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Nanotech Conference - 4th MPA2010 - Portugal, 28-30 July 2010

We are pleased to announce the 4th MPA Meeting (International Meeting on Developments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Emerging Technologies) to be held in Braga, Portugal during 28-30 July 2010. More details on this nanotech meeting on
MPA 2010 will be the fourth event of the MPA nanotechnology meeting series. The first meeting (MPA-2007) was in 2007 and held at the University of Ulster (Belfast), which officially launched the Society of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology to the international community. The second meeting in 2008 (MPA-2008) was held at the University of Cambridge (UK). Third MPA was held in Manchester (UK) where Chemistry Nobel Laureate Professor Sir H. W. Kroto, Florida State University (USA) delivered the plenary lecture on "Mechanisms of NanoScale Self-Assembly".

After its success as MPA-2007, MPA-2008 and MPA-2009, MPA.2010 will continue the aim to attract delegates from academia, industry and research institutes involved with applied research and development. In doing so, the event will provide a platform for academics and industrialists to network, exchange ideas and gain new insights relating to the materials, processing and applications of emerging technologies.

The topics for MPA 2010 include:

1. Commercialisation of Advanced Technologies (Nanotechnology)
2. Surface Technology (Coatings; Thick & Thin Films; Surface Fabrication, Modification & Characterisation)
3. Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
4. Applied Bio-Nanotechnology
5. Carbon Nanotubes/Wires/Rods & their Applications
6. Advanced Nanometrology and Nanomanufacturing Techniques


Plenary lecture – The plenary lecture will be given by a very prominent person. Details about the plenary lecture will follow very soon.

Invited talks – not final list:
1. Ana Bicho, Solarplus S.A. Photovoltaic Technologies, Portugal
2. Auke Talme, AkzoNobel, Netherlands*
3. Brigitte Pecquenard, ICMCB-CNRS, France
4. Donald Haynie, BioLaminex Ltd, USA
5. Elvira Fortunato, CENIMAT-UNL, Portugal
6. Heiko Fietzek, EADS Deutschland GmbH, Germany*
7. Henrique Alves, Embraer, Brazil
8. Higino Correia, University of Minho, Portugal
9. Jose Lagaron, NanoBioMatters Ltd, Spain
10. Jose Rivas Rey, INL-International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory,Portugal
11. Josep Samitier, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC),Spain
12. Luigi Marras,Genefinity S.r.l., Italy
13. Moritz Graf zu Eulenburg, Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH, Germany
14. Paulo Freitas, INESC, INL- International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal
15. Steffen B. Petersen, Aalborg University, Denmark
16. Tatiana Lopez, Nanogap Sub-nanopowder S.A. Spain
17. Vladimir Matolin, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
18. Lorenzo Pastrana, University of Vigo, Spain
19. Bin Zhu, KTH, Sweden
20. Tim Harper, Cientifica Ltd, UK
* to be confirmed

Posters - there will be poster display sessions in between the technical talks. We are looking to give out prizes for the best posters.

Oral contributions - people from academia and those from industry or those doing applied research will be given the opportunity to give short presentations on their most recent work.

Exhibition - companies will have the opportunity to exhibit during this event which will attract people from all over the world.

Short courses - short courses about special topics relating to nanofabrication , nano-characterisation and nano-market applications will be given by experts (eg. Nanofabrication techniques, Bionanosystems, Nano-entrepeneurship, Clean room maintenance, etc.).

Publications - Papers presented at MPA-2010 will be considered for publication in special issues of the following journals:

Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN)

Journal of Nano Research (JNanoR)

You can submit your abstracts by sending them to by 15 April 2010

Be visible to the market: Nanodata Project

Nanotechnology database

Manufacturers, dealers, consul-tants, educational institutions and research facilities are covered based on self-assessment of offers and needs. This enables the user to decide which information is presented in the data base; all information is maintained by the users themselves.

The database

  • covers the entire range of nano-based products
  • enables a search on products and problem solutions
  • may increase the market or stimulate the development of products and processes according to user demands, eventually in collaboration with the project partners.

Nanotechnology has become an important economic factor. The relevance of the data base consists in the possibility to quickly and efficiently convert results of nanostructure research into products and industrial applications.

The economic potential is mainly represented by small and medium-sized companies. These companies shall be provided with quick and efficient information about technical innovations in all fields of nanotechnology. Further-more, there is the possibility to spread their own contributions to technological innovations.


The data base provides information about existing products, patents, processes, demands, news and events in the field of nanotechnology and stimulate the knowledge transfer between re-search, SMEs and large companies within the Greater Region of Saarland, Rheinland-Pfalz, Lothringen, Luxem-bourg and Wallonia. represents the most efficient nanotechnology data base throughout the world

  • Greater Region / Grossregion
  • Germany
  • Europe
  • Worldwide

Main target group: SMEs, customers, institutions

Application of interactive internet tools

Simple and efficient handling

Detailed information about existing products, methods and services

Free of charge at the moment


Registration is now in operation, and you are welcome to register online.



• Saarland University, Saarbrücken (D)

• University Paul Verlaine, Metz (F)

• University of Liège, Liège (B)

• University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern-Zweibrücken (D)

• Plastic Electronics SARL, Mondercange (L)

Homepage: (English, German and French)



Call for proposals under the work programme of the joint European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP)

Call for proposals under the work programme of the joint European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP)

(2010/C 35/08)

Notice is hereby given of the launch of a call for proposals for topic areas and followed by a call for proposals for related projects and associated researcher grants under the work programme of the European Metrology Research Programme.

Proposals are invited for the following call: EMRP Call 2010 within the following research areas:

  • Metrology for Industry,
  • Metrology for Environment.

The indicative call budget per research area is EUR 41,28 million.
Closing dates are 28 March 2010 for proposals for potential research topics and 11 October 2010 for proposals for projects and associated researcher grants.

Further information and Call documentation:


Public Consultation

The Commission is considering a new Action Plan for Nanotechnology, addressing the technological and societal challenges of the next five years and strengthening the research and innovation efforts, with increased emphasis on sustainable development, competitiveness, health, safety and environmental issues.

The objective of this public consultation is to invite views on the needs in nanotechnology in the next five years, as perceived by experts active in the field and by the public at large.

How to submit your contribution:


We appreciate your help.

This publication consists of a series of research articles on the nature of
public debate on nanosciences and nanotechnologies, and the ways in which
deliberative approaches could lead to better governance of these
technologies. The authors of these articles were involved (as coordinators
or participants) in a number of now completed European Commission funded
'Science in Society' projects. Of these, the project FRAMINGNANO involved
the development of a governance plan for nanotechnologies. NANOCAP was a
capacity building exercise, through which European Trade Unions and
Environmental NGOs adopted resolutions and positions on the governance of