The NCCR in physics MaNEP officially came to an end on 30 June 2013
and this website will no longer be updated.
The Association MaNEP Switzerland was founded on 24 June 2013.
The NCCR MaNEP established a network of 250 high-level scientists from Swiss universities, technological institutes as well as from Swiss industry laboratories.
The Association MaNEP Switzerland's aim is to maintain and develop this network, to ensure that appropiate courses are taught in Switzerland and to promote science to the general public through different actions and initiatives.
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The festivities celebrating 12 years of MaNEP as a NCCR were held during the traditional SWM meeting in Les Diablerets, from 24 to 28 June 2013.
This special event was marked by the presence of a large number of international scientific experts and important personalities, such as Mauro Dell’Ambroggio, Secretary of State of the Swiss Federal Government, Jean-Luc Veuthey, Vice-Chancellor of the UNIGE, Professor Paul Leiderer, President of the Review Panel, Jean-Luc Favre, CEO of ABB Sécheron and President of the Union of the Geneva Employers Association, as well as Rolf Gobet, President of the Office for the Promotion of Industry and Technology.
The NCCR MaNEP - a scientific success
With more than 3’100 articles published, 9’000 quotes in 2012 and a remarkable increase of publications in high impact journals, MaNEP has become a key player acknowledged both nationally and internationally. Over the 12 year period, collaborations with industry have increased from two to twenty eight. MaNEP has also been extremely active and innovative in the field of education, communications and the advancement of women. The impact of the NCCR in Switzerland on quantum electronic materials and as regards the restructuring of physics, mathematics and astronomy of the host institution, the University of Geneva has been extremely positive.
Scientific research covered a vast range of materials and scientific topics. The volume, flexibility and the duration of the federal funding of the NCCR ensured a rapid and efficient response to developments in research on materials with extraordinary electronic properties. For example, by recruiting world renowned researchers and acquiring new equipment vital for this research. Selections of the main scientific achievements have been included in the final report, published in June 2013.
The NCCR MaNEP has initiated a number of sustainable projects
The Geneva Creativity Center is a platform set-up in 2010 to stimulate meetings and collaborations between scientists and industry partnerss.
The PhysiScope created in 2007 in collaboration with the Physics Section of UNIGE is a theatre- laboratory proposing a very intuitive and hands-on approach to physics. Open to the public, it is more particularly intended to introduce the younger generations to the excitement of scientific research.
SUPRA100 is an Art and Science travelling exhibition created in 2011 which introduces the general public to the phenomenon of superconductivity in an original way. After Geneva and Neuchâtel, with almost 30'000 visitors, SUPRA100 shall pursue its travel in other places in Europe.
There are also the summer and winter schools, the programme for the advancement of women, the topical meeting conferences etc.
These activities are all summarized in the final report.