Café des Sciences: Space Exploration and Sustainability

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.

In the upcoming Café des Sciences Lecture, we’ll invite two experts to share with us their research projects in the field of Space Exploration and Sustainability. We’ll first hear from Prof. Jean-Paul Kneib, Director, EPFL Laboratory of Astrophysics & EPFL Space Center (Space), who will share with us his perspectives on the current space industry and his research on sustainable space logistics. Following Prof. Kneib’s presentation, we’ll invite Prof. Dr. Shufan WU, Executive Vice Dean of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, to share his insights on how space science and technologies contributed to the SDG goals and the general SDG development in China.

Join us onsite or via Zoom to learn about this special topic and interact with the experts.




November 25                            Café des Sciences: Space Exploration and Sustainability

13:30 – 14:00                           Registration

14:00 – 14:05                           Welcome Remarks by Dr. Philippe Roesle, CEO, Consul, Swissnex in China

14:05 – 14:25                            Presentation by Prof. Jean-Paul Kneib, Director, EPFL Laboratory of Astrophysics & EPFL Space Center (eSpace)

14:25 – 14:45                            Presentation by  Prof. WU Shufan, Executive Vice Dean, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

14:45 – 15:00                           Discussion and Q&A


November 18 – 27                    Exhibition: Archaeology of Light 

Swissnex in China Booth at So Swiss Pop-Up Event

INLET (989 Long, North Sichuan Road/Wujin Road), Hongkou District, Shanghai






The EPFL Space Center (eSpace) is an interdisciplinary hub, working with students, academic institutions, international space agencies and industry partners, with an overall mission to promote space related research and education at EPFL. eSpace achieves its mission through three key areas: Education, Fundamental research, and Innovative development projects.



Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the famous institutions of higher learning with the longest history and reputation at home and abroad. It is a national key university directly under the Ministry of Education and jointly built with Shanghai Municipality. After 125 years of unremitting efforts, Shanghai Jiao Tong University has become a domestic first-class and internationally renowned university, and further defined the vision on constructing a “comprehensive, innovative and international” world-class university.




Café des Sciences is an event series at Swissnex in China initiated in 2019, offering a platform for Swiss spotlight scientists, start-ups, artists and designers to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavor after the talk. Starting in 2021, the lectures are scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of every other month at Swissnex in China or our partner spaces.


The Café des Sciences event series is supported by Presence Switzerland.