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May 2011 News

NANO-TV Videos

NANO-TV is a series of short videos and articles about nanotechnologies in the EU. Some articles are already online at - more will follow. The videos are also available on NANOfutures at

ProNano Project Results

To overcome barriers on the way to the market, the ProNano project was started. Read their first article and join the discussion at the NANOfutures working groups forum. (PDF article download)

EuroNanoForum 2011

Please be aware that the coming ENF2011 will also offer one2one matchmaking sessions to support your bussiness building. Meet the NANOfutres community and see the details provided by Spinverse:

Nanotechnology Experts Reveal The Importance of Their Work

In EuroNanoForum Speaker Spotlight interview series, nanotechnology experts explain their research or work and reveal potential applications for the results.

Read and listen to the full interviews at

Register and Create a Profile for Matchmaking

Register now to EuroNanoForum and start pre-arranging meetings with potential partners and customers. EuroNanoForum has a full day reserved for matchmaking. Invite the people you want to meet in the EuroNanoForum though the matchmaking system. Note that that participating to matchmaking only is free of charge, but you will
need to register at the event website.

Reach Your Customers at the
EuroNanoForum Exhibition

Note that exhibition space is limited, so you should reserve your booth now.

For more details, please contact Hanna Timonen (, +358 40 779 5869).

January 2011 News

Our member base is growing (>400 by now) and we added some new functions.

Coming meeting (20th of January in Brüssels)

If you are not free to attend, please bring in your point of view and use the online discussion forums.

Call for papers EuroNanoForum

Deadline is End of January

Send your contribution as soon as possible.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any questions/assistance you may need.

ProNano - Promoting technology transfer of nanotechnologies

for researchers, companies and research institutions having results in nano-related R&D projects and who are interested in their commercial exploitation.

Coaching is provided free of charge for selected researchers (funded by the European Commission under FP7, DG RTD 248219) by innovation consultants and venture capital firms. Coaching is focused in the preparation of business plan and their investment readiness for attracting investors for the creation of a spin-off new company, or in the elaboration of mini-business plans for preparing negotiations with potential licensee. Further information are to be found under If you interested in this type of support, please contact the ProNano coordinator Mr. Francisco de Arístegui  

Happy New Year!

Call for Presentations and Posters - EuroNanoForum 2011

The EuroNanoForum is a biannual event of the European Commission hosted within the framework of the Presidency of the European Union since 2003. EuroNanoForum 2011 (ENF 2011) will be the fifth event in this series featured as a prominent event of the Hungarian Presidency on 30 May – 1 June 2011 in Budapest.

For the first time, EuroNanoForum is joining forces with another leading European nanotechnology event, Nanotech Europe, to provide a single meeting point for the whole nanotechnology community. Previous EuroNanoForum and Nanotech Europe events have each attracted 700-1000 participants.

The Lund Declaration of July 2009 specifies the Grand Challenges faced by European society and businesses should be solved by sustainable solutions in several areas such as global warming, tightening supplies of energy, water and food, ageing societies, public health, pandemics and security with the overarching challenge of turning Europe into an eco-efficient economy.

Abstracts are expected to specify potential contributions to solving such grand challenges with nanotechnology.

EuroNanoForum 2011 contributions may address scientific, industrial and/or societal aspects:

  • Science and technology, highlighting world-class research
  • Innovation and business, identifying nanotechnology opportunities and barriers throughout the value chain
  • Society, taking a holistic approach to address societal benefits and risks.

Contributions may be in the form of a presentation or a poster.
Applications for presentations and posters may be submitted until 31 January 2011.

The abstracts will be reviewed by an International Advisory Committee which is composed of representatives of European private and public research and industry.

Award for young researchers

Awards will be offered to the best posters presented by young researchers.
The authors of the selected best posters will be invited to participate at the conference.

More details:

New Website, new tools - NanoCom

This text will inform you about the new website and its functions. We would like to encourage you to update your profile and take benefit of the new networking tools. In the 2nd part of the newsletter the NanCom project is presented. 

The new NANOfutures website also brought a new member area with new functions. Find an overview below.

NANOfutures Working Groups

Every working group (WG) in the community has own discussion forums where members can bring in their topics, share documents and initiate polls. If you are already a member of one or more working groups, you will find the list of your WGs in the left sidebar in the member area. If you want to join a WG or read the forums of other WGs, see the Working Groups link in the community menu (also left sidebar). Click on the title of a WG to get to the WG's page. There you will see a discription of the group and an overview of the latest activities within the group. On the top right there is a menu with links to the discussion forums, the WG member list and to start a discussion or a poll. Please don't hesitate to start a topic or post a comment on existing discussions.

