SciComm Studio 018: The Sky is Not the Limit

Join us for a discussion with women using science communication to inspire all of us to become explorers.

One of the first footprints on the Moon, courtesy NASA.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


September 13, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$8 - $10

How can scientists tap into a spirit of exploration and inspire bold dreams for young people — especially young women — to engage with science and engineering? From the top of Mt. Everest to the Moon and Mars, this SciComm Studio event is all about turning everyone into an explorer.

Meet women whose work empowers all of us to imagine what’s possible when we embrace this spirit of exploration. From pioneer Daphne de Jong — who climbed Mt. Everest only after finding that the equipment was made for men — to Vera Mulyani, who envisions futures settlements on distant worlds. NASA’s Ariel Waldman takes us from Antarctica to outer space. Finally, meet “Galactic Chloé,” who is exploring immersive games and storytelling that transforms science into a space to explore.


6:00pm — doors open
6:30pm — talks
7:00pm — q&a
7:30pm — networking
9:00pm — doors close


Chloé Carrière
Chloé CarrièreChloé Carrière — “Galactic Chloé” — studies physics at EPFL, where she is busy bringing science communication about astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, space missions and space engineering to the public through engaging public appearances, events, and social media. She is the creator of Space@yourService, which organizes Astronomy on Tap events in Lausanne, has co-produced science videos for Swiss public broadcaster RTS, and her science communication talk, The Science of Moonwalking, earned her an audience prize from FameLab — despite being the only undergraduate entry among all of the PhDs. Most recently, she spent the summer at swissnex San Francisco as a Pier 17 Science Communication Fellow.

Daphne de Jong
Daphne de Jong is a trained commercial pilot (she once was qualified to fly a Boeing 737) and aerospace engineer, and was part of the first Amazon Prime Air customer delivery in the UK. She is a board director at UN Women in San Francisco, and is involved in several organizations aiming to break gender bias barriers, such as setting up an organization to teach girls how to code. Daphne has climbed some of the tallest mountains in the world and most recently, she summited Mt. Everest, but discovered that expedition gear, such as watches and trackers, were not available for women. In a move to inspire more female climbers, she will be crossing Greenland with an all-female team.

Vera Mulyani
Vera MulyaniVera Mulyani is an innovative and visionary leader, with multidisciplinary skills in art and in business. She founded and is the CEO of Mars City Design and the President of the non-profit Mars City Foundation. Mars City Design is an innovation platform that unites thought leaders and visionaries from multidisciplinary STEAM background to pioneer in designing the first blueprints of the urban infrastructure and human lifestyle for Mars, applicable to future sustainable smart cities on Earth. Mulyani developed a 
distinct concept of Recycling Cities, which consisted of transforming damaged areas, former industrial and cosmopolitan into self-sustaining Green Zones to better integrate a natural environment into human living space. Mulyani’s concept of urbanism on Mars advocates a self-sustaining lifestyle on Earth. Mulyani’s award
-winning short films were presented at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Ariel Waldman
Ariel Waldman photo by Dorien GunnelsAriel Waldman sits on the council for NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program. She is the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight and the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There. Ariel is the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots endeavor to prototype things with science that is now in 30 countries. In 2013, she received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science. In 2018, she led a five-week expedition to Antarctica to explore life under the ice, filming microbes living within glaciers, under the sea ice, and in subglacial ponds, which she documented on her YouTube channel. As an art school graduate, Ariel’s mission is to enlighten others on how anyone can actively contribute to science in clever new ways.

SciComm Studio

The SciComm Studio is swissnex San Francisco’s meetup for lovers of science seeking a community to experiment, explore, and connect around science communication and public engagement. Hosted at swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, these meetups create a space for our community to cultivate science communication skills. We inspire and challenge participants excited by science to share their knowledge through storytelling and interactivity. It’s a win-win: exchange knowledge while developing your own toolkit for scientific outreach.

The Pier 17 Science Studio has support from the Exploratorium, Bay Area Science Festival, TED speakers, museum professionals and art-technology curators. The Science Studio “SciComm Studio” events take science communication out of the box and into the streets. If you find yourself involved in any area of scicomm, or if you are interested in being a part of the movement, join us for our next event!

Photo: One of the first steps taken on the Moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon on July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 mission launched on July 16 on a Saturn V launch vehicle developed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Courtesy NASA.

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