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- "Strategic impact, no revolution." - press release - 16/09/2010
Oxford Research AS from Norway and the Austrian Institute for SME Research conducted evaluation of the strategic value and impact of thematic priority “Nano-technologies and nano-sciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials, and new production processes and devices” (NMP) in Framework Programme 6 (FP6) in its wider European and international context.
One of the most important findings of the evaluation is that the programme strategically affected Europe’s competitive position and also influenced Member States' policies and research agendas in the area of NMP. However, it cannot be directly linked to a revolution with regard to creating substantial scientific or industrial breakthroughs although these were among the explicitly targeted objectives.
- Ex Post Evaluation of FP6 (NMP) at strategic level available now! - 06/07/2010 ( 5.70MB)
Was the thematic priority “Nano-technologies and nano-sciences, knowledge-based multifunctional materials, and new production processes and devices” (NMP) of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) successful in the context of the objectives of the Lisbon Agenda and the European Research Area? What was its impact vis-à-vis the general policy objectives of FP6 and specific objectives of NMP? This study evaluates the strategic value and impact of thematic priority NMP in FP6 in its wider European and international context.
- Consultation to revise the Recommendation on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research - 18/12/2009
On 7 February 2008 the European Commission adopted a Recommendation on a Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research, suggesting that a revision should be made after two years. DG RTD "Science in Society" Programme has opened a public consultation to receive new inputs from people and organisations involved or interested by Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies research in Europe, and notably research, policy makers, industry, media and civil society organisations.
You may access the consultation form on SINAPSE.
- Analysing the outcomes of EC funded projects under FP5 - 04/09/2009
The EC is continuously assessing the impact of its efforts, initiatives and contributions, to evaluate the impact of funded projects.
Evimp-2 ("Evaluation and long-term impact assessment of industrial research") has evaluated if the Growth Programme under the Fifth European Community Framework Programme for Research (FP5) has produced the results and impact expected and what could be improved in later funding programmes. Evimp-2 has examined the results from different angles, such as determining success and failure factors of projects, studying exploitation potential and providing recommendations for future R&D programme design and implementation.
Read the results of this evaluation exercice (5MB)
Read the complete report(8MB)
The Integration of Novel Printing and Forming Techniques for 3d In-Mould Printing - 21/08/2009
Three-dimensional (3D) in-mould decoration (IMD) has a myriad of applications in industry, from printing on products in colour to developing a stronger and/or decorative 3D surface on a wide variety of materials, from metal to plastic. The 3DIMPRINT project has helped advance the IMD process by improving the carrier method for increased control, elaborating better measurement devices and developing new design rules for in-mould tools.
Large Scale Integrated Supply Chain Optimisation Software - 21/08/2009
Efficient management of the supply chain is a crucial issue for most companies. Having components in the right place at the right time, minimising stock levels and working out how to run at 100 % capacity even when order flows are erratic can improve production significantly and help create cost-competitive products. An efficient supply chain and production line also make it easier for companies to introduce new products and respond to variations in demand more quickly. Good supply chain management is a key success factor in meeting the challenges of the global economy, and thanks to the Large Scale Integrated Supply Chain Optimisation Software (LISCOS) project, it is now more efficient than ever.
Dry Stamping and Dry Machining of Difficult-to-Cut Materials by Means of Super-hard Nanocomposite Coatings - 21/08/2009
Europe leads in high-tech machining coatings
- Research Public Private Partnerships Information Day on 13 July 2009 - 22/07/2009
In order to support the preparation of proposals for the first round of cross-thematic Coordinated Calls for the PPPs, the Directorates General for Research, Information Society and Media , and Energy and Transport of the European Commission held an Information Day on 13 July 2009 in Brussels.
"Janez Potočnik, Commissioner for Science and Research", copyright Philippe Molitor
Click this link to view the recorded video of the Info Day and the three PPP sessions
- Joint statement - 02/04/2009
Commissioner Potočnik, Commissioner for Science and Research, and high-level representatives of industry met in Brussels on 30th March 2009 to review progress and discuss priorities for the implementation of the research elements of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for the "Factories of the Future", "Energy-efficient Buildings" and "Green Cars" initiatives.
