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  • Uncanny yet familiar. In this exhibition of art and photography, explore the weird world of Moments in Algorithmic Places (MAPs).
  • Dance performance inspired by science, from Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and developed during his residency at CERN.
  • Assess various models for art-science collaborations—dig into the values and challenges, and find out what really works.
  • Re-imagine urban design and architecture in the public realm.
  • Ever dreamed of flying like a bird? Make it come true with Birdly, the full body flight simulator and virtual reality machine.
  • During the Opening Reception of the Birdly exhibit, learn the secrets of the full body flight simulator and take a turn soaring over the virtual city.
  • An experimental journey probing the role of books in the digital era.
  • Design Prize Switzerland showcases the best of Swiss fashion, product, textile, communication, interior, and furniture design. Check out the current collection in Los Angeles ...
  • One of the most exciting contemporary poster designers, Felix Pfäffli, appears at Otis Design Week in Los Angeles.
  • Attend a full-day design session with new biodegradable material FluidSolids®—win a fellowship to Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Artists Mario Del Curto and Rachel Sussman in conversation with moderator Corey Keller, Curator of Photography at SFMOMA.
  • Exhibition from Swiss photographer Mario Del Curto exploring the ways in which humans interact with plants and vegetation.
  • A month-long program investigating our relationship to plants and imagining a green and healthy future for cities and the planet.
  • Swiss startup MindMaze presents virtual reality for stroke therapy at the NeuroGaming Conference.
  • Swiss university communicators meet to discuss bilingual communications, use of Instagram, and social media governance at ZHAW Winterthur.
  • Discover the most innovative game studios from France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Japan, and the US during the Game Developers Conference (GDC).
  • Take control of your data with KNIME, an open, modular platform for all your data needs!
  • Learn the secrets of CERN’s artist-in-residency program, Collide@CERN, with Robert Semper, San Francisco-based artist Bill Fontana, and scientist Subodh Patil.
  • Will you be the one to visualize a real-time data stream display on Market Street? Join a one-day hackathon to find the team up to the task.
  • Day and Night in Building Science and Chronobiology: How the buildings we inhabit could take advantage of daylight—both to keep human occupants comfortable and healthy, and ...
  • An exhibition of works from renowned international artists questioning the book as it is represented in art.
  • Exhibition exploring the boundaries of concepts, processes, technologies, and form in graphic design.
  • Our 2013 holiday party also marks swissnex San Francisco’s 10th anniversary. We’re honoring that milestone with an ode to tomorrow. Join us to imagine the New Year, the ...
  • Find out about research and innovation opportunities in Europe.
  • The humble remote control sits in almost every living room, yet commands little status. This EPFL+ECAL Lab exhibition offers alternatives that renew our relationship to ...
  • Swiss graphic design legend Armin Hofmann color study at the Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles, curated by April Greiman.
  • How can we protect the rights and privacy of individuals while encouraging genetic exploration and research?
  • Join fellow software engineers and designers to hack the traditional definition of a book and build new digital interpretations.
  • Dig in the dirt, eat flowers, and taste honey grown atop San Francisco restaurants at a special NightLife dedicated to green roofs and walls.
  • A full day academic conference on reading and writing in the digital age.
  • An experimental journey probing the role of books in the digital era.
  • Take control of your data with KNIME, an open, modular platform for all your data needs!
  • A 48-hour-all-night event that brings together enthusiastic geeks to collaborate, hack, and build 'cool stuff'.
  • CTI Market Entry CAMP USA Roadshow in Switzerland! Learn how to gain an advantage by plugging into the US ecosystem.
  • Scientists working on enormous collaborations discuss how they get the job done in the era of big science and big data.
  • swissnex San Francisco hosts the d3.bayarea data visualization meetup.
  • The SOBA community checks in on self-tracking, life-logging, and all things Quantified Self. Where does science fit into this movement, and can data really make us healthier?
  • Join us as we bring together the best minds in healthcare, science, and technology to discuss the rise of crowdfunding in healthcare.
  • A live, international debate with the World Economic Forum and the University of Geneva. How innovations in global governance and technology are shaping Global Health.
  • A transmedia storytelling competition for students of Swiss higher education.
  • A sensory performance illustrating the power of music on emotions.
  • Learn how iconic filmmakers heighten the senses with sound, and find out more about the emerging field of neurocinematics.
  • Join fellow Swiss Alumni and post-docs on the West Coast to meet the pilots of Solar Impulse and see the plane up close at NASA's Moffett Field in Mountain View.


  • Film screening of the Swiss documentary about the discovery of LSD, and an update on current research in psychedelic science.
  • Join us for the Urban Data Challenge awards ceremony and see the winning projects of the data visualization competition.
  • Christian Marclay’s 24-hour tour de force, "The Clock" (2010), has its Bay Area premiere at SFMOMA in April.
  • Translating Robert Walser Roundtable discussion with translators and literary scholars of Swiss author Robert Walser.
  • Five Swiss studios, five new games, one exhibition, limitless opportunity. See what they have to offer at GDC Play.
  • Play a backpack video console, control the expressions of a portrait, and join a shouting match—for fun. These games and more in the exhibition during GDC.
  • Join the discussion of green roof policy in Switzerland and how to advance it in San Francisco. Then hop aboard the bus for a guided tour of the city’s best green roofs.
  • A live, international debate with the World Economic Forum and the University of Geneva. How neuroscience is changing the understanding of the mind and cognition, and the ...
  • Celebrate International Open Data Day by coding, brainstorming, and visualizing urban transportation with your fellow data lovers.
  • On your mark, get set, go! The online data visualization competition begins. Get primed, get connected, and get started.
  • What’s the heartbeat of your city? Does data make your pulse race? Join the online data visualization competition using transportation feeds from San Francisco, Geneva, and ...
  • Attaining Sustainable High Performance Through Secure Base Leadership.
  • We’ve hauled “The Third Space” back from the burning hot Nevada desert…and pulled in the sounds of ice and melting snow. Celebrate, shiver, and sweat with swissnex as ...
  • Learn more about the vibrant research culture in Europe and the exciting opportunities in Switzerland.
  • Swiss-American designer Zak Kyes will lecture on his recent work and his exhibition, “Zak Kyes Working with…,” at the California College of the Arts.
  • Is the US market right for your startup? Join swissnex San Francisco in Zurich, Bern, Lugano, Lausanne, and Geneva to help you answer this and other questions.
  • Does the food we eat alter our performance in competition?
  • Join us for a discussion with forensic scientists on the latest scientific techniques used in criminal investigation.
  • swissnex teams up with LACE to showcase the ARTPORT-curated exhibition, a show that focuses on issues of gender roles and climate change, throwing in some science to boot.
  • Join Wired editor Kevin Poulsen for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at cybercrime in San Francisco and beyond.
  • Dermatologists and historians discuss how physicians and their patients have interpreted and treated skin problems from the Enlightenment up through today.
  • Would Leonardo da Vinci be a game designer if he were alive today? Cutting-edge scholars and gaming experts discuss the arts in video games.
  • Artist=researcher? In conjunction with the ZERO1 Biennial, Swiss artist Pe Lang and US artist Charles Lindsay perform their liaisons to science.
  • TEDxHelvetia is about spreading ideas that can truly make a difference, from some of the world’s renowned experts as well as the great minds of tomorrow. Join us for a ...
  • The ZERO1 Biennial, focusing on the convergence of contemporary art and technology, is expanding this year and takes place in Silicon Valley and around the Bay Area. Swiss ...
  • Together with Alexander Rehn and Greutmann-Bolzern Design Studio, swissnex San Francisco brings the stunning zip tie installation The Third Space to the Burning Man festival ...
  • The incredible feats that athletes accomplish fascinate us, but what are the repercussions to the human body and to society when they are achieved through doping?
  • Body performer Yann Marussich offers full insights into the creative and physiological processes that are featured in performance pieces such as "Bleu Remix", which is ...
  • A performance artist opens his pores on his California tour, which kicks off a series of swissnex San Francisco events that focus on the skin.
  • With the "trees: Downy Oak" sound installation as a backdrop, discuss how environmental concerns fit into today's explorations in media art.
  • Surround-sound installation "trees: Downy Oak" shows you how to listen to the forest—and how tuning in to the woods reveals a bigger story about physiological and climatic ...
  • Design Prize Switzerland showcases the best of Swiss fashion, product, textile, interior, and furniture design. This year, it’s on view in Los Angeles at the largest design ...
  • Renowned printer, typographer, and founder of the Greenwood Press in San Francisco in conversation with friends and collaborators.
  • Swiss design duos Norm and Maximage lead a full-day typography workshop for graphic design students and young professionals.
  • Reconnect with your Swiss alma mater, make new connections, and help plan for the next alumni event.
  • In conjunction with the "Types We Can Make" exhibit, San Francisco educator and author Carolina de Bartolo shares thoughts on the process of exploring typography.
  • Leading researchers discuss human-robot interaction and new developments in human-friendly robots.
  • This exhibition, curated by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, presents a selection of new typography works from Switzerland, where type design has had the status of ...
