Last January, the Parliament of the Canton of Zurich unanimously approved funding for the DIZH of CHF 108 million over the next 10 years – which is about one-third of the CHF 300 million budgeted for the initiative.
The DIZH is thus now picking up steam. “After an intensive phase setting up the initiative, we’re now entering the operational phase,” says Lesley Spiegel, who has headed the DIZH since the end of April. The first round of calls for postdoc positions, three bridge professorships as well as for infrastructure and lab projects has now been launched. “The DIZH is a tremendous opportunity for the University of Zurich to cooperate in new ways with other local universities and partners from industry and government. It is an important addition the Digital Society Initiative (DSI), which has already made a name for itself at UZH,” says Abraham Bernstein, professor of informatics and co-director of the DSI.