Swiss Space Innovation Evening

A discovery event to celebrate the Year of Swiss Innovation in India by showcasing the best space startups coming out of Swiss labs.

Event Details


Bangalore International Exhibition Centre,
10th Mile, Tumkur Road, , Bangalore, Karnataka India


September 01, 2016 from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm

The Swiss Space Innovation Evening is the highlight event of the Space Week in India.

To celebrate the Year of Swiss Innovation in India, space research, business communities and entrepreneurs from India and Switzerland will gather together to discover the best technologies coming out of Swiss space and aerospace sectors.

The Swiss Space Innovation Evening takes place during the 5th Bengaluru Space Expo and will showcase Switzerland’s excellence in space research and technologies. A Swiss delegation, comprising Swiss startups, researchers and entrepreneurs, will present their achievements in space research and technology.

The evening will be the platform to showcase the excellence of Swiss innovation and to build bridges between India and Switzerland in the space sector. The evening will be presided by Dr. Balz Strasser, Consul General of Switzerland in Bangalore and Dr. Volker Gass, Director, Swiss Space Center. This exclusive event will take place on the opening day of ‘Bengaluru Space Expo 2016’ at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC).


3.45 – 4.00 pm – Arrival of guests & registration

4.00 – 4.05 pm – Introduction to the Swiss Space Evening by Dr. Balz Strasser, CEO & Consul General of Switzerland in Bangalore

4.05 – 4.20 pm – Welcome address by Dr. Volker Gass, Director of the Swiss Space Center, EPFL

4.20 – 4.35 pm – Keynote speech by Prof. Alain Geiger, ETH Zurich on ‘research & innovation initiatives of Swiss aerospace sector’

4.35 – 5.30 pm – Short 7 mins. pitch by each presenting startups followed by Q&A

5.30 – 5.35 pm – Vote of Thanks

5.35 pm onward – Networking & Apero

Participation in the event is by invitation only. 

If you are associated with Space industry/research in Bangalore, send us a participation request ( with your organization and contact details.

Swiss startups and researchers presenting at the innovation evening

Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, ETH Zurich  presented by Prof. Alain Geiger

Profile: Prof. Geiger is a senior member of the scientific staff and a lecturer at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ). He holds a Diploma in Physics, ETHZ, 1974, PhD in Geodesy (gravity field) and has more than 30 years of experience in satellite geodesy. Prof. Geiger is currently the President of Swiss geodetic commission (commission of Swiss academy of science), and was past president of Swiss institute of navigation (ION-CH) & past president of Swiss Aerospace Cluster.

Almatech presented by Dr. Fabrice Rottmeier, Head of Business Development

Profile: Dr. Rottmeier is the Head of Business Development at Almatech, as well as the Senior Project Manager in charge of development of the X-Ray Detector Module for the STIX instrument to be flown on ESA’s Solar Orbiter Mission. He holds a PhD on the fluid-structure interactions in axial turbomachinery from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in Turbomachinery & Computational Fluid Dynamics at EPFL.

ELSE SA presented by Mr. Sandeep Thakur, International Business Developer

Profile: Mr. Thakur is responsible for international business development, and product and services for Astrocast. He has three years of international experience, spread across US, China and Malaysia, in product development and operations in optical-communications. After graduating at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Mr. Thakur received his MBA in 2016 from Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC).

Micos presented by Mr. Urs Meier, Senior Programme Manager

Profile: Urs E. Meier, (MSc) is Senior Project Manager at Micos Engineering GmbH. He worked for ABB from 1999 to 2011 and was project manager since 2001. Before managing projects in remote sensing, he demonstrated abilities in the management of several complex international R&D projects driven at the ABB Corporate Research Center in Switzerland, where he was involved in various projects as principle scientist for the development of optical sensors and measurement sys-tem for high reliable industrial applications. As research assistant at ETH Zurich, he worked in non linear optics, laser optics and spectroscopy application.

Saphyrion presented by Mr. Angelo Consoli, Aerospace Programme Manager

Profile: Mr. Consoli holds a master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETHZ) and is member of the Swiss Committee for Space Affairs (CFAS) and the Swiss representative in the Galileo Working Group. He is co-founder and managing director of the Swiss space startup and Aerospace programme manager at Saphyrion and also a professor for Data Communication, Security and Embedded System Architectures at the University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI).

Swiss Space Center presented by Mr. Camille Pirat, Researcher

Profile: Camille Pirat is a PhD student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) and at the European Space Agency (ESA). A Master of Science in Physics from EPFL in 2013, his major field of study was theoretical physics. His current research is focusing on vision based navigation, linear quadratic Gaussian regulators and model predictive control, for translation/rotation coupled systems.

Spectratime presented by Dr. Christian Schori, Scientist, Project Manager

Dr. Schori obtained PhD in physics from the University of Aarhus in the field of quantum optics. He worked as post doc in the Quantum Optics group at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) and as the technical person responsible for the development of chip scale atomic clock technology at the University of Neuchâtel. He is currently working for Orolia (Spectratime) for constructing a new mercury ion frequency standard for the next generation of Galileo satellites.

About Year of Swiss Innovation in India

For the period 2015-2016, the official representations of Switzerland in India are bringing together the scientific communities, researchers and entrepreneurs of India and Switzerland to highlight what Switzerland can offer in terms of business and technological solutions to the benefit of both India and Switzerland. We plan to facilitate projects and organize events that create a win-win situation for Swiss business, science, research and innovation on the one hand, and India’s development on the other. Think innovation, think Switzerland!

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