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Posted: Apr 22nd, 2010
European nanotechnology event on integrating nanomaterial research infrastructures
(Nanowerk Spotlight) All our modern technologies from information and communication, energy, and the environment to health and transport depend on the development of materials that can withstand the highest mechanical and thermal load, transfer data at the greatest speeds, safely store data in the smallest dimensions, ensure biocompatible transplants, remove monoxides from car exhausts, or separate protons and electrons in fuel cells.
This has led to great expectations for the future of nanomaterials science and worldwide attention has been drawn to the enormous potential of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Although Europe’s expertise in nanomaterials science is excellent, it is highly fragmented into scientific disciplines, sectors and national efforts which are on a global level often subcritical. Europe would considerably benefit from a strategic pan-European, multidisciplinary research involving all sectors and the most advanced European research infrastructures.
This is the great theme of GENNESYS, a foresight project to roadmap the future research needs and to pinpoint the various scientific challenges and technological limitations in the various areas in nanomaterials research.
The GENNESYS White Paper (pdf download, 12 MB) as the result of a several year-long collaborative work of more than 600 experts from all over the world gives an overall picture of the present and future developments in the large spectrum of nanomaterials and highlights the important roles of advanced analytical equipment at European research infrastructures, especially at synchrotron radiation, laser and neutron facilities.
The GENNESYS congress is the most important international event in this field which involves high level representatives from international and European research institutions and organisations, universities, industry as well as policy- and decision makers. It will make key recommendations how to structure and organise nanomaterials development and how to embark on long-term research, common training and education strategies and open innovation schemes to promote a new culture in the world of nanomaterials in which research-discoveries will smoothly be transferred into industrial innovations by human-resource networks around modern research infrastructure platforms.
The congress programme includes many high-quality speakers and leaders from organisations around the world such as Cora Marett, Deputy Director NSF, USA, Teruo Kishi, Advisor to the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, Clayton Teague, Director of the Federal National Nanotechnology Coordination, USA, Andreu Mas-Colell, ERC Secretary General, Carlo Rizutto, Chair of the European Strategy Forum for research Infrastructures ESFRI, Iain Mattaj, Director General of EMBL, Leopold Demiddeleer, President of the European Industrial Research Management Agency, Rüdiger Iden, Senior Vice President BASF, Ramon Bacardit, Corporate Senior Vice President Henkel AG, Germany and Farid Quabdessalam, President of the Grenoble Universities Consortium. The congress brings together key policymakers from major world regions, including the European Commission, European Parliament, Russia, Germany, France, Spain, the UK, as well as from the USA and from Asia.
The GENNESYS congress is an ideal platform for presenting research institutions and organisations to a wide audience. The exhibition offers outstanding opportunities to meet the leading international companies, innovative SMEs and research centers that are developing and applying nanotechnology.
The congress is organised by a comprehensive consortium of partners, including the Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona ICMAB, the UAB Research Park Barcelona, the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL in cooperation with the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation.