CSH Past events

6th of November 2023

Image: Adrian Moser

International Business Cocktail 2023

The Bern Economic Development Agency of the canton of Bern has chosen the Center for Space and Habitability as partner to host their yearly International Business Cocktail. 150 guests from politics, international enterprises and embassies attended the event. The guest has been welcomed by Christoph Ammann, Member of the Government Bern and Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and the Environment, Virginia Richter, Vice Rector for Development at the University of Bern and Sebastian Friess, Head of Bern Economic Development Agency. Audrey Vorburger, Senior Scientist at the Physics Institute of the University of Bern, and Susanne Wampfler, Co-director of the Center for Space and Habitability gave a very appreciated talk about "Bernese space research as key driver of innovation" and the attendees became an overview of Space research made in Bern on booth and guided tours.

Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th May 2023

Cosplayer at the PlanetS booth
Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

Fantasy Basel 2023

The discovery in 1995 of the first giant planet outside our solar system by Swiss astronomers spawned a revolution in modern astronomy. At FANTASY BASEL – The Swiss Comic Con met young researchers from the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS. They are working to find out more about the origin and evolution of planets, their composition and atmospheres – and perhaps they will discover signs of life.

Saturday, 11th Februar 2023

500 Women Scientists

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

For the International Day of Women and Girls in Science the Bern-Fribourg Pod of 500 Women Scientist organised an event at the ONO Bar in Bern. Susanne Wampfler, CSH Co-Director & Eccellenza Professorial Fellow (Astrochemistry), participated with following talk: Building blocks of life in space. The CSH is sponsoring the event called: 500 Women Scientist – in the PUB.

Wednesday November 3rd 2021

Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

Looking for distant planets

The French-Swiss scientific cooperation was under the spotlight at the University of Bern, during an event organised in collaboration with the French Embassy in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Professor Magali Deleuil from the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM) was the special guest of this evening.

18 December, 2019

Many interested people are watching the launch of CHEOPS with fascination.
Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

CHEOPS successfully launched

The relief was huge when the Soyuz Fregat rocket with CHEOPS on board took off shortly before 10 a.m. MEZ on Wednesday, 18 December 2019. The spectators at the University of Bern followed the ESA live coverage from Kourou, French Guiana, with great applause.

19 November, 2019

Photo: © ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS, CCBY-SA 3.0 IGO

The Red Planet: 50 years of Mars exploration / La planète rouge : 50 ans d'exploration de Mars

Conférence publique en français avec Nicolas Mangold, Directeur-Adjoint du Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique de Nantes. Introduction par Nicolas Thomas et Antoine Pommerol, Institut de physique, département recherche spatiale et planétologie de l’Université de Berne. Événement en collaboration avec l'ambassade de France en Suisse.

17 December, 2019

Thomas Beck, System Engineer CHEOPS talking about the many tests the space telescope had to pass.
Photo: © University of Bern / Vera Knöpfel

CHEOPS launch postponed

This morning the CHEOPS satellite should have started its journey into space. Less than an hour and a half before lift-off, the launch system was stopped. Despite everything, this event was celebrated in a well-attended event and short presentations provided insights into current exoplanet research. The launch is currently scheduled for Wednesday, 18 December 2019 at 9:54:20 CET.

3 May - 5 May, 2019

Fantasy Basel
Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

Fantasy Basel 2019

PlanetS was at the Fantasy Basel! And talked about many things with you!

27 August, 2018

CHEOPS Swiss event
Photo: © University of Bern / Adrian Moser

Bern's CHEOPS is flying into space soon

Professor Willy Benz explains details of the satellite to the guests in the clean room at RUAG.

20 October, 2017

Distinguished Lecture Ewine van Dishoeck
Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

Ewine van Dishoeck: «Make sure that you are unique»

Ewine van Dishoeck during her lecture at the University of Bern. She was the driving force behind ALMA, the world’s biggest radiotelescope.

9 March, 2017

Event Trappist
Photo: © University of Bern / Sylviane Blum

Dreams of another world

Public reading with science fiction author Laurence Suhner at the CSH. Science fiction author Laurence Suhner and Brice-Olivier Demory, professor at the CSH of the University of Bern and part of the discovery team of the TRAPPIST-1 system.

30 September, 2016

Rosettas Landeplatz
© Photo: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team

Rosetta’s momentous end

Rosetta’s landing site to scale on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.