Role of Digital Technologies: It Takes Three to Tango!».

  • New digital professorships

    The University of Zurich (UZH) is strengthening research and teaching on digital transformation. It is creating seven new professorships that will work on important digital topics such as cybersecurity, urban analytics and the sociology of digitalization.