Editorial

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2016-05-160503113346-CS_4_mod2_FotorThe SNI has experienced a very busy start to 2016. Since the beginning of the year, we have been working tirelessly on plans for the Swiss NanoConvention (SNC) as well as preparing an account of the highlights of 2015 for our annual report.

Once again, the SNC will take place here in Basel this year and will provide a platform for all players in Swiss nanosciences and nanotechnology. The SNI is organizing the event, together with the Swiss MNT Network and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). We have succeeded in attracting top-class, internationally renowned scientists to be our keynote speakers, including Michelle Y. Simmons, Daniel Müller, Steven A. Henck, Peidong Yang, Omar M. Yahi, Joanna Aizenberg, Vinothan N. Manoharan, and Thomas Ebbesen. In addition to diverse sessions on current research in the nanosciences, the event will also offer a platform for numerous exhibitors. This means that the SNC 2016 will provide a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between research and industry.

This SNI update contains some choice examples of how fruitful this dialogue between research and industry can be. The Argovia projects that launched at the beginning of the year clearly demonstrate the range of subject areas in which such cooperation can take place. Magnus Kristiansen, who features in this edition’s portrait, has extensive experience of knowledge and technology transfer. We also introduce Andreas Reichmuth, a young scientist with a concrete application for his research in his sights. He demonstrated exceptional dedication and perseverance in his search for a Master’s thesis at an internationally renowned institute and was rewarded – his Master’s thesis has now been voted the best thesis submitted by students in the nanosciences in 2015.

I hope you enjoy learning more about the interesting projects and people at the SNI and I look forward to welcoming you all to the SNC in Basel.

With best regards,
Christian Schönenberger

Director Swiss Nanoscience Institute, University of Basel