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The 8th Asia Nano Forum Summit was held during Oct.8-9th, 2011 in Tehran (Iran) brought together 40 invited participants from 10 Asia member economies and 4 observing economies (Russia, Sri Lanka, UK and France). In addition to its Annual General Meeting (AGM) where Dr Teruo Kishi (former NIMS President) has been elected as the new ANF President, the event highlighted the latest nanotech developments in member economies and working groups annual activities summary as well as proposals of strengthening regional co-operations.
December 22nd, 2011
Asian Nanotech Leaders Gathered at the 8th Asia Nano Forum Summit to Discuss Strengthening Cooperation in Sustainable Development
Asia's nanotech powerhouses have been rapidly advancing the region's competitive position in international nanotechnology. During the recent 8th Asia Nano Forum summit held in Tehran (Iran) on Oct. 9th 2011, it was presented that the Asia Pacific region generates about half of the world's nanoscience publications; China ranked world No.1 in number of ISI nanopublication 2011; Singapore ranked No.1 in Asia in average citation per nano-publication in 2010; and Japan, China and Korea ranked world 2nd, 3rd and 4th following USA in number of nanotech patent filed the first half of 2011.
Forty invited delegates from government funding agencies, research institutes, and industries in 10 Asia Nano Forum network economies (Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam), and 3 observer economies (Austria, Sri Lanka and Russia), gathered at this summit and updated their latest advancement in nanotechnology initiatives, R&D and commercialization highlights, and progress in education, safety and standardization as well as internationalization activities. Dr Teruo Kishi (former President of NIMS, Japan, who has transformed the largest materials research institute in Japan into one of the most international and innovative R&D institutions during his presidency 2001-2009) was elected to be the 3rd President of ANF to drive organization growth during 2012-2013. Japan is a founding member economy of ANF and the members anticipate a strong leadership and support from Japan in the coming two years. The summit also set strategic directions for development and regional collaboration in nanotechnology among the member economies, especially topics contributing to sustainable development including nanotechnology application in energy, water, health care, standardization, safety, and education. Currently, Thailand and Iran have adopted the nanoMark system pioneered by Taiwan and nanoMark will be further adopted by more ANF members as agreed during the summit; Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, and Malaysia have either adopted or inspired by the nano cartoon education materials pioneered by Taiwan. Japan initiated the responsible development of nanotechnology in Asia addressing Nano safety, governance and public acceptance in 2005 and today most ANF member economies have launched similar initiative addressing especially nano toxicity regional collaborative research efforts. Although strong desires expressed during the summit on strengthening bilateral/multilateral research programs towards sustainability, concrete measures are yet to be worked out and leadership is needed to move forward.
The most successful regional collaborative effort is represented by the ANF active participation at the ISO/TC229 on nanotechnology standardization as a Liaison Member. Dr Tsung-Tsan Su from ITRI Taiwan, who leads the ANF Working Group of Standardization and Risk Management, represents ANF at the ISO/TC229 working group. She coordinates 15 ANF member economies and presents overview of the Asia efforts in nanotech standardization at all ISO/TC229 meetings as well as briefs the ANF members the ISO/TC229 activities at the summit.
Another successful regional activity is the Asia Nano Camp (ANC) started in Japan in 2008 organized by the ANF Japan members AIST and NIMS. The ANC2011 was hosted by Korea, and Dr. S.H.SUH (President of the Korean Nanotechnology Researchers Society) briefed camp activities which included lectures and lab visits, demonstrations, group competitions, social activities and poster session.
Taiwan has been actively promoting global nanotech innovation through its Global Nano Innovation Contest Initiative (POP NANO). POP NANO 2011 has become a truly global event, 5 out of 6 awarded projects are from USA, Canada and UK. Korea is aggressively promoting Green to accelerate the adoption of nanotechnology and focus public/private investment towards sustainability. Iran is racing forward to promoting sustainable development of nanotechnology with holistic approach with impressive achievements in science (ranked No.1 among muslin countries in nano publication) and commercialization (total of 130 nanotech companies today) and particularly in education with its Nano Olympiad involving 70,000 high school students (majority of female students) during 2008-2011.
The ANF summit meeting ended with the decision of the next summit to be hosted by Thailand, the country of Smile in Nov. 2012.
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