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Education and Mobility

Our capability to generate knowledge depends upon the up-to-date education, training and lifelong learning of researchers, engineers and other skilled personnel. At the same time, mobility across borders and disciplines and between academia and industry improves the quality of education and training, particularly in nanotechnology where progress is fast and interdisciplinarity plays a determinant role. For achieveing these goals, it is indispensable to attract the young public to science in general and nanotechnology in particular. Special attention has to be paid to the participation of girls and women in order to increase and strengthen the human resources basis.

European activites and projects on education and mobility in nanotechnology

Survey : Nanoforum has launched an EU wide survey on skills and training in nanotechnology .
The aim is to identify skills gaps in the emerging nanotechnology market and to identify professional development and training needs. Deadline for submission of responses: 24 May 2007

Workshop : Research training in nanosciences and nanotechnologies: Current status and future needs
Presentations and proceedings of the EC Workshop, held in Brussels on 14th-15th April 2005

Report : Education Catalogue for Higher Education in Nanotechnology
Nanoforum report, published on, March 2005

EU project : DECIDE : This project aims at involving the public in political decision making in nanotechnology with the help of the PlayDecide nanotechnology kit. Next to nanotechnology, other controversial liefescience issues discussed are: HIV-Aids, neuroscience, preimplementation genetic diagnosis, stem cells and xeno-transplantation.

EU project : WomenInNano : This project aims at allowing high-level women scientists working in Nano-science to act as Ambassadors for Women and Science in order to raise awareness of gender issues in science (more specific, in Nano-Science) and to provide role models for girls and women, with a view to encouraging them to consider studies and pursue careers in scientific fields.

Training course : Advanced course on Public Communication & Applied Ethics of Nanotechnology ? Learning from the GM debate.
This training course is set up by the EU funded research project Nanobio RAISE, it will be held in Oxford, UK on 23 ? 28 September 2007.
You can find all the details at

Training course : Summer School on "Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies" : This summer school is connected to the '4th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies - NN07' in the frame of the 'European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies EUMat' . The Summer School, including the attendance in the NN07 Conference, will review the current state of knowledge in the field of nanosciences & nanotechnologies by including lectures on the current trends in the field and state-of-the-art techniques, as well as experimental demonstration in lab facilities. It will be held in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, on 14-20 July 2007.

Training course : Erasmus Mundus Master of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
- EMM-Nano
- M.E.S.C.: Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
- Molecular nano- and bio-photonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies
For more programmes, please check the complete list

Training course : Advanced Course on Strategic Communication and Applied Ethics in Nanobiotechnology 11-16 March 2007, Oxford This five-day Advanced Course for nanobiotechnologists will enable the participants to carry out a wide variety of public communication activities discussing the social and ethical implications of their work with confidence.

Training course : MSc in Nanoscience at Nottingham Nanotechnology and Nanoscience Centre (NNNC)
This training course is set up by the EU funded research project NanoMan , in cooperation with the University of Nottingham. The course will focus on molecular manipulation and atomic force microscopy, the research themes funded under Nanoman. The new course is highly interdisciplinary and involves academics in the Schools of Physics, Chemistry, Pharmacy and Materials.

Website : The European Youth Portal website on nanotechnology

Brochure : Nanotechnology: Innovation for tomorrow's world The brochure explains what nanotechnology is about. It is in the process to be made available in all European languages as well as Arab, Chinese and Russian.

Film for kids : Nanotechnology This 26' film explains nanotechnology to young people. The DVD is available in 20 European languages and free of charge.

Presentations for kids : How can you explain what is meant by NANOTECHNOLOGY?

The presentations are downloadable in PDF and Powerpoint.
Как да обясним какво е НАНОТЕХНОЛОГИЯТA?
Jak wysvětlit, co je to NANOTECHNOLOGIE?
Hvordan kan du forklare hvad NANOTEKNOLOGI er?
Wie kann man erklären was NANOTECHNOLOGIE ist?
Kuidas selgitada, mis on NANOTEHNOLOOGIA?
How can you explain what is meant by NANOTECHNOLOGY?
Cómo explicar qué es la NANOTECNOLOGÍA?
Comment expliquer ce qu'est la NANOTECHNOLOGIE?
Come spiegare che cosa significa NANOTECNOLOGIA?
Ar žinote, kas yra NANOTECNOLOGIJOS?
Kif tista? tispjega xi tfisser NANOTEKNOLOGIJA ?
Hoe leg ik uit wat NANOTECHNOLOGIE is?
Jak wyjaśnić, co to znaczy nanotechnologia?
Como explicar o que é a NANOTECNOLOGIA?
Cum explici ce înseamna NANOTECHNOLOGIA ?
Ako vysvetliť, ?o to je nanotechnológia?
Hur kan du förklara vad som menas med NANOTEKNIK ?
Kuinka selität mitä on NANOTEKNIIKKA?
Hur kan du förklara vad som menas med NANOTEKNIK?
Как можно объяснить, что такое НАНОТЕХНОЛОГИЯ?
Як можна пояснитищо це таке – НАНОТЕХНОЛОГІЇ ?

Interested in mobility and education in general? Please visit the following Commission websites

  • The European Youth Portal : This portal offers information, news and discussions about Europe and relevant to young people.
  • Xplora: the European gateway to science education : This gateway is aimed at teachers, pupils, scientists, science communicators and science educators.
  • European Commission's Traineeships Office : Official web-site with a scheme addressed mainly to young university graduates, it provides first hand experience of the workings of the European Commission.
  • Education & Training 2010 : The education and training contribution to the Lisbon strategy.
  • The European Researchers' Mobility Portal : The purpose of this Portal is to create a more favourable environment for career development job vacancies for researchers in the European Research Area.
  • Marie Curie Actions on Human resources and mobility in FP6 : Information on Marie Curie Actions in FP6 (2002-2006) such as the Marie Curie fellowships or Marie Curie research networks.
  • Marie Curie Actions on Human potential and science careers in FP7 : Information on Marie Curie actions in FP7 (2007-2013) within the People programme.
  • European Platform of Women Scientists : The EPWS seeks to support the work of a whole range of existing networks of women scientists by ?networking the networks". The platform aims to make women scientists better understand the role they can play in the research policy debate and how to fully benefit from these opportunities.
  • Human Frontier Science Programme : The HFSP supports novel, innovative and interdisciplinary basic research that bring biologists together with scientists from fields such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering to focus on problems at the frontier of the life sciences.
  • ERAMUS-MUNDUS : The Erasmus Mundus programme is a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which supports European Masters Courses and provides EU-funded scholarships for third country nationals participating in these Masters Courses, as well as scholarships for EU-nationals studying in third countries.
  • SOCRATES - ERASMUS : The Socrates Erasmus programme is a European Community programme in the field of higher education that seeks to encourage transnational cooperation between universities, to boost European mobility and to improve the transparency and full academic recognition of studies and qualifications throughout the Union.
  • European Young Investigator Awards : The EURYI is created in cooperation with the European Science Foundation (ESF) and aims at attracting outstanding young researchers from anywhere in the world to work in Europe and lead their own research team.
  • TEMPUS : A Higher Education Cooperation scheme between EU Member States and Partner Countries.
  • Asia-Link Programme for higher education institutions : The Asia-Link Programme is an initiative by the European Commission to promote regional and multilateral networking between higher education institutions in EU Member States and eligible countries in Asia.

The support of interdisciplinary education and mobility of human resources build an important pillar of the European strategy and the Action Plan on nanotechnology.

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