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March 2017

Registration for champions ideas

20/03/2017 - 28/03/2017
Campus Biotech Gva, Campus Biotech
Geneva, Switzerland

The SwissCompanyMaker workshop Geneva 2017 is launching a call for applications to all idea champions. The workshop specifically targets very early to early high-technology entrepreneurial ideas from all fields and from all over Switzerland. Over a condensed two-and-a-half-day, the workshop prepares participants for the entry into the existing Swiss start-up promotion ecosystem. Individuals or teams can submit an application form with no admission fees. The workshop is free of charge for all accepted idea teams. The high-technology business idea may…

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Workshop: Exoplanets in Binary Stars

University of Bern, Seminar Room 205, Hallerstrasse 6
3012 Bern, Switzerland

Dear all, you are invited to a 1-day NCCR PlanetS workshop on Exoplanets in Binary Stars this March in Bern!   In short: → What: NCCR PlanetS workshop “Exoplanets in Binary Stars” → When: March 27 → Where: University of Bern, Seminar Room 205, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern   Schedule: 9:00 registration/coffee 9:30 Welcome/Announcements Sebastian Daemgen (ETHZ) 9:40 Circumbinary planets & disks Willy Kley (Tübingen) 10:10 Close-in circumbinary & circumstellar planets David Martin (Geneva) 10:40 Rotation of planets around binary…

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May 2017

Workshop on Exoplanet Densities: Observations and Modeling

University of Bern, main building, room 304, Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern, Switzerland

Dear ALL, We remind you of the 1-day NCCR PlanetS workshop in Bern on “Exoplanet densities: Observations and modeling” which will be on May 3 (Wednesday) this year. Your doodle entries helped us to fixing May 3. Now, for a definite registration, please check your doodle-entry and edit/add if necessary: Abstract: Combining photometric transits with radial velocity measurements yields planetary radius, mass and thus bulk density. The possible range of interior structures that can be modelled from mass and radius is…

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JWST workshop

09/05/2017 @ 09:30 - 17:00
Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern,

The JWST workshop, will take place at the University of Bern (main building), Hochschulstrasse 6, cupola room (#501) on Tuesday (09:30-17:00). The schedule is attached to this message. The lunch will be served at the Grosse Schanze restaurant, a 2-min walk form the workshop venue. There will be a hands-on session on PandExo, the JWST exoplanet Exposure Time Calculator (ETC). Bastien Courcol will be leading this session in the form of a tutorial. For those interested in using this tool,…

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June 2017

SNF Site Visit 3

08/06/2017 - 09/06/2017
Universität Bern, Exakte Wissenschaften, Sidlerstrasse 5
3012 Bern, Switzerland Switzerland

Our third Site Visit will take place on June 8+9, 2017 at the University of Bern. It is important that a maximum number of NCCR members participate to this event. This means on the first day, Thursday June 8, 2017, all of you (in particular PhD students, postdocs and senior scientists) are supposed to be there. For the second day, Friday, June 9, 2017, only project/platform leaders, the programme office, and people from platforms have to attend. If you are…

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Talk with astrophysicist Willy Benz

20/06/2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Stadtbibliothek, Winterthur, Switzerland

In a one-hour talk show at Stadtbibliothek Winterthur astrophysicist Willy Benz will answer questions about his research, motivation and passion. The event with the title „Wissenschaft persönlich“ is held in German. More information:

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July 2017

Visiting Scholar Prof. Kees Dullemond – Seminar

06/07/2017 @ 12:15
ETH Zentrum, NO building, C6, Sonnegstr.5, 8092 Zürich

Prof. Kees Dullemond will give a talk in the Earth Science department. His talk will be next Thursday, 6th July. It will be held in NO C6 at 12.15. The title is not confirmed yet, but his research profile can be found here:

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September 2017

JUnior Researchers’ Assembly (JURA) 2017

11/09/2017 - 13/09/2017
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Nacht der Forschung an der Universität Bern

Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern,

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Trip to the Swiss Museum of Transport


Venue/Date The trip to the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Swiss Museum of Transport Lidostrasse 5 CH-6006 Luzern Registration Registration is open from August 7 until September 20, 2017. Please register with this Registration Form: >> << Costs for NCCR members and NCCR associates: The costs for NCCR members and NCCR associates will be covered by the NCCR Communication (except travel). Costs for family members: You are welcome to bring family members to this…

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October 2017

Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space

20/10/2017 @ 18:00 - 19:00

CSH Distinguished Lecture 2017 Friday October 20th 2017, 18:00 University of Bern, Main Building, Aula 210 Hochschulstrasse 4, 3012 Bern Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space Prof. Dr. Ewine F. van Dishoeck Leiden Observatory, Leiden University, NL Please register here:  CSH Distinguished Lecture 2017 Participation is free of charge. The lecture will be followed by an Apero. Abstract One of the most exciting developments in astronomy is the discovery of thousands of planets around stars other than our Sun.…

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January 2018

PlanetS General Assembly 4

24/01/2018 - 26/01/2018
Sunstar Alpine Hotel Grindelwald, Dorfstrasse 168
3818 Grindelwald,

