Welcome to the ENEX - Project

 

Starting in 2014, the ENEX project developed advanced training modules for professionals in industry, research and the service sector in the fields of nanotechnology and innovation management, as well as for graduate and postgraduate students.

The outcome is an interdisciplinary e‑learning course merging both technology and management content into one novel qualification concept. All developed material is free is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 and free to use.

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Learning at the gateway between Nanotechnology and Industry

 

The Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation (ENEX) is the “interface” between laboratories and researchers developing nanotechnologies and the industry and health care sector using these technologies.

He/she is either employed at a strategic level (e.g. project manager, innovation manager, business developer) in companies producing or using nanotechnologies, or works as an innovation or technology transfer expert in R&D or services (e.g. consulting firms, intermediary institutions).

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

The ENEX consortium - A good practice example

 

Led by the INTAMT Group, the ENEX project brings together the know-how of six strong European partners from business, academia and vocational institutions. For excellent project management, the ENEX Project has been awarded as Good Practice Example. 

INTAMT (Germany)
“Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) (Italy)
ASEV (Italy)
University of Lodz (Poland)
Polytechnic University of Bucharest (Romania)
MESA+ Institute / University of Twente (the Netherlands)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Welcome to the ENEX Project

Starting in 2014, the ENEX project developed advanced training modules for professionals in industry, research and the service sector in the fields of nanotechnology and innovation management, as well as for graduate and postgraduate students. The outcome is an interdisciplinary e‑learning course merging both technology and management content into one novel qualification concept. All developed material is free is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 and free to use.

 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

The gateway between Nanotechnology and Innovation Management

The Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation (ENEX) is the “interface” between laboratories and researchers developing nanotechnologies and the industry and health care sector using these technologies.

He/she is either employed at a strategic level (e.g. project manager, innovation manager, business developer) in companies producing or using nanotechnologies, or works as an innovation or technology transfer expert in R&D or services (e.g. consulting firms, intermediary institutions).

 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

A Good Practice example

Led by the INTAMT Group, the ENEX project brings together the know-how of six strong European partners from business, academia and vocational institutions. For excellent project management, the ENEX Project has been awarded as Good Practice Example. 

 

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

Bridging the Valley of Death – The gap between research and market

The project ‘ENEX – Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation’ targeted the development of a short-cycle vocational qualification at graduate level in accordance with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) focused on the rapidly growing area of nanotechnology applications in industry.

Nanotechnology (NT) is a strongly emerging area of research and activity, opening up new markets, and leading to new products, processes and services in almost all industrial sectors. Because of this rapid development, there is an increasing demand of particularly qualified personnel in companies engaging in NT or in related industries, as well as in technology transfer organisations operating as intermediaries between NT research and industry.
The ‘ENEX Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation’ is the ‘interface’ between laboratories and researchers developing nanotechnologies and the industry and health sector using them.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and its wide range of applications, the ENEX must have a sound knowledge and understanding of the underlying NT principles, material properties and processing techniques that enable

– to draft innovative solutions based on NT for industrial product development, and
– to steer academic research in the field of NT to realistic targets that are application-oriented and market-led.

In addition, the ENEX must have competences to assess and manage the process from NT research to product innovation to take the right decisions at strategic level (‘do the right things’) as well as operational level (‘do things right’).

Project Information

The project ‘ENEX – Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation’ targeted the development of a short-cycle vocational qualification at graduate level in accordance with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) focused on the rapidly growing area of nanotechnology applications in industry.

Nanotechnology (NT) is a strongly emerging area of research and activity, opening up new markets, and leading to new products, processes and services in almost all industrial sectors. Because of this rapid development, there is an increasing demand of particularly qualified personnel in companies engaging in NT or in related industries, as well as in technology transfer organisations operating as intermediaries between NT research and industry.
The ‘ENEX Expert in Nanotechnology Exploitation’ is the ‘interface’ between laboratories and researchers developing nanotechnologies and the industry and health sector using them.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and its wide range of applications, the ENEX must have a sound knowledge and understanding of the underlying NT principles, material properties and processing techniques that enable

– to draft innovative solutions based on NT for industrial product development, and
– to steer academic research in the field of NT to realistic targets that are application-oriented and market-led.

In addition, the ENEX must have competences to assess and manage the process from NT research to product innovation to take the right decisions at strategic level (‘do the right things’) as well as operational level (‘do things right’).

