Join us on April 18, 2023, as we welcome Swiss-American astrophysicist Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the former Science Chief at NASA, for a special talk about the role that teamwork plays in innovation and pushing scientific boundaries in the field of space research.
Having led the team for the development of the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer on NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, as well as having launched 37 missions (including that of the James Webb Space Telescope and of the Perseverance and Ingenuity Mars Landings) during his time at NASA, Dr. Z possesses an incredible wealth of knowledge on experimental space research and on the value of teamwork in bringing innovative projects to life.
His talk will also touch upon how his work has been fueled by his keen interest in trying to answer some of humanity’s thorniest questions, such as “Where do we come from?” and “Are we alone in the universe?” and how our pursuit of such knowledge can have positive real world impacts. His speech will be followed by a conversation with science journalist Dr. Nadia Drake and will be concluded by a moderated Q&A with the audience. This event will be a remarkable opportunity for two space and science enthusiasts to talk to each other about space research, the James Webb Space Telescope, and the future of our continued pursuit of knowledge.
Dr. Thomas ZurbuchenFormer Science Chief at NASA
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, known as Dr. Z, is a world-renown astrophysicist, innovator, and international speaker. He operated as the longest continually serving Head of Science at NASA from October 2016 to December 2022, and played an especially notable role in the launching of the international James Webb Space Telescope. Zurbuchen’s illustrious career as both an academic and a leader has made him an eminent authority in space research and innovation and an invaluable asset to many pioneering organizations.
Dr. Nadia DrakeScience Journalist
Dr. Nadia Drake is a freelance science journalist and avid traveler who specializes in covering astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary science. She recently worked as a journalist for the National Geographic and her writing been published in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and Wired.
- 5:30pm – Doors open
- 6:00pm – Welcome by Swissnex and the Consul General of Switzerland, followed by a talk by Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen
- 6:30pm – Conversation between Dr. Nadia Drake and Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen
- 7:00pm – Questions from the audience, moderated by Dr. Nadia Drake
- 7:30pm – Networking
- 8:30pm – Event ends
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