Symposium on Geophysical Space Missions to Terrestrial Planets

!! --- You do not need to register to attend the symposium. Just show up and join the fun! However, to get an estimate of how much coffee and tea should be served in the coffee breaks, it would help me a lot if you would indicate your intention to come to the symposium by dropping me an e-mail. Thanks and see you there! --- !!

A link to this event at the ETH website can be found here.

Alpbach Green Team 5 Years Later


The Summer School Alpbach is an annual event organised by, amongst others, ESA where students and young professionals from both science and engineering backgrounds get together to design a space mission. In 2014, I attended the Summer School Alpbach with the topic "Space missions to study the geophysics of terrestrial planets". Due to the intense collaboration during the summer school, the teams bond and form friendships for life. This year, 2019, marks the 5 year anniversary of the 2014 Summer School Alpbach. To celebrate this, I am organising the Symposium on Geophysical Space Missions to Terrestrial Planets on Friday, June 7, 2019. My aim is to once again get scientists and engineers from a multitude of backgrounds together to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and inspiration. Simultaneously, the symposium acts as a reunion for the Green Team / the Dream Team.

Social events


  • Thursday, June 6 at 19:00h: Dinner for Alpbach Green Team members at Swiss restaurant Linde Oberstrass.

  • Friday, June 7 at 12:40h: Lunch for speakers at the symposium at the Dozentenfoyer.

  • Friday, June 7 at 18:30h: Dinner for Alpbach Green Team members and friends at Italian restaurant Culmann.


Program Symposium


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Frequently asked questions


Where is the symposium and how do I get there?
The symposium is held in room C44 in the NO building of ETH Zürich, in which the museum Focus Terra is also located.
To get to the NO building by public transport from the airport, you can take tram line 10 to ETH / Universitätsspital in the direction of Zürich Hauptbahnhof. Similarly, from the main train station (Zürich Hauptbahnhof), you can take tram line 10 to ETH / Universitätsspital in the direction of Zürich Flughafen. Other trams serving the tram stop ETH / Universitätsspital are lines 9 and 6. Alternatively, you can take the Polybahn up from the tram stop Central, which is served by tram lines 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 15. You can find out more about public transport in Zürich at the website of the SBB (mostly aimed at trains, but also gives tram options), and you can find a map of the tram network in the city of Zürich here. For public transport, you can buy tickets valid for zone 110 (Zürich city). Note that if you are coming to the city from the airport, you also need to have a ticket for the airport zone (121). When you buy a ticket to the city centre from the airport, both zones will automatically be included in your ticket.
From tram stop ETH / Universitätsspital, it is a 1-minute walk to the NO building (address: Sonneggstrasse 5, 8092 Zürich). In the building, go to floor C. Entrances to the building are on floor C, D, and E. Floor C is the lowest floor, so if you enter on floor D or E, take the stairs or elevator down. Then, find room C44. There will be flyers with arrows to show you the way.

Do I need to register to attend the symposium?
Nope, you don't have to register! You can just show up and join in the fun! You can even choose to attend only one talk. View it as a kind of session at a big conference: you can drop in and out as you want. However, for the speakers (and you!), it's of course nice to attend the symposium the entire day. If you are planning on attending the symposium, please let me know so I can get an accurate estimate of the amount of people I should provide coffee, tea, and cookies for during the coffee breaks. Just drop me an e-mail. Thanks!

Where is restaurant Linde Oberstrass and how do I get there?
Restaurant Linde Oberstrass (address: Universitätstrasse 91, 8006 Zürich) can be reached by trams 9 and 10 (from both directions Zürich Flughafen and Zürich Hauptbahnhof), at tram stop Winkelriedstrasse. From there, it's less than a minute to walk to the restaurant. The table is reserved for 'Iris van Zelst'.

Where is the Dozentenfoyer and how do I get there?
We will walk there from the symposium, so presumably you won't have to worry about finding it. But, if you really are curious: the Dozentenfoyer is in the main building of ETH (address: Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich; a 2-minute walk from the NO building). To get there, you can also use tram stop ETH / Universitätsspital served by tram lines 6, 9, and 10 or the Polybahn. The Dozentenfoyer is at K 30.5 (top floor; take the elevator). The table is reserved for 'Andreas Fichtner'.

Where is restaurant Culmann and how do I get there?
We will also walk here from the symposium, so again, don't worry about it! Restaurant Culmann (address: Culmannstrasse 1, 8006 Zürich) is a 1-minute walk from the NO building. You can use tram stop ETH / Universitätsspital served by tram lines 6, 9, and 10 or the Polybahn. The table is reserved for 'Iris van Zelst'.

Special thanks


Thanks to all the speakers for coming from all corners of the world to make this symposium happening! Thanks to Andreas Fichtner for sponsoring the symposium financially. Thanks to Stefan Hofmeister for being my sounding board while organising the symposium. Thanks to Nadine Widmer, Elisabeth Läderach, and Sabine Schulze for helping with the organisation.