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Posted: May 14, 2008

NanoEurope 2008: Commercial utilization and voluntary regulation of nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) The sixth NanoEurope will be held in St.Gallen (Switzerland) on September 16 and 17, 2008. The NanoEurope is a European specialist congress in conjunction with a trade show for the transfer of technology and know-how in the field of nanotechnology. This year's focus will be on multifunctional textiles and smart systems and surfaces. In addition, one session will explicitly address management staff and investors who wish to enhance their nanotechnology know-how. Furthermore, the 4th NanoRegulation Conference will be held, which is concerned with voluntary measures for handling risks associated with nanotechnology.
Following last year's successful event, this year's NanoEurope - the sixth - on September 16 and 17 will again offer the specialist community a meeting platform. Concurrently with the specialist congress, the exhibition offers businesses from different technology sectors the opportunity to present solutions for commercializing nanotechnology research results.
Specialist conferences show the commercial utilization of nanotechnology
Nanotechnology creates an entirely novel potential for launching product and process innovations. The event on "Commercialization strategies and investment know-how for managers" will supply the basis for making strategic and investment decisions and deal with aspects such as strategic alliances and intellectual property in the field of nanotechnology.
The "Multifunctional textiles" conference will focus on issues related to the marketing of upgraded textiles. Representatives from leading textile companies and scientific institutes will present innovations in the area of textile nanotechnology for different applications in building construction, sports, or for the protection of humans and objects.
The attendees of the conference on "Nano-based electronic and sensor systems" will learn about novel technology platforms and nanotechnological processes. These "smarter" systems from the nanoworld allow faster response times and special surface adaptations for biological processes. Thus, for example, they enable the capacity of chips to be multiplied for a given or even smaller surface area.
Nanomaterials are characterized by their large surface areas. The conference on "Systems with functionalized surfaces and structures" shows how these surfaces can be functionalized and adapted to specific needs.
NanoRegulation: Voluntary measures for protecting health and the environment
Nanotechnology opens up enormous innovation opportunities, but also involves potential health, safety, and environmental risks. As nanomaterials increasingly pour into the marketplace, the calls for improved risk governance and reasonable regulations are becoming louder. In this connection, the concept of voluntary measures such as risk management systems, codes of conduct, or disclosure agreements have become widely noted. The 4th NanoRegulation Conference to be held on September 16 and 17 will provide a well-founded overview over different aspects and experiences with voluntary measures. In addition, the participants will be involved in an international dialog with authorities. The conference is aimed at regulatory authorities, industry, insurance companies, associations, NGOs, politics, the interested public, and the media.
Registration deadline for exhibitors: June 13, 2008. Documentation for exhibitors is available at www.nanoeurope.com.

NanoEurope 2008

Dates: September 16 - 17, 2008

Venue: Olma Messen St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland

Exhibition: Hall 9.1, Congress: Halls 9.1.2, 9.2, and 2.1.

Registration: Via online ticketing at www.nanoeurope.ch

Source: NanoEurope