Supported by more than 650 guests including including Didier Burkhalter, Swiss Federal Council; Rimantas Zylius, Minister of the Economy, Republic of Lithuania; Donald Beyer Jr., Ambassador of the United States of America for Switzerland and Lichtenstein and five Nobel Laureates, IBM and ETH Zürich opened the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center in Rüschlikon on Tuesday, 17 May.
Opening the full day agenda, which included the unveiling of the brand new, $90 million Nanotechnology Center, with university partner, ETH Zürich, was Dr. Matthias Kaiserswerth, vice president and director of IBM Research – Zürich.
“This is a special day during a particularly special year for IBM as we celebrate our centennial, said Matthias. “And similar to our past 100 years, partnerships, such as the one we have with ETH Zürich, have always been the foundation of our success.”
The Lab’s partnership with ETH Zürich, can be traced to its founding in 1956 with the first lab director, A.P. Speiser. The new Nanotechnology Center is a bold step in public private partnerships and also includes a collaboration with the Government of Lithuania.
“We’re here today because of great institutions like the ETH Zurich. IBM recognizes that building a technology or a company is a collaborative process. We have partnered with ETH for years to develop new skills and new technologies — and of course, to develop this new nanotechnology center,” said Dr. John E Kelly III, senior vice president and director of IBM Research.
Following speeches by Dr. Kelly and Prof. Ralph Eichler, president of ETH Zürich, a “Dialogue Amongst Physicists” was organized with IBM Fellows and Nobel Laureates Drs. Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer. The dialogue was inspirational and something that many will remember for a long time as the two recalled their invention and talked about the future of it.
After a break for lunch, the day closed with the IBM Research Centennial Lecture Colloquium with high profile lectures by speakers from both industry and academia including; Prof. Dr. Achim Bachem of the Jülich Research Center on 21st Century Supercomputing; Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier, Kirchhoff Institute for Physics at Heidelberg University on Brain Inspired Computing and Prof. Dr. Daniel Loss of the University of Basel on Quantum Computing.