Supporters and Organising Partners:






The Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences is an important supporter of iCAN.

SATW is recognized as the principal organisation for the communication of independent, objective and comprehensive information about technology – as a basis for the forming of well-founded opinions – and as an effective institution for the promotion of engineering sciences and new technologies in Switzerland.

For more information about the activities and mission of the SATW, please visit their web site [ link ].






The EPFL-STI-IMT is an established world-leading institute in micro-nanotechnology innovation. In 2009, with the fusion of the Neuchâtel and Lausanne campuses, the institute grew to include 19 specialised laboratories with over 400 dedicated researchers. Visit the web site to discover more about the activities of each lab!





CSEM is a private Swiss research and technology organization which delivers advanced technologies and unique R&D services to industry. Targeting emerging, strategic, high-impact technologies, CSEM brings new products to market and creates new ventures. What makes CSEM special is its high level of expertise in integration and industrialization, and its multidisciplinary, system-oriented approach, operating through five strategic programs – microsystems, systems, ultra-low-power integrated systems, photovoltaics and surface engineering – corresponding to domains in which the organization has acquired, over the years, a national and international reputation. CSEM’s technologies are able to address the needs of a wide range of markets, from healthcare, watch making, aerospace, and security, to consumer electronics and cleantech. Read more on the CSEM web site.


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The Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at the ETHZ educates students for excellence and leadership in science and industry through cutting edge research on an international platform to face the challenges of the Swiss and global society and economy by engineering innovation in its technology fields.

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FSRM – Crossroads of Microtechnology.

The foundation promotes micro technology and its applications with offers in continous education, project management and organization. logo – Feeling the World.

Networking, information exchange and continuous education – brings together manufacturers, users, research institutions and universities.


Micronarc is the dedicated micro-nanotech cluster and communication platform created by the governments of the seven cantons that constitute Western Switzerland. Its primarily role is the development and promotion of the regional scientific, industrial and economic base in the sectors of micro and nanotechnology, as well as its educational structures, R&D facilities, technology transfer and inward investment.

Micronarc is an initiative of the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva, Valais et Jura and supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).



Founding Supporter


The iCAN Swiss competition was originally launched and organised as a Nano-Tera project, a Swiss federal program funding scientific projects which ended in 2016.

The Nano-Tera initiative aimed to help bring Switzerland to the forefront of a new technological revolution, using engineering and information technology to improve the health and security of humans and the environment in the 21st century. Please see the Nano-Tera web site for more information concerning the programme and other projects.