Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

Friday, 2019/12/06, 08:30

Hans Sigrist Symposium - University Bern
This artist’s impression shows the view from the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
© ESO/N. Bartmann/

The discovery of planets orbiting other stars, known as exoplanets, is now routinely reported by scientists. In recognition of the importance of this field, the Hans Sigrist Foundation is awarding its 2019 Hans Sigrist Prize to a distinguished exoplanet scientist: Professor Ignas Snellen (Leiden University). The 2019 Hans Sigrist Symposium features a series of talks with Q&A on the past, present, and future of exoplanet science.

Event organizer: Hans Sigrist Foundation and Center for Space and Habitability (CSH), both at University of Bern
Speaker: Kevin Heng, Ignas Snellen, Raphael Sznitman, Susanne Wampfler (full list below).
Date: 2019/12/06
Time: 08:30 - 17:00
Locality: Lecture Hall A-003
Uni S
Schanzeneckstrasse 1
3012 Bern
Characteristics: open to the public
free of charge

08:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m.

Welcome Coffee/Tea

09:00 a.m. – 09:05 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Norbert Trautmann, Hans Sigrist Foundation, University of Bern
Opening of Symposium

09:05 a.m. – 09:10 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Kevin Heng, Center of Space and Habitability CSH, University of Bern
Explanation of 2019 Hans Sigrist Prize by Prize Committee Chair

09:10 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Ignas Snellen, Leiden University
The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Kevin Heng, CSH, University of Bern
On Abraham Flexner’s The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Wampfler, CSH, University of Bern
The Building Blocks of Life in Space

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Adam Burgasser, UC-San Diego + on sabbatical at CSH
Demographics of Exoplanets: From Hot Jupiters to Earth 2.0

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Douglas Lin, UC-Santa Cruz
Nature Versus Nurture in Exoplanets

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Brice-Olivier Demory, CSH, University of Bern
From the Remote Sensing of Life to Enhanced Brain Cancer Diagnosis

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee/Tea Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern
A Chemo-Ecological Perspective of Life

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Prof. Dr. Raphael Sznitman, ARTORG, University of Bern
The Age of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel discussion involving all speakers