Café des Sciences: Technical Spiral that We Inspire

Creating Symbiosis between Science, Technology & Design. In collaboration with Blockchain Centre Shanghai, swissnex China presents the 8th Café des Sciences Lecture in the evening of 15 August.

Event Details


Blockchain Centre Shanghai
1F, Building No.546, Yuyuan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi 200051 China


August 15, 2019 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm Asia/Singapore (UTC+08:00)


Free. RSVP required

In collaboration with Blockchain Centre Shanghai, swissnex China is presenting the 8th Café des Sciences Lecture: Creating Symbiosis – Science, Technology, Design and Business on the evening of 15 August.

Laura Couto Rosado, Swiss artist and designer will be featured in the lecture where she will give a talk on designing cups with Quarks.  After a three-month residency at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in 2017, Laura Couto Rosado created a process that allows to materialize in 3D quantum phenomena from real data of particle collisions. Today, she collaborates with the Ceramic Research Lab in Limoges to design and produce a series of porcelain cups using these particle physics data. The lecture aims to show this unique and playful process that bridges our everyday life with extraordinary phenomena.

In addition to the talk, a roundtable discussion with other two guest speakers – Edward Liao (Lecturer at Shanghai Institute of Design, China Academy of Art / Head of Design Subjects, AIVA) and Sarah Shen (Product Manager, 3Design Software Solution) will be presented. In context of interdisciplinarity, they will share their insights about how technology empowers design and where is the borderline between art and science in the contemporary design.




18:30 – 19:00 Doors Open
19:00 – 19:05 Welcome & Introduction
Rahel Gruber, Head of Operations, Co-Deputy CEO of swissnex China
Yawen Xu, Director of Blockchain Centre Shanghai
19:05 – 19:30 Presentation – Designing Cups with Quarks
by Laura Couto Rosado, Swiss artist & designer
19:30 – 20:00 Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Yawen Xu, Director of Blockchain Centre Shanghai
Laura Couto Rosado, Swiss artist & designer
Edward Liao, Lecturer at Shanghai Institute of Design, China Academy of Art / Head of Design Subjects, AIVA
Sarah Shen, Product Manager, 3Design Software Solution
20:00 – 21:00 Networking Reception


Speaker: Laura Couto Rosado

Laura Couto Rosado is an artist and designer based in Geneva. Her projects are at the crossroad of multiple disciplines, revolve around a continual exploration of new territories which are off the beaten path. She is involved in a process of strong symbiosis between design, art, science and technology. This transversal practice misuses technology in a unique way to reactivate our link with nature and make us more conscious of the wonder of its phenomena. The outcomes are hybrid devices that reveal beauty and poetry where one does not expect it.


Guest Speaker:  Edward Liao

Edward Liao is the Head of Design Subjects, Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA) and the Lecturer at Shanghai Institute of Design, China Academy of Art. Distinct from artists and commercial designers, Edward seeks the balance between art and business. Specialized in Jewelry Design, he has created his own style and has a good collection of Modernist Jewelries. Meanwhile, he also has rich experience in product design and design strategies.


Guest Speaker: Sarah Shen

Sarah Shen is the Product Manager of 3Design Software Solution. Graduated from School of Jewelry, Birmingham City University, she is an expert in Creative Jewelry Design, 3D modeling and design software development. Over the past years, she had collaborated with top brands such as Cartier, Darry Ring, Chow Sang Sang Jewellery etc.



Co-organized with

Blockchain Centre is the world’s first non-profit education and knowledge Hub dedicated to driving blockchain technology. Blockchain Centre focuses on the blockchain community and plays an integral role in promoting blockchain technology around the world. To date, our global network of 15 centres span across 13 countries and 16 cities.Blockchain Centre has five key pillars, leveraging local partners and regulatory support to ensure a vibrant, knowledgeable and trustworthy blockchain community that increases the social impact of blockchain technology.


Special thanks to

Academy of International Visual Arts (AIVA), founded in 2005, is an independent art and design institution located in central Shanghai, China. It has expanded into a creative and culture hub in the last decade. Based on the Western educational system, AIVA develops an experimental mode of art education with a crosscultural, interdisciplinary and international approach through the use of diverse teaching methods and criteria. To encourage further creative and academic engagement with the art and design scene locally in Shanghai, China, regionally and internationally, AIVA regularly delivers an innovative program of activities and events to our students and the public, including lectures, workshops, and contemporary art and design exhibitions and events.



Café des Sciences

Shanghai | Every third Thursday each month 2019

Café des Sciences is a new format at swissnex China offering a monthly platform for Swiss Spotlight Scientists and Start-ups to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures will offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audience are welcome to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavour after the talk. The lecture is scheduled to take place every third Thursday each month at swissnex China or our partner spaces.


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