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Research Training in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: Current Status and Future Needs

This workshop took place from 14th - 15th April in the Borschette Centre in Brussels, Belgium, and was organised by DG Research of the European Commission. The aim was to determine future needs from the point of view of research training necessary to maintain progress in these new technologies in Europe and the world. The discussion was primarily concerned with research training - both scientific and in other areas, such as business, safety, environmental safety and ethics - but this linked directly to infrastructure and regulation. Participants had a wide range of academic and industrial experience and came from 27 countries in Europe, the USA and Asia.

Workshop agenda (235 KB)
Proceedings (1.9 MB)

News articles related:
Nanotechnology - a special case for training? (On EUROPA: Industrial Technologies, 2nd May 2005)
Assessing education and training needs for nanoscience and nanotechnology (On CORDIS News, 15th April 2005)
Europe Exploring Human Resource Development Initiatives in Nanoscience and Technology (In: Asia Pacifics Nanotechnology weekly, Vol. 3, Article 14 (2005))

The presentations given at the conference can be downloaded below:
  • Plenary Introduction
  • Session One - Nanotechnology training for and through research: are we keeping up with the pace?
  • Session Two - Interdisciplinary needs of nanotechnology: do we need a new approach?
  • Session Three - Practitioners and users: how to foster intersectorial cooperation in training and career development
  • Session Four - The broader picture: raising awareness of the young generation and addressing the concerns of the citizens
  • Final Plenary Session

 

Plenary Introduction
Overview of European-Level Initiatives in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (2.502 KB) Renzo Tomellini, Head of Unit "Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies", DG Research, European Commission
Presentation of Training Initiatives within the USA NNI Programme (1.817 KB) Robert Chang, Northwestern University, USA
Presentation of Training Initiatives within Asia-Pacific Programmes (1.312 KB) Lerwen Liu Nanotechnology Research Institute (AIST), Japan
Overview of Initiatives in Europe and Launch of a New Catalogue of Courses (1.948 KB) Mark Morrison (Institute of Nanotechnology) on behalf of the Nanoforum consortium
Understanding the Future Needs of Business, the Research Community and the Economy (737 KB) Tim Harper, Cientifica and the European NanoBusiness Association
Presentation of Marie Curie Actions (591 KB) Bruno Schmitz, Head of Unit "Research Training Networks", DG Research, European Commission

Session One - Nanotechnology training for and through research: are we keeping up with the pace?
Parallel Session One Introduction (1.437 KB)
Education and Training in the 'Nano-Micro Club' (2.536 KB) Marcel Lahmani and Philippe Houdy, Université de Evry, France
The Nanotechnology Centre for Learning and Teaching (2.171 KB) Robert Chang, Northwestern University, USA
Research Training Activities in the 'SANDIE' Network of Excellence (...KB) Alexander Weber, University of Leipzig, Germany
Training within the 'NAPA' Integrated Project (185 KB) Christophe Vieu, INSA de Toulouse, France
The Education Programme within the FRONTIERS Network of Excellence (156 KB) Duncan Sutherland, Lund University, Sweden
Training within the Nanotechnology Initiative - Status in the West Balkan Countries (18 KB) Zoran Djuric, Serbia and Montenegro
The Mikro/Nano Postgraduate Diploma at National Technical University of Athens (505 KB) Dimitris Tsoukalas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Education, Training and Dissemination Activities in the PHOREMOST Network of Excellence (1.717 KB) Sebastian Lourdudoss, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
New nanomaterials from concept to applications - Part 1 ( 4.830 KB), zipped Tenne Reshef, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
New nanomaterials from concept to applications - Part 2 (6.011 KB) zipped Tenne Reshef, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Nanotechnology Training for and through research (1.506 KB) Stephan Csillag, Stockholm University, Sweden
Networking facilitating and/or disseminating information about education and training (1.915 KB) Dan Dascalu, IMT-Bucharest, Romania
The 21st Century Machine-Shop: A Training Platform for NanoManufacturing (1.762 KB) Haris Doumanides, Marie Curie Chair of Excellence, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Outcome of the Open Consultation on the European Strategy for Nanotechnology (1.211 KB) Mark Morrison, Institute of Nanotechnology, Nanoforum.org

