MINT Vaud 2024

A first in French-speaking Switzerland, MINT Vaud is a fun, interactive fair designed to get children and teenagers in grades 5-8 (8-12) excited about mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT). We will be there for its first edition that will take place from February 26 to March 3, 2024.

eSpace Seminar

USSF-MIT researchers present their work : AI Technologies and simulation tools for SSA – Space Sustainability and Policy. Join the online seminar on January 24, 16:15-17:15 CET.

Space Innovation Annual Assembly

The next Space Innovation Annual Assembly will take place on Tuesday February 6th at 14:00 at EMPA.

The meeting will include a review of the activities of Space Innovation, a message from the Steering Committee, as well as presentations from members. It will be followed by a networking aperitif.

Optional Visit of EMPA from 11:00 to 12:00

Note that this year the Annual Assembly will be for members only.

EPFL Space Center – 20 years Celebration

Join us for a celebration of 20 years of the EPFL Space Center on December 7th @6.30pm-9.00pm ! Since 2003, we have sent a CubeSat into space, hosted and launched startups such as ClearSpace and the Space Sustainability Rating, guided student teams to win international competitions and to send a computer into space, and awarded a Minor in Space Technologies to over 400 students! And that’s just a few of the many space activities that have taken place at EPFL.

CSEM Photonic Day – December 6, 2023

Learn more about the latest technology trends in photonics, new market opportunities, CSEM photonics technologies and gain insight on the strategic road map of the EU in the field of photonics!

9T Labs to Host the Composites United Innovation Day Event in Zürich

9T Labs AG, a pioneering force in digital, automated, and cost-efficient serial production of continuous fiber components, will host Composites United Innovation Day on September 21, 2023, at its headquarter in Zürich, Switzerland. The event will focus on the theme of “Innovation through Collaboration,” and will feature presentations and discussions from leading experts in the composites industry.

Conference: Thomas Zurbuchen

“Aiming High: The Story of the James Webb Space Telescope and How it is Changing our View of the Universe”

Tuesday, July 11th 2023, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
EPFL Polydôme Auditorium

Thomas Zurbuchen is the longest continually running Head of Science at NASA from 2016 to 2022. Previously Professor for Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Also founder of the largest Entrepreneurship programme at American Universities – the Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship – and a member of the international Academy of Astronautics.

5:45 pm Doors open
6:00 pm Welcome Address, Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL
6:10 pm Conference, “Aiming High: The Story of the James Webb Space Telescope and How it is Changing our View of the Universe”, Thomas Zurbuchen, Astrophysicist
6:40 pm Q&A Moderated by: Julie Böhning, Co-founder, Gruyère Space Program
7:00 pm Closing remarks, Aude Pugin, CEO, APCO Technologies
7:05 pm Cocktail
8:00 pm End of the event

CYSAT 2023 – APRIL 26-27, 2023

The biggest European event entirely dedicated to Cybersecurity for the space industry, organized by CYSEC, will take place in Paris on April 26-27th, 2023.

Today, many critical services on Earth depend on the collection and transmission of data by satellites. According to Allied Market Research, downstream services relying on satellite data will represent a $19,36B market by 2027 at a CAGR of 19,1%.

Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of space data against cyber threats is a new challenge as satellites have historically been designed to be reliable and not secure.

In addition, recent trends such as software-defined satellites, usage of COTS components, in-orbit reconfiguration, intelligence on board, quantum technologies, etc are making space assets and data more and more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

CYSAT aims at bringing together the space and IT security communities to build a European ecosystem capable to respond to the current and future challenges faced by the European space industry.

Space Community Days Switzerland – April 25-26, 2023

Challenges and opportunities in the space field. Practical and useful information for space industries and newcomers in the domain.

! This event is dedicated to Swiss organisations with invited international speakers !

