Science Communication & Public Engagement


We love to engage with people of any background, offering summer workshops, discussions, exhibits and more. We are happy to co-operate with other organizations to carry out exciting public projects. 

Project communication is at the core of our public engagement activities. We select content from the research projects at our institute and prepare it in a way that is meaningful to people without a scientific or technological background. For example, we developed a set of activities and educational materials about solar physics and space weather in the context of the European research projects HELIO, HESPE and FLARECAST but useful beyond these projects. Some of our activities are developed, and take place, at Raumschiff – the Maker-Space for Astronomy. Some products for making science and open data accessible to the large public are the results of student projects. 

Focusing on informal learning environments, we work with the concept of learning ecologies – a topic of research in itself. We participate in the EU-Horizon 2020 project SySTEM 2020, a research project analysing individual learning ecologies, among others.



Background Information

Wie wird das Weltraumwetter morgen?

Sonnenaktivität und ihre Auswirkungen

Dr. Marina Battaglia, FHNW

Hintergrundinformationen für Lehrer, Dozentinnen, Medien, Museen, Amateurastronominnen und alle Interessierten



SySTEM 2020

Connecting Science Learning Outside The Classroom

We participate as a third party in this EU-Horizon 2020 project in the field of Science with and for Society (SwfS).

Research will be carried out at Raumschiff – the MakerSpace for Astronomy.


Products and Resources


Explosive or quiet? What happened on the Sun on your special day? Check out: Halloween 2003, your birthday or any date you are curious about on for

Floating in Space

Ist es möglich, virtuell eine nie dagewesene Raumerfahrung zu erzeu
gen? Zwei Studierende haben eine App entwickelt, testen Sie selber im Raumschiff – der Werkstatt für Astronomie.

Science on a Table

We observe the Sun, our star, from different places and in many wavelengths. This exhibit shows different facettes of solar observation. It is designed as a communication tool between visitors and scientists. Transport by train or car possible. Website

SKA Lego Model

Have visitors playfully find out how the SKA telescope will be set up. Once Legos for 200 Antennae, now a few less:-) Combine with videos, 3D glasses and other outreach material available through SKA. We are happy to lend it to you by post. hanna.sathiapal (at)

Outreach Resources

A collection of resources for public engagement activities. Materials are related to solar flare forecasting and the wider field of solar physics. You are welcome to use them for your outreach activities. Link




This is our current repertoire.
We offer the workshops on occasions like for example Ferienplausch or on request.


Public Talks


This is our current repertoire.
We offer the talks on public occasions or on request.
Please let us know if you are interested in a different topic within our area of expertise.


  • Wie wird das Weltraumwetter morgen? Dr. Marina Battaglia
  • Die Geheimnisse des dunklen Universums und die ESA Mission Euclid. Prof. Dr. André Csillaghy



hanna.sathiapal (at)