«The SNI is a catalyst for research and very important for the University of Basel and Northwestern Switzerland.»

Professor Edwin Constable, former Vice-Director Research University of Basel

The success of the SNI is based on the interdisciplinary network that has been built up and consolidated over the years. This network includes various departments at the University of Basel, different research group at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in Muttenz and Windisch, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), the Department for Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Basel (D-BSSE), the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique) in Muttenz, and the technology transfer center ANAXAM. The wider network includes the Hightech Zentrum Aargau and Basel Area Business & Innovation. Through the Hightech Zentrum Aargau and the Hightech Aargau program (initiated in 2012), collaborations with companies in the Canton of Aargau are promoted. 

Exchange of information within the network is constantly stimulated and encouraged through membership of the SNI and regular academic conferences involving its members. One route to membership is by participating in SNI projects.