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

Superconductivity and Quantum Matter

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 7 p.m. at Herman's Wohnzimmer

with Johan Chang, UZH

Superconductivity is a fascinating example of a macroscopic quantum matter state that allows dissipation-less transport of electricity. Superconducting materials holds enormous potential for applications in sectors such as medical imaging, power transmission, levitated transport and motors for high-power wind mills. In his talk, Prof. Chang will give a brief history of superconductivity with emphasis on breakthroughs made in the last decade. Although superconductivity emerge as a result of complicated quantum mechanical effects, a layman explanation will be put forward. Finally, an outlook into future developments and applications of superconductivity will be given.

Johan Chang is a professor in experimental condensed matter physics at the university of Zurich. His research is centred around unconventional superconductivity and related quantum matter problems involving correlated electrons. Originally from Denmark, his educational track has led him to work/study in Canada, Japan, France and Switzerland. Currently, Johan Chang's research is based on experiments using light-matter interaction experiments at synchrotron facilities such as the Swiss Light Source.