|By Prof. Oystein Fischer
2008 started on a fast track with the great news that our eminent MaNEP member, Prof. Joel Mesot, was appointed new director of the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). My warmest congratulations !
Next week, the annual meeting of the Swiss Physical Society will take place with a strong MaNEP participation and the plenary talk on Thursday, March 27 by 2007 Nobel Prize winner Albert Fert - who already visited us last November - as a highlight.
Just after this, MaNEP will be present as a key partner of the
|LHC celebrations at CERN, early April.
Subscriptions for the 2008 Summer Internship for female students have recently opened (see below) : these internships are our important effort to stimulate the advancement of women in science.
Their initiator and organiser, Dr. Michel Decroux, describes the program in this issue. I strongly encourage female students to take this unique opportunity.
Among the recent scientific highlights, let me mention that the Science paper by Nicolas Reyren et al. - from the group of Jean-Marc Triscone - published last summer was noted as one of the 2007 Top
10 breakthroughs in the Science magazine. Thumbs up to this young researcher !
Prof. Hugo Keller also comments on recent important highlights on high tc superconductivity in our scientific highlight section.
So well, with the upcoming decision on the 3rd phase, no doubt this year will represent a turning point for MaNEP.
And with your strong efforts to bring science on novel electronic materials in Switzerland to the highest level, I am confident that it will also be a turning point towards a great scientific future...