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European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.

Already established as Europe’s leading innovation event, the Convention will bring together a unique gathering of world-class visionaries and innovators, including CEOs from some of Europe's top companies, young innovators and net-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.

It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes with more than 2000 visitors expected to attend to hear a range of speakers including: the CEOs of Telefonica, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Bayer, Nokia, Safran Group and Sanofi Aventis, Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, Professor Athene Donald from Cambridge and Lord Patten from Oxford, among many others.

Join the innovation debate and register for free on the event website:

December 2013 News

We wish you a happy holiday and a successful new year! Before the year ends, please take a few minutes to fill out the Value4Nano Value Chain Survey. We thank all the 100 participants who have already answered the questionnaire, NANOfutures has now more than 900 members and the survey will stay open for your answers. In 2014 there will be many interesting events related to nanotechnology. Have a look at the NANOfutures events database. There is one special event we would like to point out: Industrial Technologies, the largest networking conference in the field of new production technologies, materials and nanotechnology in Europe. NANOfutures is aprt of the advisory board and will also support the event with speakers and workshops. Best Wishes Philipp Krapp

Nanofutures is part of the recently started NanoDiode project

NanoDiode - Developing Innovative Outreach and Dialogue on responsible nanotechnologies in EU civil society

Concept and objectives

Stakeholder engagement and dialogue are essential to the responsible development of nanotechnologies in Europe. The European FP7 project NanoDiode, launched in July 2013 for a period of three years, establishes an innovative, coordinated programme for outreach and dialogue throughout Europe to support the effective governance of nanotechnologies. The project integrates vital engagement activities along the innovation value chain: at the level of research policy, research & development (R&D), and the diffusion of nanotechnology innovations in society. Importantly, it combines ‘upstream’ public engagement (by way of dialogues that integrate societal needs, ideas and expectations into the policy debate) with ‘midstream’ engagement (by organising innovation workshops at the level of the R&D practices that are at the heart of the research and innovation enterprise) and ‘downstream’ strategies for communication, outreach, education and training.

The consortium brings together a strong network of partners from various backgrounds and extending across Europe (representing technological and social research, industry, policy, civil society, education and media). Many partners bring their experience as coordinators or participants in earlier European nanoprojects within the NMP and Science in Society programme. This will allow the project to look back and identify best practices based on existing experience and make use of existing products and tools that have proven to be successful - and developing new, innovative models and tools for outreach and dialogue when necessary. The project will also look ahead towards Horizon 2020 and operationalise the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation. As Horizon 2020 unfolds, the project’s findings will feed into nanotechnology policy debates, R&D, outreach and dialogue activities on nanotechnologies.

The project’s objectives are to:

