Talk by Prof. Dr. Konrad Osterwalder, Rector Emeritus ETH Zurich

Dear ETH Alumni New England Chapter

You are all kindly invited to a talk by Professor Konrad Osterwalder, Rector Emeritus ETH Zurich

When: Thursday, December 12, 2013  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Where: swissnex Boston420 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138


Doors open

Welcome Address
Dr. Felix Moesner, swissnex Boston & ETH Alumni NEC

        6:40    From ETH Zurich to the United Nations University
Professor Konrad Osterwalder - ETH

Q & A

Drinks, Networking

        8:30    End of the reception

From ETH Zurich to the United Nations University

The United Nations University, established in 1973, is the academic and research arm of the United Nations. It is headquartered in Tokyo with diplomatic status as a UN institution.
The United Nations University is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization. The mission of the United Nations University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. In carrying out this mission, the United Nations University works with leading universities and research institutes in UN Member States, functioning as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.
Through postgraduate teaching activities, the United Nations University contributes to capacity building, particularly in developing countries.
Professor Konrad Osterwalder is credited with turning the United Nations University into a world leading institution, ranked #5 & #6 in two categories according to the 2012 Global Go to Think Tank Rankings. He was responsible for ensuring that the United Nations University's charter was amended by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 allowing the United Nations University to grant degrees, introducing United Nations University 's degree programmes and creating a new concept in education, research and development by introducing the twin institute programmes. A concept that is changing the way that development, aid and capacity building is approached both by developed countries and developing and least developed countries.

About the speaker

On 1 September 2007, Prof. Dr. Osterwalder joined United Nations University as its fifth Rector. In that role, he held the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and served until 28 February 2013. Konrad Osterwalder is a Swiss national and theoretical physicist by education. Born in 1942 he got his education in Switzerland and earned a Doctorate in theoretical physics in 1970 at ETH Zurich. After one year with the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, and two years as research fellow at Harvard University he was promoted at Harvard to Assistant Professor in 1973 and Associate Professor for Mathematical Physics in 1976. In 1977, he returned to Switzerland upon being appointed a full Professor for Mathematical Physics at ETH Zurich. He was appointed Rector of ETH in 1995 and held that post for 12 years. In 2006 and 2007 he also served as ETH President pro tempore. Rector Osterwalder has been a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1974–1978) and is member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences. He holds an honorary degree from the Helsinki Technical University, is an Honorary Member of Riga Technical University and he has been awarded the Premio Matteo Ricci by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano.