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Friday 24.3. - BiblioWeekend at the UB: Three Journeys of World Discovery

On BiblioWeekend, libraries from all over Switzerland open their doors and invite you to events of all kinds, this year under the common motto "Setting sail". We, too, invite you to experience our library in a different way.

On Friday, March 24, starting at 4 p.m., we will host three half-hour after-work talks at the UB Naturwissenschaften on the Irchel campus, which will open up planet Earth to us from very different perspectives, and perhaps also make you want to discover it for yourself and with the whole family. In addition and in between, there will be free drinks at the BiblioWeekend aperitif bar.

The talks will be given in german



Through Space, Time, and Sea Wind: Three Voyages of World Discovery


16.00: Expedition through old atlases and the St. Gallen globe

Jost Schmid from the ZB Zurich takes you on an expedition through the oldest and most magnificent atlases of the 15th-17th centuries from the ZB. In a current Citizen Science project, those interested can geographically locate these nearly 3000 digitized maps themselves in an intuitive way. In addition to an insight into this special map treasure, you will also get an impression of the development of the atlases. The famous St. Gallen globe of the earth and sky from 1576, which has been freely accessible online in virtualized form since 2022, also dates from the golden age of voyages of discovery.
ZB participatory project: Splendid atlases - georeferencing old maps

17.00: Measuring the world - by means of remote sensing

The UZH Space Hub is one of the world's most important space and aerospace hubs. In collaboration with NASA, the 2021 team used a hyperspectral spectrometer on board an aircraft to measure the Earth's surface of various areas in Europe. Project manager Andreas Hüni explains what remote sensing means, what this data is used for and how the planning and operation of such a campaign proceeds. He also uses a mission in Scotland to show how knowledge from remote sensing and ocean sailing can be combined.

Video: Testflights for NASA and ESA


18.00: From Europe to New Zealand. A family sets sail

Lukas and Ela Erni decided to sail with their two small children across the Atlantic and through the Pacific to New Zealand. They left the old world behind and set sail to experience freedom with a small yacht for 2 years. At the Biblioweekend they will tell about their journey and give tips on how traveling with children can become a great adventure.

Travel blog of the Erni family


Supporting Program

  • Apéro bar
  • Discover the St. Gallen globe interactively via app
  • Try out 3D printing / Makerspace
  • Library digital: browse in distant (subject) worlds with swisscovery

Where: UB Naturwissenschaften, Campus Irchel, Gebäude Y15, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich

When: Friday, march 24, 4-8 p.m.

Weiterführende Informationen

BiblioWeekend 23