Session Two - Interdisciplinary needs of nanotechnology: do we need a new approach?
Parallel Session Two Introduction (1.232 KB)
Thoughts on Interdisplinarity (1.320 KB)
The New Erasumus-Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (1.591 KB) Karen Maex, Invomec, Leuven, Belgium
The Nanoengineering Course at Würzburg University (208 KB) Alfred Forchel, Würzburg University, Germany
The University of Twente Master in Nanotechnology (3.524 KB) Martin Bennink, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Training and Education Activities in the 'Nano2Life' Network of Excellence (1.280 KB) Elizabeth Csöregi, Lund University, Sweden
Sheffield/Leeds Nanoscience Masters Courses (1.789 KB) Mark Geoghegan, University of Sheffield, UK
Research-Training within the CANAPE Integrated Project (340 KB) Philippe Poncharal, Universite Montpellier, France
The CellProm Integrated Project: Training activities (429 KB) Daniel Schmitt, Fraunhofer IBMT, Germany & Daniela Kempe, Eurice GmbH, Germany
Importance of interdisciplinary education/training and mobility (976 KB) Elias Chatzitheodoridis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
The interdisciplinary nanoscience and technology curriculum at the University of Linz zipped (2.829 KB) Guenther Bauer, University of Linz, Austria
First conclusions of the GENNESYS initiative on training aspects (1.525 KB) Helmut Dosch, Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany
Potential and Selected Activities towards Nanotechnology (1.043 KB) Daniel Donoval, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia
Center for Advanced Learning in Information Technologies (CALIT) (759 KB) Herman E. Maes, Vice-President IMEC, Belgium

Session Three - Practitioners and users: how to foster intersectorial cooperation in training and career development
The Cambridge-MIT Masters Programme on Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise (2.834 KB) Robert Doubleday, Cambridge University, UK
Preparing the Next Generation of Researchers and Engineers for Nanotechnology in Industry (834 KB) Matthew Shaw, Intel, Ireland
The International Master in Nanotechnologies (363 KB) Pietro Busnardo, Associazione CIVEN, Italy
Research-Training Activities within the Nanoelectronics European Technology Platform (605 KB) Roger De Keersmaecker, IMEC, Belgium
The experience of startup SMEs in the field of Nanotechnology (700 KB) Dragan Mihailovic, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
New routes to improve the interaction between the Science community and the Economy (1.565 KB) Karl Höhener, TEMAS AG, Switzerland
Strong links between spin-offs and universities, a competitive advantage in terms of training (245 KB) Frédéric Luizi, NANOCYL S.A., Belgium
A model for creating research excellence through interdisciplinarity to deliver enabling science and nanostructured materials for industrial & societal needs (1.747 KB) Terence Wilkins, ICI, France

Session Four - The broader picture: raising awareness of the young generation and addressing the concerns of the citizens
Parallel Session Four Introduction (1.233 KB)
Nanotechnology: Content and Context - Widening the Horizons (307 KB) Kirsten Kulinowski, CBEN, Rice University, United States
Facilitating Dialogue between Research, Business and Society (623 KB) Volker Tuerk, Coordinator of 'Nanologue' Project, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
Opening up the Research Agenda: Views from a Lab-based Sociologist (1.527 KB) Rob Doubleday, Cambridge Nanoscience Centre, UK
Addressing the Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology within the US National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network zipped (2.420 KB) Kirsty Mills, University of New Mexico, USAv
A safe, integrated and responsible approach to nanotechnologies (1.554 KB) Philippe Martin, DG Health and Consumer Protection, European Commission
Integrating Technological Assessment into Mainstream Nanotechnology Research Training (17 KB) Arie Rip, University of Twente, The Netherlands
The Power of the Image - Visualising Nanotechnology (287 KB) Chris Ewels, Marie Curie Fellow at the LPS, Orsay, France
Enhancing Dialogue of Nanotechnologies in Society (1.168 KB) Luigi Amodio & Guglielmo Maglio, Fondazione IDIS-Città della Scienza, Italy
Developing Online Courses on Nanotechnology (311 KB) Stuart Wilkinson, Knowledge Transfer Enterprise Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
The Nanobio-Raise Project: Nanobiotechnology: Responsible Action on Issues in Society and Ethics (916 KB) David Bennett, European Federation of Biotechnology, The Netherlands
The NanoTruck Initiative zipped (2.813 KB) Andreas Jungbluth, Flad & Flad Communication GmbH, Germany
Research Training for the Young Generation (1.207 KB) Bharat Bhushan, Ohio State University, USA
Potential Application of Nanobiotechnology in Water Quality Assessment (576 KB) David Rickerby, Ispra, Italy

Final Plenary Session
Summary of Session One (132 KB)
Summary of Session Two (1.370 KB)
Summary of Session Three (225 KB)
Summary of Session Four (107 KB)

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