Institute of Science, Technology & Policy

ETH Zurich's Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) is dedicated to supporting public policy-making processes by educating future policy analysts and decision-makers, supporting innovative trans-disciplinary research collaborations, and promoting exchange between scientists, policy-makers, and society.

Public policies addressing key challenges of our time, for instance sustainable use of natural resources, urban development, energy, and the ICT revolution (information and communication technology), rely heavily on new knowledge generated by natural, engineering, and social sciences. ETH Zurich, one of the world's leading universities, can and should play an important role in this realm. The Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) will make a major contribution towards increasing the policy relevance of scientific research at ETH Zurich, and towards educating students and future decision-makers in government, the private sector, and society at the interface of science, engineering, and policy-making.

In September 2015, the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) entered a 4-year pilot phase. The ISTP is dedicated to supporting public policy-making processes via education of future policy analysts and decision-makers; via exchange of information among scientists, policy-makers, and other members of society and via innovative and productive trans-disciplinary research collaborations. The ISTP puts particular emphasis on collaboration and interaction with non-academic partners. An international visitors program will bring policy-experts, decision-makers and experienced academics to ETH Zurich. Research projects will be developed and implemented in partnership with relevant stakeholders from government, civil society and the private sector.