ETH Zurich Science Talks

The ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter of New England invites to a night of Science Talks on Critical Thinking, Climate Engineering, and Oxygen Homeostasis and Disease.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


October 20, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



ETH Science Talks – Critical Thinking, Climate Engineering, and Oxygen Homeostasis and Disease*


*The event is password protected, if you would like to join please contact Jonas ( to get access to the registration page.

The ETH Zurich Alumni Chapter of New England is celebrating its 6th anniversary and to mark this occasion it is partnering with the ETH Zürich Foundation and swissnex Boston in organizing a night of Science Talks featuring ETH Zurich Rector Sarah Springman and Professors Ulrike Lohmann and Wilhelm Krek, followed by a networking session with ETH Zurich alumni and friends.

Event Program:

5.30 Doors Open
6.00 Science Talks – Critical Thinking, Climate Engineering, and Oxygen Homeostasis and Disease
7.00 Refreshments and Networking
7.50 ETH Delegates Leave for Another Commitment
9.00 Doors Close

Speaker Bios:


Prof. Dr. Sarah Springman, rector of ETH Zurich since January 2015, will talk about Critical Thinking. Before becoming rector, Springman became professor at the Institute for Geotechnical Engineering in 1997 and headed the institute twice (2001-2005, 2007-2009). She studied engineering science at Cambridge University before spending time carrying out geotechnical projects in the design and construction industry in England, Fiji, and Australia before completing her PhD in soil mechanics at Cambridge in 1989 and launching her career as an academic and lecturer.


Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lohmann will talk about Climate Engineering. She is professor for or Experimental Atmospheric Physics in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science since October 2004. She has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and worked in Germany and Canada, were she received several awards for her research. Lohmann’s current research focusses on  the role of aerosol particles and clouds in the climate system, and she combines laboratory work and field measurements on cloud and aerosol microphysics with the representation of them in different numerical models.


Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Krek, full professor of Cell Biology at ETH Zurich since 2003, will speak on Oxygen Homeostasis and Disease. After studying Chemistry in Austria, he completed his PhD at the Cancer Institute in Lausanne. Before moving to ETH, Krek was a researcher at Harvard Medical School and at the Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, focusing his work on the hypoxia signaling in malignant and metabolic disorders and the discovery of genes and small molecule agents interfering with signaling pathway addictions in tumor subtypes. He is co-founder of several institution at ETH (Institute of Molecular Health Sciences, NEXUS Personalized Health Technologies Platform) as well as the ETH spin-off ProteoMediX. Currently, Professor Krek is on sabbatical leave at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.

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