Entrepreneurship program for high-tech ventures in Switzerland

Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies

WHAT IS THE PROGRAM ABOUT?

Higgs boson, antimatter, dark matter. CERN is one of the most renowned research centers for particle physics. Here, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Though not many realize it, along with the new insights into the structure of our world, a great number of technologies and solutions have been developed there. These can be applied to almost every product.

CERN’s know-how and intellectual property are available for businesses ready to embrace their full potential. Operated by PARK INNOVAARE, the Swiss Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies aims to bridge the gap between basic science and industry. It supports start-ups, spin-offs, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in implementing innovative technologies and in transforming them from technical concepts into ground-breaking products or services.

 

CERN operates the world's most powerful particle accelerator - The Large Hadron Collider.

CERN TECHNOLOGY INSIDE

The span of technological products and solutions from big science is only limited by your imagination. One such product you are using right now – the World Wide Web. As is generally known, it began as a CERN project named ENQUIRE.

The fields of application of the CERN technologies include countless areas: from data storage to cooling systems, from sensors and detectors to drones, power conversion, vacuum technologies, and machine learning. Get inspired by projects from BICs of CERN Technologies in Europe!

 

IRRIGATION

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Sensors developed at CERN will help to build more sustainable agriculture.

Sensors developed at CERN will help to build more sustainable agriculture.

How can high-energy physics help with water shortage? Since 2016, CERN has been part of a research project to develop a system for optimized irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics. The irrigation system will use fiber-optic sensors designed to measure parameters such as temperature, humidity, concentration of pesticides, fertilizers and enzymes in the soil of cultivated fields. The system will help build more sustainable agriculture, as it will enable water savings, increased crop yields, and reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers.

How can high-energy physics help with water shortage? Since 2016, CERN has been part of a research project to develop a system for optimized irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics. The irrigation system will use fiber-optic sensors designed to measure parameters such as temperature, humidity, concentration of pesticides, fertilizers and enzymes in the soil of cultivated fields. The system will help build more sustainable agriculture, as it will enable water savings, increased crop yields, and reduced use of pesticides and fertilizers.

CUTTING TOOLS FOR INDUSTRIAL PIPING

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CERN solution for cutting pipes in unaccessible locations can support gas and petrol industries.

CERN solution for cutting pipes in unaccessible locations can support gas and petrol industries.

CERN technician Didier Lombard has developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry. The tool was developed for the inspection and repair of awkwardly located pipes in tight spaces, sometimes surrounded by radioactive components.

CERN technician Didier Lombard has developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry. The tool was developed for the inspection and repair of awkwardly located pipes in tight spaces, sometimes surrounded by radioactive components.

ROBOTIC SOFTWARE

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Developed at CERN robotics software could help reduce risks in hazardous environments.

Developed at CERN robotics software could help reduce risks in hazardous environments.

CERN Robotics software is used to manage autonomous movement, allowing a modular robotics platform to perform sophisticated tasks. CERN developed this technology to protect its personnel against hazards in the accelerator facilities. It includes drivers that enable the integration of various commercially available sensors and robotic arms into the hardware platform. The application areas are vast and include inspection, monitoring and remote handling in the hazardous environments of many industries. Its autonomous navigation could help visually impaired people with navigation and even be used in driver-assisted cars.

CERN Robotics software is used to manage autonomous movement, allowing a modular robotics platform to perform sophisticated tasks. CERN developed this technology to protect its personnel against hazards in the accelerator facilities. It includes drivers that enable the integration of various commercially available sensors and robotic arms into the hardware platform. The application areas are vast and include inspection, monitoring and remote handling in the hazardous environments of many industries. Its autonomous navigation could help visually impaired people with navigation and even be used in driver-assisted cars.

CULTURAL HERITAGE RESTORATIONS

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The unique X-ray technology helps assess the condition of paintings and identify painted-over or forged pieces. Photo credit: CERN Knowledge Transfer

The unique X-ray technology helps assess the condition of paintings and identify painted-over or forged pieces. Photo credit: CERN Knowledge Transfer

The Medipix technology developed by the Medipix2 and Medipix3 collaborations represents a new tool within the portfolio of non-destructive inspection methods used by art conservators, restorers, galleries, auction houses and other experts in the field of art studies. The modern cutting-edge X-ray imaging detectors enable X-ray spectral imaging (XRSI), material resolved X-ray imaging and soon X-ray “color” imaging (XRCI) useful for the inspection of paintings. The high-resolution spectral information acquired by these devices helps assess the condition of paintings and identify painted-over or forged pieces. The technology has been commercialized by InsightART, a start-up company based in Prague.

