Thursday, November 23, 2023 | 18:00 – 20:30
Door opening: 17:30

Location: Fabrikstrasse 15, Gehry Auditorium, Novartis Campus Basel

Born in rural Switzerland in the small town of Heiligenschwendi, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen has not just traveled the world during his illustrious career as a scientist. He has literally aimed for the stars. Against all odds and his family’s opposition, he pursued a career in astrophysics to become the longest serving leader of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. We are proud to invite Dr. Zurbuchen to our next Novartis Lecture, where he will talk about his real-life space odyssey and may answer questions on how the life science hub in Basel can benefit from the breakthroughs in rocket science. 

Portrait of Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen


Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA from 2016 to 2022. Previously Professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan. Also founder of the largest Entrepreneurship programme at American Universities - the Michigan Center for Entrepreneurship - and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.