Dear colleagues,

Summer is here, and hopefully we’ll all have a little time to relax before the vacation ends and the new semester begins.

As this issue of SNI INSight shows, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute doesn’t suffer from a summer slump. Quite the opposite, in fact – we have plenty of hot topics and news to share with our network.

Michèle Wegmann, our Outreach Manager, kicks things off by summarizing what we actually understand nanomedicine to be, and the areas of nanomedicine in which the SNI is involved. It’s a truly impressive overview.

Nowadays, medical nanoscience isn’t just the subject of basic science projects at the PhD School or applied research in the Nano Argovia program – it also features in degree programs and outreach events. As of fall semester 2021, students on the master’s program in nanoscience will be able to select “Medical Nanoscience” as a major. The SNI team also like to cover nanomedicine when they participate in the SATW TecDays.

Nanomedicine topics were also well represented at this year’s Swiss NanoConvention, which took place in digital format. The start-up “anavo medical”, which won the Nanotechnology Start-up Award at the SNC 2021, is a good example of how nanotechnology can contribute to medical applications.

The SNC 2021 has been one of the highlights of the last few weeks. Although we were only able to meet online, I was very impressed by the event organized by the SNI. The international speakers covered a fascinating range of topics and there were excellent networking opportunities. Once again, I would like to thank the whole organizational team, particularly Kerstin Beyer-Hans and Tosca Kummli.

Our doctoral students also recently enjoyed a special event: the Innovation Workshop was supported by the Innovation Office at the University of Basel and taught them about the initial steps involved in founding a start-up.

ELDICO Scientific, a start-up based in Aargau, has already taken these steps. Founded in 2019 within the SNI network, the company is bringing an electron diffractometer to the market that can determine the structure of nanoscale materials. SNI members will soon have a unique opportunity to try out and use the new device.

I hope you enjoy this informative issue and have an opportunity to relax over the summer before we meet – hopefully in person – at Lenzerheide for our Annual Event.

Kind regards,

Christian Schönenberger