The Medipix technology developed by the Medipix2 and Medipix3 collaborations represents a new tool within the portfolio of non-destructive inspection methods used by art conservators, restorers, galleries, auction houses and other experts in the field of art studies. The modern cutting-edge X-ray imaging detectors enable X-ray spectral imaging (XRSI), material resolved X-ray imaging and soon X-ray “color” imaging (XRCI) useful for the inspection of paintings. The high-resolution spectral information acquired by these devices helps assess the condition of paintings and identify painted-over or forged pieces. The technology has been commercialized by InsightART, a start-up company based in Prague.

INDUSTRIAL CONTROL AND AUTOMATION

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CERN's IP helped improve human-machine interface.

CERN's IP helped improve human-machine interface.

In March 2016, CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. ETM is developing SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA), a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software that is used in industrial control and automation in a broad range of industries. CERN has used ETM's WinCC OA software for over 15 years; CERN engineers recently developed a software tool to integrate powerful JavaScript visualization libraries within WinCC OA. This has improved the human-machine interface, enabling a more user-friendly and efficient supervision of control systems.

In March 2016, CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG. ETM is developing SIMATIC WinCC Open Architecture (WinCC OA), a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) software that is used in industrial control and automation in a broad range of industries. CERN has used ETM's WinCC OA software for over 15 years; CERN engineers recently developed a software tool to integrate powerful JavaScript visualization libraries within WinCC OA. This has improved the human-machine interface, enabling a more user-friendly and efficient supervision of control systems.

MEASUREMENT OF WATER POLLUTION

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CERN's unique process helped developing a tiny ultrasensitive biochemical sensor for water quality control.

CERN's unique process helped developing a tiny ultrasensitive biochemical sensor for water quality control.

Start-up Camstech Ltd uses CERN's unique process for making small micrometric holes in printed circuit boards in a predefined pattern. It was exactly what the company needed for a tiny ultrasensitive biochemical sensor. Although initially aimed at the health sector, the sensor allows for a very accurate measurement of dissolved oxygen in liquids, which is one of the key indicators of water quality. A commercial, low-cost version of the sensor will make precise water quality measurement more accessible worldwide.

Start-up Camstech Ltd uses CERN's unique process for making small micrometric holes in printed circuit boards in a predefined pattern. It was exactly what the company needed for a tiny ultrasensitive biochemical sensor. Although initially aimed at the health sector, the sensor allows for a very accurate measurement of dissolved oxygen in liquids, which is one of the key indicators of water quality. A commercial, low-cost version of the sensor will make precise water quality measurement more accessible worldwide.

HYPERLOOP

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The vacuum technology can revolutionise our way of transportation. Photo credit: Hyperloop One.

The vacuum technology can revolutionise our way of transportation. Photo credit: Hyperloop One.

Two CERN Fellows, Market Gutt-Mostowy and Dario Santandread, led the Control and Thermal teams of the competitions' crowd-sourced and open source participant "rLoop", which received the Pod Innovation award. Also, one of CERN's major industrial partners for ultra-high vacuum technology has now been able to partner with Hyperloop Transportation Technology, thanks to the know-how and experience acquired on the LHC. The possibility of using CERN's innovative CO2 cooling technology for efficient cooling inside the Hyperloop capsule is currently being explored by "euroLoop" – a new company founded by former rLoop members.

Two CERN Fellows, Market Gutt-Mostowy and Dario Santandread, led the Control and Thermal teams of the competitions' crowd-sourced and open source participant "rLoop", which received the Pod Innovation award. Also, one of CERN's major industrial partners for ultra-high vacuum technology has now been able to partner with Hyperloop Transportation Technology, thanks to the know-how and experience acquired on the LHC. The possibility of using CERN's innovative CO2 cooling technology for efficient cooling inside the Hyperloop capsule is currently being explored by "euroLoop" – a new company founded by former rLoop members.

SENSOR TECHNOLOGIES AND DRONES

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CERN's sensors helped ensure the safety of drone operations.

CERN's sensors helped ensure the safety of drone operations.

