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Exhibition: Waves across the scales

English title Exhibition: Waves across the scales
Applicant van Manen Dirk-Jan
Number 178342
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Institut für Geophysik ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Geophysics
Start/End 01.04.2018 - 30.09.2021
Approved amount 223'279.00
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All Disciplines (9)

Discipline
Geophysics
Electrical Engineering
Fluid Dynamics
Internal Medicine
Astronomy, Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Material Sciences
Technical Physics
Geology
Other disciplines of Physics

Keywords (10)

earthquakes; waves; wave properties; cloaking; tsunami; exhibition; wave propagation; imaging; sound; communication

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Wir sind ständig und überall von Wellen umgeben. Manche sind sichtbar wie zum Beispiel Wasserwellen, andere können wir hören oder spüren wie die Schall- oder Druckwellen, viele können wir mit unseren Sinnen aber gar nicht wahrnehmen. Dabei nutzen wir Wellen zunehmend als Energie- und Informationsträger. Doch was sind eigentlich Wellen, wo kommen sie überall vor, wie nehmen wir sie wahr und wie können wir sie messen und nutzen?
Lay summary

Inhalt und Ziel des Forschungsprojekts

Antworten auf diese Fragen soll eine interdisziplinäre Ausstellung bieten, die von focusTerra, dem erdwissenschaftlichen Forschungs- und Informationszentrum der ETH Zürich, organisiert wird. In Zusammenarbeit mit weiteren Partnern an der ETH Zürich sowie führenden internationalen Universitäten, Forschungszentren und Industriepartnern soll die Ausstellung von August 2020 bis Februar 2022 an der ETH Zürich zu sehen sein. Neben Informationstexten in Deutsch und Englisch kommen Experimente, Animationen und Hands-On-Aktivitäten zum Einsatz. Hörexperimente, bei denen es darum geht, die Abhängigkeit des Hörens von der Schädelform zu untersuchen, die Visualisierung unterschiedlicher Wellentypen oder die Demonstration des Tarnkappeneffekts, bei dem sogenannte Metamaterialien ein Objekt unsichtbar machen, sind Beispiele solcher Aktivitäten.

Wissenschaftlicher und gesellschaftlicher Kontext des Forschungsprojekts

Hintergrund dieser Ausstellung bildet das WAVES Project (2014 – 2018). In diesem Netzwerk forschen Studierende an der ETH Zürich (Explorations- und Umweltgeophysik Gruppe) und an anderen renommierten akademischen und industriellen Institutionen in ganz Europa an der innovativen Anwendung der Wellenphysik, unter anderem in der Akustik, Seismologie, medizinischen Bildgebung und Rohstoffexploration.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 27.03.2018

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Project partner

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Remote Sensing Laboratories, Department of Geography, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Swiss Seismological Service (SED) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Andreas Fichtner, Seismology and Wave Physics, D-ERDW, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Zoological Museum, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Earthquake Mitigation, Hazard Prevention Division, FOEN Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Science Lab UZH, University of Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Exhibition and Didactics, Swiss Science Center Technorama Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli, Environmental Exposures and Health, Swiss TPH Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Brian E. Anderson, Acoustic Research Group, BYU United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
IMAGINARY gGmbH Germany (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC), KU Leuven Belgium (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Huber, Condensed Matter Theory and Materials, D-PHYS, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Seismology and Geodynamics, D-ERDW, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr. Gregor Dürrenberger, FSM: Swiss Research Foundation for Electricity and Mobile Communication Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Museum of Communication Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRF Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Structural Mechanics and Monitoring, D-BAUG, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Laboratory for Solid State Physics, D-PHYS, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
IT'IS Foundation and Schmid & Partner Engineering AG Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Research and Development, Airport Police Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
MINT-Lernzentrum, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Dr. Marcel Schuck, No-Touch Robotics GmbH Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Prof. Dr. Lutz Wingert, Chair for Philosophy II, D-GESS, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Dr. Heini Wernli, Atmospheric Dynamics, D-USYS, ETH Zurich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Earth and Environmental Science Devision, LANL United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Exchange of personnel
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Basel Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. UAS Dr. Anne Sauron, Institute of Systems Engineering, HES-SO Valais-Wallis Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Acoustics / Noise Control, EMPA Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Book with all Contents in German (ISBN: 978-3-907234-55-6) and English (ISBN: 978-3-907234-56-3) German-speaking Switzerland International Western Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) D-ERDW advertising the drone video on Twitter Twitter International Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) D-ERDW advertising the Public Evening Tour on Twitter Twitter Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
Video/Film Drone Flight through Exhibition on Youtube International Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Educational Materials for Highschool Classes Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Heritage Blog post on the Exhibition ETH Heritage Blog Western Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Library advertising the ETH Heritage Blog Post on the Exhibition Twitter German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Library advertising the Exhibition and Drone Video on Twitter Twitter Western Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Library advertising the Public Evening Tour Twitter Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Zurich advertising the Exhibition on Twitter Twitter International German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ETH Zurich’s News Feed advertising the Exhibition ETH Zurich’s News Feed Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland International 2021
Other activities Exhibition Attendant available for Visitors for Guidance and Questions International Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Exhibition Flyer Western Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) focusTerra on Facebook with various Posts and Photos on the Exhibition Facebook German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland International 2021
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Free Postcards advertising the Exhibition Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Guided Tour through the Exhibition for the Public every Sunday German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021
Other activities Guided Tours through the Exhibition for Groups Western Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) IT-Women at ETH advertising the Exhibition on Twitter Twitter German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland International 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Main Project Outcome: Exhibition for General Public (with free entrance) Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) One Project Collaborator advertising the Exhibition on Twitter Twitter International Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Online Version of Exhibition Western Switzerland International German-speaking Switzerland 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Participation in ETH’s Open House Days «Scientifica» with special program Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Participation in Zurich’s Long Night of the Museums with special Program German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021
Talks/events/exhibitions Public Evening Tour through the Exhibition German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Swiss Seimological Survey advertising the Seismic Fountain in the Exhibition Twitter International German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland 2021
Media relations: print media, online media Web Article and Video Interview about Exhibition Opening Top Online German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2021