The event will be held at BernExpo on April 25-26 and will offer:

  • Presentations over 2 days: the agenda might be subject to minor changes.
  • Physical Face-2-Face meeting sessions

The Space Community Days 2023 offer a platform to exchange experiences and to support cooperation. This is a great opportunity to listen to prominent speakers involving ESA program managers, representatives of Swiss companies and of the Large European System Integrators.

The event is intended to be an occasion to meet again after the pandemic, and to learn about future opportunities in select ESA programmes. The community days will also be the occasion to improve the dialogue between space science and industry through dedicated sessions. The event focuses on specific and select tangible opportunities for Swiss entities, namely for SME’s.

In the afternoon of the first Day, we have the pleasure to welcome Prof. Masaki Fujimoto, Deputy Director General at JAXA for a keynote presentation on Hayabusa2. This will open a session fostering the “dialogue between space science and space industries” organised together with ISSI Bern and the NCCR PlanetS.

To encourage further networking and extend the discussions we are pleased to invite you to a Gala Dinner on Tuesday evening at the Kornhauskeller in Bern – Don’t miss this exclusive moment of conviviality!

The second day is dedicated to the presentation of new ESA e-tools and national support initiatives. A session on AI for space will be organised in the afternoon.

You can optimise your attendance by using this platform in order to book your B2B meetings with other participants, including the speakers, at your convenience.

Annual Assembly

24 January 2023, 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 networking aperitif. Check out the webpage!

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.

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:

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.


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.

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.

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!


3-5 December 2021, online. Step on board as we set on a journey to advance the field of space exploration! The hackathon will bring together professionals and space enthusiasts to explore many exciting topics. Organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine in cooperation with Garage48 and SpaceOn.

“IGLUNA 2021 student projects: Outcome and next steps” – Webinar

23 September 2021, online. During this webinar, the IGLUNA 2021 student teams will pitch their projects, sharing their Field Campaign results and next steps. Join us to interact with all the student teams and get to know their projects, expand your network, share your expertise, and explore potential collaborations with the students!

Webinar “Experience and Outlook on IOD in Switzerland”

8 September 2021 at 16.00 CET, online. Speakers:

  • Fabien Droz, Head of Instrumentation Activity at CSEM SA, “Why invest in an IOD?” /
  • Reto Muff, Chief Technical Officer at Thales Alenia Space Switzerland Ltd, “IOD of an Optical Freespace Communication System for Small Satellites” /
  • Veronica La Regina, CEO – Nanoracks Space Outpost Europe srl, “Affordable and valuable IoD/IoV for your business: how to work with Nanoracks Europe”.

Restricted to the Space Innovation members.

Scientifica 2021

4-5 September 2021, Zürich. “Can humans survive on other planets, and if so, how?” Space Innovation is taking part this year again in the Zürich Science Days on the topic of Life on other planets. The 2021 edition of Scientifica aims to show how nature inspires research and how we perceive and shape nature and culture. The event  is taking place in several locations of the ETH Zürich and University of Zürich (UZH) campuses.

Space Innovation in St-Luc for the OFXB Anniversary

31 July – 1 August 2021, St-Luc. After a restricted edition in 2020, St-Luc (Valais) is celebrating this year for an entire week the anniversary of its observatory with events such as a conference with Michel Mayor, sun observations and an exhibition. We have been invited to conduct an activity for families consisting of building and launching paper rockets.

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”.

Swiss Trainees at ESA – Webinar

9 June 2021, online. Join us to learn about the exciting projects of our three Swiss trainees selected in 2019 to work at the European Space Agency. Lorenz Affentranger (ESTEC), Timon Schild (Spaceship EAC) and Cyrill Knüsel (ESOC) will share their experience on the missions and studies they are currently working on.

#CASSINI Hackathon

18-20 June 2021, online. Join the first CASSINI Hackathon and start digitising our green spaces! The event is taking place simultaneously throughout 10 European countries. Initiative launched by the European Commission, Swiss edition coordinated by Space4Impact.