Robots reach new levels of accuracy and adaptability - 18/05/2009
The precision of industrial robots is influenced by various mechanical effects. Technology developed in the ARFLEX project improves positioning accuracy by 10X compared with previous generations, while providing ample application flexibility to meet the needs of large and small users.
Microbial processes for greater EU self-sufficiency in strategic metals - 18/05/2009
The availability of strategically important metals in Europe and the environmental impact of their extraction and recovery are both matters of major concern. Clean biologically-based techniques developed in the Integrated Project BioMinE are capable of treating even the most complex ores and low-concentration wastes.
Paper industry shows how to make ‘more with less’ - 18/05/2009
Paper is a vital commodity, the manufacture of which consumes large quantities of energy and natural resources. In a drive to maintain European competitiveness, sustainability and technological leadership in this sector, the Integrated Project ECOTARGET has developed new ways of making more and better products with less use of raw materials, energy and water, while at the same time reducing residues, waste and emissions.
Light alloys key to more economical, less polluting vehicles - 18/05/2009
Using efficient engineering strategies to exploit the weight-saving potential of light multifunctional alloys in the automotive industry offers a means to reduce fuel consumption and decrease polluting emissions. The SME-led NADIA project is developing an integrated combination of materials, processes and simultaneous engineering tools for the production of innovative mechanical and structural components.
New-generation robots bring automation benefits to SMEs - 18/05/2009
Conventional automation technologies typically give rise to costly and complex systems designed for capital-intensive high-volume production. The SMErobot project is now well advanced in the development of a new generation of affordable, versatile and human-friendly robots that will be suitable for deployment in smaller enterprises handling shorter runs with frequent changeovers.
Energy sources define routes to cleaner steelmaking - 18/05/2009
The steel-making industry has already succeeded in developing processes with near-optimal efficiency in energy and resource usage, but there remains a need for further reduction in the levels of environmentally undesirable CO2 emissions. The Integrated project ULCOS is the first step in a very large two-part programme to pursue this goal, from concept building to industrial pilot-scale implementation.
- Workshop "MOF Synthesis and Structure",The Royal Society of Chemistry,25 November 2010
Burlington House, London - 16/09/2010
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) emerge as a new high potential material class. High specific surface areas, catalytic activities for selective conversion and scalable synthesis routes promise a huge variety of potential applications in gas storage, air and hydrogen purification, CO2 reduction, and various chemical processes.
The workshop will bring together experts from academia and industry with a focus on synthesis routes of MOFs and appropriate characterisation methods and innovative processes.
Programme & Registration form
From Economic Recovery to Sustainability, 13-14 April 2010 / Valencia – Spain - 07/07/2010
The conference ‘From Economic Recovery to Sustainability’, held in Valencia under the auspices of the Spanish Presidency of the European Commission, presented progress on three major public-private partnerships (PPP) set up to implement the Commission’s 2008 European Economic Recovery Plan. The event also saw the launch of a fourth PPP, ‘Future Internet’, addressing the ICT domain. Read more
Nanomedicine in Europe: present and for the future - 07/05/2010
Europe’s foremost experts will initiate discussion on the present state of nanomedicine in Europe and its future.
Programme and registration: http://www.nanomedroundtable.org/aanmld/form
- Japanese-EU workshop on "Fundamental properties of novel superconducting materials", 1 August 2010, Washington DC (USA) - 04/06/2010
The European Commission and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) services are preparing a coordinated call for proposals to support research on the fundamental properties of novel superconducting materials. The final decision is still pending. The aim of the Japanese-EU workshop organised back-to-back to the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC 2010), is to promote Japanese-EU scientific exchange in the field of "Superconductivity" and explore possibilities of coordinated research between Japanese and European researchers.
