Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Symposium


13:15 - 17:45


ETH Zürich
8093 Zürich

On Saturday 18 September 2021, a public symposium is dedicated to the physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 - 1923).

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845-1923)
Image: Wikipedia

In 2020 his 175th birthday and the 125thanniversary of his discovery of X-rays should have been celebrated, but the occasion had to be shifted to 2021 due to the pandemics. The symposium will take place at the ETH Zürich / Hönggerberg. Several talks will highlight Röntgen's biography, as well as the current state of research and applications, in which X-rays play a fundamental role.

Since the combination of history and modern research is particularly attractive to young people, the organizing societies plan a special program in the morning before the Röntgen Symposium, where selected students, namely winners of the SwissPhO and similar competitions, can visit physics laboratories on Hönggerberg and get first-hand information about current research activities.

The public is cordially invited to attend the symposium lectures that will be given in English; admission is free and registration is not required.

The Young Talents Day and the Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Symposium is jointly organized by the Swiss Physical Society (SPS), the Physikali­sche Gesellschaft Zürich (PGZ), and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT).

Symposium program:

13:15 - 14:00: Ralph Claessen, Universität Würzburg, Röntgen's discovery: from serendipity to scientific revolution
14:00 - 14:45: Marco Stampanoni, ETH Zürich, 125 years of X-ray imaging and still eager to push further
14:45 - 15:15: Coffee break
15:15 - 15:45: Clemens Schulze-Briese, Dectris Ltd. Baden, X-rays in industry and society, what we do today and what can be done tomorrow
15:45 - 16:15: Davide Bleiner, EMPA, Progress in small scale X-ray lasers
16:15 - 16:45: Stéphane Paltani, Université de Genève, The revolution of X-ray astronomy
16:45 - 17:45: Apéro

Intended for

  • 18+
  • 20-40
  • 55+


Content: medium

Interactivity: passive

Inside/outside: inside


Languages: English
Weather dependent? No
Does it cost anything? No