16 December Seminar (on Zoom only) – Two talks by the Astrophysicist and Astrobiologist Daniel Angerhausen

daniel angerhausen, ethz, the explainables, zurich

Dr. Daniel Angerhausen is an Astrophysicist and Astrobiologist at the Institute for Particle Physics and Astrophysics (IPA) at the Physics Department of ETH Zurich, where he leads the Project Office and the Science Team Lead for the LIFE (Large Interferometer for Exoplanets) space  mission. The former NASA and Center for Space and Habitability fellow is also founder and CEO of the Science and Tech Communication start-up ‘Explainables’, a diverse team of highly qualified young communicators from all over the globe. On his search for planets around other stars Daniel already flew six missions on the NASA airborne telescope SOFIA. Daniel is also mentor and science committee member of NASA Frontier Development Lab, an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning incubator tackling challenges in various fields of space sciences in collaboration with industry stakeholders such as Google Cloud, Nvidia or IBM. Daniel plays Sepaktakraw, an artistic footvolleyball game and competed several times at World Championships in South East Asia.  

Science talk – Aliens, Exoplanets and Astrobiology 

In my presentation I will give a non-expert introduction to the field of Astrobiology and in particular the science of extrasolar planets, planets orbiting stars outside our Solar System.
I will describe my various projects in this emerging field using the largest ground based telescopes, the ‘flying telescope’ SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) and the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes.
I will explain how these methods will – for the first time in history – enable us to systematically search for life in space in the next two decades.

soft-skills talk – Authentic personal Branding in Academia (in a nutshell)

A branding strategy can be a crucial step in winning grants, building a scientific reputation and advancing your career. Networking at all career levels and between disciplines is a key skill to establish professional relationships within academia or the job market in the industry.
How do I establish an authentic personal brand? Which are my options for sharing information? How do I build and maintain relationships in my community or with potential future employers in the industry? I will give a short introduction to some key concepts that will help to develop a personal brand and to exercise networking skills.

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