The International NanoScience Community, TINC
The heat is on for an online social networking community for nanoscientists. The Internet 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 3600 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 90 thematic groups, including microscopy, nanomedicine, and even a discussion forum on safety and toxicity. TINC is also a media partner for more than 20 nano conferences on ifferent topics in 2010 and 2011.
“The main idea was to create something more personal than the other nano networks already on the Internet,” says Paszternak. “Registering the web addres swww.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 3600 members, researchers, students, industrial partners from Europe, India, the USA, and 50 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.