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
144303 Unlocking the near surface zone in seismic recordings: A paradigm shift in three-dimensional elastic modelling for full waveform inversion and non-linear laboratory experimentation 01.01.2013 Project funding
157684 A wave propagation laboratory for immersive experimentation 01.12.2014 R'EQUIP
197182 Immersive experimentation for realizing metamaterials, focusing functions and space-time transformations 01.04.2021 Project funding

Abstract

Waves are everywhere. We encounter them on a daily basis: Water waves on lakes and oceans, sound waves when we speak, seismic waves that shake the ground during an earthquake, electromagnetic waves as visible light or as microwaves when heating our food. However, waves are often invisible and therefore we do not recognize their presence or their crucial involvement in the applications we use. More so, we live in an age, where we increasingly depend on waves - specifically in their function as energy and information carriers: e.g., our use of electromagnetic waves to transmit vast amounts of digital information to and from our mobile communication and computing devices. To make waves more visible to the public an interdisciplinary and easily accessible exhibition on waves and their applications shall be designed, that shows their multifariousness and fascination.ETH Zurich is a partner in the EU innovative training network WAVES. Within the network, new research on innovative applications of wave physics in acoustics, medical imaging, seismology and resource exploration is performed. A collaboration between the PI and co-applicant, who lead cutting-edge research on laboratory-based investigation of wave propagation phenomena carried out at ETH Zurich, with focusTerra, the Earth Science Research and Information Centre of ETH Zurich, offers the excellent condition to create an exciting exhibition on waves and wave phenomena. Covering various fields such as communication, medicine, geological exploration, remote sensing, acoustics, robotics, material sciences and many more, the special exhibition will complement the demonstrations already present at focusTerra to give a broader overview and understanding of wave phenomena, their impacts and their applications. The exhibition will be structured around different scales, considering not only the full spectrum of wavelengths but also different spatial scales - Universe, Earth and planets, humans/animals and materials - in which waves occur and can be used. In addition, it will also reflect the process of “rescaling”, which is frequently used by scientists to mimic reality in (computer) models and laboratory experiments. The goal is to show and discuss the increasing and partly vital relevance of technology relying on waves. The exhibition also aims at increasing the accessibility to wave phenomena and science by presenting key ideas simply and clearly through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities based on the cutting-edge scientific investigations and results obtained at ETH Zurich and within the WAVES network. This includes intriguing and astounding experiences of wave phenomena for many of the human senses - sight, hearing and touch - which are designed to promote the engagement of visitors and to excite them about wave-related research that helps to develop the incredible potential for technological innovation today and in the future. The exhibition will be designed to be accessible to visitors of all ages and backgrounds, lay and expert people alike, also addressing people with impairments. In addition, school materials for teachers visiting the exhibition with their classes will be developed as well as framework pro-grams including guided tours, workshops and public science talk series to engage and enhance the communication and ex-change between scientists and the public.
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