#PLASUS21 Workshop

29 April 2021, online. The workshop #PLASUS21 – „Planetary Sustainability 21: Challenges, Opportunities and Necessities” connects space & global sustainability, key space actors and sustainability thinkers. Speakers from the Space4Impact initiative, EPFL, Universities of Bern and Zürich, ClearSpace, Eawag, Federal Department for Foreign Affairs and more. Registration mandatory.

ESA Astronaut Selection – Swiss national Event

27 April 2021, online. The Swiss Space Office of the SERI and ESA are organizing a national event to provide potential applicants from Switzerland with details about the requirements and the application process. Two astronauts will share their experiences during their space missions and the training, and in general talk about the daily life of an astronaut, both in space and on Earth. Followed by a Q&A session.


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.

Sustainable Space Logistics – Digitial Symposium

16-18 February 2021, online. EPFL Space Center is organizing in collaboration with several space entities – including Space Innovation – a 3-day digital symposium on Sustainable Space Logistics with space and sustainability experts, as well as observers from outside the space area.

Webinar for Space Mechanisms and Structures

10 February 2021 at 15.00 CET, online: “In-Space Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities for Building our 21st Century Future” with Olivier De Weck, Prof. at MIT and EPFL. Restricted to the Swiss Space community.

SSC Annual Assembly

Our Annual Assembly 2020 will take place on the 8 December 2020 in order to present our projects and activities of the past year and give an outlook on the projects planned in 2021. This year, the event is open to our members only.

Space4Impact Kick-off Event

25-26 November 2020, online. Space4Impact aims to promote New Space technologies and boost the NewSpace ecosystem for a more sustainable future. The event will gather policy makers, investors, NewSpace entrepreneurs. A pitch competition as well as B2B meetings will take place.

Swiss Space Days 2020

9-10 November, online. The Swiss Space Days offer a platform to exchange experiences and to support cooperation. It is dedicated to Swiss organizations and aims to give an insight into the evolution of the Space activites & related challenges in the next decade with prominent speakers and offers B2B meetings.

Be a Star in ESA’s Universe

Join our online space career events “Be a Star in ESA’s Universe” on Cybersecurity (26.10), Space Law (27.10), Life Support Systems (28.10), Robotics and Photonics (02.11) and Exoplanets (03.11) to meet experts from ESA and swiss space actors !

Air & Space Days – Verkehrshaus Lucerne

9-11 October 2020 : Join us at the The Air & Space Days at the Swiss Museum of Transport. The event offers lots of ways of exploring aviation and space travel in all its aspects. The focus is on the world of flight and includes information on becoming a pilot, as well as tours of cockpits and presentations of aircraft.

Paper Rocket Activity in St-Luc

On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Observatory in St-Luc (Valais), the Swiss Space Center has been invited to conduct our paper rocket activity from the 31st of July until the 2nd of August.

IGLUNA 2020 Virtual Field Campaign

10-19 July 2020 : The 15 IGLUNA teams will virtually demonstrate their technologies for a space habitat to sustain life in an extreme environment by remote control, together with public presentations of space experts and special guests.

“The Space you need” – Workshop by the UZH Space Hub

[Postponed] Wednesday April 8, from 14:00 to 16:30, online on Zoom: Through this event, the UZH Space Hub would like to advise the Space Community about the current space opportunities and funding offered not only by ESA, but also by the Horizon Europe program. With the presence of the Swiss Space Center, Euresearch and ESA BIC experts.


Space Technology Studies 2018 : Results

On the 13 February 2020, the results achieved by the consortium selected in the frame of our national activity “Mesures de Positionnement” will be presented to the public.



Be a Star in ESA’s Universe

Join our space career events “Be a Star in ESA’s Universe” : 5. November 2019 @ HE-Arc, Neuchâtel / 6. November 2019 @USI Lugano / 7. November 2019 @University of Zurich

SSC Annual Assembly

Join us at our Annual Assembly at the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, 3 December 2019