A new year commences with new goals and aspirations, which for us, are typically very different to those working in the private sector. Despite the year commencing with the additional challenges posed by the pandemic, I am sure that our minds are focused on scientific challenges. Last year witnessed the launch of a number of major initiatives at EPFL to address these challenges, with SB taking a leading role, one example being the Center for Quantum Science and Engineering that transverses SB, STI and IC. We also hired several new professors to reinforce areas of strategic importance. These initiatives will help to ensure that we sustain our position at the forefront of global scientific advancement and they have the potential to be transformative to many fields. New initiatives are only made possible by the dedication of colleagues who conceive them, help to shape them, bring them to fruition and lead them. This year we will continue to develop and support initiatives without compromising on our individual excellence. We will also launch new courses and programs to prepare our students for a future in science. I look forward to interacting with you and take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year.
EPFL’s Bernoulli Center has now become the Bernoulli Center for Fundamental Studies, with a broader scope including theoretical computer science and theoretical physics. The Center’s focus will also be on education, outreach and on fostering collaborations within the EPFL campus.
At its meeting of 8-9 December 2021, the ETH Board promoted has appointed Prof. Vladimir Manucharyan as Associate Professor and Prof. Michaela Hirschmann and Dr. Zoë Holmes as new Tenure-Track Assistant Professors at the School of Basic Sciences (SB).