This public symposium is dedicated to the physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845 - 1923) and his vibrant legacy today. Röntgen studied mechanical engineering at the ETH Zürich and obtained his PhD in physics in 1869 from the University of Zürich. In 2020 his 175th birthday and the 125th anniversary of his discovery of X-rays should have been celebrated, but the event had to be shifted to 2021 due to the pandemic.
In 2020 his 175th birthday and the 125th anniversary 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. Due to the pandemic situation, registration via the following link is asked, where you confirm to have a valid Covid certificate (either fully vaccined, recovered, or tested).
A livestream allowing to follow the talks remotely will be active during the event:
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).
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
Weather dependent? No
Does it cost anything? No