Nanotechnology: Out of the lab and into the home through the Nanobusiness Association

May 15, 2002

Brussels, 14 May 2002

Nanotechnology is a much-cited science but little understood in terms of its everyday applications. The European Nanobusiness Association (ENA) is hoping to spread the word - nanotech might be small but it stands to leave a big mark on European science and business alike.

According to its new website, the ENA was formed not only to promote emerging nanotechnology businesses but also to ensure Europe has a dynamic and competitive nano-technology industry which involves a diverse set of actors, from businesses, government and trade associations to research and academic institutions. It hopes to achieve this by raising awareness of nano-technology and its importance to society - from its relationship with the life sciences and electronics to its applications in the material sciences and business. The ENA will also focus on analysing the current legislation affecting nanotechnology, as well as drafting standards, position papers and advising political leaders and decision makers. The aim is to build a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the European approach to the industrialisation of nanotechnology.

Spinning a nanotechnology web for Europe

Education is critical to the ENA's goal of building a Europe-wide nanotechnology web composed of local and national organisations, while forging strong bilateral ties with similar organisations around the world. The ENA believes the transfer of nanoscience to nanotechnology can be accelerated through the free and unfettered flow of information. Its plan is to publish reports and position papers on a range of subjects, beginning with the question: What is nanotechnology? This will be answered in a report outlining the basic issues and concepts of nanotechnology. Other publications will include: global nanotechnology issues; economic and legislative briefings; and analysis and examples of 'best practice' for the commercialisation of nanotechnologies.

Source: European Nanobusiness Association website

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