International group of partners aims to establish hub for sustainable nanotechnology
Under the European Funding Programme Horizon 2020 a new project named “NanoFabNet” has been launched with the purpose of creating a strong international hub for sustainable nanofabrication and nanotechnology. The project is coordinated by AcumenIST in Belgium. Steinbeis 2i is the lead communication and dissemination partner in the project. The upcoming online NanoFabNet Hub, which is due to launch in 2021, will serve as a onestop-shop in delivering collaboration opportunities for large scale high-value industries, as well as provide professional information and guidance to academic laboratories, governmental agencies and SMEs.
For well over a decade, nanotechnology has been one of the fastest-growing high-tech fields and a key enabling technology (KET) for European industries; its innovations have already helped to address several important societal needs, including the viability of renewable energies, medical treatments and early detection, creation of more sustainable consumer products, and even the increase of agricultural productivity.
During these times of COVID-19, nanotechnology has been applied in developing better PPE in the fight to protect us against the virus, and thus thrusted nanotechnology forward into mainstream conversation. However, despite its widespread applications, deployment, validation, standardisation and acceptance of nanotechnologies is fragmented and challenging. This is where NanoFabNet steps in.
NanoFabNet aims to foster better cohesion across the research, industrial, and policy-making sectors. Lead Project Coordinator and CEO of AcumenIST Dr. Steffi Friedrichs explains, “NanoFabNet’s central objective is to create a strong international network for sustainable nanofabrication, whose structure, business model, detailed strategies and action plans are designed, agreed and carried by its international stakeholders during the project duration. This will help us in create a self-sustaining collaboration platform: the NanoFabNet Hub.”
The upcoming online NanoFabNet Hub, which is due to launch in 2021, will serve as a onestop-shop in delivering collaboration opportunities for large scale high-value industries, as well as provide professional information and guidance to academic laboratories, governmental agencies and SMEs. Expected impacts from the project include the linking of nanotechnology and sustainability resources and their inclusive sharing with a wider community. NanoFabNet services and offers will comprise of virtual infrastructures, skills training, information provision and guidelines for standardisation and harmonisation in different nanotechnology fields.
NanoFabNet is a project funded under Horizon 2020 (grant agreement No. 886171) and will run for 2 years, culminating in the launch of the European and US hubs in 2021 which will continue beyond the project timeframe as an independent organisation called the NanoFabNet Hub.
About the project partners
Fifteen partners from nine European countries and the USA are involved with NanoFabNet efforts; they are supported by an international advisory board comprised of experts and decision-makers from across Europe, Japan, Israel, and the USA. Their task over the two-year project duration will be to develop an international network that builds closer linkages, not only across the sustainability and nanofabrication ecosystems in Europe, but also across the globe. The development of strategies, roadmaps and implementation actions for sustainable nanofabrication will be at the forefront of the project’s mandate; the results will be published in several upcoming publicly available reports.
As the lead communication and dissemination partner, Steinbeis 2i will perform following tasks:
• Be responsible for the NanoFabNet visibility, communication & dissemination strategy
• Facilitate the marketing, dissemination and exploitation planning and delivery of associated activities
• Create the brand identity for the NanoFabNet network/association and web-presence
• Development of an international collaboration & cooperation strategy
About the Coordinator:
AcumenIST is a new consultancy initiative provided by experienced business leaders with a pronounced track record in both scientific research, development and innovation, as well as in public and regulatory affairs. AcumenIST combines strong professional skills in the stewardship of emerging technologies along their value chains with established track records in both entrepreneurship, business development and policy making; it supports both the private and the public sector through technology-specific expertise. The NanoFabNet will be coordinated by and developed by AcumenIST’s experts, benefiting from the latter’s experience in project management and in the provision of secretariat services to both technology-specific interest groups, as well as to international governmental organisations. The AcumenIST’s track record and strong international network in the field of nanotechnologies and nanosafety will help to strengthen NanoFabNet’s visibility, and ultimately define its niche and USP within the community. AcumenIST is the Lead Coordinator of the NanoFabNet Project. Furthermore, the AcumenIST experts will support the NanoFabNet discipline mapping exercises through big data analyses, and contribute to the identification of keywords, indicators and metrics of the concept of ‘sustainable nanofabrication’. NanoFabNet Partners: The NanoFabNet partners have been selected due to their high level of skills and expertise in the field of nanotechnology. These partners are located across Europe and the US and cover a range of nanotechnology subsector expertise:
Interested stakeholders from various nanotechnology and sustainability-focused entities are highly encouraged to get involved in the network’s ongoing work.
Registering online is free of cost, and more information is available at the NanoFabNet website.
Faith Blakemore Steinbeis 2i GmbH
Tel: +49 0721 935191 42, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Steffi Friedrichs, Geschäftsführerin von AcumenIST, E-Mail: NanoFabNet@AcumenIST.com