The heat is on for an online social networking community for nanoscientists. The International Nanoscience Community, TINC, was cooked up by Hungarian chemistry PhD student Andras Paszternak. It now provides a rich menu of communication tools for the international community of scientists working in the growing field of nanoscience and nanotechnology and recently passed the 5100 members mark.
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 100 thematic groups, including microscopy, nanomedicine, and even a discussion forum on safety and toxicity. TINC is also a media partner for more than 90 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 5100 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, the USA, and 70 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.
We read about TINC
„Nano on Net”, Nano Digest India´s Premiere Magazine on Nanotechnology 2009-2011
About TINC in Hungarian media
Itt nincsenek rossz kérdések (interview in Hungarian)
Nanopaprika.eu in TV (in Hungarian)
About TINC in Hungarian National Radio (Hétköznapi Tudomány, MR1, 23th May 2008, in Hungarian)
Nanopaprika in Hungarian Radio - 9th April 2010
NÉPSZABADSÁG, 16th October 2010