Target Groups

  • Companies, in particular SMEs, engaging in NT or related industries, as well as relevant key staff in those industries, e.g. project managers, business development managers, Innovation managers;

 

  •  Post-tertiary graduates in the fields of natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), medicine, engineering sciences;

 

  • Transfer Offices / Industrial Liaison Offices of (Technical) Universities, Strategic Divisions / Exploitation Departments of Research and Technology Centres (RTC), as well as center managers of RTCs, individual scientists and researchers, Innovation and technology transfer professionals: consultants, coaches, mentors, analysts etc.

 

  • Other stakeholders: VET providers, regional development agencies, political decision makers, chambers of commerce and industry, industrial associations, foundations relating to NT, capital investors, patent attorneys etc.
Target Groups
  • Companies, in particular SMEs, engaging in NT or related industries, as well as relevant key staff in those industries, e.g. project managers, business development managers, Innovation managers;

 

  •  Post-tertiary graduates in the fields of natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), medicine, engineering sciences;

 

  • Transfer Offices / Industrial Liaison Offices of (Technical) Universities, Strategic Divisions / Exploitation Departments of Research and Technology Centres (RTC), as well as center managers of RTCs, individual scientists and researchers, Innovation and technology transfer professionals: consultants, coaches, mentors, analysts etc.

 

  • Other stakeholders: VET providers, regional development agencies, political decision makers, chambers of commerce and industry, industrial associations, foundations relating to NT, capital investors, patent attorneys etc.

The ENEX Outputs – Free to use and open licensed

Output 1 - The ENEX Competence Profile

Competence Profile of the ‘Expert of Nanotechnology Exploitation – ENEX’, structured according to ECVET guidelines. 

The competence profile is based on a state of the art market, training and demand analysis in the field of nanotechnology as well as all relevant industries. In this way, it can be used as a point of reference for further training courses and form the basis for independent vocational training.

Competence Profile – Download now

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Output 2 - Nanotechnology and Innovation management lesson plans / curricula

Two curricula combining theoretical as well as practice-oriented lessons with methodologies and case scenerarios, the one on fundamentals of nanotechnology (materials and processing), the other on assessing and managing innovation processes,

Written by two leading universities, the curriculum offers up-to-date and high-quality knowledge of nanotechnology and innovation management. In addition to subject-specific modules, the course offers sound basic knowledge in order to familiarize trainees with the topic and acquire the ENEX certificate, even without extensive prior qualifications.

1 – Lesson plan Nanotechnology – Download now

2 – Lesson plan Innovation Management – Download now

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Output 3 - The ENEX E-Learning Course

 

 

 

 

Your registration is confirmed in the short term.

An up-to-date platform, which is available on all end devices, enables the trainees to learn individually, monitor their own progress and carry out a qualitative self-assessment. Upon completion, the trainees receive a certificate signed by all partners.

In case of queries, the trainees are supported by the respective course leaders.

The central ENEX Website is www.enex-nano.com.

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Output 4 - ENEX Methodology for validation and assessment

Appropriate methodologies and GUIDELINES for the validation, assessment and monitoring of the performance of ENEX trainees according to European standards (CEDEFOP 2009).

The structure of the guidelines, validation and methdology is initially context-neutral. This makes it possible to transfer the outputs to other subject areas as well as teaching and learning projects. It can thus be used as a basis for completely different training courses.

Furthermore, it presents the methodological steps and processes of the ENEX project in an understandable and comprehensible way.

Methodology for Validation and Assessment – Download now

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Good Practice Award - Use our experience for your own projects

Application: 91 out of 100 points.

Final report: 89 out of 100 points.

The ENEX project received excellent ratings over its entire duration and is one of the best rated projects in the 2014 funding round. The excellent project management was particularly highlighted.

The basis for this was a clear structure according to PDCA as well as the binding and structured writing of the agreements and plans as a working basis.

You can download the Management Manual Template here as a basis for your own projects.

Template for Management Handbook

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The ENEX – Consortium Partners

(1) INTAMT Group

The INTAMT Group consists of INTAMT e. V. and our logistics and project partner INTAMT GmbH. INTAMT developed the ENEX project and is project leader.

INTAMT GmbH is a private-sector consulting company with a substantial track record in organizing further trainings to professionals as well as facilitating cross-border knowledge transfer and cooperations, mainly relating to science and education as well as economy and innovation. Further key theme areas are public governance and municipal management; territorial planning and construction; utilities, public housing and communal services; energy efficiency, energy saving and renewable energy; resource efficiency and environmental protection; as well as healthcare and medicine and social protection.

The International Academy for Management and Technology (INTAMT) e. V. was founded in 2005 with the aim of promoting knowledge transfer between the CIS states and the EU. The association relies on the well-founded CIS expertise and the many years of European experience of its employees and members. INTAMT works closely with a network of federal, regional and local administrative and governmental bodies, universities, leading research institutions, innovation and technology centres as well as companies and associations in the CIS and EU states to achieve the its goals.

