Past Events

SmallTalk – Finally held on-site again

Every year, bachelor students from the nanosciences program organize their own small-scale conference, known as “SmallTalk.” This event provides an opportunity to present the results they’ve obtained as part of the block courses. This year, SmallTalk was once again a real highlight — and not only because the small group size meant that the meeting […]

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Swiss NanoConvention – A look behind the scenes

While last year’s Swiss NanoConvention (SNC) was canceled entirely due to the pandemic, the event returned this year. The difference between SNC 2021 and previous years’ events, however, was that the participants met online rather than in person. Thanks to the numerous sponsors and excellent organizational work, the SNI team laid the foundations for a […]

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Creative solution – SmallTalk on Zoom

The Swiss Nanoscience Institute’s first ever virtual conference was held on May 13. As in previous years, students from the nanoscience program organized the “SmallTalk” conference, in which they reported on two block courses they had attended. However, as the customary large-scale event at the Center for Pharmaceutical Sciences was out of the question this […]

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Information and networking

In September each year, SNI members come together for the Annual Event at Hotel Schweizerhof in Lenzerheide. This year’s occasion once again provided an excellent platform for learning about interdisciplinary research supported by the SNI, as well as for strengthening existing contacts and forging new ones. Insights into research After a short welcome address by […]

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Doctoral students – the company founders of tomorrow?

Before the SNI Annual Event began, Dr. Andreas Baumgartner, coordinator of the SNI PhD School, invited the SNI’s PhD students to an innovation workshop. Here, Dr. Alessandro Mazzetti from the Innovation Office of the University of Basel introduced the young scientists to the world of innovation. He explained how academic work at the SNI can […]

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New approaches to lithography

In early September, a number of doctoral students from the SNI visited the company SwissLitho at Technopark Zurich together with scientists from the Paul Scherrer Institute. SwissLitho began by giving the visitors a demonstration of its NanoFrazor technology, which uses a heatable probe to produce and simultaneously characterize high-precision nanostructures in a process known as […]

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An evening all about nanotechnology

On 29 October, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute (SNI) welcomed over 50 scientists to its Nano-Tech Apéro, which this year was hosted by the company Dectris in Baden-Dättwil. The Nano-Tech Apéro is organized by the SNI on an annual basis to provide information on applied research projects as part of the Nano Argovia program and as […]

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Cause for celebration

In November, the first master’s degree ceremony was held for graduates of the nanosciences degree program at the University of Basel. Dr. Anja Car, who has been coordinating the nanosciences program since June 2017, worked with her colleague Jacqueline Isenburg to organize a nice celebration to mark the end of an intensive period here at […]

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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 […]

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Activities for children with a keen interest

Every year, the fall season is packed with SNI activities specifically aimed at children and young people. For example, the SNI’s appearance at the Science Days at Europa-Park Rust has been a standard fixture for a number of years. The Future Day in November and various TecDays are also ideal opportunities for pupils to gain […]

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