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British Royalty to Address Major US Nanotechnology Conference
Austin, TX | Posted on September 19, 2006
The British Consulate-General Houston and the UK Trade & Investment, major sponsors of NanoTX’06, will host a ranking member of the British Royal Family at the event. It has been announced that His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, KCVO, ADC, will address the conference on the second day. Prince Andrew is the third child and second son of Queen Elizabeth, and whose older brother is Prince Charles, the Duke of Wales.
“I am honoured to have his Royal Highness attend and speak at nanoTX '06,” said Kelly Kordzik, President of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative that is presenting the event. “His presence first shows how important nanotechnology has become to the future of our society, and second shows how important of a role the UK expects for Texas to play in the nanotechnology revolution.”
Prince Andrew will arrive at the Dallas Convention Center about 2:00pm. September 28, and then will attend a private reception given by the British Consulate-General. The only cameraman allowed at the reception will be the official event celebrity photographer, W. W. Caruth III. At 3:30pm the Prince will address conference attendees and honoured guests, currently scheduled for the Convention Center Arena.
His remarks are expected to touch on the partnership between Texas and the United Kingdom in the Bioscience Collaboration Initiative, the dramatic growth of nanotechnology and how it has affected the British and US economies, and the partnership with the US and Lockheed Martin in developing the new Joint Strike fighter plane, among other exciting advances.
Note to Assignment Editors:
Prince Andrew will conduct no interviews, pose for no pictures (only candid shots). No cameras will be allowed anywhere at nanoTX '06 other than by authorized press. Security will be at the highest level. If you have reporters and/or camera staff who wish cover this part of nanoTX '06 it is imperative our office be notified well beforehand so they can be allowed in the press areas selected for that purpose.
All equipment will be subject to security searches. Your request to cover the royal visit of the Duke of York to NanoTX ’06 should be indicated in the comments column on-line at www.nanotx.biz/press_credentials.php. If you have already requested press credentials without this information and now wish to cover the Royal visit it is quite fine to register again.
Late arriving reporters interested in covering this may be able to indicate that interest when checking in at the show, as time permits, but are urged to register in advance. If it is possible at the event, a sign-up sheet will identify at least two available sites and require press to provide name, confirm affiliation and contact information. Reporters not registered and credentialed well in advance of the Royal visit will not be allowed to cover it.
Reporters will be required to appear at their site of choice no later than 30 minutes before Prince Andrew arrives. In addition, such reporters should expect to undergo occasional security checks, and for security reasons no boom microphones will be allowed. Once in place, such reporters will not be allowed to leave the designated site until His Royal Highness has left the area.
British firms account for many of the exciting exhibits out of hundreds at nanoTX’06 during International Nanotechnology Week, www.nanotx.biz, at the Dallas Convention Center, September 26-28. This is the largest nanotechnology conference in the world and the largest such trade expo outside of Tokyo.
Our Mission: The Texas Nanotechnology Initiative is dedicated to establishing Texas as a world leader in the discovery, development, and commercialization of nanotechnology. We have organized a consortium of Texas-based universities, industry leaders, investors, and government officials in order to foster communication, collaboration, and the sharing of resources to accelerate the realization of our goal.
Why Nanotechnology? Why Now?
The history of civilization and industry revolves around man’s ability to understand and manipulate the physical world. As the ability to see and use a smaller and smaller scale of matter has progressed, the number of potential and practical uses of inert and organic material has multiplied. As an example, every product of the electronics industry is a result of the historically recent ability to manufacture at the micron (one millionth of a meter) scale. The techniques which allow reliable, economic production of products and materials at the nanometer (one billionth of a meter) are being developed right now. It is vital to Texas’ future wellbeing that, as a state, we gain and retain the intellectual and industrial resources necessary to maintain leadership and ownership of a broad base of the industry which will shape the 21st century. If we lag or delay, we will wind up working for the leaders, instead of with them.
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