Visit a Human Cell… Literally!

The Giant Human Cell, hailing from the University of Basel in Switzerland, will be making an appearance at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival.

Event Details


Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, 02138 United States


April 18, 2015


Free and open to the public

The Giant Human Cell at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival

This year, the Cambridge Science Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 26. The Festival “is a celebration showcasing fun and the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.  A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible, interactive and fun.” CSF is geared toward kids and families, more information can be found here or on Facebook.

The Giant Human Cell

Present at the festival will be a giant human cell! swissnex Boston and the University of Basel are thrilled to bring this fascinating attraction to Cambridge, all the way from Basel, Switzerland. It’s an inflatable model of a human white blood cell magnified 300,000 times. One can literally walk into the Giant Cell and explore the details of its interior. The Giant Cell includes a number of interactive devices, screens and audio-guides that explain the function of the cell’s organelles. giantcell6 The Giant Cell is the brain-child of Janine Hermann, Head of Education at Interpharma, the Trade Association for research-based pharma companies in Switzerland. Interpharma Education endeavors to enhance science teaching at all school levels all over Switzerland with specialized projects, such as Teach the Teachers (for teachers), Science Interests Me (for students) and new educational tools like this Giant Cell Exhibit.  The Giant Cell is truly unique— it’s the only one of its kind in the world. The cell was jointly produced by Interpharma and the University of Basel (which celebrated its 555th anniversary this year!) Since its creation, the cell has been on the road, visiting high schools across Switzerland, France, Germany and the US. Over 20,000 students have already visited the cell in Europe.

On April 18th the Giant Cell will be in Cambridge for the Grand Carnival celebration of the Cambridge Science Festival taking place from noon to 4 pm.  The carnival is free and open to the public. We look forward to welcoming you to the Giant Cell! Janine Hermann and Samuel Ginsburg (High School Science teacher from Wettingen in Switzerland) will be present to explain the cell and assist visitors with performing some scientific experiments. Like the Giant Cell on Facebook! Download the Flyer for more information.



The Giant Cell presentation is one of 15 events designated to celebrate swissnex Boston’s 15 years of connecting the dots between Switzerland and North America in science, education, art and innovation. 

In the fall of 2000, Switzerland opened the world’s first ‘scientific consulate’ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 15 years later, swissnex is a global network, with offices in Boston (Cambridge), Brazil, China, India, Singapore and San Francisco.