Kavli Prize for Nanoscience: Atomic Force Microscopy - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
25 Sep 2017
Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland
Almost 200 guests attended the Symposium, including Ambassador Thomas Hauff, Norwegian State Secretary Bjørn Haugstad, Swiss State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, Government Councillor Carmen Walker Späh and Nobel Laureate K. Alex Müller, who worked at IBM’s Zurich Lab with Professor Binnig and Professor Gerber. The audience also contained nearly 50 students representing several Norwegian and Swiss universities.
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About the event
The Kavli Prizes recognise scientists for pioneering advances in our understanding of existence at its biggest, smallest, and most complex scales. Presented every two years in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience, each of the three international prizes consists of USD 1 million. Laureates are chosen by committees whose members are recommended by six of the world’s most renowned science societies and academies. The Kavli Prize is a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation (United States), and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.
In 2016, the Kavli Prize in nanoscience was awarded to Gerd Binnig (1986 Nobel Prize in Physics), Christoph Gerber, and Calvin Quate “for the invention and realization of atomic force microscopy, a breakthrough in measurement technology and nanosculpting. This symposium honored the three pioneers of AFM technology and recognize some of the brilliant young minds that are carrying it into the future.
Swiss Re Institute hosted this event at the Centre for Global Dialogue.