The Digital Society Initiative offers various public events that give you the opportunity to engage in dialogue with researchers and experts in the field of digitalisation. The events are not about technological innovations, but much more about ethical, legal and social aspects that need to be discussed: It's about people and their role in the digitized world.

Important: Safety concept for events

Would you like to participate in a DSI event? Please be sure to observe the Covid-19 safety concept of the UZH (PDF, 122 KB) and the DSI


Events in cooperation with DSI


Science Café - Data Journalism: On Friday September 3 (2 - 3 p.m.), a Science Café will be held on the topic of "Datenjournalismus im Spannungsfeld von Ethik und Verantwortung" (in german). Experts from research and practice will discuss the following questions in interesting talks: What exactly is "data journalism"? How does it deal with "Big Data"? And what are the opportunities and risks of data-supported or perhaps also data-driven journalism? The Science Café is organised by the Department of Informatics UZH and the Science Lab UZH.
Further information and registration can be found here.

Further events in the field of digitalization


Workshop – Introduction to the theory and practice of OCR with neural networks: On Tuesday, August 31 2021, 17.15 h, a workshop on Optical Character Recognition will be held at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich. Optical Character Recognition (OCR), the automatic recognition of text, is one of the most important methods in the field of retro-digitalisation. OCR makes large amounts of text machine-readable and searchable. In the 90-minute workshop, Simon Clematide and Phillip Ströbel (Institute of Computational Linguistics UZH) will explain the theoretical and technical basics of OCR in the first part, and we will turn to practical applications in the second part. Further information and registration can be found here (PDF, 373 KB).


Energy & Climate Hack: The Energy & Climate Hack will take place at the Innospace in Köniz-Bern on August 30th and September 1st 2021, as a parallel event to the Decarbonizing Cities conference. This hackathon throws a bridge between common issues across borders and will bring together students from the United Kingdom and Switzerland as well as experts, hackers and people aspiring to make a difference. The multidisciplinary teams will look at smarter urban living through the lenses of energy efficiency and research for better decision making. Find out more on


HackZurich 2021: Join the world's best tech talents, representing several elite universities, to collaborate on highly innovative web-, mobile- and hardware applications during a 40-hours hybrid hackathon. An unforgettable adventure and fun opportunity to touch base with innovative communities and career opportunities with global industries, that provide the latest technologies, tools, data, and APIs to spark the creation of new prototypes. Apply on June 23, on