Forthcoming Events

29.01.2020 - 31.01.2020, ETH Hönggerberg, Zürich
29.01.2020 - 31.01.2020, DESY-Hamburg and European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany
01.02.2020 - 02.02.2020, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco, Lucca, Italy


Ruth Signorell receives the Humboldt Prize- awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and teaching
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Keller, Chergui, Richardson / Vanicek, Wörner, Castiglioni / Osterwalder / Hengsberger / van Bokhoven
Ursula Keller wins the SPIE 2020 Gold Medal- awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments
Nobel Prize winner Gerard Mourou - Physics Colloquium 11.12.19: Passion Extreme Light
Paths to a professorship – 23 interviews
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Peter Hamm, Ursula Keller, Jörg Standfuss, and Fabrizio Carbone

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
    • CTI (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
    • Alliance  (for EPFL and Uni Geneva)
    • WKNW  (for Uni Basel)
  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