The virtual nano community is fully equipped with all the functions one expects from a modern online networking site: personal chat, a scientific forum, more than 90 thematic groups, including microscopy, nanomedicine, and even a discussion forum on safety and toxicity. TINC was/is also a media partner for more than 70 nano conferences on different topics in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
“The main idea was to create something more personal than the other nano networks already on the Internet,” says Paszternak. “I started off editing the existing nano website at my institution in Hungary but realized the site could be so much bigger, spreading like a tree and connecting nano scientists across the globe,” he adds.
“Registering the web address www.Nanopaprika.eu for TINC was my little joke adding Hungary’s favourite spice to the nano community."
The International Nanoscience Community has pulled together a community with more than 4600 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, the USA, and 80 other countries. TINC is open to everyone from post-doctorial researchers and professors to students everywhere. “There is only one important assumption: you have to be interested in nano!” adds Paszternak.
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András Paszternák, PhD
founder of The International NanoScience Community