The Consul General of Switzerland in San Francisco Mr. Jean-François Lichtenstern and swissnex cordially invite you to a cocktail celebration in honor of Dr. Johannes Geiss, International Space Science Institute (Bern, Switzerland), recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Bowie Medal for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research.
Dr. Geiss will present “The Swiss Apollo Solar Wind Collection Experiment – Reminiscences”, including a movie of the last minutes before the landing on the moon.
6:45 Welcome by Consul General Jean-François Lichtenstern, and Christian Simm,
Executive Director of swissnex
6:50 Introduction of Dr. Johannes Geiss, by Prof. Len Fisk, University of Ann Arbor,
Michigan and Chair, Space Studies Board of the US National Academies
7:00 Dr. Johannes Geiss will present “The Swiss Apollo Solar Wind Collection Experiment
– Reminiscences” Discussion with the public
Dr. Johannes Geiss
Dr. Johannes Geiss is a physicist with an outstanding career. He was born in 1926. He got his Master of Science from the University of Goettingen in 1950 and his Ph.D. from the same University in 1953. Dr. Geiss is an honorary director of the International Space Science Institute in Bern (ISSI), an organization he helped found in 1995. Prior to that, he has had a long career at the University of Bern and has held positions at universities and institutions in the US, France and Germany. He has participated in various space missions, for example as Principal Investigator in the Solar Wind Composition Experiment on Apollo 11 to 16. Dr. Johannes Geiss has been chairman in prestigious committees, presently he’s part of the Advisory Committee for the Science Department of the European Space Agency (ESA). His work was honored various times, most recently by the Albert-Einstein-Gesellschaft, from which he received the Einstein medal.
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
The AGU is a nonprofit scientific organization based in Washington DC and open to scientists and students worldwide. Its activities are focused on the field of geophysics (atmospheric and ocean sciences; solid-Earth sciences; hydrologic sciences; space sciences). AGU has over 41’000 members from 130 countries (20% students). It serves its membership through a broad range of publications and meetings and educational and other activities that support research in the earth and space sciences. The AGU fall meeting will be held in San Francisco from December 5th to December 9th. Over 11’000 geophysicists from around the world are expected to attend. On Wednesday, December 7th, nine scientists will receive medals for their achievements in the field of geophysics.
The medal is AGU’s highest-ranking honor. It’s named in honor of AGU’s first president, William Bowie. The price is awarded annually, acknowledging an individual for outstanding contributions to fundamental geophysics and for unselfish cooperation in research. The 2005 Bowie-medalist is Dr. Johannes Geiss. Keiiti Aki, a scientist specializing in seismology won last years award. In 2003 Donald L.Turcotte, a scientist with great contributions to the field of fundamental geophysics, was honored with the medal.
International Space Institute (ISSI)
The International Space Institute ISSI is a nonprofit organization based in Bern. It was founded in 1995. The foundations work is focused on the results of space-research missions (multi-experiment satellites). Its aim is to foster interdisciplinary studies and interpretation of data originating from these missions. The work done at ISSI is organized in different ways, for example in workshops, working groups and international teams. The European Space Agency, the Swiss Confederation and the Canton of Bern finance ISSI’s basic operations. It’s also supported by the Contraves company, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Bern.
Photograph: Myleen Hollero