The Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, State of Hessen, (HMWEVL) is a regional public authority. Hessen is one of Europe’s leading high-tech regions. The Ministry strongly encourages and supports the transfer of technological know-how between academia and the business sector.
HMWEVL’s overall aim is to speed up innovation, thus ensuring the transformation of good ideas into marketable products. Another important aim is to foster the foreign trade of Hessian companies, especially SMEs. A special focus is laid on support programs for key enabling technologies (KET) including nanotechnology.
HMWEVL, Kaiser Friedrich Ring, 75, D-65185 Wiesbaden, Germany
The mission of NanoHouse is to successfully stimulate enterprises with the implementation of new nano-based materials, products and
applications by pro-active encouraging, initiating and organising open innovation projects between governments, enterprises and
knowledge institutes. NanoHouse is the independent public initiator and organiser who stimulates, facilitates and organises successful
and fast innovation processes.
NanoHouse focuses on the initiation of open innovation projects, to develop new nano-enabled products and applications (value propositions). Open innovation is a key element, if requested public-private partnerships will be created. A few keywords are initiation and organisation, valorisation of new ideas, Reduction of barriers and blokkades, opening innovation, and creating new consortia
NanoHouse,Postbus 93, NL-6130 Town Sittard, The Netherlands
CCAN, the Collaborative Centre for Applied Nanotechnology, is an industry-led initiative to enable Irish-based companies maximise value from nanotechnology. It is funded by its industry members and the economic development agencies of the Irish government as part of the Technology Centres programme.
CCAN’s objective is to enable Irish-based companies increase competitiveness by finding and developing nano-enabled solutions and products that satisfy industry-defined needs. For this, CCAN provides companies with access to the entire Irish nano-expertise pool across multiple universities and companies and provides companies with access to European expertise via CCAN’s interactions with cross-border nanotech organisations. This ability to network across both disciplines and sectors is critical to the successful commercialisation of nano-enabled products. CCAN is legally hosted by Tyndall National Institute in University College Cork and co-hosted by CRANN, the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices, in Trinity College Dublin.
Tyndall National Institute, Dyke Parade, Cork, Ireland
cc-NanoBioNet is one of the largest German networks in nanotechnology connecting universities, research institutes, hospitals, and companies. Our non-profit association was founded to enhance the communication between research, economy, politics and the public.
Our goal is to create new, innovative, and marketable products and workplaces, create and provide nanobiotechnological teaching contents for all education levels, support research and development provide the public with information about the exciting world of nano- and nanobiotechnology. Our key issues are chemical nanotechnology, nanobiotechnology, pharmaceutical biotechnology and nanoethics and nanosafety.cc-NanoBioNet offers its members a wide-ranging service portfolio: Help to find experts, advice on support programmes, supervision of trade fairs, deal with technology inquiries. Our services are free for the members of our association. In addition we organise exhibitions, science festivals, specialist conferences and engage actively in discussions and debates on science and research. We help enhance the dialog between researchers and the public.
cc-NanoBioNet e.v., Science Park 1, D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Sirris is the collective centre of the Belgian technological industry. We help companies in the implementation of technological
innovations, enabling them to strengthen their competitive position over the long-term. Our experts visit companies on site, offer them
technological advice, launch innovation paths, and provide guidance until they reach the implementation phase.
It is our aim to find concrete solutions to the real challenges facing Belgian entrepreneurs. SIRRIS mission, in this respect, is to help companies to assess and quantify the benefit of transferring the nano-technologies in their own production process. The health and safety issues are also taken into account.
SIRRIS, Liège Science Park, 12 rue du Bois Saint-Jean, B-4102 Ougrée, Belgium
The main objective for the creation of IEMN was to gather in a unique structure most of the regional research going from physics of materials to instrumentation and so to create in France Northern Region a multidisciplinary Institute with an international visibility. To bring together physicists, electronics and acoustics scientists having different cultures, methods and objectives, to elaborate a continuous knowledge and know-how, from theoretical problems to applications is a specificity to our Institute nowadays.
Three missions have been assigned to IEMN: Innovation and transfer to industry (in particular regional SMEs), research (covering multidisciplinary activities going from Nanosciences and nanotechnologies to instrumentation through telecommunications and acoustics) and education (mainly through Master and PhD).
IEMNs scientific policy consists not only with the deepening of knowledge but also with the establishment of a partnership privileged with a number limited of industrialists leaders on their markets and with the development of a partnership of proximity with SME and regional SME and the young growths resulting from the IEMN. The quality of our partnership research besides has been just recognized by the attribution of the Carnot label at our institute by french research Ministry.