  • Curator and master typographer François Rappo and Alexis Georgacopoulos director of the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne provide insights into the exhibition.
  • What can we make with trash? T-Shirts, microphones, instruments, anything. Swiss Sound Artist Pe Lang holds a presentation at the Exploratorium on how to build a kinetic sound ...
  • Scientists from NASA Ames and the Swiss Space Center reveal robotic applications for missions to the Moon, Mars, and other destinations in the cosmos.
  • We’re baaaack. It’s playtime again. Come discover the latest Swiss games, meet the developers, test your skills, and win prizes!
  • swissnex San Francisco hosts a data visualization meetup organized by San Francisco based start-up, Visual.ly.
  • World’s First Mouse Scanner Connects to the Cloud. Test your skills in the Scan What You Can competition and win cool prizes!
  • The theme for this year’s TEDxConstitutionDrive is "Identity." Please come with an open mind and a sincere desire to connect with the ideas and other attendees.
  • Top scientists from Switzerland and the US discuss developments in robotics. Find out if robots can self-reflect, self-improve, and adapt to new circumstances, and if robots ...
  • Join Sarah Graham, Marc Angélil, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a presentation of their latest architecture book, which tells the unordinary story of 17 buildings.
  • Swiss contemporary artists Mélodie Mousset, Claudia Comte, and Athene Galiciadis bring their joint project "Trouble Rainbow II" and its splashy color to the City of Angels. ...
  • Award-winning Swiss design studio Greutmann Bolzern bring a hypnotic installation of shape, light, and texture to swissnex San Francisco. The star performers? Soap bubbles.
  • We invite the swissnex community to the hypnotizing opening of “Bubble Ballet” from renowned Zurich design studio, Greutmann Bolzern. Bid farewell to 2011 and twist 2012 ...
  • Infrasound 26 and Michael Gendreau take GAFFTA by sonic storm as they “tune” the built environment around Milieux Sonores.
  • An artist, a neuroscientist, and an art historian share reflections of the self and self-portraiture in the last public event of “Think Art – Act Science” at SFAI.
  • At the Exploratorium's After Dark event dedicated to the senses, Philip Reist, a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich demonstrates his ...
  • While physicists attempt to understand the universe in their own way, Christian Gonzenbach draws on his experience as an artist-in-residence in the lab of Martin Pohl ...
  • Can we solve nature's mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists will discuss.
  • Geometric patterns of logarithmic spirals. The art of recycling. No-camera photography. Don’t miss descriptions of these and other projects and the chance to share your own ...
  • Have you ever seen a blind, juggling robot? After the evening’s discussion between scientists, artists, and a science fiction specialist, you’ll be able to answer yes.
  • A panel discussion on the influence of Dieter Rams on the work of several prominent Bay Area designers. Joseph Becker, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA, ...
  • Experience the diversity and creativity of Swiss game design. Learn about the artistic and technical aspects of game creation and test out the latest releases.
  • Celebrate the opening of the “Swiss Game Design” exhibition with game developers and designers from Canada, the US, and Switzerland, and learn about the impact of computer ...
  • Swiss university spin-offs flex their robotic muscle in honor of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Hear from the hottest companies and ...
  • Four experts who work at the interface of art and science weigh in. This event is held in conjunction with the “Think Art - Act Science” exhibition.
  • Hear how top American and Swiss influencers in the fields of architecture and design evaluate the theory of the “hierarchy of needs” and answer the question, must design ...
  • The "Think Art - Act Science" exhibition showcases eight works developed during a nine-month residency called artists-in-labs, which places, you guessed it, artists, in ...
  • How are architects around the world dealing with current global challenges in urbanism? Find out what it will take to plan the infrastructure needed for the urban citizens of ...
  • As part of the Architecture and the City Festival in San Francisco, swissnex hosts the exhibition "Teaching Architecture: 3 Positions Made in Switzerland," which expresses ...
  • Swiss architects Christoph Gantenbein and Raphael Zuber join Sandra Vivanco of the California College of the Arts in a discussion on building the urban environment to ...
  • The KNIME open source data analytics and integration platform is coming to the Bay Area. On July 28, 2011, the KNIME team and the KNIME Life Science Partners invite you to ...
  • European Startup Demo Night is a two-hour, invitation only pitch event featuring 10 high quality, post seed stage European companies that are ready to expand into the US and ...
  • swissnex San Francisco, Creative Commons, and The Consulate General of the Netherlands invite you to an evening of exploring, celebrating, and questioning the rapidly growing ...
