The Foundation

The Swiss SkyLab Foundation supports scientific, technological and academic utilization of research flight platforms in Switzerland to promote education, professional training and development. We are a non-commercial and non-profit scientific foundation according to federal law and are supervised by the Swiss Federal Supervisory Board for foundations.

The Board

Our board consists of specialists from various different science and business fields.

All Boardmembers


We love what we do. To tell you why we are so passionate about it, please read our statements below.

All Statements

Prof. Dr. med. Silvia Ulrich Somaini
(Member of the board)

The sky is not the limit – As researchers we are dedicated to cross the boundaries, to unravel the unknown, to find new laws of nature, different ways of thinking in order to open our present horizon and prepare the future of our descendants. Microgravity research is directed to the future and as woman, dedicated researcher and medical doctor I’m proud that with the Swiss Skylab Foundation we offer the possibility to pioneer this interesting domain in Switzerland.

Prof. mult. Dr.rer.nat. Oliver Ullrich
(President of the board)

Man is a wayfarer, a researcher, an explorer. He lives and works in the most extreme environments planet Earth has to offer. And beyond. But since more than forty years, no man has entered another celestial body anymore. In contrast, we became accustomed to the comfort of all technical achievements which spaceflight brought in our everyday life. We became inactive, lazy – and ignorant. Sometimes, we are beginning to forget, that the achievements of today were earned through hard work and through the sacrifices in the past. But as soon as someone is asking for new efforts, for new and risky explorations beyond the known boundaries, for investments which do not pay off today, but only in the future, the horizon of many people suddenly becomes very small, ignoring the origin of our achievements, fearing the inconvenience of the unknown. But our world was not brought forward by people who isolate and who ignore. Our world was always brought forward by the visionaries, the curious, the brave. Men are united by great visions, but never by small-mindedness. We need to set sail into the unknown. Let us do what our species is made for: to search, to explore and to discover. Let us use our wings.

Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. med. vet. Max Gassmann
(Member of the board)

Cold. High Altitude. Microgravity.
Extreme environments unravel the adaptational potential we did not even think of so far.


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