The EuroNanoForum 2009 international nanotechnology conference took place from 2nd to 5th June 2009 in the Prague Congress Centre, organized by the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, as an event of the Czech Presidency and under the auspices of the Czech Ministry for Education Youth and Sports. It has been the fourth of a set of international nanotechnology conferences organized as official events of national Presidencies of the European Union and supported by the European Commission through the Industrial Technologies programme.
More than 800 delegates from industry and the scientific community, from all over the world, attended the four days of plenary and parallel sessions, while an accompanying exhibition featured academic centres, special interest groups and suppliers of materials and equipment.
EuroNanoForum 2009 reflected the state of the art in European nanotechnologies and nanosciences. It highlighted the latest advances in fundamental research, as well as developments relevant to a wide range of industrial and societal needs. As the title indicates, there was a particular focus on sustainability and the environment. ENF2009 has logically followed the successful ENF2007 by addressing the contribution and challenges of nanotechnology research for a sustainable development of European industry and society, such as the need for reduction in carbon emissions and fossil fuels dependence, the substantial increase in energy demand and material production sustainability and efficiency, pollution control, clean water management and sustainable quality of life of the European citizen. In this domain, nanotechnology presents many opportunities and challenges that have to be analyzed at international level through a safe, responsible and integrated approach, as first presented by the ENF2003 conference. By addressing the state-of-the art of key application areas of nanotechnolgy research and development, the Forum has created a unique opportunity for researchers and industrial experts coming from diverse fields of science and technology to meet, discuss and co-operate, to contribute to the definition of a European nanotechnology strategy after 2009.