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Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology

Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology


JRC in collaboration with the National Research Council (Cnr) is organising a workshop on Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology which will take place in CNR Nanotec (Lecce, Italy) on 18 and 19 October. This workshop is organised in the framework of the TTO-CIRCLE initiatives.

The aim of this event is to explore how technology transfer activities can be used as a mechanism to help EU industry, particularly Start-ups and SMEs, in deploying and adopting Nano-technology. Practical examples will be presented to illustrate the potential of technology transfer in this area.

The workshop will gather technology providers, industry executives, technology transfer officers, policy makers and financial intermediaries to share experiences and lessons learned. One of the key objectives is to discuss policy implications at all levels that could help accelerating the adoption of Nanotechnology by the European manufacturing industry.


Please register via the following link.




Lecce is a popular tourist destination and for that reason we recommend booking accommodation in advance. Here it is a list of partner hotels: 


Poster exhibition

During the workshop a Poster exhibition on technology transfer in nanotechnology will be organised. If you are interested to share your activities/projects, please send your poster (size A0) to JRC-TTO-Circle@ec.europa.eu at the latested by 21st September


Today, knowledge in all its forms plays a crucial role in economic processes. Nations that develop and manage their knowledge assets effectively perform better, creating more jobs and income [Oslo Manual - Proposed Guidelines for collecting and interpreting technological innovation data, 3rd Edition (OECD/Eurostat, 2005)]. Nanotechnology provides an excellent opportunity for the development of knowledge-based economies having the revolutionary potential to open up new production routes and the capability to support a wide range of disciplines.

"Nanotechnologies, which is science and technology at the nanoscale of atoms and molecules, will help address key societal challenges such as climate change, reducing carbon emission, developing renewable energies, more efficient use of resources and addressing medical needs of an ageing population".

Nanotechnology, triggering an unprecedented revolution, is already influencing many industrial fields ranging from health to electronics with more than 2,000 Nanotechnology consumer products and an estimated global nanomaterials market valued in more than 3 billion $ in 2016 that is steadily increasing since 2010.

The deployment of nanotechnologies is not an automatic, self-evident process. Rather, it is embedded in social relations and has to be backed by political measures. The necessary and usually sufficient condition for the deployment of Nanotechnology is the creation and development of many ecosystems of innovation (EoIs), which are “environments” featuring complex relationships between actors or entities whose goal is to enable technology development and innovation, focused on “nano” topics. In today’s world where the only constant factor is change, there is no exact formula for creating an EoI. Anyway, due to the multi-disciplinarity of nanotechnology its deployment requires an open innovation approach.



Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 15:00
CNR Nanotec Institute (Lecce, Italy)
Joint Research Centre
National Research Council (CNR)
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