CNRS - IEMN, Avenue Poincaré,F-59652 Villeneuve d'ascq, France
Lancaster University has a world class reputation as a centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research. Highly ranked in UK and global league tables, Lancaster continues to sustain its reputation for teaching and research excellence both nationally and internationally. Our knowledge exchange strategy aims to generate high-impact research by making sure that 20% of our research is undertaken with partners outside the university through collaborative research, consultancy, commercialisation of intellectual property, student placements, innovation vouchers and enterprise-awareness training for staff and students.
The Physics Department at Lancaster ranked first in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise. The Quantum Technology Centre (QTC) is a new initiative within Physics with the purpose of developing collaborative research with businesses in the region and beyond.
The Centre has the capacity/capability to develop novel semiconductor materials and devices at the nanoscale to grow semiconductor wafers within ‘Growth Reactors’ (using molecular beam epitaxy), characterise and optimise these semiconductors using x-ray diffraction/ atomic force microscope/electron microscope instruments and undertake nano-scale fabrication in state of the art clean rooms (class 100), including the use of plasma etching, electron beam lithography, electron beam deposition, plasma deposition and sputter deposition.
Lancaster University, C29 Gordon Manley Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YQ, United-Kingdom
CREPIM is a European Laboratories for the development and the approval of materials covered by fire regulations. Located in the heart of Europe, CREPIM tests and develops fire resistant formulas for companies working in the mass transportation sector such as railway, electrical and textile applications, in the building, the electrical, and the textile sectors.
For the manufacturers, CREPIM represents a key opportunity to be in direct contact with the requirements of the various European markets, and also guarantees them a straight access to these markets. In order to better answer the needs of development and testing, CREPIM activity features two poles: the Development pole and the testing pole.
Rue Christophe Colomb, F-62700 Bruay la Buissière, FRANCE
MULTITEL is a Research Centre in scientific technology supported by a multidisciplinary team including engineers and technicians, as well as a sales structure. Its aim consists in developing and implementing innovative projects in collaboration with local and international companies. Multitel's scientific skills include voice technologies, data fusion, optic fibre applications, image processing, and computer network management. Besides its Research & Development activities, Multitel offers services in optics and telecom, and in company computer networks.
With 60 engineers/researchers working for five technical departments, collaborating with about one hundred researchers of the university labs, Multitel now holds a central position in the field of innovation. The centre meets the most ambitious projects by developing and offering skills at the cutting-edge of new technology. Concerned with the needs of companies, Multitel keeps adapting to their demand in terms of integration of new technology. As a result of this effort, Multitel increase their industrial collaborations with both SMEs and big companies, reaching an amount of more than 250 partnerships.
MULTITEL, 2 rue Pierre & Marie Curie, B-7000 Mons, Belgium
DECHEMA (Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology e.V.), based in Frankfurt/Main, is an interdisciplinary scientific society with more than 5,500 personal and institutional members (including about 500 SMEs), whose activities cover a wide range of areas relevant to the process industries. DECHEMA is dedicated to the support of R&D progress and implementation in various fields of chemical engineering and chemistry, including nanotechnology. DECHEMA’s work is supported by more than 90 working parties from academia, industry and authorities.
Activities of DECHEMA include planning of R&D, project coordination and management, project evaluation, advice on policy and legislation, support for research, research in its own institute, coordination of European and national networks and projects including support of dissemination and exploitation of scientific results, organization of exhibitions, conferences and workshops. DECHEMA organizes around 50 conferences per year with over 10,000 participants and offers more than 20 training courses on different topics.
DECHEMA e.V., Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, 60486 Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Plastium is the support structure of the “Pôle d’excellence Plasturgie et Composites” in Hauts-de-France. Acting as a cluster, Plastium connects public and private decision-makers through different actions to extend business and development. Its privileged relationship with the local industries, enables Plastium to assist them in :
- Setting up innovation measures
- The formalization of their problematics (technology, management, etc.)
- Increasing competitiveness
- Finding good experts
Plastics industry in Hauts-de-France is at a turning point in its development. Indeed, the plastic processing sector is at the crossroads of a lot of innovation challenges for applicative domains (automotive, building, healthcare, rail, and packaging), for collaborative domains (textile, mechanics) and for transversal domains (recycling, eco-design, energy, management), which structured themselves through the economic policy of Excellence and Competitiveness centers. For that purpose, Plastium has formed its action in linkage with six intervention axis responding to the plastic processing sector’s needs:
- Industrial performance
- Research, Innovation & Development
- Human resources & training
- Economic intelligence
- Plastics industry’s promotion and communication
Rue Christophe Colomb 62700 Bruay la Buissière - France
The aim of the Foundation of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Support NANONET is the promotion of modern entrepreneurship operating in high-technology markets, popularizing the results of scientific researches in this dynamically developing discipline and engaging in an active dialogue with public authorities. The Foundation has a status of the Public Benefit Organization. Since 2006 the NANONET Foundation is running the first and one of the kind portal in Poland completely devoted to the matter of the nanotechnology – www.nanonet.pl. In the last three years the Foundation provided its patronage for over 160 events both in Poland and in the world, has become the National Contact Point for the European Platform “Nanofutures” (on the basis of 7th Framework Programme) and become a member of Polish Committee for Standardization for Nanotechnology and Innovation.
