Creating opportunities which strengthen the ties between network members, students and industry is one of the core missions of MaNEP Switzerland Network. MaNEP support intended to young researchers is channeled through conferences, topical meetings and schools, as well as internships especially dedicated to master students and exchange student programs.
MaNEP also promotes science to the general public through different actions and initiatives. To reach out to the younger generations, the Physiscope was created in 2007 by MaNEP NCCR in collaboration with the Physics Section of UNIGE. It has now been institutionalised and has become an important educational tool, part of the Scienscope.
The creation of the travelling art & science exhibition SUPRA100 has also contributed to disseminate the scientific research performed in the MaNEP Switzerland Network.
Schools are not only the place to learn and deepen scientific knowledge, it is also a unique opportunity to build and expand the scientific network. Since 2004, MaNEP is running a biannual school programme in Saas-Fee. The school aims at a broad introduction to contemporary topics in condensed matter physics and targets an audience at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels. A background in general condensed matter physics should be sufficient. All lectures are given in English.
To encourage master students to pursue their career in physics, MaNEP offers them in their 3rd or 4th year of studies in physics the unique opportunity to spend one month in one of MaNEP’s top level research groups, between July and September. Since 2004, these internships have successfully encouraged several of the participants to envisage a more ambitious career in physics.
A financial support is allocated for the duration of the internship.
The Physiscope is a theatre-laboratory offering a lively hands-on approach to physics. It was created by the NCCR MaNEP in 2007, in collaboration with the Physics Section of UNIGE. It offers interactive and experimental shows to introduce the younger generations to the excitement of scientific research. Participants interact with a scientific animator; together they discuss physical phenomena, experiment with them, and show how these phenomena are related to ongoing research projects. The Physiscope is part of the Scienscope.