Event venue: ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg campus, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg, 8093 Zurich

Lectures: Room HCI G7 (building that says Fusion outside, G floor)

Welcome reception/apéro on Monday: Ziegel Oh Lac, Wollishofen. This is by the lake, and there’s a beach nearby.

Dinner on Wednesday: Seebad Wollishofen. This is a lake beach, and we will be there from 4pm if the weather is nice.  Food will be served in the Mehrzweckraum from 6pm. We will give you entrance tickets upon arrival.


Where to eat

There are several canteens (and, contrary to popular belief, affordable eateries) close to the school and in the city centre. Here are some suggestions.

Where to stay

Youth hostel

We made a mass booking of 70 beds at the Zurich Youth Hostel for the duration of the summer school. To get one of the reserved beds or rooms, you have to book by email or telephone (+41 43 399 78 00) and mention the booking code “Fondations-ETH” (yes, with the typo).
Prices per bed per night are CHF 43 in a 6-bed ensuite room (258 for the whole room), and 45.5 in a 4-bed ensuite room (182 for the room).


See here a list of hostels and other accommodation options in Zurich. Check also airbnb. Something else that works surprisingly often is to ask if there are any free rooms for the week on facebook groups like this one. You can coordinate with other attendees – start with our WhatsApp group. From there, emergent self-organization is very much encouraged!

What to bring

Swimwear, sunscreen, towel, picnic blanket: you can swim in the river and lake in summer.  It may be useful to bring a small lock (as there are public lockers to keep your belongings), otherwise you can rent one.

Writing material: We will provide notepads and pens. The talks will be recorded. We will upload the lecture notes or slides whenever they are available, so a laptop may be useful.

Id: You can rent public bikes for free in the city by leaving some form of official id.

Juggling balls, drums, shadow puppets: Or whatever it is that folks from all walks of life do for fun at dinners and picnics these days.