SeminBar is public lecture series featuring international scientists talking about their research emphasizing engaging key scientific concepts and visions relevant to molecular systems engineering in a format understandable to a wider audience.

The SeminBar is held at SUD in Basel in English and starts at 6 pm. It is open to the public. Accompanying the talk is a live music act, a buffet dinner and drinks at the bar. Free entrance!

Mario Botta: The architecture of the sacred

© Nicola Gnesi. Courtesy Fondazione Henraux.

28 March 2019

The architecture of the sacred gives form to silence, to the "unsaid", invites to meditation, it is a place full of symbolic and metaphorical meanings capable of evoking conditions beyond the "finite". The "sacred" buildings have preserved in their history their intrinsic tension between the earth and the sky; a condition of welcome, of silence, of meditation, full of ancestral memories. They are spaces generated by the relationship with the context, by light, by the materials, by the geometries that compose them, where emotions arise from the tensions existing within the architectural fact itself. The works created by the architect Mario Botta (the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, the Chapel of Santa Maria degli Angeli on Monte Tamaro, the Cathedral of Evry, the Cymbalist Synagogue in Tel Aviv, the Church Pope Giovanni XXIII in Seriate, the Church of Santo Volto in Turin, the Garnet Chapel in the Zillertal, to cite a few examples) testify to the commitment in the search for design solutions able to lead to a synthesis and a measure where man can feel himself protagonist in the silence of his/her own solitude and at the same time, if desired, participates directly in a collective rite.

With music by Charlotte Lang Jazz Trio.

The jazz trio around the young saxophonist got to know each other at the Jazzcampus of the Academy of Music Basel. Charlotte Lang was born 1996 in Basel, and is in her 3rd year of bachelor studies in saxophone. With her fellow musicians Ilya Alabuzhev on double bass and Martin Theurillat on guitar they present versatile and newly interpreted jazz standards with a lot of spirit and vitality.

Previous SeminBar speakers

3 May 2018: Prof. Thomas Heinemann
Thomas Heinemann, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar talked about "Life as a construct - the ethics of synthetic biology".

6 March 2018: PD Dr. Sonja Kleinlogel
Sonja Kleinlogel, University of Bern talked about "When light and viruses may heal us: a glimpse behind the scenes of clinical research".

2 November 2017: Prof. Bradley Hyman
Bradley Hyman, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School talked about "Alzheimer’s disease: snapshots from the journey towards a cure".

25 January 2017: Prof. Dirk Trauner
Dirk Trauner, New York University (NYU) talked about “Synthetic Photobiology”.

30 November 2016: Prof. Anthony J. Ryan
Anthony J. Ryan, University of Sheffield talked about "3 Millenia of Condoms".

20 September 2016: Prof. Cees Dekker
Cees Dekker, Delft University of Technology talked about "What is life, and how does life differ from non-life?".

10 May 2016: Dr. Philipp Holliger
Philipp Holliger, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology talked about "A Synthetic Biology Approach to Abiogenesis".

26 November 2015: Dr. Philippe Marlière
Philippe Marlière, founder of Synthetic- and Xeno-Biology talked about “Accept No Limits”.

28 October 2015: Prof. Andreas Plückthun
Andreas Plückthun, University of Zurich talked about "Influencing cells with man-made proteins".

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti's artistic vision of artificial trees producing energy.

7 May 2015: Prof. Markus Antonietti
Markus Antonietti, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces talked about "Black and Orange Magic".

DNA Origami Wallpaper

14 January 2015: Prof. Hendrik Dietz
Hendrik Dietz, TU Munich talked about “Molecular Systems Engineering with DNA”.

SeminBar @SUD

SeminBar welcomes you at SUD, Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel.