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April, 2024 – Industrynight


January, 2024 – Museumsnight


November, 2023 – Campus lecture: Rocket science meets life sciences

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.

In case you were not able to join the Novartis Campus Lecture in person, the recording is now live on our YouTube Channel: 
Rocket science meets life sciences

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.


September, 2023 – Behind the science: From Basel into the world


June, 2023 – Behind the science: Medicinal Chemistry


May, 2023 – Novartis Campus Lecture: Places for Inspiration

On May 11, 2023, neuroscientist Colin Ellard took us on a journey back to his childhood visit to Stonehenge, where he felt an overwhelming sense of awe and anticipation. This experience ignited his exploration of how architecture can stir emotions. Ellard shared fascinating examples, like Bernini's Baldacchino in St. Peter's Cathedral, conveying suffering, and Frank Gehry's playful designs with their curvy, organic forms.

The event took place at the Novartis Campus, where new work models have been pioneered for the past two decades. With debates about the future of the workplace taking center stage across the globe, it is more important than ever to consider the impact of architecture on human psychology and behavior, and how buildings can inspire us to achieve great things.

In case you were not able to join the Novartis Campus Lecture in person, the recording is now live on our YouTube Channel: 
Places for Inspiration

Picture of Colin Ellard


Colin Ellard is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Waterloo and director of its Urban Realities Laboratory, working at the intersection of urban design and experimental psychology. A practising scientist and sought-after international lecturer, Ellard also works in collaboration and partnership with architects, museum curators and NGO representatives to enrich the public debate about the importance of the built environment. His most recent book is Places of the Heart (Bellevue Literary Press, 2015).


April, 2023 – Behind the science: DNA


March, 2023 – Behind the science: Pi(e)-day


January, 2023 – Museumsnight


December, 2022 – Behind the science: Nobel Prize


September, 2022 – Industrynight


May, 2022 – Museumsnight