Vice Head of the Ethical Innovation Hub

Dr. Daniela Zetti

Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies

Ratzeburger Allee 160
23562 Lübeck
Gebäude 64, Raum 0.106

Phone:+49 451 3101 3416

Research Interests

  • History of Technology, Communication and Media
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Technology Development
  • Digital Humanities

Curriculum Vitae

I am a historian trained at the universities of Gießen, Mainz and Zurich. I have been specialising in the history of technology since my master thesis on the automation of the financial branch of Swiss postal services (1960s and 1970s). In 2013 I completed my PhD-Thesis at ETH Zurich’s Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences. The thesis contributes to the institutional history of broadcasting by investigating the mutual interdependencies between journalistic and technological processes in West German postwar television production. 

In my current research I focus on the cultural and social history of digital technology. I appreciate working in interdisciplinary teams and commit to collaborative workspaces characterized by mutual respect. Since April 2020, I have been a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies (IMGWF).

Memberships and Commitments 

2020–2024Consultant: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)-sinergia project Governing Through Design (
2019, 2021 Co-organization: IDEA League Summer Schools Infrastructures of Science
2018Founding Member: Research network Computer, Administration, and History
2017–Reviewer: International Communication Association (ICA) annual conference, “Communication and Technology” and “Communication History” sections
2014–2020Associated Member: Zentrum Geschichte des Wissens (ZGW) Zurich

Member: Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte (gtg)

Academic Career

04/2020–Vice Head of the Ethical Innovation Hub, University of Lubeck
04/2020– Research Associate at the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies (IMGWF), University of Lubeck
2018–2020Research Associate at Collegium Helveticum Zurich, fellowship period Digital Societies
2018–2020Applicant and Co-Leader of Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project “Digital Federalism”
2015–2019Research Fellow at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Institute of Advanced Science on Media Cultures of Computer Simulation (MECS), supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG): winter term 2015, summer term 2018, summer term 2019
2014–2020Research Associate at ETH Zurich, chair for the History of Technology (Prof. David Gugerli)
2013Dr. sc. ETH Zurich in History of Technology
2006Lic. phil. (= M.A.) University of Zurich in General History