Café des Sciences: Space Exploration and Sustainability – November 25, 2022

Outer space has become an increasingly important resource for the Earth. Thousands of satellites orbit the Earth, providing social, scientific, and economic benefits to people on the ground. However, the rapid growth in the space industry poses challenges to space sustainability, which call for international collaborations. Prof. Jean-Paul Kneib, Director, EPFL Laboratory of Astrophysics & EPFL Space Center (Space), will first share his perspectives on the current space industry and his research on sustainable space logistics, followed by Prof. Dr. Shufan WU, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who will share his insights on how space science and technologies contributed to the SDG goals and the general SDG development in China.

Switzerland & Italy : Together in Space – December 15, 2022

The Italian government has established the National Day of Space on December 16. On the day before, in 1964, Italy launched the S. Marco 1 satellite, becoming the third country to have space capabilities.

In order to celebrate the third edition of the Italian National Day of Space in Switzerland, the Italian Embassy in Bern and EPFL organise a public event which brings together Swiss and Italian astronauts and Space Agencies, large space companies and university spin-offs.

eSpace Webinar – Nov. 14th, 16h00 – Solar System Objects (SSOs) Pipeline for the Euclid Mission

On November 14th, 16:00-17:00, webinar : Solar System Objects (SSOs) Pipeline for the Euclid Mission, by Aurelien Verdier. During this webinar, you will see how a pipeline for a spatial mission at ESA is developed, from the definition of the goal to the implementation, and all the challenges we had to face. The talk will focus on asteroid detection (SSOs), where they are, and why we need to detect them, but also on the Euclid mission. The presentation will be concluded with an overview of the experience gained during two years through the YGT program, technically but also humanly.

Funding for Swiss Space Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

On the 6th of December 2022, 16:30 – 18:00, the Innovation Office of the University of Bern in collaboration with Euresearch and ESA BIC Switzerland are organising an event to present an overview of funding and support opportunities for space research and business in Switzerland.

Newsletter October 2022

Upcoming events | News from our partners | Call for startups | Members Profiles. Subscribe to get our latest news!

4th CASSINI Hackathon: EU Space Data for the Financial World

Taking place between the 4-6th November 2022, “Space for the Financial World” will be held online and in-person at 10 locations in Europe. In Switzerland, the event will be hosted by Space4Impact in Zürich. This is an exciting opportunity for participants, with prizes to support the development of the winning pitches.

Precision Mechanisms & Structures Interest Group



Precision Mechanisms & Structures Interest Group


12 October 2022 at 17.00-20.30 CEST

Location: FHNW Olten

Open to the Space Innovation Members

After two years of online meetings, we have the pleasure to announce a new edition of our roundtable related to precision mechanisms and structures for space applications. We look forward to gathering the community in presence once again. The roundtable will start with presentations and will be followed by a networking aperitif.

Lionel Gaillard, Head of the Mechanisms Section ESA/ESTEC, will attend and present current ESA’s Mechanisms status and needs.

For organizational purposes, registration is  mandatory on the following link:

We will keep you informed of the room number. There will be no web broadcasting.

If your company is not a member yet, check out how to become a member.

Please do not hesitate to contact Gilles Feusier if you have any questions:

New Call for Ideas open

Space Innovation is initiating a new Call for Ideas to foster low Technology Readiness Level (typically TRL 1-2) research and development studies related to space activities.

Newsletter July 2022

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CAS Systems Engineering for Smart Industries

You can still register for the CAS Systems Engineering training starting in August! It offers advanced training in complex system description, development and verification for engineers. At the same time, it prepares engineers for leading roles within increasingly interdisciplinary and complex system tasks.

ExoLabs is looking for a Geo Data Scientist / Engineer

Join the team of ExoLabs (, a dynamic company specialized in the development of remote sensing solutions. ExoLabs is a spin-off of the University of Zürich, founded in 2017.
You will be involved in the exploration and testing of new technological solutions that leverage spatial data to solve problems of public administrations. The objective is to identify new services or to optimize existing processes in public administrations in areas such as land management, environmental monitoring, or statistics.

ESA’s Industry Space Days

Join prospective customers and partners at ESA’s Industry Space Days for two days of intense networking on 28 – 29 September. Do not forget to register now to meet members of the European space community at ESA/ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands), showcase products and services in an industry exhibition and listen to presentations by ESA top-level management about future business opportunities.

Newsletter May 2022

Space exploration | Upcoming events | Training. Subscribe to get our latest news!


28 March – 1 April, EPFL, Lausanne. SATW and its partners offer you a special week dedicated to space. Join us to discover the actors who contribute to make Switzerland a space nation. The global space industry is booming. Half a century after the first space race that led mankind to set foot on the Moon, new public and private actors are redoubling their energy and innovation to explore, understand and use space. This new era opens up tremendous opportunities but also presents many challenges. How does space contribute to improving our life on Earth and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What role does Switzerland play? Find out from March 28 to April 1.


18-19 March 2022, SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne.  Take an incredible journey through the past, current, and future of human space flight and space exploration, as we tell the continuing story of humankind’s greatest adventure. From the APOLLO program through to present day NASA and global space agencies commitment to landing humans including the first woman, and the next man on the Moon by the mid 2020’s via the ARTEMIS program, establishing sustainable missions by the end of the decade, and to the next giant leap for all humanity – sending humans to Mars. An unprecedented live event experience, this is LEGENDS OF SPACE.