Start-up Terabee started off providing aerial inspections and imaging services by deploying drones. After a fruitful collaboration with CERN, where sensors helped ensure the safety of operations in the complex environment of the LHC, the business was expanded to include sensor development.

Start-up Terabee started off providing aerial inspections and imaging services by deploying drones. After a fruitful collaboration with CERN, where sensors helped ensure the safety of operations in the complex environment of the LHC, the business was expanded to include sensor development.

MEDTECH

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CERN Technology revolutionising mass spectrometry imaging. Photo credit: CERN.

CERN Technology revolutionising mass spectrometry imaging. Photo credit: CERN.

The idea is to use the Timepix chip developed at CERN as a component of the detector in mass spectrometry imaging – a technique that maps the molecular composition of cells and tissues and is used in many clinical research areas. The Timepix enables the imaging throughput needed for intraoperative molecular pathology. This could help surgeons diagnose cancers and evaluate surgical margins, the rim of tissue around a tumor that has been surgically removed.

The idea is to use the Timepix chip developed at CERN as a component of the detector in mass spectrometry imaging – a technique that maps the molecular composition of cells and tissues and is used in many clinical research areas. The Timepix enables the imaging throughput needed for intraoperative molecular pathology. This could help surgeons diagnose cancers and evaluate surgical margins, the rim of tissue around a tumor that has been surgically removed.

WHAT IS IN IT FOR YOU?

The BIC of CERN Technologies program includes technical support for your project provided by the world-leading experts from CERN and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), scientific consultation and assistance. In addition, all the participants in the program receive business coaching from the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, one of the country’s leading universities of applied science. Last but not least, PARK INNOVAARE is committed to supporting the participants in business development with its service portfolio. Make use of your chance – accelerate your business!

All the applicants for the BIC of CERN Technologies program will receive a qualified feedback on their projects, as well as one-to-one technology and business consultations with the experts. The winner(s) of the program will receive a one-time cash grant of CHF 50,000, as well as non-monetary benefits such as licensing agreements, continuous business and technical support, and an awareness boost through the award ceremony.

 

Let world-leading technology experts support you in your business and product development.

WHO CAN APPLY?

If you are an innovative start-up, spin-off, micro-entreprise, or an SME younger than 2 years and you are looking to implement CERN technology in your product/services, apply for the BIC of CERN Technologies program!

The selection process will be conducted in two stages. Applicants must submit an initial two-page description of a business/project idea. Evaluated by an independent jury, three to five finalists will qualify for the next round. In the second round, contestants will present a 10 page business plan on the project and have the possibility to pitch to the jury their idea.

The jury members, timeline, and further details about the application and selection process will be announced here.

 

 

Win CHF 50'000 for your business idea and get access to a unique IP of CERN Technologies.

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS

Stay tuned for latest news from BIC of CERN Technologies, interviews with experts, and interesting blog posts.

Securaxis is the first incubatee of BIC of CERN technologies

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Securaxis wants to replace surveillance cameras with sound sensors.

Securaxis wants to replace surveillance cameras with sound sensors.

The Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies, launched this summer by PARK INNOVAARE, CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of North-Western Switzerland (FHNW), is pleased to announce the winner of the new entrepreneurship program and its first incubatee: Securaxis. The official awards ceremony took place this Monday, November 12, 2018, at the StartUpForum Aargau in Brugg-Windisch.

The Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies, launched this summer by PARK INNOVAARE, CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of North-Western Switzerland (FHNW), is pleased to announce the winner of the new entrepreneurship program and its first incubatee: Securaxis. The official awards ceremony took place this Monday, November 12, 2018, at the StartUpForum Aargau in Brugg-Windisch.

A SUCCESSFUL KICKOFF FOR THE BIC OF CERN TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM

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Phase I "Initial Application" of the BIC of CERN Technology has been completed. The candidates supported by CERN are now working on the business plan for their great projects.

Phase I "Initial Application" of the BIC of CERN Technology has been completed. The candidates supported by CERN are now working on the business plan for their great projects.

Launched this summer by PARK INNOVAARE, CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies is off to a good start. With over thirty interested founders, startups and SMEs from eleven countries, the program is of interest for a large variety of technologies and applications.

Launched this summer by PARK INNOVAARE, CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), the Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies is off to a good start. With over thirty interested founders, startups and SMEs from eleven countries, the program is of interest for a large variety of technologies and applications.

DR. CHRISTIAN BRÖNNIMANN: TECHNOLOGY THAT CONVINCED ME!

