402-0368-07L  Lecture Series: Space Research and Exploration

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersS. P. Quanz
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractLecture Series about topics of space research and exploration consisting of individual talks giving by different leading experts from industry and academia.
ObjectiveAttending students will
• experience the interdisciplinarity of space research and exploration spanning physics, engineering, geosciences, biology and more
• be familiarized with the Swiss space research and industry sector
• improve their communication skills by broadening their research horizon
• have the opportunity for direct learning by posing questions to experts
ContentThe field of space research and exploration is intrinsically interdisciplinary. Cutting edge space activities are dominated by an interplay between the scientifically desirable and the technologically possible. The ‘Lecture Series: Space Research and Exploration’ aims to shed light on key questions engaged by leading scientists and engineers today. It consists of weekly lecture, given by different speakers with vast experience in their respective field (e.g., Human Spaceflight, System Engineering of Spacecraft, Space Life Sciences, Space-based astrophysics). Subsequent to the talk, the student will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding by asking questions to the presenter in a moderated Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include:
21.09.: Prof. Sascha P. Quanz (ETH Zürich); Professor for Exoplanets
28.09.: Dr. Anna Kubik (ETH Zürich); Senior Scientist for Orbital Dynamics
12.10.: Dr. Andrea Fortier (University of Bern); CHEOPS Instrument Scientist
19.10.: Prof. Volker Gass (EPFL Lausanne); Director of Space Innovation
26.10.: Dr. Hendrik Kolvenbach (ETH Zürich); Postdoctoral Researcher for Space Robotics
02.11.: Deborah Müller (RUAG Space); Director of Innovation & Business Development
16.11. & 21.12.: Prof. Claude Nicollier (EPFL Lausanne); Professor Emeritus, EPFL and former Astronaut
23.11.: Dr. Adrian Glauser (ETH Zürich); Senior Scientist for Astronomical Instrumentation
30.11.: Prof. Louise Harra (ETH Zürich); Professor of Solar Astrophysics
17.12.: Prof. Didier Queloz (ETH Zürich / Cambridge); Professor for Exoplanets