Education at AMI
As part of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Fribourg, the Adolphe Merkle Institute has a strong commitment to teaching nanoscience and technology at the highest level. Education represents a significant pathway for the Institute to communicate and disseminate excellence in materials research. AMI staff help prepare future scientists to face the challenges associated with nanomaterials research, while allowing them to interconnect with the academic and industrial sectors. This dual approach offers a unique environment for the development of skilled and well-rounded scientists capable of understanding the ins and outs of tomorrow’s materials research, making AMI a prime location for students to pursue high-caliber doctoral studies in the field of soft nanomaterials. Targeting a PhD student population in excess of 50%, the Institute aims to provide exceptional students from around the world with unique training opportunities.
Since its creation, AMI has also welcomed dozens of undergraduate students from around the world who have expressed the desire to get "their hands dirty", and participate in our research projects, while quenching their thirst for knowledge in the realm of nanomaterials. The Institute actively participates as well in outreach initiatives aiming at awakening the interest of small children and teenagers to science, and promoting STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers. These programs not only include teaching children and students, but also the training of elementary school teachers.