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Research Priorities

Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR)

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language is a nationwide interdisciplinary research consortium bringing together research groups from the humanities, from language and computer science, the social sciences, and the natural sciences at an unprecedented level.

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Former NCCRs

NFS Democracie

NFS Mediality

University Research Priority Programs (URPP)

In order to underpin its position among the world’s leading research institutions, the University of Zurich has established its University Research Priority Programs (URPP). The URPP create and promote interdisciplinary academic networks in selected focal areas and contribute to advancing knowledge in research fields that benefit society.

URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging

Exploring the potential of an aging society

Exploring the potential of an aging society will prove vitally important in the coming years. Taking lifespan psychological, neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, and medical foundations for the maintenance of health and quality of life into consideration, the URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging examines how psychological health and quality of life can be stabilized at low, intermediate, and high levels of functioning from middle adulthood to advanced old age.


Prof. Dr. Mike Martin
Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund

Former Director (2013 to 2021): Prof. Dr. Lutz Jäncke

URPP Language and Space

Dialectology, language typology, linguistics

Communication is inherently linked to physical and social space. The URPP Language and Space approaches the relationships between language and space with cutting-edge technology, combining insights from dialectology with language typology and interactional linguistics.


Prof. Dr. Johannes Kabatek
Prof. Dr. Robert Weibel

Former Directors: Prof. Dr. Elvira Glaser, Prof. Dr. Heiko Hausendorf, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark