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IPR in nanotechnolgy - lessons from experiences worldwide 16 April 2007

This international workshop, jointly organised by the European Patent Office and the European Commission, took place in Brussels on 16 April 2007. It was connected to the Third International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation INC3. The workshop aimed at identifying specific IPR issues for nanotechnology and to discuss possible consequences for patent offices, policy makers, patent consultants and the research community.

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Life Cycle Assessment: International efforts on nanotech safety 27 March 2007
LCA is a essential tool for ensuring the safe, responsible, and sustainable commercialization of nanotechnology, European and U.S experts conclude in a report from 20/03/2007 extracted from a workshop organised jointly by the European Commission and the U.S which was held in Washington DC on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2006

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NanoforumEULA launches call for Research Visit Grants for Latin American researchers 1 February 2007
The EU funded Specific Support Action 'NanoForum EU-Latin America' (NanoForumEULA) aims at fostering lasting research relations between European and Latin American research organisations specialised in nanotechnology. For this purpose, a call for Research Visit Grants for Latin American researchers has been published on 1 February 2007. Deadline for application is 1 May 2007.

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Nanomedicine: Opinion of European Group of Ethics and Strategic Research Agenda published 24 January 2007
The European Group of Ethics (EGE) presented its opinion on nanomedicine to President Barroso on 24 January 2007. Some weeks before, the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine had been published. Both documents play an important role for the further definition of nanotechnology research policy in the field of nanomedicine at the European Commission.

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European Forum on Nanosciences gathered researchers from all over Europe 19-20 October 2006
The conference has been organised jointly by COST and the European Commission and took place on 19 and 20 October 2006 in the Commission's Charlemagne building in Brussels. Topics of the conference were the contribution of nanosciences to the improvement of the quality of life, to solve energy problems and to transform the information society, addressing the interdisciplinary character of nanosciences and ethical, social and legal issues.

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Nanologue and NanoDialogue: Results from the public debate on nanotechnology 7 October 2006
Which are the issues of nanotechnology the public is most interested? Which are the chances and the risks and how will the future of nanotechnology look like? These are the questions the two European projects Nanologue and NanoDialogue seek to answer. The Nanologue pamphlet The future of nanotechnology: We need to talk describes three possible scenarios for 2015. The Nanologue NanoMeter assists nanoscientists and researchers in identifying and assessing ethical, legal and social aspects related to their research. A citizen dialogue, jointly organised by Nanologue and Deutsches Museum Munich (partner of NanoDialogue), developed recommendations to the European Commission .

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Nanotechnology in the EU exhibition area at the ESOF2006 conference 15-19 July 2006
European policies and projects in nanotechnology are presented at the Euroscience Open Forum 2006 at Deutsches Museum Munich News articles: EU funded nanotechnology research projects presented at ESOF2006:
  • Cornea Engineering : Three dimensional reconstruction of human corneas by tissuee engineering
  • NaPa : Emerging NanoPatterning Methods
  • Antistorm : Anthropogentic Aerosols Triggering and Invigorating Severe Storms
  • Safer : Microsystems and nanotechnology for prenatal diagnosis
EU funded nanotechnology related support actions presented at ESOF2006:
  • Decide : Deliberative Citizens' Debates in European Science Centres and Museums
  • Dotik : Dotik=Contact
  • Nanologue : Europe-wide dialogue on benefits, risks and social, ethical and legal implications of nanotechnologies
  • NanoDialogue : Enhancing dialogue on nanosciences and nanotechnologies in society at the European level


Report from the "Nano and the Environment" workshop, Brussels 30 and 31 March 2006 30-31 March 2006

The "Nano and the Environment" workshop was organized to reflect upon and discuss ways in which nanotechnology could be used for the benefit of the environment, while at the same time remaining fully cognisant of the risks associated with any new technology.


