The 5th NRW Nano-Conference will be held from 18 to 19 September 2012 in the Congress Center Dortmund, Germany. Taking place for the fifth year in a row, the meeting will again present current issues in research and application of nanotechnology as well as related policies. The Nano-Conference is providing broad opportunities for interaction and is well established as a central point for exchange, information transfer and establishing contacts in this field. Four topic areas will be the focus at this year’s event: graphene, nanotechnology for environmental technologies, nanophotonics and safety. The conference is free for all participants and visitors.
On the first day, Christos Tokamanis, Head of the Directorate for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies at the European Commission, will be holding the keynote speech, covering the developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology. He will put a focus on the European perspective and innovation strategy.
The following plenary lectures on the first day will provide insights into the four focus areas of the conference:
- The graphene lecture will present a variety of possible applications of graphene as well as information about its production.
- The first lecture of the afternoon session will analyze the current developments concerning the safety of nano-materials and the related policy, address open questions and open up pathways to sustainable approaches to nanotechnology.
- The nanophotonics lecture will address future-oriented technologies that result from manipulating light using nanotechnology.
- The last lecture of the day will take a look at the applications of nanotechnologies in respect of the protection of water and air.
On the second day, all four topics will be addressed in depth in specific workshops.
In an accompanying exhibition, companies, scientific institutions and supporting organisations will present their products and their contributions to the development of nanotechnology.
The conference is being hosted by the Ministry for Innovation at the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Economic Development Agency Dortmund, the Cluster NanoMicro+Materials.NRW for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia together with the conference partners MST.factory dortmund and the microtechnology association IVAM.Yvonne Klöpping