--- The University Twente (The Netherlands), representing
a network of 12 partners, has received a considerable
grant from the European Commission to implement the
nanotechnology program ‘Frontiers’.
Frontiers is a European network which aims at establishing
leadership in research and innovation on behalf of
life sciences related nanotechnology by integrating
the strengths and facilities of the network partners.
This integrated approach will strengthen Europe’s
position in nanosciences and will increase its competitive
R&D position with respect to the US and Japan.
In the Frontiers consortium 12 top-level nanotechnology
institutes are united including the University of
Cambridge, Max Planck in Germany and the Nano Science
Group from Toulouse, France.
On August 23 the network gathers in Enschede (The
Netherlands) to launch a joint program of activities.
Back in 2000 the EU already recognized that the scientific
and technological development in Europe was falling
behind relatively compared to the US and Japan. It
recommended that investment in nanotechnology R&D
should triple by 2010 to strengthen Europe’s competitive
position and to help Europe become world leader in
the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology. One
of the crucial differences between the EU and our
main competitors is that the latter have coordinated
R&D programmes whereas European research is scattered.
The Frontiers initiative is designed to create critical
mass in life sciences related nanotechnology and hence
maintain European excellence in nanosciences.
The Frontiers network consists of twelve top-level
nanotechnology research institutes and integrates
192 researchers. The nanotechnology field is multidisciplinary
and consequently Frontiers will set-up an infrastructure
allowing researchers with different backgrounds to
share their knowledge, experience and research results.
Laboratory equipment present at the different institutes
and universities will be listed and shared. Frontiers
will also create and implement a science-to-industry
chain to capitalise the knowledge generated in the
network by transforming it into applications and products.
By combining the educational material currently present
at the partners Frontiers will develop a new high
profile nanotechnology master program. Interdisciplinary
education and training for research personnel are
prerequisites to develop and maintain centres of excellence
in Europe. Active participation in international ethical
discussions surrounding nanotechnology applications
and risk assessment procedures will help contribute
to the development of safe and responsible products.
On August 23-25 the University of Twente will organize
a kick-off conference which as the first step towards
the construction of the Frontiers network. The press
is kindly invited to attend.
Additional information can be found through the Frontiers
For further details please contact:
Dr. J. W. Weener
Program Manager Frontiers
Phone: +31 53 489 2228
Mobile: +31 53 489 5774
Secr: +31 53 489 2715
Fax : +31 53 489 2575