International Hub for sustainable industrial-scale nanofabrication (NanoFabNet)
Nanotechnology, the science of materials at the molecular or subatomic level, is a key enabling technology (KET) with great potential for addressing various societal challenges across many sectors in Europe. Already at the forefront of innovation, European companies are harnessing the power of nanotechnology to create new consumer products, revolutionise medicine, and increase agricultural productivity. However, because the physics and chemistry of materials are radically different when reduced to the nanoscale, the use of nanomaterials raises safety and sustainability concerns, which are yet to be clarified in a Europe-wide regulatory context.
NanoFabNet addressed some of these issues by creating an international hub for sustainable nanofabrication. The purpose of the NanoFabNet Hub was to develop a network to serve not only the EU nanotechnology ecosystem, but global partners too. The project targets industry, academics, and policy-makers to defragment activities, overcame geopolitical barriers and fostered collaboration. A central platform served as one-stop-shop for all matters nanofabrication and its successful integration into the complex, large-scale, high-value industries.
As the lead communication and dissemination partner, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum performed the following tasks:
- Be responsible for the NanoFabNet visibility, communication & dissemination strategy
- Facilitate the marketing, dissemination and exploitation planning and delivery of associated activities
- Create the brand identity for the NanoFabNet network/association and web-presence
- Development of an international collaboration & cooperation strategy
- Project name acronym: NanoFabNet
- Funding: European Commission, Horizon 2020
- Funding for all partners: 2,3 Mio EUR
- Participating countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, USA
- Project duration: 03/2020 - 02/2022