Newsletter February 2022

News from our members | Former student success story SanoSat-1 into SSO orbit | Overview of our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Newsletter December 2021

Successful Annual Assembly | Welcome to our five new members | Open calls and opportunities at ESA. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Successful Annual Assembly 2021

We warmly thank all those who came to our Annual Assembly 2021 on Wednesday 8 December at EPFL. It was a successful edition and we look forward to future projects with the space community! If you couldn’t join us on site, we invite you to watch the video recording here.

Newsletter November 2021

Webinar by Kistler on on electric motor testing for aerospace application | Register to our Annual Assembly on Wednesday 8 December 2021. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Annual Assembly 2021

8 December, EPFL Lausanne. The meeting will include a review of the activities of Space Innovation, a message from the Board of Directors and the Steering Committee, as well as presentations from members. It will be followed by a small networking lunch. Register now!

Newsletter October 2021

Join us for our Annual Assembly on the 8 December 2021 at EPFL | Opportunities for start-ups | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Newsletter September 2021

Webinar IGLUNA “Outcome and next steps” | Space2Earth Accelerator | Save the date for our Annual Assembly | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Start of the lecture “Space Research and Exploration” at ETH Zürich

A new lecture has started during the Autumn semester 2021 at ETH Zürich: “Space Research and Exploration”. The lecture series is hosted by Prof. Sascha P. Quanz in the presence of several renowned speakers from the space sector ready to share their knowledge and passion with the students:
– Andrea Fortier, University of Bern
– Volker Gass, EPFL
– Adrian Glauser, ETH Zürich
– Louise Harra, ETH Zürich
– Hendrik Kolvenbach, ETH Zürich
– Florian Kehl, University of Zurich / Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts / NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
– Anna Kubik, ETH Zürich
– Deborah Müller, RUAG Space
– Claude Nicollier, ESA Astronaut
– Didier Queloz, ETH Zürich
– Thomas Reiter, ESA Astronaut

More information on the lecture here.

Newsletter August 2021

ESA Learning Hub | Scientifica 2021 | Upcoming events | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Lucerne takes a vacation on the Moon – Press Release

15 July 2021: Lucerne is hosting more than 70 international students until the 25 July to present and test innovative technologies during the IGLUNA Field Campaign. Together they sketch the future of humans in space and on Earth at the dawn of a new space age.

Newsletter June 2021

IGLUNA in Lucerne 16-25 July 2021 | ESA-Match Platform | Upcoming events | News from our members. Subscribe to get our latest news!

CAS in Systems Engineering for Smart industries

The Hochschule Luzern is currently offering a Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) in Systems Engineering for Smart industries with the Prof. Dr. Gerhard Stefan Székely. From the 23 August 2021 to 10 June 2022. Registration deadline: 2 July 2021.

Globis Astronautenschule

New educational trail for kids accross the ETH Hönggerberg campus consisting of seven stations with interesting facts about space travel, physics and the planet Mars. Ideal for school classes and children’s events, upon registration only.

The third IGLUNA edition goes hybrid – in Lucerne and online

16-25 July 2021, Lucerne. The Field Campaign of the third edition of IGLUNA will take place this year in a hybrid way. Some student teams will travel to Switzerland and meet in Lucerne, while the others will join online from their respective countries. From 16 to 25 July, they will have the task of testing and demonstrating the technologies they developed during the 2020-2021 academic year around the theme “A space habitat with remote operations”.

Successful IGLUNA Readiness Review

The IGLUNA 2021 students have successfully completed the Readiness Review. From the 24 May to 4 June, they had to prove to their coach and experts that they were ready for the final step: the Field Campaign.

Newsletter May 2021

Join the CASSINI Hackathon! | Swiss Trainees at ESA – Webinar announcement | New opportunities

One week left to apply!

Take your chance and register to the ESA Astronaut Selection. Applications will close on the 28 May 2021.

Newsletter April 2021

Astronaut Selection 2021: Information event and Masterclass | Upcoming events. Subscribe to get our latest news!

Masterclass with Claude Nicollier

ESA Astronaut Selection 2021 – Are you a scientist, engineer or doctor with a passion for space? Prepare your application with the help of Claude Nicollier and apply for the current ESA Astronaut selection!

New Lecture “Space Research and Exploration” – ETH & UZH

In order to demonstrate the interdisciplinarity of the space research and exploration field, a new lecture series will be proposed to ETH Zürich and University of Zürich students, starting in the autumn semester 2021. The lecture will be especially relevant for third year bachelor students and master students. Coordinated by ARIS and Space Innovation. More information coming soon.

Newsletter March 2021

MOOC with Claude Nicollier | New Lecture at ETH Zürich | Upcoming events. Subscribe to get our latest news!


17-19 March 2021, online. The first European event around cybersecurity for commercial space, co-organized by CYSEC and AP-Swiss, gathering leading players to discuss challenges and solutions related to cyber risks in Space. With the participation of our colleague Julien Bonnaud, Friday 19 March, 14.00.

Astronaut Selection 2021

For the first time in 11 years, the European Space Agency will again recruit astronauts. ESA is seeking candidates with a Master’s degree (or higher) and a minimum of three years’ experience in natural science, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer science.

Ambassadors of humanity and pioneers of space exploration, astronauts make us dream and inspire us. Above all, they are also women and men who are motivated and passionate about space and their work. Join them!

Applications from all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, or other characteristics, are welcome. ESA is also issuing a special call for candidates with physical disabilities to apply to its astronaut reserve for its parastronaut project.


Applications open 31 March 2021.


Newsletter February 2021

Astronaut Selection 2021 | IGLUNA Critical Design Review | Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Landing. Subscribe to get our latest news!