The fourth NCCR PlanetS General Assembly will take place at the Hotel Sunstar in Grindelwald (BE) on Wednesday-Friday, 24.-26.01.2018. All NCCR members, associates and external members are invited to join. Other interested persons may join the assembly at their own costs. Please contact Janine Jungo to see if there are vacancies in the hotel. Location Hotel Sunstar Grindelwald Dorfstrasse 168 3818 Grindelwald Switzerland P +41 33 854 77 77 Registration / Important Dates 15.11.2017, Registration opens 12.12.2017, Registration closes 08.01.2018,…

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March 2018

PlanetS SciComm and career workshop with

Universität Bern, Gesellschaftsstrasse 6, Gesellschaftsstrasse 6
Bern, 3012 Switzerland

Explainables NCCR PlanetS Communication & Career Workshop March 15 2018 in Bern, Gesellschaftsstrasse 6, Room -108 9:30 -18:30 Please sign up using our Registration Form Preliminary Schedule  9:30 Arrival 9:45-10:00 Intro, Welcome to the Gym 10:00-11:00 Warm-ups, Improv’ basics 11:00-12:00 Communication 101, GAME plan, Message Distilling, Story telling 12:00-13:00 Lunch break (Mensa, optional: C. Dorn CSH lunch talk) 13:00-15:00 Networking, Relationship building, Branding 15:00-15:30 Proposal I: Preparation 15:30-16:00 Proposal II: Writing 16:00-16:30 Coffee break 16:30-18:00 Proposal III: Evaluation 18:00-18:30 Wrap up, Q+A,…

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April 2018

Rattle and Shine: Joint Detection of Gravitational Waves and Light from the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817

25/04/2018 @ 16:15 - 17:15

CSH Distinguished Lecture 2018 Wednesday April 25th 2018, 16:15 University of Bern, ExWi, room B6 Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern Rattle and Shine: Joint Detection of Gravitational Waves and Light from the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817 Prof. Dr. Edo Berger Astronomy Department, Harvard University, USA Please register here: CSH Distinguished Lecture 2018 Participation is free of charge. The lecture will be followed by an Apero. Abstract The much-anticipated joint detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation was achieved for the…

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Planets and exoplanets

How are planets formed and how do they change? What can planetary atmospheres say about the habitability of celestial bodies? What do we learn from research about exoplanets? And: Is there a large planet at the borders of our solar system that has not yet been discovered? Christoph Mordasini from the Institute of Physics at the University of Bern is investigating such exciting questions as part of his research. But what makes this field of research so fascinating? What does…

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Thirsty for Space Science

30/04/2018 @ 20:00 - 21:00
ONO Das Kulturlokal, Kramgasse 6, 3011 Bern, Kramgasse 6
Bern, 3011 Switzerland

Worldwide Science Slam series «Astronomy on Tap» lands in Bern If talking about astronomy and space science over drinks in a bar sounds like fun to you, you better save these space-time coordinates: April 30th at ONO in Bern. Come to the very first Astronomy on Tap, Bern event to listen to various talks, from Rosetta chasing a comet to observing alien worlds from a plane, and get the opportunity to ask questions you always wanted to ask an astrophysicist.…

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May 2018

A Universe of Mystery and Awe

16/05/2018 @ 18:15 - 20:00
Universität Bern, UniS, A003, Schanzeneckstr. 1
3012 Bern,

Dark Energy, Black Holes, Galaxies, and Earth Referat (auf Englisch) von Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Goddard Space Flight Center Grusswort von Kathrin Altwegg, emeritierte Professorin für Astrophysik und ehemalige Direktorin des Center for Space and Habitability der Universität Bern 16. Mai 2018 18:15 – 20:00 Uhr UniS, Hörsaal A003 (Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Bern) Sie hat ihren eigenen Kometen und ist eine engagierte Botschafterin für den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft, Ethik und Religion: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, leitende Astrophysikerin am Goddard Space Flight Center, untersucht…

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SNF Site Visit 4

29/05/2018 - 30/05/2018
Universität Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern,

The fourth NCCR PlanetS Site Visit will take place on Mai 29 &30, 2018 at the University of Bern, Hörsaal Getrud Woker Strasse, Getrud Woker Strasse 5, 3012 Bern. Invitation opened up to associates of the NCCR: We are glad to inform you, that we have enough seats also for associates! So we are happy to open up the invitation to all associates of the NCCR! The Site Visit is not mandatory for the associates, but you are invited to join if…

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August 2018

On the Shore of the Cosmic Ocean

21/08/2018 @ 11:00 - 12:00

“The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting.”  Carl Sagan visualized our perspective on Earth as looking out to a vast ocean, and with an international fleet of space-based and ground observatories now and soon to come, we are poised more than ever to jump into the larger universe.  The newly launched Parker Solar Probe, in conjunction with the…

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January 2019

PlanetS General Assembly 5

28/01/2019 - 30/01/2019
Hotel Dorint Blüemlisalp, Hubel 114
3803 Beatenberg, Switzerland

The 5th NCCR PlanetS General Assembly will take place at the Hotel Dorint Blüemlisalp in Beatenberg (BE) on Monday-Wednesday, 28.-30.01.2019. All NCCR members and associates are invited to join. External members only by invitation by a PI and at their own cost. Location Hotel Dorint Blüemlisalp Hubel 114 3803 Beatenberg Switzerland +41 33 841 41 11 Registration / Important Dates ~13.11.2018, Registration opens 14.12.2018, Registration closes 18.01.2019, Last changes can be made 28.01.2019, Start General Assembly 30.01.2019, End General Assembly…

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