Italy and Switzerland: Together in Space


Event details

Date 15.12.2022
Hour 17:3021:00
Speaker Claude Nicollier (EPFL); Paolo Nespoli (European Space Agency); David Rodriguez (Lunar Hub); Emile Janho Dit Hreich (EPFL Xplore); Barbara Negri (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana); Catherine Kropf (Swiss Space Office); Elisabetta Rugi Grond (Thales Alenia Space); Paola Catapano (CERN); Michèle Lavagna (Politecnico di Milano); Luca Bellomo (Leonardo); Marco Brancati (Telespazio); Domenico Giardini (ETH Zürich)
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The Italian government has established the National Day of Space on December 16. On the day before, in 1964, Italy launched the S. Marco 1 satellite, becoming the third country to have space capabilities.

Italy and Switzerland have a long-term record of successful collaboration in space. Researchers from both countries collaborate on the most important space missions, supported by industries and small-medium enterprises on both sides of the Alps.

The Italian Embassy in Bern intends to promote an initiative to celebrate the third edition of the Italian National Day of Space in Switzerland, aiming at showing the strong ties between these two countries and reinforce further the support to the collaboration in science and technology.

This public event will bring together Swiss and Italian astronauts and Space Agencies, large space companies and university spin-offs.

Moderation by Paola Catapano, CERN

5:30 pm  Welcome address

  • Ambrogio Fasoli and Jan Hesthaven, EPFL
  • H.E. Silvio Mignano, Ambassador of Italy to Switzerland
5:40 pm  The first Europeans in space - Life in space - New perspectives for space exploration
  • Claude Nicollier, EPFL
  • Paolo Nespoli, European Space Agency
6:30 pm  New ideas: Robotics for space exploration
Flash presentations
  • David Rodriguez, Lunar Hub
  • Emile Janho Dit Hreich, EPFL Xplore
6:40 pm  Space business and research: promote collaboration between Italy and Switzerland
  • Barbara Negri, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
  • Catherine Kropf, Swiss Space Office
  • Jean-Paul Kneib, EPFL
  • Elisabetta Rugi-Grond, Thales Alenia Space
  • Michèle Lavagna, Politecnico di Milano
  • Luca Bellomo, Leonardo
  • Marco Brancati, Telespazio
  • Domenico Giardini, ETH Zürich
7:45 pm  Concluding remarks
  • Luca Valenziano, Scientific Attaché of Italy in Switzerland
8:00 pm  Cocktail

Free entrance but registration mandatory (deadline 8th December)

Please note that a technical workshop entitled Space technology & sustainability: a challenge for the future will take place on the 16th December at EPFL (room CE 1515).

Practical information

  • General public
  • Registration required


  • Italian Embassy in Bern; EPFL


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