'Talking nano' Forum Session at the Communicating European Research 2005 conference 14 November 2005

The Forum Session 'Talking nano: What makes nanotechnology special?' highlighted the importance of communicating nanotechnology from scientists to the public, upfront, including the activities of three EU funded projects NanoDialogue, Nanologue and NanoBio-Raise. Introductory speeches were given by Richard Hayhurst (4bio) and Wolfgang Heckl (Deutsches Museum Munich). It was awarded with the price for the best Forum Session at the CER2005 conference.


The European Technology Platform on NanoMedicine has been launched 6th September 2005

The NanoMedicine Vision Paper has been presented at the EuroNanoForum 2005 Conference in Edinburgh, 6th September 2005

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The European Commission publishes a set of leaflets explaining different areas of European nanotechnology research 13th June 2005

EU nanotechnology research: Towards a coherent approach to policy making on research infrastructures, June 2006
EU nanotechnology research: Tools for tomorrow, August 2005
EU nanotechnology research: Safety keeping pace with innovation, July 2005
EU nanotechnology research: Responding to societal needs, June 2005
EU nanotechnology research: A new generation of scientists, June 2005
EU nanotechnology research: Materials with tailored properties, June 2005
EU nanotechnology research: Exploring the fundamentals, February 2005
Nanotechnology in the European Research Area, December 2004
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The nanotechnology Action Plan is published 7th June 2005

It defines concrete measures implementing the European strategy for nanotechnology
Commission submits plan for keeping Europe at the forefront of nanotechnology (On CORDIS News, 14th June 2005)
Looking small, thinking big – keeping Europe at the forefront of nanotechnology (Commission press release, 13th June 2005)
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Research training in nanosciences and nanotechnologies: Current status and future needs 14th-15th April 2005

EC Workshop held in Brussels on 14th-15th April2005
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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)


Research Needs on Nanoparticles 25th -26th January 2005

EC Workshop held in Brussels on 25th -26th January 2005
Just what nanoparticle research in Europe needs (On: EUROPA - Research headlines, 29 March 2005)


The Council of the European Union endorses European strategy for nanotechnology 24 September 2004

Council Conclusions (pp. 24-26)
Council discusses initiatives to strengthen European research and nanotechnology (On: CORDIS News, 27 September 2004)
OPINION of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Communication from the Commission: Towards a European strategy for nanotechnology (15 December 2004)

Communication on the European strategy for nanotechnology


Commission launches wide consultation on nanotechnology 30 July 2004

Survey on the European strategy for nanotechnology. Deadline for submission of responses: 30th September 2004.
How big is nanotechnology for Europe? The Commission launches an open consultation (EC Press release, 30 July 2004)
Questionnaire on
The European strategy for nanotechnology
Public response to the open consultation on nanotechnology


Vision 2020 - Nanoelectronics at the centre of change 29 June 2004

Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin, Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen and Pasquale Pistorio, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics, outline a strategic vision for the future of nanoelectronics in Europe in Brussels on 29 June 2004.
Vision 2020 - Nanoelectronics at the centre of change
Making the future with nanoelectronics: a strategy for Europe (9 KB) (Press release, 29th June 2004)
Europe sets out its strategy for nanoelectronics (On; CORDIS News, 1st July 2004)
The European Nanoelectronics Initiative Advisory Council (ENIAC) (Homepage)


Commission Communication: "Towards a European strategy for nanotechnology" 12 May 2004

Commission Communication, adopted and published on 12th May 2004.
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EuroNanoForum 2003 9 to 12 December 2003

The EuroNanoForum 2003 took place 9 to 12 December 2003 in Trieste, Italy - Press material and proceedings


European Research 2002 11 November 2002
  • From vision to business success: the role of networks
  • Megacollaboration in the nanoworld: nanostructured materials
  • Multifunctional materials: longer lasting orthopaedic implants
  • Innovative DNA chips applications for food safety, civil security

The Press pack of the media briefings are available on EUROPA .


Sustainable Industrial Production: the role of nanotechnologies 7 October 2002

Download the poster . The Press pack of the media briefing is available on EUROPA .


From Vision to Industrial Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities for Research and Innovation 14 June 2002
The Press pack of the media briefing is available on EUROPA .
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