Since 2005 INTAMT has implemented more than 600 projects worldwide, one of its main areas of activity is the further training of specialists from the former USSR as well as advising administrative and government bodies and educational institutions. INTAMT acts both as an implementation and strategy development partner for actors in vocational education and training and adult education. In numerous projects, INTAMT has organised, implemented and supervised the study trips and further training courses for foreign (among others Russian) vocational education and training experts, NGOs, trainers, teachers etc. in Germany and abroad and has developed corresponding methodological and didactic concepts. 

(2) ASEV - Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa Spa

ASEV has been created in 2002 with a mixed public private capital by the municipalities and social partners of the Empolese Valdelsa district, to promote the economic, cultural and social development of the area. ASEV is officially recognised as a adult and vocational training and career guidance centre. Its activities, that so far have involved 7000 people, include also planning and managing courses and activities related with university education; services to promote employment in cooperation with local PES; cooperation with local schools in education activities and teachers’ training. ASEV manages an ODL centre and an intercultural Centre that organizes courses of Italian as second language, training of teachers in intercultural issues, welcoming projects for migrants, field research on immigration, mediation of intercultural conflicts.

(3) IFAC - Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche

The “Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) is part of the National Research Council (CNR), which is the main public organisation pursuing research and innovation in Italy. IFAC consists of 57 researchers and technologists, 25 technicians and administrators and 55 collaborators. Its main aim is to carry out frontier research at an international level and, at the same time, to develop new technologies and methodologies that could be effectively transferred to the economic system. The approaches involved are theoretical, experimental and applied research, with a firm determination to develop new techniques and to build prototypes of instruments. The main research lines are around the inner core of physical methods of scientific investigations and pertain to the general fields of optoelectronics, spectroscopy, and ICT. The main lines of research are Lasers, Bio-photonics, Micro-optics, Sensors, Remote Sensing, Microwaves, and ICT.

(4) MESA+ - University of Twente

The University of Twente (UT) is an entrepreneurial university, with an outstanding track record in nanotechnology, ICT, biomedical engineering and geosciences. The UT employs 3,300 scientists and professionals, carrying out ground-breaking research, bringing about socially relevant innovations and providing inspiring teaching for more than 9,000 students. This has led to more than 700 successful spin-off companies, many of them located on our business park “Kennispark”. The MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology is a large research institute at the university with more than 500 researchers, a clean room of 1250 square metres and an annual turnover of approximately 50 million euros. MESA+ also hosts the High Tech Factory, which provides accommodation to companies in the nano- and microtechnology sector where they can develop prototypes and work on (serial) production. The University of Twente is situated in the Twente region in the East of the Netherlands, a region characterized by an economic fabric of mainly SMEs that specialize in High Tech Systems and Materials.

(5) University of Lodz

The University of Lodz is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Poland. For decades it has been also one of the biggest and most popular Polish universities. It was established in 1945. The 12 faculties of the University provide programmes in 60 fields of study and 170 specializations. In addition, the University offers several doctoral programmes, more than 90 postgraduate study programmes, as well as studies in English and French. Currently, more than 45,000 students of all levels attend the University of Lodz. Faculty of Management at University of Lodz (ULO) is one of the largest business schools in Central Europe offering wide range of courses on bachelor, master, doctoral level and MBA studies (currently 6500 students take part in all forms of education). The potential of the Management Faculty includes 150 staff members (including 80 Ph.D., 30 D.Sc. and 10 full professors).

(6) Polytechnic University of Bucharest

University Politehnica of Bucharest is the largest Technical University in Romania greatly contributing to the development of Higher Education. It has a vast range of expertise in CAD/CAM technologies for innovation and creativity in Technical Engineering, these concepts being taught to students for several years. The academic and technical staffs of one of its centers – CAMIS has experience in ICT technologies concepts and nano-technologies within the Faculty of Engineering and Management of Technological Systems (EMTS). The EMTS faculty has a undergraduate and a Masters programme entitled “Nanotechnologies and unconventional systems” that is being offered to students for 8 years now. The CAMIS centre has a vast experience with EU projects.

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Contact Information

The ENEX Project is led by the INTAMT Group, Düsseldorf.

Responsible project manager:

Name: Daniel Bleich
Tel: 0211 55 044 534
Mail: dbleich@intamt.de

The ENEX Project is led by the INTAMT Group, Düsseldorf.

Responsible project manager:

Name:
Daniel Bleich
Tel:
0211 55 044 534
Mail:
dbleich@intamt.de

ERASMUS+

Funding number is: 2014-1-DE02-KA20-001635

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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