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Dectris is now a world leader in detector technologies and sets the pace for the market. © Dectris AG

Dectris is now a world leader in detector technologies and sets the pace for the market. © Dectris AG

Christian Brönnimann has spent half his working life at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Until twelve years ago, he was group leader of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) Detectors group at PSI. The 52-year-old now heads the company Dectris in Baden-Daettwil; it employs over 100 people and has revenues of more than 30 million Swiss francs. In his interview to PARK INNOVAARE he shares his experience of spinning-off and bringing technology to the market.

Christian Brönnimann has spent half his working life at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Until twelve years ago, he was group leader of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) Detectors group at PSI. The 52-year-old now heads the company Dectris in Baden-Daettwil; it employs over 100 people and has revenues of more than 30 million Swiss francs. In his interview to PARK INNOVAARE he shares his experience of spinning-off and bringing technology to the market.

AT CERN, THE DOORS ARE WIDE OPEN FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

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Many companies already benefit from innovative solutions and technologies from CERN. © CERN

Many companies already benefit from innovative solutions and technologies from CERN. © CERN

Based on CERN's core competencies such as radiation, cooling, ventilation and materials technology, scientists use accelerators, detectors and information technology to generate research results that are incorporated into the fields of medical and biomedical technologies, aerospace, security, industry 4.0, cultural heritage and new technologies.

Giovanni Anelli, Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN, explains how the international organization promotes the establishment of start-ups.

Based on CERN's core competencies such as radiation, cooling, ventilation and materials technology, scientists use accelerators, detectors and information technology to generate research results that are incorporated into the fields of medical and biomedical technologies, aerospace, security, industry 4.0, cultural heritage and new technologies.

Giovanni Anelli, Head of the Knowledge Transfer Group at CERN, explains how the international organization promotes the establishment of start-ups.

BLOG: ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGY CREATES NEW PRODUCTS

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Center for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)

Center for Proton Therapy at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)

Accelerator technology has helped push research forward in many areas in the past. In the future, too, this technology will also help drive progress and open up previously undreamt-of possibilities for people – in many areas, from medicine to security technology.

Prof. Dr. Leonid Rivkin, Deputy Director at the Paul Scherrer Institute, explains how accelerator technology will continue to generate groundbreaking innovations in the future.

Accelerator technology has helped push research forward in many areas in the past. In the future, too, this technology will also help drive progress and open up previously undreamt-of possibilities for people – in many areas, from medicine to security technology.

Prof. Dr. Leonid Rivkin, Deputy Director at the Paul Scherrer Institute, explains how accelerator technology will continue to generate groundbreaking innovations in the future.

VIDEO: WHAT IS BIC OF CERN TECHNOLOGIES AND WHY YOU SHOULD APPLY?

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BIC of CERN Tech video

BIC of CERN Tech video

Recently, PARK INNOVAARE together with CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the FHNW launched Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies. The new entrepreneurship program is designed to help entrepreneurs in their business endeavor by offering access to world-leading experts and technologies, tailor-made business training, unique IP, and seed money of CHF 50,000. Listen Nils Gebhardt, Deputy CEO at PARK INNOVAARE, and Aurélie Pezous, Knowledge Transfer manager at CERN, talk about the program and its benefits for young companies.

Recently, PARK INNOVAARE together with CERN, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and the FHNW launched Business Incubation Centre (BIC) of CERN Technologies. The new entrepreneurship program is designed to help entrepreneurs in their business endeavor by offering access to world-leading experts and technologies, tailor-made business training, unique IP, and seed money of CHF 50,000. Listen Nils Gebhardt, Deputy CEO at PARK INNOVAARE, and Aurélie Pezous, Knowledge Transfer manager at CERN, talk about the program and its benefits for young companies.

BLOG: ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGIES: ENABLING PROGRESS OUTSIDE OF THE SCIENTIFIC WORLD

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CERN Accelerator

CERN Accelerator

Physicists use particle accelerators to answer the fundamental questions about our universe – how it was created, why objects have mass, what antimatter is, and so on. Truly, particle accelerators, like the ones at CERN or the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), are the epitome of pure research instruments. Are they, though? If you think these machines have no use outside of research, you are in for a surprise.

