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Thanks to the NanoEurope Fair and Conference that was opened on 11 September, St.Gallen, Switzerland, will once again, for three days, become the international competence centre for nanotechnology. New, practically realisable findings from science and successful developments in the field of nanotechnology in industry will be show-cased and discussed in specialist conferences and at the trade fair. This year's focus will be on the five key industries of textiles, medical engineering, dye solar cells, packaging and plastics. It is expected that, once again, around 4,500 scientists, representatives of industry and representatives of public authorities will attend through to 13 September.
The NanoEurope Fair and Conference in St.Gallen, Switzerland, opened its gates to numerous visitors from Switzerland and abroad on Tuesday, 11 September. This leading trade fair with accompanying conferences focussing on nanotechnology in Europe will, consequently, once again become the centre of gravitation of the nano-community for the next three days.
At the opening ceremony of the NanoEurope 2007 Fair and Conference, Hanspeter Egli, CEO of the organiser, Olma Messen, St.Gallen, Switzerland, stated that he was convinced that the potential of nanotechnology remains exceedingly high. Both research and industrial applications were undergoing sustained growth. According to Jakob Göldi, President of the Nano-Cluster Bodensee Lake Constance, experience does, however, also indicate that implementation of research results in new products or enhanced products takes a great deal of patience and considerable funds and that fast results with this demanding technology can generally not be achieved.
Consequently, promotion of both research and industrial implementation will be required in order to make nanotechnology usable since, ultimately, only practical implementation of innovations leads to a positive impact on a national economy.
Focussing on future industries
The specialist conferences offered within the framework of the NanoEurope Fair and Conference focus, this year as well, on the key areas of textiles, medical engineering, plastics and packagings. One new key industry included this year is that of dye solar cells (DSCs) to be showcased at the International Dye Solar Cell Industrialisation Conference.
The specialist conference, organised in cooperation with the Dyesol company, is to demonstrate the rapid development and the capabilities of the third generation of photovoltaics. The potential of this technology for efficient utilisation of solar power is tremendous, as Hans Desilvestro, Head of Research at Dyesol, was able to illustrate on the basis of impressive figures at the opening ceremony.
One of the themes: the risks of nanotechnology According to Christoph Meili, CEO of the Innovationsgesellschaft mbH company, specialising in the topic of nanoregulation, the number of commercial applications of nanotechnology is growing quickly, and indepth research is underway into further developments.
Success is marred by the fact that, to date, there are still no corroborated findings available in particular in relation to the impact of potential risks of individual nanoparticles on the environment and health. The increasing debate in relation to possible risks and the associated call for regulation of nanotechnology must be viewed against this backdrop. Answers to this highly explosive topic will be sought at the NanoRegulation specialist conference.
Since representatives of industry, consumers, dealers and also reinsurers will be able to express their opinions, this is intended to provide a comprehensive picture of what positions the stakeholders involved assume, what expectations they have of the nanoindustry and what demands they place on the industry. The presentation of CENARIOS®, the world's first certifiable risk management and monitoring system for nanotechnology, is one of the numerous highlights of this year's NanoRegulation.
Unique dialogue platform
The close links between the content of fair and conferences will offer conference participants, exhibitors and visitors an excellent opportunity to see for themselves the current status of nanotechnology. Speakers and members of the audience from numerous countries and various specialist areas will be able to swap their research results and experience in application of nanotechnology. They will also have the opportunity to cultivate valuable contacts and establish new links. The daily networking event at the close of each day is targeted at just this.
The Innovation Forum will be staged for the first time at this year's NanoEurope in order to promote greater networking between participants. Research institutes will present useful research results and expertise at the Innovation Forum and will compete for industry projects. Industry, in turn, will be showcasing technologies, products and services or searching for project partners.
NanoPubli: nanotechnology for everyday use
The third NanoPubli is to be held in parallel with the fair. This special show is aimed at members of the public with a technical interest and its theme this year is "Nanotechnology for Everyday Use". There will be various entertainment sections and talks by renowned speakers on this year's theme. The special show is free and anyone interested may attend.
Visit the NanoEurope
The NanoEurope Fair and Conference is to be held between 11 and 13 September 2007 in St.Gallen, Switzerland. Further information is available from website www.nanoeurope.com. The NanoEurope is to be held on the fully featured Olma Messen trade fair site in St.Gallen, Switzerland. St.Gallen is located at an optimum position in the Euregio Bodensee Lake Constance, right at the heart of the point where the four countries of Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein meet.
The NanoEurope will be open from Tuesday 11 September to Thursday, 13 September, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. NanoEurope 2008 will take place in St.Gallen from September 16 to 18, 2008.
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