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Nanotechnology looms high on the Horizon
Pictured (L-R): Leonard Hobbs, leader of the European NanoTechnology Research Program at Intel, with Frank Ryan, CEO of Enterprise Ireland.

Dublin is to host the sixth EuroNanoForum conference in June, the largest nanotechnology conference in Europe.

The conference will take place here under the auspices of Ireland’s presidency of the European Council, which in turn is operating under the banner of “Stability, Jobs and Growth”.

The EuroNanoForum 2013 will focus on the impact nanotechnology has in problem solving across key societal sectors such as health, energy and environment.

Nanotechnology and nano-materials have already made significant inroads to a vast range of applications in medicine, electronics, biomaterials, transportation, construction, consumer goods and energy production.

They are used in everything from everyday to lifesaving applications; from  sunscreen to chemical catalysts which keep carpets stain free, to antibacterial agents and groundbreaking nanoparticle screening (which reflect the presence of cancer and infection), to increasing energy efficiency in processes and products in industry and everyday life.

This is only the beginning of the nanotechnology journey which has been earmarked as one of Europe’s Key Enabling Technologies and will feature prominently in the forthcoming EU funding programme, Horizon 2020.

So EuroNanoForum is a must for companies looking to exploit (or learn how to exploit) the latest nanotechnology developments, as well as an opportunity for researchers to discuss their visions for European industries and research in the future.

Alongside sessions on ‘Nanotechnology Leadership’, ‘Nano in Everyday Life’ and ‘Commercialisation of Nanoproducts’, the conference will showcase nanotechnology innovations to 1,200 delegates from 50 countries. High profile speakers drawn from industry, government and research - such as Shell, Nokia Research Laboratories, Intel, Philips Healthcare and Max-Planck Institute among others - will be coming together to discuss the economic and technological impact of nanotechnologies on European growth.

Integrated into the conference is the Nanotech Europe Exhibition where companies and research centres will have the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative products and technologies. There will also be a special Irish Showcase for innovative Irish companies and the Magical Materials Exhibition will showcase the properties of a range of cutting edge materials.

The conference, organised by Enterprise Ireland and Spinverse Ltd and supported by the European Commission Directorate for Research and Innovation, also coincides with Nanoweek which runs from 14-21 June 2013.

EuroNanoForum conference will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin from the 18-20 June 2013.

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