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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.

The 6th NRW Nano-Conference

The NRW Nano-Conference will take place from 1st to 2nd December 2014 in Dortmund, Germany. Guests from business, science and politics are welcome to participate an enriching and interdisciplinary dialogue about the opportunities, risks and potential of nanotechnology.

The NRW Nano-Conference in Dortmund offers two days of technical presentations about current trends in nanotechnology by top speakers from companies and research institutes. Furthermore, companies will present their latest technology developments and products at the accompanying exhibition. The organizers expect round about 600 international participants.

For the first time, this year the NRW Nano-Conference offers a "Call for Presentations". Interested persons who are enthusiastic about future technologies and new insights of nanotechnology, have the opportunity to present their projects and ideas at the event.

The NRW Nano-Conference is organized by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonics.NRW and the Economic Development Agency.

Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations

For the first time, the NRW Nano-Conference offers a Call for Presentations.
Those of you who are enthusiastic about future technologies with a focus on new insights into nanotechnology will have the opportunity to present their applications, products and research projects.

To submit your presentation/topic, please use this template within the online form Submit a presentation.

The sessions take place as follows:

Monday, 1.12.2014
14.30 : Session 1 "New Materials" and Session 2 "Health"

Tueasday, 2.12.2014
09.30 : Session 3 "Energy" und Session 4 "Architecture & Civil Engineering"
15:00 : Session 5 "Safety & Society" und Session 6 "Electronics"

Application deadline: June 30th, 2014!

Do you have a question or need more informatoin? Please contact:

More Nano Events

The NANOfutures events database is constantly being updated with nano related meetings, conferences and workshops all over the Europe and the world. See for a list of future events. As a NANOfutures Community member, you can also submit an event that might be missing in the database:

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April 2014 News

Industrial Technologies 2014

We hope to meet you at the Industrial Technologies 2014 conference:

From 9-11 April Industrial Technologies 2014 will take place in Athens, Greece. The conference integrates nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and new production technologies. The event offers opportunities for developing valuable research and industry collaborations, and showcases cutting-edge research, latest innovations and rising companies from all around Europe.

Part of the event will be the workshop "NANOfutures, The European Technology Integrating and Innovation Platform on nanotechnology where our cross-ETP will present its current and future activities for the profit of European industries!

NANOfutures members are also active in other sessions, for example in session 6: "From a research idea to a finished product – experiences from large companies and SMEs in the value chain".

European 3D Printing Summit

Reserve the date:

From 19-20 November the European 3D Printing Summit will take place in Madrid, Spain.

The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • Additive Manufacturing: Why and for What
  • New Materials and Functionalities
  • Creative Industry and Consumer Goods
  • Future Trends: Bioprinting
  • AM in Aerospace
  • Integration in industrial processes
  • We would be happy to propose you or your team members as speakers. Please send a short e-mail (name, topic, web link) to if you are interested.

    February 2014 News

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will host the 2nd Innovation Convention in Brussels on March 10 and 11, 2014.

    Already established as Europe’s leading innovation event, the Convention will bring together a unique gathering of world-class visionaries and innovators, including CEOs from some of Europe's top companies, young innovators and net-entrepreneurs, such as the founders of Prezi and Storify.

    It will explore innovation in all its facets and cover a variety of themes with more than 2000 visitors expected to attend to hear a range of speakers including: the CEOs of Telefonica, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Bayer, Nokia, Safran Group and Sanofi Aventis, Nobel Prize winner Serge Haroche, Professor Athene Donald from Cambridge and Lord Patten from Oxford, among many others.

    Join the innovation debate and register for free on the event website: