Special Lecture

During the past World Immune Regulation Meetings, it became a tradition to invite lecturers from other areas of science to give us a special lecture on exciting developments.

Professor Dr. Ben Moore

Life out there amongst the stars

One of the greatest achievements of astronomy is the recent finding that most of the stars in the night’s sky have their own planetary systems – many with planets made of rock like our Earth that we could walk on. In the face of our evolving Sun one day we will have to send a starship to find a new planet, but what can we learn about these worlds within our lifetimes? Do they contain life and what could that life be like? 

Ben Moore is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Zurich and director of the Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology. A British citizen, Moore gained his PhD from the University of Durham, and spent several years as a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington, Seattle. His research group uses custom built supercomputers to simulate the origin of cosmic structures and he has published over 200 scientific publications on topics from the origins of planets and galaxies to the nature of dark matter and the large scale structure of the universe. He is the author of several popular science books, including the best-selling "Elefanten im All - Unser Platz im Universum" – the history and future of life and the universe and “Da Draussen - Leben auf unserem Planeten und anderswo” - the story of the origin of life and an exploration of what life could be like out there amongst the stars.

Previous special guests:

WIRM 2017:
Professor Dr. Jeffrey M. Drazen
"Data Sharing in the Context of Medical Publishing"

WIRM 2016:
Wim Hof and Dr. Matthijs Kox
"The Iceman - a medical mystery unraveled"

WIRM 2015:
Professor Dr. Jürg Kesselring, Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation
"The Art of Learning - lessons from neurorehabilitation"

WIRM 2014:
Professor Dr. med. Oswald Oelz, Internist, Climber and Author
"The summits of the world and life"

WIRM 2013:
Prof. John Ellis, Physics Department, Kings College London European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, Geneva
"The Quest for the Higgs Boson"

WIRM 2012:
Prof. Dr. sc. nat. Werner Schmutz, Director World Radiation Center, Davos
"Climate change in the past: The solar influence"

WIRM 2011:
Prof. Fergus Shanahan, University College Cork, Ireland
"Death of a celebrity scientist"

WIRM 2010:
Boris Grundl, Management Expert
"The magic of change. Resilience: How to turn defeats into victories"

WIRM 2009:
Dr. Evans Lyn, CERN Geneva
"The large hadron collider"

WIRM 2008:
Dr. Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zurich
"Global warming and climate change"