Research topics between carrot stalls

This year, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) had a stand at the Rüeblimärt in Aarau for the first time. The SNI team provided visitors with information about SNI research activities in the field of nanosciences and an opportunity to try their luck on the wheel of fortune for a chance of winning gummy bears or a ballpoint pen. Children could also enjoy separating colors by chromatography and making their own Christmas decoration.

“It was amazing to see how interested people are in our research,” said Dr. Kerstin Beyer-Hans, who supervised the stand together with her colleagues. Indeed, the various SNI brochures, which provide an easy-to-understand and well-illustrated explanation of what nanoscience is all about and what the SNI’s priorities are, disappeared much faster than expected. Numerous visitors also expressed an interest in the nanoscience study program offered by the University of Basel.

It was a long day for the SNI’s outreach team, as the stand had to be set up by 5 am. “It was worth it,” says Kerstin Beyer-Hans. “We spoke to lots of people and were able to provide them with information about the SNI.”