Forthcoming Events

16.12.2021 - 21.12.2021, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
01.06.2022 - 30.06.2022, Grindelwald, Switzerland
27.06.2022 - 29.06.2022, University College London, UK


NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules
#NCCRWomen- NCCR MUST celebrates 50 years women’s right to vote in Switzerland
Kick-Off dynaMENT Mentoring for Women in Natural Sciences- with Ursula Keller as plenary speaker
Four new scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui / Milne / Beaud / Staub, by Wolf / Röthlisberger, by Wörner, and Keller
Photon Science Roadmap- for Research Infrastructures 2025-2028 by the Swiss Photon Community
Proof of concept ERC Grant for Ursula Keller Dual-comb laser driven terahertz spectrometer for industrial sensing (DC-THz)
Majed Chergui - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Ruth Signorell - elected to the European Academy of Sciences
Farewell and Welcome!Chris Milne leaves for the European XFEL, Camila Bacellar takes over
SY-GAIA expedition - measures aerosols in the North-Atlantic

Collaborations and Networks

Swiss Photonics Network

NCCR MUST is an active member of the association SWISS PHOTONICS and works together with them to foster collaborations within the Swiss photonics community. The association SWISSPHOTONICS is the Swiss National Thematic Network (NTN) for Photonics, supported by CTI (the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation) and serves as the national network between industry and academia for photonics in Switzerland. One tool is the SwissPhotonics Workshops, which was mainly used in Phase I of the NCCR MUST.

European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. The members encompass the entire value chain from LED lightingPhotovoltaic solar energyPhotonics Integrated CircuitsOptical componentsLasers, SensorsImagingDisplaysProjectorsOptic fiber, and other photonic related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC is the industry association with the largest network and maintains the European photonics database. EPIC manages several focused LinkedIn Groups, and exhibits at leading events.

Joint Laser Research Institute

In 2012, the "Advanced Photonics Research Institute" (APRI) located in Gwangju (South East Korea), the University of Bern, and SAMSUNG opened the Joint Laser Research Center for high performance Laser technology. For 3 years APRI has been a partner institute of the Institute of Applied Physics (University of Bern) and is one of the leading photonics research centers in Korea. The goal of this cooperation is to lead a world-class research in photonics and particular in the area of fiber lasers (press release, in German).

COST Actions


COST Action CA1822 (ATTOCHEM) coordinates experimental and theoretical efforts to exploit the large potential of attosecond technologies. Recent developments of ultrashort intense light sources operating in the XUV and X-ray spectral regions promise to revolutionize chemistry, as they will give access to dynamical processes occurring in the attosecond time scale (1 asec = 10-18 s), the natural time scale for electronic motion in atoms and molecules. Thus, such light sources will allow to address new fundamental questions about the role and possible control of electron dynamics in chemical reactivity, to investigate photoinduced charge migration in relevant molecular systems, and to image, with asec resolution, fast structural changes in molecules during proton transfer, isomerization, or motion through conical intersections. Large-scale facilities are currently being developed all over Europe for this purpose (ELI-ALPS, EuXFEL, FERMI, SwissFEL, etc), accompanied by an increasing demand of accurate theoretical support for an optimal use of these resources.


The major aim of CMST COST Action CM1405 "Molecules in motion" (2014-2018) is the development of the armoury of first-principles nuclear motion theory, via the advancement of theories, algorithms, and codes, with special emphasis on quantum effects involving electrons as well as nuclei (PI Jiri Vanicek).

Molecular Machinery

The Action "Understanding Movement and Mechanism in Molecular Machines" (2014-2018) will create an EU network to bring together the spectroscopic and structural biology communities that will enable integration of the static and dynamic aspects of important biomolecules (PI Ursula Röthlisberger).


In this ECOSTBio Action "Explicit Control Over Spin-states in Technology and Biochemistry" (2014-2018), a network of both experimental and theoretician research groups is created that will tackle a diversity of chemical problems where spin is an important factor. This will be achieved by the joint creation of a SPINSTATE database of systems with known spin states and spin-related properties ((PI Ursula Röthlisberger).


Action MP1307 StableNextSol "Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling degradation mechanisms of Organic Solar Cells by complementary characterization techniques" (2014-2018) created a network to study the degradation mechanisms occurring in state-of-the-art OPVs and Perovskite solar cells, based on the use of complementary analytical techniques. The Action seeks disruptive innovations targeted to mitigate device failure, and aims to develop new concepts for OPVs ans PSCs that are more stable and reach lifetimes longer than 20 years (PI Natalie Banerji).


Action CM1204 "XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry - XLIC" (2013-2017) aim to understand, monitor and control the complex ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics that occur in medium-sized and large molecules, to develop new control strategies of reactions and to develop a new generation of ultrafast spectroscopies combining attosecond temporal and sub-Angstrom spatial resolutions (PI Majed Chergui).


Action CM1202 PERSPECT-H2O: "Supramolecular Photocatalytic Water Splitting" (2013-2017) aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the function determining light-induced elementary reactions in supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting and to realize novel supramolecular photocatalysts for water splitting (PI Andrea Cannizzo).


The aim of Action MP1102 "Chemical imaging by Coherent Raman microscopy" was to establish active scientific exchange between European experts for the development of the emerging category of Coherent Raman (CoR) microscopy techniques - the optical correspondent to MRI, enabling non-invasive tomographic imaging of molecular species in innovative materials and living matter with high specificity at sub-wavelength resolution by probing natural molecular vibrations. (PI Thomas Gerber, Phase I).
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