Meeting Global Nanotechnology Challenges: The European Approach

February 19, 2003

Brussels/Tokyo 18 February 2003

Media Invitation

WHEN? Thursday February 2003
WHERE? Nano Tech 2003+ Future Conference and Expo
Makuhari Messe, Chiba-shi, Chiba, Tokyo, Japan
International Conference Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 301
WHO? Ezio Andreta, Director for Industrial Technologies DG Research, European Commission with European Participants in Nano Tech 2003+ Future
WHAT? Special press briefing on European Union nanotechnology policies, research and innovation programmes, and perspectives for international cooperation

On the occasion of European Union participation in the Nano Tech 2003+ Future Conference and Expo, the leading global event on nanotechnologies, Ezio Andreta, Director for Industrial Technologies, DG Research, European Commission, and keynote speaker at the Conference, will hold a special briefing for the media.

This timely briefing will focus on the European Union's decisive involvement in nanotechnology, and on the best ways to reinforce international cooperation in this crucial area. With EUR 700 million EU funding (matched by at least as much from other public and private sources), nanotechnology is a key priority of the EU 6th Framework Programme for research and of the European Research Area, and a prime candidate for international cooperation.

It will also present the EU 6th Framework Programme, with EUR 17.5 billion the world's most important public programme for research, open to participation by international partners.

To discuss Europe's responses to the exciting scientific, industrial and training challenges of nanotechnology, and present the full range of activities launched by EU partners in this area, Dr. Andreta will be accompanied by participants in European Research Programmes from the public and private sectors, present at the Nano Tech 2003+ Future Conference and Expo.

This event will provide a unique opportunity for journalists to put their questions to key EU policy makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, as well representatives of the risk capital industry. Ample interview opportunities will also be provided.

For more info on EU nanotech, please check If you wish to attend this media briefing, please register with

Patrick Vittet-Philippe
Press and Information Officer,
DG Research, European Commission
Fax + 32 2 295 82 20

Masako Inoue
Science and Technology Section
Delegation of the EC in Japan
Tel (03) 3239 0487 Fax (03) 3261-5194

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