Current Projects

Researchers at IKMZ are involved in a wide variety of national and international research projects. These include:

Ambizione Project: Media use and well-being of older adults

This research project focus on the role of media use in older adults’ daily lives and the dynamic relationship between their media use and their well-being. The Ambizione project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The principal investigator is Dr. Matthias Hofer

Web Use Project

The Web Use Project analyzes internet use in everyday life. Particular attention is given to how differences in internet use can contribute toward social inequality.

WissensCHaftsbarometer Schweiz

WissensCHaftsbarometer Schweiz - the “Science Barometer of Switzerland” – uses representative surveys to analyze what the Swiss population thinks about science and where they inform themselves about scientific issues.

World Internet Project (WIP)

The World Internet Project is an internationally comparative, longitudinal study on the use and effect of the internet. It is being carried out in 39 countries around the world.

Digital Society Initiative (DSI)

The aim of the University of Zurich’s Digital Society Initiative is interdisciplinary reflection and innovation in regard to all aspects of the digitalization of science and society. IKMZ is involved in the focus area “Communication”.

Digital News Report

The «Digital News Report» of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University annually compiles data on the changes of journalism in the digital era. IKMZ & foeg are the Swiss partners of the report.


CHESS – Center for Higher Education and Science Studies

CHESS researches the changes in science and universities. It also takes up consultancy roles, organizes events and offers further training. The main office of CHESS is based on the IKMZ.

Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL)

The interdisciplinary ITSL examines the interrelations between the developments in IT, the associated changes in society and the legal system. Several IKMZ professors are involved in the ITSL.