Another year, another meeting – the SNI convenes for its Annual Event

On September 7 and 8, over 90 SNI members came together at Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide for the Institute’s annual scientific exchange. After the welcome address by SNI Director Christian Schönenberger, Professor Wolfgang Meier of the University of Basel’s Department of Chemistry gave the audience an insight into his research on polymer membranes. This was followed by a series of presentations by doctoral candidates from the SNI PhD School and project leaders from the Nano Argovia program, before the evening’s poster session with over 40 posters.

During dinner, Christian Schönenberger bestowed honorary SNI membership on Professor Christoph Gerber in recognition of his work on scanning probe microscopy and his long-standing commitment as an ambassador for the SNI and the nanosciences. After the meal, while the doctoral students were busy team-building at the “farmer olympics”, the remaining guests assembled once again in the lecture hall, where Dr. Martin Bopp treated the audience to an engaging overview of the diverse activities of the Hightech Zentrum Aargau.

The morning of the second day began with the keynote lecture by Professor Andreas Engel, honorary member of the SNI and founder of the nanoscience degree course, on the fascinating possibilities of microscopy for imaging of membranes and proteins.

To conclude the event, Christian Schönenberger had the pleasant task of awarding numerous prizes. The award for the best master›s thesis in nanoscience in 2016 went to Elise Aeby. Luc Driencourt won the prize for the best poster, and Jan Overbeck for the best presentation. Tomaž Einfalt, Stefan Arnold, Michael Gerspach, Clevin Handschin and Matthias Schulzendorf, having successfully defended their doctoral dissertations, formally graduated from the SNI PhD School. They now have the option of remaining a part of the SNI network as Associate Members. 

Finally, Christian Schönenberger thanked the meeting’s organizers Kerstin Beyer-Hans, Sandra Hüni and Claudia Wirth for once again ensuring the smooth running of the event, paving the way for outstanding discussions and exchange between SNI members.