  • Is data your daily bread? Hear from data visualization experts then roll up your sleeves and get hacking on a visualization of your own and compete for prizes. Data sets ...
  • Our Brain & Mind event series continues with a presentation of the medical and historical links between linguistics and neuroscience. Plus a performance of sound poetry ...
  • Learn how the iconic Swiss typeface influenced generations of designers, visual hackers, and coders then team up with attendees to make the font your own and compete to have ...
  • With our stunning brain imagery exhibit as a backdrop, neuroscientists from the University of Zurich and UCSF discuss brain mapping and how neural structures are linked to ...
  • Our Brain & Mind series continues with an exhibition of imagery showcasing the true beauty of the brain, with commentary from prominent neuroscientists in the accompanying ...
  • Our opening reception for the Neural Architectures exhibition celebrates the beauty of brain imagery with presentations from curator Benjamin Bollmann and Carl E. Schoonover, ...
  • To inaugurate our event series on gaming, swissnex San Francisco hosts a Swiss computer games expo in parallel with the GDC. Come all week and play, and meet the developers on ...
  • For the first time, Swiss gaming as a whole is presented at the Game Developers Conference (GDC). Stop by and visit swissnex San Francisco and the Swiss gaming community ...
  • To open the Design Preis Schweiz exhibition, Dwell Magazine’s Aaron Britt moderates a panel discussion with top designers bridging the US and Europe.
  • swissnex San Francisco and LA’s A+D Museum showcase the best of Swiss design.
  • The kinetic, sonic sculptures of artist Zimoun feature armies of mechanical entities that form worlds both uniform and chaotic. Solo exhibition at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.
  • swissnex San Francisco partners with The Lab to bring ENTER SLOWLY, an art exhibition curated by David Cunningham and featuring works from Swiss artist Alexandra Navratil ...
  • Our ‘Who Needs Snow?’ Holiday Celebration brings a bit of the Swiss Alps to San Francisco. We transform our space into a cozy après-ski (after skiing) environment ...
  • This workshop aims at providing an overview of 3D cell-culture and microtissue-culture technologies, and at illustrating their applications in oncology and toxicology.
  • swissnex San Francisco invites two Swiss sound specialists to GAFFTA to examine the relationships of sound and music to the built environment and how sound factors into ...
  • The tragic fallout from recent natural disasters is overwhelming. For some, it's a challenge and a call to action. Come learn what a brave few are doing to understand and ...
  • Can you sync your brain activity with someone else’s? Does that mean you’re compatible? Find out at the live demonstration of "Brain Date," a brain computer interface game ...
  • San Jose digital art festival showcases “Build Your Own World” projects including a magic book, an Internet light source for space colonies, and the sounds of ripening tomatoes.
  • swissnex San Francisco and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts present “Milieux Sonores,” a groundbreaking media art exhibition from ICST Zurich in which imaginary spaces ...
  • Longshot Magazine, created from start to finish in just 48hrs, shows us an exciting new era in modern journalism. Join us for the unboxing of Issue One.
  • 23five Incorporated and swissnex San Francisco present a night of experimental music by Swiss artist Dave Phillips and co. at The Lab.
  • The goals and methods of urban planning appear to be undergoing a shift. To find out why and what the implications are for the cities of the future, swissnex San Francisco ...
  • Leading scientists from the US and Switzerland describe their work with light sources, instruments that produce bright beams of light to peer into nature’s secrets.
  • We begin our new Brain and Mind series by looking at how sleep affects brain function and how lack of sleep can influence the mind, as in the case of philosopher Emil Cioran, ...
  • Continuing our series on light, swissnex San Francisco invites Swiss artist Daniel Schlaepfer to present his interactive installations using light to question the mysteries of ...
  • swissnex San Francisco takes you behind the scenes of the “Sunny Memories” project for an in-depth presentation of Graetzel cells, or dye-sensitized solar cells, with EPFL ...
  • 23five Incorporated, in collaboration with swissnex San Francisco and The Lab, presents the 13th annual Activating The Medium festival, with two nights of performances from ...
  • In cooperation with EPFL+ECAL Lab and CCA, swissnex San Francisco presents “Sunny Memories,” a groundbreaking exhibition that fuses new solar cell technology with design. ...
  • Through engaging exhibits, illustrations, and movies, artists are bringing science to general audiences in elegant, even fun ways that help the public understand complex ...
  • Our innovation series continues with a discussion on the role of design in successful and sustainable business.
  • Planet-hunter Stephane Udry could be on his way to finding life elsewhere in the universe.
