University of Zurich at Science Agora

A University of Zurich series "Science from Switzerland" will be present at the Science Agora 2021, one of the largest science communication platforms in Japan. The Science Agora will be an online event and will consist of two parts, a pre-event called Pre-Agora in October and the main event Science Agora in November. 4 different institutes/departments from the University of Zurich will be present either at the Pre-Agora or Science Agora date, where their activities and research projects will be introduced followed by interactions with the audience.

Science Agora November 3

Earth→Space→Earth:From Regenerative Medicine to Biodiversity ‒ Science from Switzerland (2)

Experts from the University of Zurich will introduce different research on Earth and from space.
We will start with stem cell research for biomedicine, in particular for brain regeneration and cardiovascular tissue engineering using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) well known in Japan thanks to Kyoto University’s Prof. Shinya Yamanaka.
Part 2 will introduce research in microgravity for human health on Earth: 1) Experiments on spinal health on board parabolic flights, aiming to improve the treatment of chronic back pain, 2) Cell biological experiments on parabolic flights to understand the deficiency of the human immune system in Space and 3) Production-tests of human mini-tissues that should be used for drug development.
In part 3, we will learn how Earth observations from space and on ground using remote sensing technologies can show us not only physical changes in biodiversity but also the impact that humans bring to our planet.



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Science Agora November 3

Introduction (5MIN)

  • 5:00pm – JST
  • 9:00am – CEST

“Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) for Brain Regeneration”
Dr. Christian Tackenberg, Institute of Regenerative Medicine (IREM)

  • 5:05pm – JST
  • 9:05am – CEST

“Mending Broken Hearts”
Dr. Melanie Generali, Institute of Regenerative Medicine (IREM)

  • 5:25pm – JST
  • 9:25am – CEST

“Learning from Space for Human Health”
Dr. Svantje Tauber, UZH Space Hub

  • 5:50pm – JST
  • 9:50am – CEST

“Biodiversity from Space – What Can You See?”
Dr. Claudia Röösli, Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL) / NPOC

  • 6:10pm – JST
  • 10:10am – CEST

Dialogue Between Speakers and Participants

  • 6:30pm – JST
  • 10:30am – CEST


Institute of Regenerative Medicine (IREM) University of Zurich

Based on bio-inspired principles and developmental engineering/re-engineering approaches the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Zurich (IREM) aims at replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs with the goal to restore or establish normal function. Research topics of the institute include cell-based regeneration and tissue replacement, translational regenerative technologies, antibody-based regeneration, biomarkers and imaging, gene- and cell therapy, gene expression regulation in stem cells and cancer and neural regeneration and repair.


The Innovation Cluster Space and Aviation (UZH Space Hub)

The UZH Space Hub connects the Space research community at the University of Zurich and facilitates collaborations via a Switzerland-wide open network of experts from academia and industry. The scientists of the UZH Space Hub and their partners work in the fields of physics, material science, remote sensing, robotics, biology, and medicine. They perform experiments from and in space, use suborbital rockets or aircraft as testing platforms, and use ground-based systems to create various conditions to perform different research activities.


Remote Sensing Laboratories (RSL)/ NPOC

RSL’s main research goal is to advance understanding of the Earth system using Earth observation methods by combining fundamental and applied research using non-invasives (=remote sensings) technologies. With our focus on ground based, airborne and spaceborne remote sensing, we also contribute at national and international levels to the conceptual development of Geography as an interdisciplinary science. RSL is active in research of global change and biodiversity loss as local and global phenomena by the use of different Earth Observation techniques. As part of the RSL, the Swiss National Point of Contact NPOC focus on making Earth Observation and satellite remote sensing accessible and understandable to everyone.

Pre Agora Program October 11


  • 5:00pm – JST
  • 10:00am – CEST


  • 5:05pm – JST
  • 10:05am – CEST


  • 5:25pm – JST
  • 10:25am – CEST


  • 5:45pm – JST
  • 10:45am – CEST