What is it, a particle accelerator? On a basic level, a particle accelerator produces a beam of charged particles that can be used for a variety of purposes. It is any kind of installation that accelerates particles – electrons, protons, neutrons, muons – from energy A to energy B. Its size is essentially determined by the energy needed for a specific application or an experiment.

Physicists use particle accelerators to answer the fundamental questions about our universe – how it was created, why objects have mass, what antimatter is, and so on. Truly, particle accelerators, like the ones at CERN or the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), are the epitome of pure research instruments. Are they, though? If you think these machines have no use outside of research, you are in for a surprise.

What is it, a particle accelerator? On a basic level, a particle accelerator produces a beam of charged particles that can be used for a variety of purposes. It is any kind of installation that accelerates particles – electrons, protons, neutrons, muons – from energy A to energy B. Its size is essentially determined by the energy needed for a specific application or an experiment.

VIDEO: A. PEZOUS, CERN: “THIS IS A PERFECT MATCH!”

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CERN Video

CERN Video

The BIC of CERN Technologies aims to bring accelerator-based technologies into the market. Listen to Aurélie Pezous, Knowledge Transfer Manager at CERN, explain the program and partnership with PARK INNOVAARE, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and FHNW.

The BIC of CERN Technologies aims to bring accelerator-based technologies into the market. Listen to Aurélie Pezous, Knowledge Transfer Manager at CERN, explain the program and partnership with PARK INNOVAARE, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and FHNW.

NEWS: SWISS BUSINESS INCUBATION CENTRE OF CERN TECHNOLOGIES COMES TO PARK INNOVAARE

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Team that brought you Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies

Team that brought you Swiss BIC of CERN Technologies

New high-tech incubator based on accelerator technology opens its doors at PARK INNOVAARE. Start-ups and young, small high-tech companies will be supported by a focused funding program. Joining CERN as partners are the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

New high-tech incubator based on accelerator technology opens its doors at PARK INNOVAARE. Start-ups and young, small high-tech companies will be supported by a focused funding program. Joining CERN as partners are the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

PARTNERS

The BIC of CERN Technologies is hosted and operated by PARK INNOVAARE with the support of its strong and committed partners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARK INNOVAARE

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Where Innovation Accelerates

Where Innovation Accelerates

PARK INNOVAARE is a unique innovation center situated in close proximity to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Here, driven by PSI’s expertise, innovations in the fields of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, humans and health, and energy are transformed into marketable products and solutions. In order to create the best conditions for industrial research and spin-offs, PARK INNOVAARE connects innovative minds from the world of science and business.

PARK INNOVAARE is a unique innovation center situated in close proximity to the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). Here, driven by PSI’s expertise, innovations in the fields of accelerator technology, advanced materials and processes, humans and health, and energy are transformed into marketable products and solutions. In order to create the best conditions for industrial research and spin-offs, PARK INNOVAARE connects innovative minds from the world of science and business.

CERN TECHNOLOGIES

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A world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe.

A world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe.

Founded in 1952, CERN is the European Council for Nuclear Research; it hosts the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments (purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors) for studying the basic constituents of matter. The research conducted here has proven many theories, deepened our understanding of the matter, and given the world some of the most widely-spread technologies.

Founded in 1952, CERN is the European Council for Nuclear Research; it hosts the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments (purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors) for studying the basic constituents of matter. The research conducted here has proven many theories, deepened our understanding of the matter, and given the world some of the most widely-spread technologies.

PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUTE (PSI)

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World-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material, energy and the environment, and human health.

World-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material, energy and the environment, and human health.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. It performs world-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material; energy and the environment; and human health. Thousands of world-leading scientists and engineers from all over the world are using its unique infrastructure to realize projects that would be impossible anywhere else.

The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) is the largest research institute for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. It performs world-class research in three main subject areas: matter and material; energy and the environment; and human health. Thousands of world-leading scientists and engineers from all over the world are using its unique infrastructure to realize projects that would be impossible anywhere else.

FHNW

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Both innovative and practice-oriented.

Both innovative and practice-oriented.

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision. It organizes one of the biggest start-up competitions in Switzerland – Swiss Startup Challenge – offering extensive business mentoring programs for highly innovative young entrepreneurs.

FHNW is one of Switzerland’s leading universities of applied sciences and arts, actively involved in teaching, research, continuing education and service provision. It organizes one of the biggest start-up competitions in Switzerland – Swiss Startup Challenge – offering extensive business mentoring programs for highly innovative young entrepreneurs.