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NASA and Swiss Space Science – with Thomas Zurbuchen


10:10 - 12:30


University of Bern, Kuppelsaal

Thomas Zurbuchen from Heiligenschwendi is the new Head of NASA Science Missions since 2016. He thus bridges the dynamic space nation Switzerland and the largest global player in space, NASA. Learn about the personal story and about the many successes and challenges of Swiss and US Space Science. This event, hosted by the International Space Science Institute and the Swiss Academy of Sciences, aims to inspire upcoming and established space scientists, astronomers, and earth observers.

Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of NASA Sciences Mission
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Programme (PDF)

Words of welcome

  • Marcel Tanner, President of the Swiss Academy of Sciences


  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of the NASA Science Mission Directorate

Open discussion with panel and conference participants

  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Head of the NASA Science Mission Directorate
  • Julian Harris, Co-Founder of and Head of Space Electronics at Astrocast
  • Renato Krpoun, Head of the Swiss Space Office SSO, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation
  • Nicolas Thomas, President of the Swiss Committee on Space Research, Swiss Academy of Sciences

Ceremony for next generation of scientists in physics and astronomy related fields

  • Gold medallists of Swiss Physics Olympiads 2017 and excellent participants of Schweizer Jugend forscht

Closing remarks

  • Rudolf von Steiger, Director of the International Space Science Institute, University of Bern

Apero riche for all participants

Moderation: Beat Glogger, science journalist

Registration is open! The number of participants is limited and registration mandatory.

With support from the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.

LIVE: NASA and Swiss Space Science – with Thomas Zurbuchen



Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)
House of Academies
PO Box
3001 Bern

Languages: English