  • As a prelude to the San Francisco Art Institute’s spring exhibition “Geography of Trans-Territories,” Swiss multimedia artist Ursula Biemann and SFAI curator Hou Hanru ...
  • The Exploratorium in San Francisco and the Technorama in Winterthur, Switzerland, are challenging the notion of the traditional science museum.
  • 23five, Inc. and swissnex San Francisco present a night of experimental music performances by Swiss industrial music pioneer Sudden Infant, with special guests Horaflora, ...
  • It may seem like science fiction, but the technology to allow for natural conversations with the devices in our pockets is just around the corner.
  • Further probing the intersections of design, business, and innovation, swissnex San Francisco hosts a presentation on the new executive curriculum from the California College ...
  • The second event in our series on light brings an illuminating presentation and two installations from the Zurich ColourLight Center that play with LED lighting and colored ...
  • Light plays an important role in our daily lives. Light is also key to design. There’s design for light and design with light. Yet the way light is used morphs with new ...
  • Animations float across the pages of a timeless book about the Swiss countryside. Banknotes prove strangely seductive. Your head is suddenly engulfed in clouds and your ...
  • swissnex San Francisco caps off its 2009 series of duo concerts with an exceptional encounter of two of avant-garde music's biggest names: reeds and electronics maestro Hans ...
  • In the aftermath of the financial meltdown, the virtue of competitive markets is being questioned. Peter Bossaerts, professor of finance at the California Institute of ...
  • Switzerland is the number one choice for American companies seeking fast and sustainable growth in Europe. A distinguished group of delegates will discuss the advantages of ...
  • From the classical guitar to abstract, digital era sounds, Gil Carnal and Barry Threw present their respective innovations to musical instruments: refinements to physical ...
  • World experts in meditation science discuss current research on compassion meditation, alternative treatments for depression, and controversies in the field. The day begins ...
  • Swiss electronic music collective domizil hits swissnex San Francisco on their upcoming West Coast tour. Drink insonic bliss as members of the Zurich-based sound art project ...
  • Neutrality. What does it really mean, where—and in whom—does it reside, and what happens in the absence of neutrality? How can we fight bias in new media like smart phones ...
  • Sharp-tongued Zurich rapper Big Zis takes over swissnex San Francisco, with Keldamuzik and Romanowski in tow.
  • Roundtable discussion on opportunities in green technology with Swiss and American entrepreneurs moderated by Alexis Madrigal of Wired Science. Welcoming remarks by Doris ...
  • A fully improvised concert at the edge of sonic and emotional expression, with Swiss saxophone player Urs Leimgruber and Bay Area percussion powerhouse Gino Robair
  • A look at challenges, opportunities and the competitive landscape facing cleantech companies in a global marketplace, with the Greater Zurich Area
  • Premiering QB1, a robot that alters the fundamentals of human-machine interaction
  • Stay tuned for more details on our next events. We will cover subjects as diverse as the World Economic Forum, Media Facades, Space Architecture and more!
  • Learn about an innovative environmental project that teams scientists with citizens to monitor climate change in the Swiss Alps.
  • Join us for the opening of the Design Preis Schweiz exhibit, showcasing award-winning and nominated projects from this prestigious bi-annual event for Switzerland's design industry.
  • Join us for science & art-themed gastronomy, Barbary Coast tales, fasten-your-seatbelt movies, prizes, and a special performance fusing mountain sounds with city beats.
  • Audiovisual artists Stefan Mueller Arisona and Steve Gibson stage a digital-age reenactment of Andy Warhol's mind-boggling 1960's multimedia show. Guest performance by San ...
  • Making sense out of the wealth of information provided by genomic science.
  • Join us for an evening of cheers to celebrate the Holiday Season and share (mulled) wine, hors d'oeuvres, surprises and stories with the many friends of swissnex San Francisco.
  • Another informative event in our ongoing series of "Life Science Breakfasts" with the FACCSF.
  • A true-to-reality virtual fashion show followed by a talk on "3D Computer Simulation of Textiles".
  • Urban furniture by 12 young Swiss designers at the American Institute of Architects SF.
  • A collection of the best student work from San Francisco State University, Academy of Art University, and San Jose State University.
  • An art exhibit by Ariel Ruiz i Altaba that explores the relationship between art and science.
  • Contribute your business advice and questions to an evening of relaxed mingling and exchange of ideas with the local chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Alex Fries of the European-American Angels Club will discuss how the EAAC supports European start-ups and Entrepreneurs by financing their ideas.
  • Increased investments to provide treatments for unmet medical needs continue to fuel the creation of new biotechnology companies in the United States and abroad. These startup ...
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