- International symposium on reference materials, Geel (B), November 23-25 2010 - 22/04/2010
- Instruments, standard methods and reference materials for traceable nanoparticle characterisation
- Nuremberg, Germany
- April 28-29, 2010
- organised in the framework of a European co-ordination action 'Co-Nanomet', in parallel with
WCPT6 / PARTEC, POWTECH and TechnoPharm
- full details and online registration: http://www.nanoparticle-metrology.de
- International workshop on metrology for nanoparticles, Nuremberg (Germany), April 28-29 2010 - 22/04/2010
- The future of reference materials - Science and Innovation
- Geel, Belgium
- November 23-25, 2010
- organised in the frame of the 50th anniversary of the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements
- full details: http://irmm.jrc.ec.europa.eu/future-rm
Manufuture 2009 – Implementation of a sustainable European manufacturing industry - 22/04/2010
The 7th annual conference on the Future of Manufacturing in Europe - Manufuture - was held in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nov. 30th – Dec. 1st, 2009.
The conference focused on “Implementation of a sustainable manufacturing industry” by sharing best practice from key note speakers, in workshops and at industrial visits. 500 stakeholders representing industry, universities, research institutions and government attended the conference. Read the conclusions of the Conference ( 141KB)
Presentations are available on the Manufuture 2009 website at : http://www.manufuture2009.eu/template.asp?lank=69
- New call within the European Metrology Research Programme - 04/03/2010
The European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) is a metrology-focused European programme of coordinated R&D that facilitates closer integration of national research programmes. The EMRP is jointly supported by the European Commission and the participating countries within the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET e.V.).
EURAMET e.V. and the EMRP members invite interested parties to submit ideas in the form of potential research topics to advance measurement science and technology in the following areas:
- Metrology for Industry
- Metrology for Environment
More information can be found at http://www.emrponline.eu/call2010/
EU – Mexico coordinated call on the topic "Adding Value to Mining at the Nanostructure level" - 12/11/2009
In order to support the preparation of proposals, the European Commission, DG RTD and CONACYT held a Joint Information Day in Monterrey, Mexico on 14 October 2009.
- Research PPPs Information Day
13 July 2009, Brussels
In order to support the preparation of proposals for the first round of cross-thematic Coordinated Calls for the PPPs, the Directorates General for Research, Information Society and Media , and Energy and Transport of the European Commission are holding an Information Day on 13 July 2009 in the Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, in Brussels.
- Sustainable development: a challenge for European research
26-28 May 2009 Brussels,
with a parallel session on "How can R&D help industry's transition towards sustainable production?"
- EuroNanoForum 2009 Nanotechnology for Sustainable Economy
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.
The conference proceedings and conclusions re available on the CORDIS nanotechnology pages at
Working towards the common Manufuture goals, and sharing efforts with EU partners, will enhance Hungary's prospects of success. - 22/04/2010
Dr. Ilona Vass is the Vice-President of the National Office for Research and Technology, Hungary. At the Manufuture Conference in Göteborg of December 2009, Dr Vass gave her views on the importance of the manufacturing industry in Hungary. Read more
The impact of EU support for research: an academic’s viewpoint - 18/05/2009
Professor Michael Matlosz is Director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy, France, and coordinator of the €17 million FP6 Integrated Project IMPULSE (Integrated Multiscale Process Units with Locally Structured Elements), coordinated by the French CNRS and related to the chemical industries. Of American origin, Matlosz is strongly committed to Europe and believes the Framework Programmes provide substantial benefits that go beyond the financial contribution.
EU partnerships expand research potential for SMEs - 18/05/2009
Andrea Reinhardt is joint CEO of the German SME microTEC and co founder of a second SME: NTC Nano Tech Coatings . microTEC has been active in EU-funded projects since FP5 and is currently a partner in the FP7 project ULTRA , which is developing analysis and detection systems for the biological, medical and chemical sectors.
Manufuture ‘good for Italian industry’ - 18/05/2009
Professor Alessandro Sciolari is the Scientific Director of Assoknowledge, the Italian Association representing industrial enterprises operating in the fields of education and knowledge, as well as the human resources and R&D departments of businesses operating in other industrial sectors. The organisation is part of Confindustria, the country’s largest business Confederation.