Nanosurf 20 Year Symposium

Scientific symposium celebrating Nanosurf’s 20th anniversary

It was with a sense of eagerness and anticipation that attendees began to gather in the entrance area of Basel’s Natural History Museum and made their way past the life-sized dinosaur head in the staircase to the session room on Friday, June 9.

Surrounded by 125 paintings of former professors of the University of Basel, Nanosurf’s CEO Urs Matter welcomed the audience of well over 100 AFM enthusiasts from academia and industry, and set the scene for the day by giving a brief history of the invention of atomic force microscopy, and how Nanosurf was founded in 1997.

The 12 presentations that followed took the audience on a round-trip of AFM: down memory lane and past historic milestones of the development of increasingly sophisticated AFMs, through new techniques showcasing cutting edge scientific experiments at the limits of technological capabilities, to some examples of actual real-life industry applications, demonstrating the value of this fascinating technology in areas of quality assurance and product development.

To conclude the sessions, Urs Matter congratulated the three founders of Nanosurf — Dominik Brändlin, Lukas Howald and Robert Sum — on the successful 20 years made possible by the start-up company they established in 1997.

Blessed with mild summer temperatures and sunshine throughout most of the day, attendees and speakers had the opportunity to discuss the topics of the presentations and engage in active networking during the coffee breaks, buffet lunch, and a closing "apéro" reception in the inside courtyard of the museum.

We are very much looking forward to continued and inspiring collaborations with you in a similar atmosphere of innovation and success in the next 20 years!

Some impressions from the event

session room