50 pizzas for the students

Nanoscience students always emphasize how much they value the supportive atmosphere on their degree program and the close community among students. In November, the SNI management team invited all nano students to its first informal chat over pizza to support networking between students and the SNI management. “We are delighted that more than 70 students […]

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World of experience for inquisitive children and adults

This year, the SNI once again returned to Germany’s oldest science festival, the Science Days at Europa-Park in Rust, joining 85 exhibitors from Germany and beyond. The spotlight this time was on the subject of “humans”. The popular SNI stand gave visitors insights into how innovative microscopes are aiding research into human beings and helping […]

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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 […]

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Busy schedule for visitors from China

In July 2017, the SNI hosted 75 pupils from Beijing. Dr. Kerstin Beyer-Hans had prepared a varied program in which the 13 to 16-year-olds and their chaperones were first of all given a theoretical introduction to nano research at the SNI, followed by two lab tours showcasing the practical work carried out by the nano […]

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SNI supports summer camps

Several groups from the SNI network supported the one-week UniKidsCamp held in the summer holidays by the University of Basel. Michael Steinacher of the Department of Physics and his team led an activity in which the children tried their hand at designing and soldering a dexterity game. Under the guidance of the group led by […]

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Broad scope user event in the Nano Imaging Lab

On June 28, the SNI’s Nano Imaging Lab (NI Lab) invited current customers and interested colleagues to its first information event. Around 40 people took the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the NI Lab, which has been part of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute since 2016. Five scientific talks reflected the variety […]

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Mammoth program at tunBasel

In May, around 14,000 people visited tunBasel, ten action-packed days as part of the Mustermesse Basel trade fair. The SNI also answered the call to provide an exciting program of events for children and young people to tinker, experiment, and experience. Dr Kerstin Beyer-Hans (SNI) and Dr Giovanni Nisato and Giorgio Quaranta (CSEM Muttenz) compiled […]

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Open laboratory for politicians

On February 6 and May 15, the Departments of Physics and Chemistry and the SNI invited Basel’s politicians to Klingelbergstrasse 82 for an insight into their research. Department heads Professor Dominik Zumbühl, Professor Marcel Mayor, and SNI Director Professor Christian Schönenberger began with brief reports on the various research facilities before the fascinated visitors embarked […]

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Nanoscience in the snow

At the end of January, in beautiful wintry weather, the doctoral students from the SNI PhD School met at Hotel Schwarzsee, 1,000 meters above Zermatt, for the “Nanoscience in the Snow” Winter School (NiS). After a short welcome reception, the first presentations began before everyone satisfied their hunger with a cheese fondue. Lively discussions continued […]

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How does news reach the media?

Nanoscience students recently visited the Basler Zeitung newspaper as part of the Media Competence course for an insight into the world of current newspaper reporting. Editor-in-chief Markus Sonn welcomed the group of eight and clearly explained which news makes it into the paper and how. The Media Competence course is available to Bachelor’s nanoscience students […]

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