Information for Researchers

Status: 3 June 2021

Gradual normalization of research operations

On 26 May, the Federal Council has decided to ease the general home office obligation under the condition of repetitive testing of employees in a cantonal testing program. As long as there is no cantonally approved testing program for Corona infections for UZH employees or as long as the authorities link the lifting of the home office obligation to a testing obligation, all research activities that do not require a physical presence must still be carried out from home. Meetings or research activities requiring a physical presence on the premises of UZH are allowed if the following provisions are complied with. 

1. Research on UZH premises

Research activities requiring a physical presence are allowed if the FOPH guidelines on containing the spread of coronavirus as well as the UZH safety concept and the following provisions can be adhered to.
Safety Concept for the University of Zurich

The occupancy of laboratories up to biosafety level 2 must be organized in such a way that the distance rules are respected at all times.

The occupancy of laboratories where work is carried out with protective clothing or in animal husbandry facilities is not subject to any restrictions.

2. Animal husbandry and animal testing

Animal husbandry and animal testing are not subject to any restrictions provided that the current safety measures in the workplace are adhered to.

3. Research involving human beings

Research involving humans should be conducted virtually where possible (e.g. surveys, interviews). Research that requires physical contact with subjects belonging to the group of particularly vulnerable persons requires jointly permission from the Vice President Research and the Vice President Medicine. Requests may be sent to Research involving the physical presence of subjects can only be carried out in strict accordance with the FOPH protective measures (rules on hygiene and distancing, as well as compulsory mask wearing in direct contact situations).

4. Operation of and resources from support organizations

The use of the premises and services of support organizations are subject to the same conditions as research work in laboratories.

5. Access to UZH buildings for research projects, animal husbandry or the maintenance of research infrastructures

UZH employees may enter their workplace in accordance with the current guidelines and safety concepts. Masks are mandatory indoors at UZH.

6. Research at the university hospitals

UZH research at university hospitals is subject to the same regulations as research on UZH premises. Hospital management boards may, however, prohibit certain research activities for reasons of human and animal welfare.

7. Research conducted in Switzerland outside of UZH

The same regulations apply as for research on UZH premises.

8. Research conducted outside Switzerland

Business and research trips on behalf of UZH are possible if the necessary safety measures are respected and the trip is approved by the relevant dean or head of Central Services unit.
Approval form for work-related travel abroad (PDF, 124 KB)