  • Develop new strategies for outreach and dialogue along the nanotechnology value chain,
  • based on a thorough analysis of current European information and communication needs for outreach and dialogue on nanotechnologies;
  • using the results of previous experiences and European projects on these issues.
  • INSPIRE: Organise engagement and dialogue at the 'upstream' level of research policy
  • Determine European citizens' views on priorities for nanotechnology innovation by way of surveys and interviews to create a comprehensive database of attitudes, relevant societal and ethical issues, ideas and inspirations for policy makers, researchers and producers;
  • Organize school kids’ and students’ competitions on innovative ideas for nanotechnology products of the future;
  • Hold a series of multi-stakeholder dialogues to determine how nanotechnologies can address important societal and ethical challenges and identifying desired fields of innovation.
  • CREATE: Enable processes of co-creation during research and innovation
  • To develop and carry out ‘3rd generation deliberative processes’, bringing together researchers, civil society organisations (CSOs), industrial partners and policy makers to discuss and select concrete fields of application for nanotechnology innovations;
  • To establish ‘User Committees’ for specific, near-application research projects creating innovation with nanotechnologies: groups of potential ‘users’ (industrial customers as well as consumers) will identify and discuss key challenges for the coming products, desired properties and technical features with the aim to steer the research towards social values and user needs;
  • To enable an innovative process of ‘Supporting responsible research’, a Brussels based workshop will be organised bringing together researchers and industrial partners with risk assessors and regulators to discuss sensible ways forward and appropriate risk governance approaches (including risk assessment and concern assessment) for the identified fields of innovation. Participants from R&D will discuss the concept of ‘Safety by Design’ for materials relevant for their innovation.
  • EDUCATE: Professionalise nanotechnology education and training
  • To develop a robust education strategy and action plan, selecting best practices on the basis of previous European experience with nanotechnology education;
  • To carry out a series of education activities focusing on secondary education, following up on the best practices identified;
  • To establish a multidisciplinary ‘community of practice’ by bringing together experts and trade unionists and to create a “living” workers-oriented capacity building module for health and safety governance of nanotechnologies at the workplace.
  • ENGAGE: Establish a coherent programme for outreach and communication on nanotechnology
  • To develop and assess innovative outreach and communication activities for nanotechnologies;
  • To implement and test these activities, including a series of Guerilla stores and video clips on nanotechnologies;
  • To disseminate the findings and results of NanoDiodeby way of the project website, branding, public relations and social media initiatives.
  • Assess the impact of the project's activities and provide policy feedback
  • Assess the project's impact and provide policy feedback, specifically with respect to the concept of responsible research and Innovation and with a view to Horizon 2020.

Coordination and Contact

IVAM UvA BV, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contactperson: Dr Pieter van Broekhuizen
Telephone: +3120 525 5080

NANOfutures at ENF2013

As you may know, NANOfutures is supporting the EuroNanoForum very actively in the last events. The ENF 2013 was held last month at the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland. The 6th biannual conference is the place for the global nanotechnology community to hear about the latest research findings, to convey visions for the market impact of nanotechnology, and to demonstrate commercial products at the Nanotech Europe exhibition. The event was a tremendous success with more then 1,500 active members of the nanotechnology community from 50 countries around the world. Over 140 high-level speakers gave vivid talks at the plenaries, sessions and workshops during the conference. Nanotechnology developments and commercialisation success stories were also visible at the coinciding Nanotech Europe exhibition. The event was hosted under the auspices of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. “This event has exceeded our expectations, not only in number of delegates but also content-wise”, commented Herbert von Bose, director of the industrial technologies programmme of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission. “It is my impression that the delegates found their visit to Ireland and EuroNanoForum 2013 very rewarding, no matter their background and expectations. Seldom have I seen so much networking taking place in between the highly attended plenary and parallel sessions. EuroNanoForum 2013 clearly demonstrated that nanoscience and nanotechnology has matured since it was established as a specialized and mainly scientific topic in Framework Programme 6 (2002-2006). Today, as demonstrated in ENF 2013, nanotechnology applications can be found in all areas of Industrial Technologies. Still a lot more needs to be done, especially in fastening the pace of industrial innovation. We are looking forward to continuing our work within the next seven-year programme of Horizon 2020, following the principles of safe, responsible and sustainable nanotechnology development and ensuring the competitiveness and growth of European industries. I would like to thank the Irish Presidency for their support in bringing both the ENF2013 and the H2020 Programme negotiations to successful conclusions”. Additional to sending speakers into the different sessions, NANOfutures was leading two workshops at ENF 2013. Both the "NANOfutures and Nanomanufacturing Workshop" and the "Education and Communication Workshop" were well-attended and received largely positive feedback from their attendees. The presentation slides of the workshops can be downloaded here: ENF2013 Education and Communication Workshop ENF2013 NANOfutures and Nanomanufacturing Workshop We would also like to remind you that the NanoEIS quiestionnaires are still running. Please take a few minutes to take a short survey at

October 2012 News

Please find attached the NANOfutures October 2012 newsletter. Best regards Your NANOfutures Team
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