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I am Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Zurich. My research is centered on understanding the origin and evolution of the Universe and how stars, planets and galaxies form. We often use custom built supercomputers such as our in-house constructed zBox. I enjoy communicating science to the public through different media, including writing, music & art. Recently we opened the world’s first cosmic concept store in Zurich called Da Draussen.

I am currently scientist in residence at the new KOSMOS cultural centre in Zurich from September 2017-March 2018.  There will be a series of talks and afternoon discussions open to all.

Science

In 2002 I joined the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich. The ITP was host to Albert Einstein who obtained his PhD here in 1905 and Erwin Schroedinger (1921-1927) who developed the mathematical framework behind quantum mechanics in Zurich. I was institute director from 2007-2011. In 2013 the University decided that computational science should become a priority area and my colleagues and I established the new Institute for Computational Science (ICS). I am now director of the Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology (CTAC) within the ICS.

For further information use the ‘science’ menu above.

Writing

My latest book “Gibt es auf der dunklen Seite vom Mond Aliens?” available in April 2017. This is written for children, answering questions from children about space & the universe. My popular science book “Elefanten im All” describes the history and future of life and the universe. Updated in 2014, it is now available as a softback. It is also available in English under the title “Elephants in Space”, published by Springer. I am particularly proud of “Da Draussen – Leben auf unserem Planeten und anderswo” (2014), the story of life on Earth and what life out there amongst the stars could be like. It is available in German (with Kein @ Aber) and Dutch (with NieuwAmsterdam: “Hallo daar!”).

Music

I make neoteric electronic dance music, from deep house to dubstep. The songs are designed around various layers of guitar melody. I use an ESP ‘Kirk Hammett’ electric guitar with a Hughes & Kettner valve amp as well as a Martin DCPA3 acoustic guitar. My latest solo album is ‘Escape Velocity’ and was inspired by dreams of space. Follow the menu links for videos and further information.

Press & Media

Some Interviews

  • SWI, Swissinfo.ch  <<link>>
  • NZZ <<link>>
  • Zeit Magazin  <<link>>
  • Spiegel <<link>>
  • CoopZeitung  <<link>>
  • SonntagsZeitung  <<link>>
  • Die Weltwoche  <<link>>
  • Wissen  <<link>>
  • UZH News  <<link>>
  • Cherry pickings  <<link>>
  • Journal 21  <<link>>
  • SRF Wissen  <<link>>
  • Schweizer Musikzeitung  <<pdf>>
  • Der Bund  <<link>>
  • Weltwoche  <<pdf>>
  • ZurichMinds  <<pdf>>
  • TagesAnzeiger  <<pdf>>
  • Das Magazin  <<part1>> <<part2>> <<part3>> <<part4>>

& videos

IWC Siderale Scafusia

  • It’s star time <<pdf>>
  • Astronomically complicated <<pdf>>

Events

Some events past and present

Contact

Professor Dr. Ben Moore
Director, Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics & Cosmology
Institute for Computational Science
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich
Switzerland

Press, talks, events, readings, marketing etc:
ben.moore@uzh.ch