Café Scientifique

A Café Scientifique is a forum, where for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can participate in the discussion of current scientific issues in the relaxing, informal setup of a Café!

The Cafés Scientifiques are organized by Dr. Sahar El Khoury and Life Science Zurich and supported by Science et Cité. They take place in general once a month at Herman's Wohnzimmer in Zürich.

How does it work?

  • A Café Scientifique starts with conversations in small groups about the topic to break the ice, fill the glasses, and concretize our knowledge about the subject.
  • Afterwards, there is a short talk (usually about 15/20 min) by an expert speaker.
  • This is followed by approximately half an hour of questions and answers and general discussion.

What subjects will be discussed ? Any scientific subject that is of interest to the general public.

Who are the invited speakers? The invited speakers are researchers from UZH/ETHZ.

Nexte Cafés Scientifiques

Engineering Living Tissue: Science or Fiction?

Monday, 15 March 2019, 7 p.m. at Herman's Wohnzimmer

with Dr. Salim Darwiche, UZH

“As Nature’s intentions are various, her workmanship is varied accordingly” (William Hunter, 1743). The field of regenerative medicine has emerged in the past two decades as a fundamental branch of medicine, aimed at restoring the function of living tissues. Cartilage, Tendon, Bone, Skin, Muscle, all different tissues with dedicated compositions and functions, which scientists have attempted to reverse engineer and recreate. As the boundary between science and fiction becomes blurred, the advancement of technological capabilities accompanies our growing understanding of the human body.


In his talk, Dr. Darwiche will be presenting what goes into the design and restoration of a living tissue and how to redirect the body’s own regenerative potential. He will be showing examples from cartilage and skin engineering, highlighting the commonalities as well as the tissue-specific differences. He will also present some of the measures needed to ensure the safe translation of an engineered construct to the patient’s bedside.