The consortium consists of six partners out of five European regions/countries (DE, IT, NL, PL, RO):
• 3 universities,
• 1 research centre,
• 1 regional development agency,
• 1 private-sector consulting firm.
1. INTAMT (Coordinator)
Internationale Agentur fuer Marketing und Technologietransfer GmbH (INTAMT) is a private-sector consulting company established in 2007 with a substantial track record in organizing further trainings to professionals as well as facilitating cross-border knowledge transfer and co-operations, 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.
Over passed years INTAMT has created an extensive partner network of public authorities at the federal and regional level, universities, educational institutions, and research centres in the EU and CIS countries. By means of this network INTAMT is in a position to efficiently help its business partners plan further training events for their staff and, on a long-term basis, become competitive and diversify in new directions.
INTAMT has developed sound relationships with all relevant nanotech actors and innovation stakeholders in Germany and, in particular, in the NRW region, including R&D infrastructure, universities, private companies, regional administrations and municipalities. Through INTAMT association, it is member of NMWP.NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalian State Cluster for Nanotechnology, Microtechnology, New Materials and Photonics, and the European Association TII Technology Innovation International, Luxembourg/Brussels.
Internationale Agentur fuer Marketing und Technologietransfer GmbH
Alt-Pempelfort 15, 40211 Duesseldorf, Germany
Phone: +49 211 550 445 66
Fax: +49 211 550 445 4
Agenzia per lo Sviluppo Empolese Valdelsa SpA (ASEV) was founded in 2002 by 11 municipalities, different associations and trade unions. Its mission includes organization and management of vocational training courses for many different target-groups: young school drop-outs, young and adult unemployed people, public officers and employees, job-seekers.
ASEV main activities:
• multicultural activities and language courses for foreigners and immigrants;
• training courses for public officers and employees;
• vocational training courses for young and adult job-seekers;
• training courses for local companies;
• career guidance activities for Public Employment Services.
ASEV has well-established partnerships with local Municipalities, local High schools, University Departments of Florence and Siena University Campus, the most important Trade Unions and economic associations, many local companies and enterprises, granting Equal Opportunities and multicultural approach.
ASEV manages the well-known Pottery School of Montelupo Fiorentino where tradition combines with modern activities and methodologies. More than 7.000 people are estimated to have attended our activities over the last 8 years improving their professional competences and employability.
ASEV leads and manages NANOXM the Regional Innovation Pole for Nanotechnologies recently instituted under the initiative of the Regional Authority which links all Tuscany research centres and laboratories operating in different branches of nanotechnologies. A growing number of more than 70 enterprises working with or willing to invest in nano technologies for improving own processes and products have already joined to NANOXM.
ASEV is also member of the management board of the Regional Innovation Pole for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency.
Finally, ASEV is a member of GRINT (Group for Research and Innovation on Nanotechnologies in Tuscany): a consortium with limited participation and public-private partnership that is used for strong communication between local and regional scientific institutions and industrial companies, in particular in the region of Tuscany, through setting up the infrastructure of a nanotechnology centre in Tuscany. The research activity of the centre is to explore the possible applications of nanotechnology for the development of new materials and new processes in different industrial and scientific fields of interest at regional and national level, such as manufacturing and processing of textiles, construction, leather, plastic and metal, furniture, glass, environmental protection and biomedical research.
The 'Nello Carrara' Institute of Applied Physics (IFAC) is part of the National Research Council (CNR), which is the main public organization for research and innovation in Italy. IFAC consists of about 60 researchers and technologists, 30 technicians and administrators and 60 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 are suitable to be transferred to the economic system.
The research spans over a broad range of theoretical, experimental and applied methods, with a vocation to develop new techniques and materials 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.
These physical methods are then employed to investigate novel applications in several branches of interdisciplinary sciences, such as photonic devices for telecommunications, space, balloon and airborne instrumentation for observations of the Earth, digital solutions for information access, bio-photonics for therapy and surgery, laser processing for industrial production, optical sensors for environmental control, laser techniques and diagnostic methods for archaeometry and the conservation of the cultural heritage. Over recent years, IFAC has been active in the field of nanobiomedicine with the design and development of multifunctional particles and devices that respond to remote stimuli and serve for a variety of applications, including diagnostic imaging, microsurgery, tissue repair, drug delivery, controlled drug release and sensing. Training of graduate and undergraduate students and scholarship recipients is among the main objectives of IFAC.
Consilio Nazionale delle Ricerche / Nello Carrara Institute of Applied Physics
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, 00185 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 0555225307
4. 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".
MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology is one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes, with a total of 525 scientists collaborating on cutting-edge research at the highest level in the fields of materials science, lab-on-a-chip technology, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics and nanofluidics. MESA+ is home to a state-of-the-art NanoLab with a surface area of 1250 m2. It is a unique laboratory equipped with a wide variety of technologies capable of developing an almost unlimited number of applications. The MESA+ NanoLab is not the exclusive preserve of academic research: the lab and its equipment are made available to industrial partners for 40% of the time.
Universiteit Twente / MESA+
Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, Netherlands
5. UNIVERSITY OF LODZ
The University of Lodz (ULO) was founded in 1945 and today is one of the biggest Polish universities with 12 faculties and enrolment of over 40,000 students. ULO offers 33 degree graduate programs and 134 specializations. A wide selection of PhD programs is also available along with 90 postgraduate studies, including MBA studies. The University has a long experience in the implementation of international research projects (FP6, FP7) and educational projects (Lifelong Learning Programme; Leonardo da Vinci, Erasmus, Grundtvig, Comenius and Transversal Programme) both as a partner and coordinator. It plays an important role at the University as it allows the institution to evolve and answer better the needs of changing environments (hence students and employers).
Though the Faculty of Management is a fairly young business school, there has been significant growth in intellectual potential since it was established. The Faculty started with 89 academic teachers, but has expanded to nearly 200 members of staff, and the growing number of students is further evidence of development. Student numbers have doubled from 2,050 to nearly 5,000, and although the majority of students are of Polish origin, there has been a considerable growth in the number of international students - one of the strategic objectives of the Faculty is to become a genuine melting pot of business students from throughout the globe.
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.