Enable Education – Everywhere
Scientific laboratory equipment is often stored unused after its standard usage time, and sadly by default eventually ends up in the trash. In many cases the equipment is still functional, and potentially exactly what a school or university elsewhere needs for the training of talented students. EquipSent seeks to put such resources to better and more sustainable use by redistributing unused devices from high-income countries to partner institutions in low-income countries.
Laboratory equipment is a fundamental component of education at university level, yet it is often lacking in low-income countries due to high acquisition costs. We promote access to adequate education by facilitating transfers of out-of-use, functional equipment to educational institutions in need. As students at ETH Zurich, we appreciate the extensive practical experience offered along with theoretical education in our studies. However, in many institutions globally, practical experience with laboratory instruments is not offered due to financial limitations. Young people with great potential leave their home country and contribute to science and development in other countries, which results in a “brain drain”. In companies and research institutions of high-income countries, slightly outdated equipment is often not used after replacement with a newer device. The aim of EquipSent (ES) is to organize equipment transfers from European donors to universities and schools in low-income countries, thus enabling the hands-on training crucial for adequate education. By improving the teaching situation at educational institutions in these countries, we aim to solidify the foundations for a long-lasting, skilled workforce which can help create an impactful economy as well as a sustainable and independent society.
Cooler cities thanks to moss
We are developing an innovative self-growing paint that after application grows into vertical moss coverage on outdoor walls in cities, giving a new dimension to currently available green walls which are proven to be effective in combating the consequences of the current climate crisis.
Our product is a paste-like structure, containing moss spores, binding material, and moisture protection for the wall. It is directly related to solving the problem of urban heat islands. We aim to make it available not only for professionals directly related to construction and planning but also local communities and neighborhoods. With this we aim to create a sense of ownership and empower people to contribute to urban climate improvement. Moss walls have various benefits. They can purify the air and serve as an insulating layer on the building to save energy. The evapotranspiration of the moss is beneficial for fire prevention and cooling of the surroundings. The high surface area provides sound insulation and the more natural aesthetic, favorable for modern design, of cities contributes to improved mental health. They can additionally be shaped into art or advertisement. Moss walls are space-saving compared to conventional green walls. Additionally, some moss species can be used for pollution monitoring.
Dialogues for more sustainable diets
Changing one’s (eating) habits is hard and information concerning healthy, eco-friendly diets can be overwhelming and contradicting. Therefore, we want to support people who want to make the change by creating a place for open exchange about environmentally friendly food. The FooDi provides a cooking hub to meet, cook and learn from each other.
FooDi, the cooking hub, offers a shared kitchen space, where community members can learn by cooking and eating with other food lovers to have a more sustainable and healthy diet. We offer guided and personalized activity on site!
Our goal is to engage and empower individuals to make informed diet choices. Our three pillars are: learn-by-doing, fun and knowledge exchange.
Our team is now composed of of three environmental engineers: Annie, Giovan Battista and Giulia. We are food and nature lovers. With this project, we are trying to combine our two passions!
Contact the Foodi team firstname.lastname@example.org
Introducing a novel, sustainable protein crop.
LemnaPro develops a technology that enables the sustainable and economic cultivation of Wolffia for human nutrition.
Wolffia is a water plant with high levels of protein and a very rapid growth. It has traditionally been harvested and consumed in Asia. It is our aim to introduce it to Europe as a healthy and delicious food ingredient.
The introduction of this novel crop into our food system will alleviate the pressure on natural resources related to protein production today.
To achieve our aim in light of the above we are developing a tailored hydroponic system for Wolffia, which currently already yields 20 times more protein per area than soy.
For more information, please contact Cyrill Hess
Take a challenge, start somewhere.
Planet Gotchi is an app that offers easy and fun challenges on how to incorporate climate action into your daily life. The challenges tackle sustainability issues, from zero waste to mobility. With each of these challenges you can measure your positive impact/progress in carbon points. We want to fight climate change with a different approach, this time, using positivity. We want to show that individual action matters and that every step is a step in the right direction.
The multi-step process of Planet Gotchi challenge design relies on co-creation with our users. Here, positivity, encouragement and access to all are our core values. Slowly but steadily Planet Gotchi is creating a strong, environmentally conscious community, which enables us to connect with companies that offer sustainable products. Moreover, we plan to offer ProAccounts to users that wish to receive individualized guidance.
The current core driving force of Planet Gotchi are Carmen Steinman, an environmental engineer, Sara Cerar, and environmental scientist and Alina Hanking, a designer.
With Planet Gotchi we fight climate change with a different approach, this time, using positivity. We want to show that individual action matters and that every step is a step in the right direction.
Beer brewing for people who care.
For our climate, for our biodiversity, and for some of the few remaining forest dwelling indigenous tribes on this planet, it is crucial that we support the momentum of existing bottom up initiatives to stop further deforestation in the Amazon. The ‘Paraperu’ project contributes to poverty alleviation of Peruvian Brazil-Nut producers and with it the improvement of forest-management practices.
In order to collect financial resources for bio-certification and rejuvenation planting actions, Paraperu will ennoble and sell high-quality Brazil nuts in Switzerland. The main product currently in elaboration is a delicious Brazil nut ale beer. Paraperu is organized as a Swiss association
For more information, please contact Luca Bronzini.
Restoring Shelter in Conflict Zones
Join our team! We are looking for manufacturing engineers, automatization specialists and, generally, hands-on makers with a social mind!
The Instant Windows Project aims at providing an inexpensive and reliable method to restore broken windows in conflict zones and areas affected by natural disasters. With Instant Windows, we offer a solution to quickly and easily repair broken windows by using a patent pending, translucent double-layer plastic sheet. It provides both daylight as well as insulation.
A broken window may seem like a small problem – but depending on the climate, it can render homes uninhabitable, making their residents more vulnerable, endangering their health, and threatening them with displacement or homelessness. Every year, millions of people around the world are driven into this cycle of vulnerability for different reasons. One major reason is conflict.
The Instant Windows project aims to intervene early on by offering a simple, inexpensive replacement for broken windows, restoring people’s shelter and preventing a slide into displacement and further vulnerability.
Conflict simultaneously increases the risk of broken windows and makes them more difficult to repair: markets in affected areas are understocked, services are disrupted, and people’s financial resources are depleted. Shockwaves from shelling and explosions affect windows in a far larger radius than the explosion parameter. As conflict moves to more urban contexts, thousands of people lose vital protection against the elements.
Instant Windows doesn’t aim to offer a flashy gadget, but rather an inexpensive tool that is both accessible and practical, even under extreme circumstances.
Find out more on our website www.instantwindows.org and reach us via email!
Akademische Raumfahrt Initiative Schweiz
ARIS brings together students from Swiss universities fascinated by space exploration. Formed around ETH Zurich, HSLU, and ZHAW, we engage our members in engineering challenges by integrating theory and practice. We do not only build rockets, we embrace the personal development of our members. Together with our partners from industry and academia we aggregate the required knowledge. And on the way there, we educate future engineers and leaders in hands-on project work. Our ultimate goal: to fly a student demonstrator in Low Earth Orbit by 2029!
Together, we believe, we can reach the stars.
At its very first participation at the Spaceport America Cup, ARIS won the Charels Hoult Award for Modeling and Simulations for its technical achievement – one of the ten main awards of the competition. Despite a motor failure and the resulting explosion of the rocket a few seconds into the flight, the project TELL was very well received for its technical and operational excellence.
With project HEIDI, ARIS – in the second year of its existence – competed for the second time at the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico and made the second place in its category of 10’000ft and commercial-off-the-shelf solid motors with a nominal flight. Project HEIDI was a full success.
As a team of 10 students, project RHEA developed the first ever student-built rocket engine test stand in only one year, which lays the auspicious foundation for future engine development projects. Additionally, the first generation of a hybrid rocket engine was designed, manufactured and tested.
Now, in the third year, project EULER is aiming for the first flight to a height of 30’000ft at the SPAC 2020 in New Mexico. The new team consisting of more than 30 students from 6 different Swiss universities will develop the first ARIS generation of supersonic sounding rockets.
Starting from autumn semester 2019 the focus project IRIDE is developing the next generation of a hybrid rocket engine. With an aiming thrust of 5 kN this engine shall be implemented into the rocket for the 2021 SPAC.
Thesis with ARIS
From now on, there is also the possibility to write a Bachelor-, Semester- or Master thesis in cooperation with ARIS. You can either chose a topic from our project pool or bring in your own ideas. We support you with the knowledge of our active members and alumni, with providing workspace and with our contact to partners from industry.
SmartBreed aims to automize breeding of Grasshoppers
With our SmartBreed start-up, we aim to produce automated breeding stations for grasshoppers. The stations will be equipped with various sensors to gather and analyse data, in order to optimise the production process. This will allow more efficient and cheaper breeding, which will reduce the price of grasshoppers and enables them to compete with other protein sources such as meat and plant derived proteins. SmartBreed is a green initiative for a more sustainable future.
Changing how we see soil
Microbes are vital for soil health, but they are vastly understudied, because current methods are complicated and labor-intensive.
With Digit Soil, we propose a portable device to measure microbial activity directly in the field. With our solution, anyone can reliably gather data to contribute to the basic science that will help to protect our soils for future generations.
Over-grazing, -tilling and -fertilizing are destroying soil at 10 times the rate we are replenishing it. We are treating our soil like dirt. But what makes soil? It is microbes!
Do you know that one tablespoon of soil is filled with more microbes (bacteria and fungi) than there are humans on the whole planet? Microbes eat organic bits in the soil and produce nutrients for plants.
We know, in facts, that microbes are crucial for soil health, but we just don’t know well enough the microbial health of our soils. This is our bottleneck. Today, in order to measure the microbial health, the sample of the soil has to be brought from the field to the labs in buckets covered with ice. That in itself is making the results not reliable, since the soil is affected during the oftentimes long travels. We need new and better tools than we can use directly in the field.
Our soil sensor allows measurement on site. With a simple to use device, which you just stick into the soil right where the soil is. By doing this we limit bias and make soil microbial health measurements a more reliable and available source of information. Our journey starts here. As a next step, we wish to further develop our prototype and bring on board researchers. They will help us gather enough data so that we will be able to use our device for future soil maintenance and protection. This as a result will keep bringing food to our tables and keep earth climate in tip-top shape. For more information visit digit-soil.com
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