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Technology Platform

Project Leader: Prof. F. Pepe, Co-Leader: Prof. N. Thomas

The goal of the Technology Platform (TP) is to integrate the various PlanetS projects with specific R&D, which will be useful and in some cases even critical for the success of these sub-projects. It offers the possibility to investigate the use of new technology, develop or adapt it for the specific project (see e.g. seed funding and partnership possibilities through our Technology Platform). Finally, it promotes knowledge and technology transfer across research institutes and industrial partners.

The main activities of PlanetS’ institutes and projects lie in the domain of astronomy and, more specifically, in that of exoplanets and planetary sciences. Because of the lack of infrastructures, competences and manpower, technological R&D cannot be (solely) conducted by these institutes. On the other hand, most PlanetS projects want to make use of cutting-edge technology to progress in their respective fields. This technology is not available ‘off-the-shelf’ and must be developed in collaboration with industry. The development costs of high-end prototypes cannot be afforded by the industrial Partner alone, and because of the risks inherent to R&D, the commercial benefits cannot be ensured from the beginning. In addition, scientific requirements set by the ‘end user’ have to be converted into technical requirements of a prototype first, and a final product later. This task may be out of reach of both the PlanetS project and the industrial Partner. A third actor, Technical Universities or specialized centers, can help to establish the link between the scientific requirements, on one side, and the industrial product, on the other side.

The Technology Platform brings together the three main actors: the scientific community, technical universities and specialized centers, as well as Swiss industry. It promotes exchange of information and knowledge, develop and exploit synergies, and promotes and coordinates R&D activities.

Funding programmes

Call for ideas: Download the proposal submission form for requesting seed funding (look at our on-going and funded projects by the TP).

Financial support up 3 months: Knowledge transfer with a short-term project for a PhD or Postdoc in an industrial environment or research laboratory.

Subscribe the newsletter of the TP

Would you like to receive information form the TP and subscribe (or unsubscribe) our newsletter? Take a look at this: TechS.

Infrastructures & Competences in PlanetS

List of infrastructures available in PlanetS.

List of competences available in PlanetS.


List of industries related to technologies used in PlanetS’ projects

Alumni: Stay Connected

If you worked in PlanetS as member or associate, entitles you to join the our Alumni community.

External sources of funding

Which are the external sources of funding of your research or start your business? Look at this.

Département d’Astronomie
Université de Genève
51, ch. des Maillettes
CH-1290 Versoix

Phone: +41 22 379 22 00
Fax: +41 22 379 22 05

Space Research and Planetary Sciences Division
Physikalisches Institut
University of Bern
Sidlerstrasse 5
CH-3012 Bern

Phone: +41 31 631 44 04
Fax: +41 31 631 44 05

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