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ENF 2017

Register now for ENF 2017
The EuroNanoForum 2017 conference in Valletta, Malta next June (21th-23th) is Europe’s leading event and biggest marketplace in the field of nanotechnologies and advanced materials, and organised under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 3 Days, 70+ speakers, 18 plenary sessions, 10 workshops.

Join us and 1000 high-level delegates and immerse yourself with the latest trends in nano and advanced materials technologies, open innovation and their contribution to economic growth and re-industrialisation across all sectors. Meet speakers from companies such as Audi, BASF, Infineon, KONE, MasterCard, NXP Semiconductors, UPM and Thought3D.

Discover and showcase innovative growth companies, cutting-edge research, success stories and latest innovation from all around Europe! Utilise the extensive networking and matchmaking possibilities and get ready for the new Horizon 2020 program by building partnerships with key stakeholders from industry, policy, science and academia for future R&D&I projects.
On behalf of the European Commission and the organisers, we are looking forward to welcoming you to Malta and ENF 2017

Build business using the brokerage at ENF 2017
The Enterprise Europe Network is organising an international brokerage during the EuroNanoForum in Malta at the 23rd of June.

For this all participants have to register separately in a special tool:

SG Micro- and Nanotechnologies in the Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make the most of business opportunities in the EU and beyond. Have a look at the many services offered free of charge by our 600 member organisations in more than 60 countries, including chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, universities and development agencies.
Being our clients’ gateway to relevant business- and cooperation-partners via focussed partnersearch. The group addresses the growing importance of micro- and nanotechnologies, a sector with enormous potential for technology transfer and R&D collaborations and with a rising debate on legislation, policy developments and ethics.

The group objective is to provide specific assistance to industry, research centers and universities by:

• Promoting business-, technological- and research-collaborations
• Understanding the state of art technology fields in competitor countries and through that lifting market barriers
• Maintaining close contact with SMEs for support on innovation and business opportunities
• Raising awareness of new EU policies and regulations

Benno Weissner
SG Micro- & Nanotechnologies

Rim Stroeks
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce | Enterprise Europe Network
Chair SG Micro- & Nanotechnologies

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May 2016 News

Stakeholder consultation

Stakeholder consultation was launched to shape the NMBP part of the Work Programme 2018-2020. The consultation will remain open until 11. May 2016.

The consultation document is available at:

The background informationis available at:

Responses should be sent to


Nanotechnology constitutes a great promise for domains as diverse as product development, environmental conservation, medicine and information technology while simultaneously giving rise to numerous concerns about potential health risks and environmental hazards. In addition, nanotechnology raises wider social and ethical issues regarding unintended long-term consequences, social and financial risks, issues of governance and control and fundamental issues about life and human identity.

Within this context, NANO2ALL aims to put responsible research at the core of its methodology to create a climate of dialogue and engagement. NANO2ALL will create various tangible and intangible outputs and results, but most importantly insight that will allow researchers and decision-makers to engage with each other, as well as with other stakeholders and channel the feedback of their interaction into mechanisms that will reinforce the roadmap identifying research concerns and opportunities for innovation.

Check NANO2ALL first newsletter (and feel free to disseminate it through your network) at and visit the project's website

NanoDiode working conference

On 31st May it will be held in Brussels the NanoDiode working conference (please find attached the programme). Policy makers, researchers, representatives from industry and civil society organisations will explore how to engage societal stakeholders and open up research and innovation to broader societal considerations. More information and registration here:

March 2016 News

The Call for Ideas for the setting up of a European Innovation Council, an initiative by Commissioner Moedas

The European Commission has launched a Call for Ideas for a European Innovation Council to support Europe's most promising innovators.

Click here to answer the survey.
Please share your ideas and answer the survey until 29th of April

More Information

EU policy for the digital transformation of European business

On 16th February the High-level Conference on
the digital transformation of European industry and enterprises
, a forum to foster industry-policy makers dialogue, took place in Brussels.

The speeches from the conference on are available online:

Commissioner Moedas

Commissioner Bienkowska

Vice President Katainen

Upcoming Nano Events

The NANOfutures event calendar currently contains more than 40 upcoming nano related events in 2016. From one-day workshops to two-week conferences and on a variety of topics. Have a look at the event list and if something is missing, add an event to share it with the community. If you need any help using the web platform, please see the help page or contact Philipp Krapp:

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND Fellowship scheme

Strengthening International Research Capacity in Wales (SIRCIW)

The SIRCIW Fellowship programme is a postdoctoral fellowship scheme part funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme. The programme will support up to 90 fellows to work with stellar researchers in Wales.

The scheme is part of the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales, Professor Julie Williams’ strategy to increase research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects. The programme is also open to researchers working in relevant areas of applied social science.

The programme is designed to attract the highest calibre candidates to work in excellent research groups in Welsh Universities Individual researchers, 3 – 5 years post PhD, who have not been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years, can apply for a fellowship by submitting an outline of the research they would like to carry out within a host institution in Wales. Fellowships will normally be 3 years in length and can involve collaboration with a relevant commercial partner.

The closing date for applications is 1st March 2016 with the aim of fellows starting in autumn 2016. There will be two further calls, the closing dates for which will be announced early next year.

Fellowships are part funded by the European Commission and the Welsh Government, therefore it is vital that applicants contact their potential host institution (who will be providing the rest of the match funding) as soon as possible to discuss their proposed project before submitting an application.

If you would like to apply for a fellowship, please read the eligibility criteria and follow the procedure set out on the How to Apply page. For help with finding potential supervisors please use this link to search our directory of expertise. More information on the selection process can be found here and details of who to contact if you have any questions can be seen here.