Forthcoming Events

07.06.2022 - 10.06.2022, Grindelwald, Switzerland
27.06.2022 - 29.06.2022, University College London, UK
11.07.2022 - 15.07.2022, Celeste Hotel, on UCF main campus, Orlando, Florida


Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
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

TT, IP and Start-up Support

Member of MUST are encouraged to use their local support structures for IP protection (University, start-up, company), Technology Transfer (see Steps to TT) and start-up support. For independent support and help in finding resources, MUST members can also contact the scientific officer (who will also use outside legal advice if needed).

TT Support

Switzerland supports general TT activities on an
  1. International level
  2. National level
    • InnoSuisse (Commission for Technology and Innovation) with support through National Thematic Networks (NTN), Innovation Mentors (IM), Physical and Web-based Platforms and Start-up support
    • swiTT (Swiss technology transfer association)
    • IGE (Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property). They help, for example, with assisted patent searches for a flat fee of Fr. 300 per day.
  3. Regional level
  4. Local level: Each University has its own TT office
A separate page describes Steps to TT. If you have questions please contact the Scientific Officer, Jan van Beilen (044 633 2990, email).


Publishing and patenting

It has to be the central goal of basic research to publish gained knowledge in order to be recognized as the inventor, and to be cited in the academic world. However, through the publication, the novelty of the gained knowledge is destroyed and the commercial rights and benefits cannot be claimed anymore. For technology transfer both publications, as well as patents, are of importance.
The details were discussed at the MUST patent "all hands" workshop on January 11, 2012 (Cob-Must-2012 (PDF, 1.16 MB))
We recommend two approaches in order to protect the commercial benefits, one for urgent cases and one for non-urgent cases.

NCCR MUST patent portfolio

The NCCR MUST group has:

  • 32 active patent families (US and WO patents predominently) from 6 of the 15 PIs.
  • 20 of the 32 patent families are within the span of control of NCCR MUST
It is the clear goal of NCCR MUST to generate additional patents in order to support TT activities, i.e. to provide an IP base for start-ups as well as position MUST for collaboration with companies. See: 2014 Must Patents (XLSX, 12 KB).
NCCR MUST Office : ETHZ IQE/ULP-HPT H3 | Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1 | 8093 Zurich | E-Mail | +41 44 633 36 02
The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation