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

Productive Failure

Monday, 4 March 2019, 7 p.m. at Herman's Wohnzimmer

with Prof. Manu Kapur, ETH Zurich

Our lives are riddled with failures. How one frames these failures influences whether and how one learns from them. Now there is science to help explain how failure can motivate learning, and how one can seek out and design for failure to drive learning. This topic will be discussed in more details by Prof. Manu Kapur.

Manu is a professor for learning sciences at ETH Zurich. Before moving to Zurich, he taught and researched in Hong Kong, Singapore, and NYC. He is known worldwide for his research on Productive Failure. For more info:

Wearable technology: The Holy Grail of Healthcare Innovation?

Monday, 18 March 2019, 7 p.m. at Herman's Wohnzimmer

with Ricard Delgado, Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM)

Soon, the world will have a higher number of older adults than children. In particular, it is projected the increase of life expectancy in European Union will grow from the current 18% up to 28%. This fact alone will put an enormous pressure over the current healthcare system, which has been already suffering skyrocketing costs. The disruptiveness of wearable technology is arising as the new way of vital signs monitoring, and its widespread use integrated within the IoT provide an unified way to monitor the recovery or degradation of elder people at risk. What is exactly wearable technology? Is it as good as it seems? Do we even need doctors anymore? This talk will explore these questions and others in this rapidly evolving field.

Ricard Delgado, Ph.D. is the lead research scientist pushing for the digitalization in eHealth within CSEM. Trained as a Mathematician and an Engineer, he obtained his Ph.D. on biomedical image analysis from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) within the consortium, the Swiss research initiative for the promotion of Systems Biology. He was awarded with the SSBE Research Award 2013 from the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering for the best PhD thesis, and the ABB Award 2014 for his “contributions to the field of bioimage informatics.”
His current research focusses on pushing AI into to biomedical embedded systems, wearable technology, and their impact on the future of healthcare and the Medtech industry with more than 40 scientific publications on the topic