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Posted: January 23, 2007
The Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology officially launched
(Nanowerk News) The International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Nanotechnology, held at the University of Ulster in Belfast, UK on 15 January 2007 officially launched the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to the international community.
Very many world class academics, research scientists and industrialists were present on this occasion. Professor Jeff De Hosson (Netherlands), Professor E. I. Meletis (USA), Professor Stan Veprek (Germany), Professor W. I. Milne (UK), Professor Hans Oechsner (Germany), Professor Werner Blau (Ireland), Professor Sam Zhang (Singapore), Professor John Moore (USA), Professor Jim McLaughlin (UK) and Dr Dave Tolfree (UK) delivered excellent talks on a range of topics relating to various aspects of nanomaterials, nanoscience, nanotechnology and the commercialisation of nanotechnology. All the talks were attended by approx. 200 delegates from worldwide.
Dr Nasar Ali, the general chair of MPA and the president of SNN, opened the conference and welcomed all delegates and thanked them for travelling from over 20 countries of the world, including UK, Ireland, USA, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Thailand, Libya and Brazil. In his welcome address, Dr Ali also welcomed the delegates on behalf of the society’s honorary president: the Nobel Laureate Professor Sir H. W. Kroto from Florida State University, USA.
The Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (SNN) is a worldwide organisation with international memberships that was set up to serve the needs of the global “nano” community. The society provides an effective platform for fostering, developing and promoting communication, education, networking, dissemination of knowledge internationally, research and innovations in all aspects of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
SNN has already and promises to bring out new publications (journals, books, newsletters, reports, etc.), organise cutting edge conferences, promote educational outreach activities (courses, seminars, workshops, training, etc.), offer memberships, undertake consultancy work, offer advertisement and sponsorship opportunities, help with employment and offer career advice to its members.
For 2007, on the conferences front, SNN will be organising the 2nd International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NanoSMat) to be held in Algarve, Portugal during 9-11 July 2007 (www.nanosmat.org).
For 2008, the society will be organising its premier event, the “1st International Congress on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology”, which will be held in Singapore during July 2008. Furthermore, it will hold the 2nd MPA conference, a two day event, at Cambridge University, UK in January 2008 and in June 2008 SNN will hold the “International Conference on Nanoparticles” in Greece.
Dr Ali urged all delegates to play a proactive role in helping the society to grow and meet its objectives in accomplishing its mission.
During the MPA launch event, which was supported by Micromaterials (UK), Agilent Technologies (UK) and Varian (France), over 100 posters were presented and a special panel selected three posters to receive a cash prize of 100GBP each. The prizes for the best Physics, Biology and Chemistry posters were supported by the Institute of Physics (IoP), Institute of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), respectively. Mr Su Hwan Lee from Korea took the prize for the best Physics poster. The prizes for the best Chemistry and Biology posters went to Mr Cheng- Te Lin from Taiwan and Miss Raechelle D’Sa from UK, respectively.