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Energy & Construction, Sustainability

ETH4D - Innovations for Global Challenges

We foster technological innovations that address global challenges and we educate the next generation of leaders in sustainable development.

ETH for Development (ETH4D) is an ETH-wide network that works with industry, NGOs, and governments to foster innovations that advance global sustainable development as outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We provide research grants for collaborative projects between ETH scientists and companies that aim to address global challenges. 

At our booth, we present two innovative technologies of the ETH4D network: Seismohealth, an Artificial Intelligence platform that maximizes the safe life of buildings and bridges and minimizes their environmental footprint by monitoring their vibrations. And Kapok, a fully automated and low-cost sustainability certification system of commodities in the tropics based on public Earth observation satellite images.

In addition, ETH4D is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in sustainable development both in Switzerland and in low-income countries. Together with Ashesi University in Ghana and several industry partners, we have developed a master’s programme in Mechatronics Engineering that provides collaboration opportunities for interested companies.


ETH4D Executive Director

ETH4D Adina Rom+41 44 633 85 65adina.rom@nadel.ethz.ch