The strengthening of European manufacturing industries' competitiveness through nanotechnology, advanced materials technologies and open innovation was at the core of the debate during the EuroNanoForum 2017 conference, which was held over a span of three days between the 21st and 23rd of June in Valletta, Malta.
Around 700 delegates, 100 speakers and 50 exhibitors from all over Europe, as well as other countries such as Canada, Japan, Cuba and South Korea took part in the conference and shared their knowledge and experience.
The first plenary focused on Europe’s return to the path of strong economic growth and re-industrialization, while the main topic for the second plenary was nanotechnologies for industrial success. The third day was then dedicated to a brokerage event and a series of workshops.
Nanotechnology has become synonymous with innovation and scientific breakthrough. It helps us to push the boundaries of what is achievable across a diverse array of scientific fields and industries, whether these are advances in the treatment of epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, 3D printing, boosting energy efficiency to reduce fuel consumption in the transport sector, or making it possible to get every last drop of shampoo from the bottle.
EuroNanoForum 2017 was conceived as a forum where the latest technology developments are placed within the context of their multiple industrial applications and where the industrialists delivering nano-enhanced solutions bring forth their successes – as well as the challenges they face. This rich narrative of achievements, industrial possibilities and challenges provided the background for the European policy makers at the event to address the actions planned for the future of nanotechnologies in Europe.
Held under the auspices of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EuroNanoForum 2017 was organised by Malta Enterprise, the Malta Council for Science and Technology, the University of Malta and the Finnish consulting company Spinverse, in close cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.