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EU-Great! Open Public Consultation

Have you worked on or are planning a Large-Scale Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Initiatives funded by a combination of public and private funds? This is your opportunity to influence policy change to the existing legal and finance framework in Europe, by relaying your experiences and suggestions for improvement.

This public consultation provides the opportunity to stakeholders to communicate their practical experiences of the challenge, barriers and uncertainties they faced. All feedback will be treated confidentially. Industrial stakeholders of large-scale RDI Initiatives, including stakeholders from the research and investor communities, face the task of applying for and administrating multiple projects that have different finance rules, audit requirements, legal frameworks and state- aid implications along with the risks and uncertainties that comes with the research and innovation activities. For regional and national governmental stakeholders they face the task of effectively monitoring progress, managing audits and finance claims as well as tracking outcomes and economic impacts.

This is your opportunity to relay your experience to influence policy change to the existing legal and finance framework in Europe, in order to help stimulate greater investment in large-scale RDI initiatives.

Have your say here:

Boosting the financing of large-scale research, development and innovation initiatives across Europe

Led by TECNALIA and funded by the European Commission through Horizon 2020, EU-GREAT! is an investigative study that will identify the best practices, approaches and policy framework to boost the financing of large-scale research, development and innovation initiatives across Europe.

To get involved and stay informed visit EU-GREAT! at and register your interest.

EuroNanoForum 2015 from June 10th to 12th in Riga, Latvia

The EuroNanoForum 2015 is a meeting point for industry, science and policy.

We would like to invite you to attend these events at EuroNanoForum with a strong connection to NANOfutures:

One of the workshops will be the Value4Nano/NANOfutures workshop. Value4Nano aims at developing an implementation roadmap of 4 value chains and their target products. The workshop will act as the final meeting of the project, which will close in August 2015. The final roadmap will be presented and discussed during this meeting. The event is titled "Nanotechnology and materials in action: Pilot lines and industrial alliances to reach the market" and will be held on June 12th 2015 from 10:30 to 14:00.

Session 9 - "Smart structures and intelligent materials" will be chaired by Communication working group chair Andrea Reinhardt. The session will show some of the latest examples where smart structures and intelligent materials have been applied. It will take place on June 10th from 16:00 to 17:30.

Paula Queipo, chair of the Networking working group, will chair Session 11 - "Nano networks and clusters in Europe – smart specialisation in action". In this session, some of the nano related networks and clusters present their actions and best successes. It will take place on June 10th from 11:30 to 13:00.

To register for EuroNanoForum online, please visit

The regular fee of 260 € is available for everyone booking their ticket to the EuroNanoForum 2015 by May 20th. If you have not registered yet, ensure your ticket by registering now!

The ticket includes:
- Attendance to the 3-day conference, its plenaries, sessions, workshops and the poster session
- Networking at the Brokerage Day and the social events, including the conference dinner
- Access to the Nanotech Europe exhibition, the FutureFlash! showcase and Latvian Saiets – the Gathering
- Catering on all three conference days

More information about the event, its programme and speakers, is available at the event website,

February 2015 News

New NANOfutures Working Group

This week the NANOfutures community was extended by the Critical Raw Materials (CRM) Working Group. It meets two fundamental needs: On the one hand, the creation of a collaborative network of expertise to develop new materials, products and technologies based on nanotechnology, by connecting fundamental and applied research with the aim of substituting or reducing the need of CRMs in strategic EU industrial value chains. On the other, to extend the knowledge and technology transfer within NANOfutures community to scientists, engineers, technologists, and European industry.

The group is chaired by Santiago Cuesta Lopez. Co-chair is Andrea Reinhardt.

Join the group now:

For help with using the NANOfutures community platform, see the FAQ page at

NanoDiode Idea Competition Winners

The NanoDiode project is delighted to announce the winners of its Competition for innovative ideas! In the competition, NanoDiode asked the participants to take a look at current nanotechnology innovations developed across Europe and then come up with their own innovative ideas on how nanotechnologies could contribute to a better, sustainable European future.

The winner of the competition is Rodrigo García Ferreriro from the Colegio Corazón de María in Gijón – Asturias, Spain with his idea of “Automatically heated nanomaterials“ – materials that absorb sunlight, store its energy and release it as heat according to the user’s needs. NanoDiode is happy to award Rodrigo with the first prize of the competition – an innovation-oriented weekend trip for two to Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

The second prize of the competition is shared by

Serena Della Rossa from Liceo Scientifico G. Marinelli in Udine, Italy with the “NT Bracelet” for the monitoring of body stats,

Pablo Peña Suárez, also from Colegio Corazón de María in Gijón – Asturias, Spain with his “Nano ID+” tracking device and

Edanur Demirsoy, Funda Coban, Ozora Thayalan, Diellza Aslani & Fercan Ferli from the Herbert-Hoover-Schule in Stuttgart, Germany with the “Nano-Headscarf: Swimming without getting wet”.


NANOfutures and NanoDiode partners are organising several NanoSlams, where nanotechnology researchers present their work to the public in an entertaining way.

Come to learn about nanotech research and talk with the speakers.

What's a NanoSlam?
A NanoSlam is a talk where scientists present their own research work in a given time frame in front of a non-expert audience. The focus lies on teaching current science to a diverse audience in an entertaining way and learning from the audience's questions.

The next NanoSlam will take place in Germany in April.
When? April 18th 2015, 14:30 - 17:00
Where? Palatinate Museum of Natural History in Bad Dürkheim
What? 5 presentations with 10 minutes each + 5 minutes for Q&A

Do you want to give a talk at this event? Are you interested to attend? Do you have other questions about the events? Then please contact

Presentations from NANOfutures Brokerage Event

The NANOfutures NMBP Brokerage on November 13th in Brussels was a great success. More than 500 participants connected and shared project ideas. We thank all contributors and our supporting partners.

You can see the presentations with project ideas shown at the event and more at the event's download page.