Moreover, the Foundation is the founder and leader of the Silesian Nano Cluster (www.nanoslask.pl) and cofounder of a Lower Silesia Nano Cluster which enable mutual cooperation between companies that care for the development of advanced technologies and help to initiate dialogue between business and science. All the activities undertaken by the Foundation are mainly determined to enhance polish nanotechnology potentials and to strengthen cooperation between Poland and other European regions.
The cluster was founded in 2009 by the government of North Rhine-Westphalia in order to make NRW the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economic area in the field of the four key enabling technologies nano-, micro-and photonic technologies as well as in the field of new materials. The cluster is the central point of contact for economical, scientific and political affairs in respect of the fields of the four technologies. It represents the interests of the companies and institutes and builds a well-functioning network for NRW-actors. The cluster also specifically supports cooperation ventures between the corporate, research and political environments in North Rhine-Westphalia, on a national and international level. Furthermore, it consults the NRW-actors in strategy- and marketing affairs and organizes exhibitions, workshops and other events to foster national and international cooperations.
Silicon Saxony e. V connects over 300 manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes, universities and public institutions in a network. It is Europe's most successful trade association for the micro- and nanoelectronic, smart system, application and energy system industries.
As a continuously growing and vital high-tech network, we understand ourselves as a communication and cooperation platform for our members.
In 2012 Silicon Saxony was awarded the GOLD label for excellent cluster management by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).
With the objective of strengthening the sustainability of the business region as a location for information & communication technology (ICT) at both the national and international level, the association sees itself as a communication and cooperation platform for its members. The close cooperation that exists within the network promotes and stabilizes the economic development of the member companies. Intelligent cooperative partnerships among the members permit knowledge transfer, synergies, close business relationships, and promote innovative power. Externally, Silicon Saxony e. V. makes a vital contribution to the active locational marketing as well as the creation of networks among European microelectronics venues.
Chemie-Cluster Bayern is a successful public-private partnership with the goal of developing chemical innovations of its members for new applications, markets and social challenges worldwide. In an alliance comprising small and large companies, universities, colleges, Fraunhofer Institutes and public institutions, the cluster initiates regional and international projects to enhance the value added of the chemistry location Bavaria. "European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis" (ESCA) has awarded its "Gold Label for excellent cluster management" to Chemie-Cluster Bayern.
With their chemical materials and processes know-how, the 270 members of the Chemie-Cluster Bayern (The Chemistry Cluster of Bavaria) provide numerous opportunities to respond to current industrial issues. Particularly in the fields of mobility, consumer goods and heavy industry, many urgent technological requirements from system integrators could be addressed with chemical and nanotechnological solutions. It is only the "gap" between chemical suppliers and industrial OEMs in the value creation chain which prevents the efficient development of such "hidden markets". In the "Value Creation Partnership – solving today's problems", chemical companies and universities volunteer as innovation partners for companies from other industries. Through the joint discussion of current issues, the Cluster’s members can take advantage of a service function for industrial user segments, especially for those who are not closely involved in chemical supply chains. The aim of this dialogue is to create added value through chemical product enhancements - as new opportunities are created for both chemical suppliers and industrial users.
NanoSpain (www.nanospain.org), Spanish Nanotechnology Network, coordinated by the Phantoms Foundation, promotes the exchange of knowledge between Spanish groups working in different fields related to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience increasing collaboration among universities, research institutions and industry.
- To provide a frame to researches where show the outcome of research trough a web site and multidisciplinary meetings
- To publicise new initiatives
- To enable technology transfer
- To promote industrial involvement in NanoSpain activities
- To recognize priority scientific areas, impelling technological application to define the Spanish objectives for international market
- To establish successful relationships with European initiatives, as Excellence Networks, and other international institutions
- To build a Spanish source of information related to Nanotechnology, with database with research groups and industries belonging to network and to disseminate results of researching, reports and effects of European Union Projects, patents, etc.
- To provide a periodical newsletter information about conferences, news, workshops, employment, grants, etc.
SwedNanoTech is the umbrella organization for Swedish nanotechnology actors with the mission to profile Sweden as a prominent nanotechnology country in research and products, and also, as a land of investment opportunities. Sweden has great potential to become an important centre for nanoscience and innovative products. The result of Swedish research has generated a number of new companies and the technology has been identified as a potential growth area for Swedish industry. The strength of SwedNanoTech lies in the diversity of our network. Our members include national and international businesses, organizations, researchers and students, all more or less linked to the nanotechnology field.
SwedNanoTech, Grev Turegatan 14, Box 5073, 102 42 Stockholm, Sweden