Record-breaking 1,500 Delegates Make EuroNanoForum 2013 Europe’s Largest Nanotechnology Event

Minister Quinn Opens Biggest Conference of Ireland's EU Presidency at Convention Centre Dublin

Tuesday 18th June, 2013: The sixth and largest ever EuroNanoForum conference opens today in the Convention Centre Dublin. A record-breaking 1,500 delegates from 50 countries have gathered in Dublin for the conference which will focus on the impact nanotechnology has in problem solving across key societal sectors such as health, energy and environment. The conference, organised by Enterprise Ireland and Spinverse Ltd and supported by the European Commission Directorate for Research and Innovation, is the highlight of Nanoweek which runs from 14-21 June 2013.

Left to Right: Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Ruairí Quinn TD, Dr. Imelda Lambkin, National Director FP7 Enterprise Ireland and Dr. Liam Brown, Framework Programme 7, Enterprise Ireland.
Left to Right: Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Ruairí Quinn TD, Dr. Imelda Lambkin, National Director FP7 Enterprise Ireland and Dr. Liam Brown, Framework Programme 7, Enterprise Ireland.

Nanotechnology and nano-materials are used in everything from everyday to lifesaving applications and have made significant inroads to a vast range of applications in medicine, electronics, biomaterials, transportation, construction, consumer goods and energy production. The conference will showcase nanotechnology innovations and boasts high profile speakers from industry, government and research, including Shell, Nokia Research Laboratories, Intel, Philips Healthcare, Diageo and Max-Planck Institute among others, all discussing the economic and technological impact of nanotechnologies on European growth.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Minister of Education Ruairi Quinn TD, said:'I am delighted that the EuroNanoForum being held in Dublin as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the EU looks set to be the most successful ever. Nanotechnology is the new frontier of technology in Europe and in the world. Ireland has been ranked sixth in the world for Nanoscience research and eighth for materials science research, and has been recognised as a leading Nanoscience nation. With over 90 per cent of the world’s medical multinationals and 70 per cent of the world’s technology multinationals having a base in Ireland, our national research credentials are extremely attractive, and crucial to the economy. It is estimated that Nanoscience is linked to €15 billion, or 10 per cent, of Ireland’s annual exports and supports 250,000 jobs nationwide. The Government has targeted 20,000 more manufacturing jobs in Ireland by 2016 and, undoubtedly, Ireland’s leading Nanoscience and Nanotechnology research can help to create those jobs.’

Frank Ryan, CEO, Enterprise Ireland commented: ‘The EuroNanoForum is a must for companies looking to exploit or learn how to exploit the latest nanotechnology developments, as well as an opportunity for researchers to discuss their visions for European industries and research in the future. Ireland is a leading player in this sector and a high profile conference such as this delivers the message that Ireland is open for business on all fronts. This is only the beginning as nanotechnology has been earmarked as one of Europe’s Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) and will feature prominently in the forthcoming EU funding programme Horizon 2020.’

The Nanotech Europe Exhibition is an integrated aspect of the conference where companies and research centres have the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative products and prototypes of nanotechnologies to delegates and media.

The exhibition will host a Market Place, engaging clusters, companies, start-ups and spin-offs. Technology Transfer Organisations, Universities, EU-projects and EU-institutions will also feature. There will also be a special Irish Showcase for innovative Irish companies and the Magical Materials Exhibition will showcase the properties of a range of cutting edge materials.

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For further information, please go to: www.ENF2013.eu

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Marc Kelly/ Ciara Clogher
Communications - Research & Innovation
nterprise Ireland

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