Upcoming nanoTalks

November 26th 2020: November NanoTalks: Nobel Prizes

The nanoTalks take place on the last Thursday every month (no nanoTalks in August and December). Join this spicy format to broaden your horizon on diverse scientific discoveries and insights!


What are the nanoTalks?

The nanoTalks are a platform for inspiring and stimulating talks within the arts, sciences, and technologies. The nanoTalks strive to facilitate networking, provide a training platform for speakers to give talks to a broader audience, assist speakers in creating simple and generally understandable talks on complex issues, and inspire the audience with new ideas.


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Give a nanoTalk!

Are you interested in becoming a speaker? Contact Joel Lüthi   

Here is some guiding information:

All nanoTalks are in English. While you prepare your talk, you might ask yourself: Why is my topic exiting? How can our society benefit from my work (in case you want to present your scientific research)? How and why would a news agency report on it? Keep in mind that the audience comes from a diverse background. So please keep your talk simple and understandable without dwelling to much on technical details. To ensure maximum intelligibility, the talks are generally limited to 15 minutes. This way, you are guaranteed to get the audience's full attention throughout the talk. Afterwards, there is a 15 minutes long questions and answers session. 


Join the nanoTalk-Team!

Help us create a platform for inspiring talks within the arts, sciences and technologies!

  • Connect with young scientists from all areas: you select the topics and speakers!
  • Contribute to reatch and help us to create a science-friendly culture
  • Develop in skills in teamwork, event coordination and event moderation
  • Get to know the people at reatch and work with the nanoTalk-team
  • Make the nanoTalks your baby and help us to strategically develop the format

We host the nanoTalks on every month's last Thursday. The main work is finding and contacting the speakers. On the day of the event, the team takes care of preparing the room and apéro, moderating the event, and recording the talks.

Workload: ca. 6-8h per month

  • Content: ~ 2h per month preparation 
  • Event preparation and apéro shopping: ~ 3-4 h before the event
  • Video editing: ~ 2h (in case you want to learn this!)

If you’re interested get in touch with Joel Lüthi   


nanoTalk History

The nanoTalks - formerly known as 'Thursday Talks' - were founded in 2013 by an independent student association but later merged with reatch in 2017. So far, nanoTalks have covered topics ranging from innovation, education, nature conservation, health, sport, and design. The most recent nanoTalks hosted by reatch were the following:

June 25th 2020 June nanoTalks: Ethics (Live Stream)

May 28th 2020 May nanoTalks: Water (Live Stream)

April 30th 2020 April nanoTalks: Sustainability & Microbes (Live Stream)

March 26th 2020: Coronavirus nanoTalks (Live Stream)

February 27th 2020: Poverty & the future of work

January 30th 2020: Energy

November 28th 2019: Oxygen & Gene Therapy

November 8th 2019: nanoTalks Scientific Storytelling Workshop

October 31st 2019: All about Nobel Prizes

September 26th 2019: All About Fascinating Ocean Microbes

June 27th 2019: Crop drought tolerance & personalized medicine

May 23rd 2019: Microscopy

April 25th 2019: A Fatal Kiss & Mind-controling Parasites

March 28th 2019: Public Trust & Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

February 22nd 2019: nanoTalks Scientific Storytelling Workshop

January 31st 2019: Token Econimics & Digitalization in Energy Systems

November 28th 2018: Nobel Prizes

October 25th 2018: Digital Health & Physics Nobel Prize

September 27th 2018: Microbiome

July 26th 2018: Virtual Reality & Data Ownership

June 28th 2018: Brain-computer Interface Applications & the Blockchain

May 31st 2018: Virtual Reality for Surgeons & Our Future with A.I.

April 26th 2018: From alchemy to genome editing

March 28th 2018: Two talks all about modern robotics

February 22nd 2018: Two talks all about energy

January 25th 2018: Two talks on climate change and innovative climate financing

November 30th 2017: Two talks on awarded Nobel Prizes in Economics and Literarature

October 26th 2017: Two talks on awarded Nobel Prizes in Physics and Medicine

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