Forthcoming Events

01.10.2020 - 01.10.2020, AkademieHotel, Karlsruhe, Germany
26.10.2020 - 28.10.2020, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Villigen,Switzerland


New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui, Milne and Wörner
New scientific highlights- from MUST researchers at PSI
Promotion to full professorcongratulations to Steve Johnson!
The Laser at 60: Ursula KellerOPN interviewed OSA Fellows
Former EPFL PhD student Edoardo Baldini wins the 2020 ACS PHYS Division Young Investigator Awards
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Banerji, Chergui and Wolf
Prix de l'innovation AGROVINA 2020- for Agrolase: detecting spores of pathogens in real time
Ruth Signorell receives the Humboldt Prize- awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and teaching

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