It started as a social networking community for nanoscientists in 2007. From the Nov. 25, 2011 news item on Nanotechnology Now,
“It’s all started accidentally”
– recalls András Paszternák, PhD, founder of the portal. “One cold November morning, I met Professor Erika Kálmán, my PhD supervisor, at the corridor of the Chemical Research Center of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She offer me to edit an already existing Hungarian nanowebpage. I asked for time to reflect, and in next day I suggested to start a community site, which will be updated with new content by members.” adds the Postdoctoral Fellow from Bar-Ilan University.
The page can be described as a place of constant renewal from the beginning. In 2011 it has become even more attractive with an international virtual poster conference, research teams and members “HOT papers” database.
Today there are many from USA, across Europe to Asia who are using the webpage to find new jobs, awards, or partners to start joint research projects.
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 50 thematic groups, including microscopy, nanomedicine, and even a discussion forum on safety and toxicity. TINC is also a media partner for more than 45 nano conferences on different topics in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The easiest way to describe nanopaprika would be to say that if the LinkedIn and Nanowerk websites had a child born in Europe, this would be it.