More website tools

Beside the working groups there are pools for documents, presentations, weblinks and nano related events, where you can easily add your files and information. The pools can be found in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. On each of the pages "Documents", "Events" and "Interesting Links" there is a button on the top right to add an item to the appendant pool. The pools consists of community generated content so you are asked to share your information with the other community members.

Find other members and companies

You can see the list of the NANOfutures members under "Members" in the community menu (left sidebar) in the member area. It is an alphabetical list of all community members. You can reorder it or filter it by different terms and selections (Country, name, company, keywords, SME/not SME). There is a Business and a R&D section where members can choose their member profiles to appear.

It is important to have the member profiles updated to let other community members find you, your company and R&D team. You can edit your profile in the member area under "My Account" -> "Edit Profile".

To use the NANOfutures community tools you need to be logged in to the website. Use the "Member Area" link in the top menu or click here

Get started in the new NANOfutures community! If you need more help on specific functions please see the FAQ at

NanoCom: Lowering Barriers for
Nanotechnology Commercialisation

Project Overview

The NanoCom coordinated action is funded by the European Commission under the FP7 NMP Programme and brings together a strong consortium of sixteen partners from industry and academia with expertise in nanotechnologies from across Europe. 

Figure 1. NanoCom partners.

The project commenced on 1st December 2009 and has a duration of 36 months. It aims to contribute towards bridging the gap between lab based and industrial applications in nanotechnology. This will be achieved by creating a European wide approach with mechanisms for lowering the barriers to commercialisation and spreading open innovation best practice for rapid commercialisation and investment in innovative nanotechnology driven products. 

The NanoCom vision is supported by the following key objectives: 

  1. A critical analysis of barriers for rapid commercialisation of emerging Micro and Nano Technologies that result from many complementary EC, national and industrially funded Research and Development (R&D) projects;
  2. Analysis and promotion of best practices via new nanotechnology and nano-manufacturing specific open innovation methodology and tools and provide roadmapping, policy and investment advice at EU, national and regional levels;
  3. Creation of a commercialisation oriented forum and mechanisms for coordinating the efforts of many complementary R&D projects in ERA;
  4. Training and dissemination in best practices for open innovation and commercialisation of nanotechnology. 

The NanoCom outcomes will target the creation of a new open innovation approach and support environment for overcoming the barriers to the commercialisation of nanotechnology results in Europe. The results of the project will aim to dramatically increase the uptake of nanotechnologies and facilitate the development of a strong and thriving European nano-manufacturing sector providing global innovation leadership in the field. 

Figure 2. The NanoCom Approach 

One aspect of the NanoCom work focuses on the development of a comprehensive training programme and dissemination of best practices. Training courses on rapid commercialisation of nanotechnology results and training factories will be organised. In the Training courses NanoCom will focus on “Financing disruptive technologies”, “Open Innovation”, and “Planning your business”. For the training factories parallel “summer schools” in different European regions are planned, starting in spring 2011. 

In addition to workshops new and alternative media formats for training will be utilised including web-based applications and courses as well as downloadable interactive tools and applications. 

Further results from the NanoCom project and detailed information about the training courses in 2011 will be presented via forthcoming NANOfutures Newsletters and the website.

For further information on any aspect of the project please contact the Project Coordinator Professor Svetan Ratchev,

Visit NANOfutures 2010

The European Commission, the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, the Government of Principality of Asturias, the NANOfutures association and PRODINTEC are pleased to announce the Official Launching of the European Initiative "NANOfutures": European Technology Integration and Innovation Platform (ETIP) in Nanotechnology. This event will be held in Gijón (Asturias) on the 15-16th June 2010 (please click on Programme.pdf). This initiative has been included as Official Event of the Spanish EU Presidency.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to extend their knowledge on nanotechnologies, as well as get in contact with top-level European industrialists and world-class researchers in order to learn about nanotechnology, to exchange information, to find new applications for nanotechnology, to open new business opportunities and to increase their awareness on on-going R&D activities in the field.

The event will comprise four main blocks:

  1. Official Launching of the European Initiative "NANOfutures". High representatives from the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation will explain the main objectives of this initiative.
  2. Nanotechnology: state of the art, challenges for innovation, and future potential markets for European companies. Top-level industrialists and world-class researchers from Europe will speak on challenges to bring innovation to the nanotechnology field as well as setting out how to overcome the current market barriers for full implementation of research activities.
  3. Technology Transfer Event: from research to market A special session will be organized where researchers participating in state-of-the-art R&D projects at a European and national level will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with industrialists and vice versa.
  4. Financial investment in nanotechnology (start ups, venture capitalists, business angels, etc). A special session for financial investors, entrepreneurs, start-up and spin-off managers, and researchers will be held.

Who should attend...

  • Industrial companies interested in doing business in nanotechnology
  • Research and Technology Centers and Universities
  • Policy makers
  • Financial investors
  • National Economic Development Agencies