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Research Training in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies: Current Status and Future Needs, Proceedings of the workshop held in Brussels, 14-15 April 2005

Funded under: FP6-NMP

Abstract

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies are expected to enable substantial technological progress during this century. Taking into account the potential of nanotechnology, virtually all industrialised countries have established programmes for Research and Development (R&D) in nanotechnology. Worldwide public R&D investment in 2004 is estimated to have already exceeded ¿4 billion and the private sector is matching or exceeding this investment.
While rapid progress is being made via R&D, a problem is looming . human resources. Education and training is essential to bring forward new generations of researchers, engineers and skilled workers with the flexible and interdisciplinary R&D approach necessary for rapid progress in nanotechnology. Taking into account the difficulties to attract young people to careers in research, could we face a shortage of suitably qualified personnel?
At present there are only about six active researchers for every 1000 active persons in Europe, compared to eight in the United States and nine in Japan. But what is the demand? In the case of nanotechnology, studies estimate that a pool of 0.3-0.4 million research personnel is needed in Europe alone by 2010-2015. Given the time it takes to educate and train researchers and engineers, it is important that we consider these issues from an early stage.

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Record Number: 6910 / Last updated on: 2005-07-06
Category: PROC