NanotechItaly 2012


Highlights from the event:

November 5

Posters programme now online

About 150 posters contributions will be displayed during the Conference, distributed on seven areas: Nanomaterials, Made in Italy, Cultural Heritage, Healthcare, Intelligent and Connected World (ICT), Energy & Environment, Safety, Ethics and Societal impacts.

The full poster presentations programme is now available. Click here for download it.

November 5

UPGRADE your businesses by Networking at the Nanotechitaly2012!

Up to the 11st of November, it is possible to register free of charge to the Networking Event organised in the framework of the NanotechItaly Conference. The event – open to all NanotechItaly participants – offers the opportunity to Professionals,Entrepreneurs, Researchers,Innovators:

  • to share and discuss own ideas with high professional level interlocutors,
  • to evaluate collaboration opportunities also on international level,
  • to facilitate the business development,
  • to speed up the innovation.

The networking event is managed by APRE – Agency for the Promotion of the European Research – which will guide people through the 3 steps by e-mails and supporting them continuously.

Click at the following link to see the networking event page:

November 3

NEST Prize 2011 to be presented during the opening of Nanotechitaly 2012

Francesca Cella Zanacchi, a post-doctoral fellow at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, is the winner of the 2011 NEST award for Nanoscience in Italy. The NEST Award is promoted by the NEST Laboratory (National Enterprise for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), which is an interdisciplinary centre for research and education in nanoscience of the Scuola Normale, the Italian National Research Council and IIT CNR, and is sponsored by Rivoira. The award is for the best publication on experimental nanoscience by a researcher under the age of 35.
Francesca Cella Zanacchi won the award thanks to her work published in Nature Methods 8, 1047-1049 (2011) entitled “Live-cell 3D super-resolution imaging in thick biological samples”.
The award will be made by the Director of the Scuola Normale and the NEST Laboratory, Prof. Fabio Beltram. It will take place during the opening session of NanotechItaly 2012, on November 21.

October 20

Looking at what key industry players are doing in nanotech

Throughout the 10 scientific sessions and 4 thematic workshops planned during NanotechItaly 2012, a relevant number of industrial players (large companies, high tech SMEs, end-users), will illustrate their activities, results and needs in the field of nanotechnologies. National and international champions, such as BASF, Bayer, Bracco Imaging, Colorobbia, ENI, FIAT, Finmeccanica, IBM, IMA, Italcementi, Micron, Nokia, Philips and STMicroelectronics are present.

See programme –

October 15

Thematic workshops at NanotechItaly 2012

Four workshops are confirmed during NanotechItaly 2012:

The NanoMax and the Hydrogels events will focus on the Nanomedicine Area, in close relationship with the HealthCare session. The ULAB and NanoForce are instead devoted to key horizontal aspects such as technology transfer and commercialization of Nanotechnologies. In particular:

NanoMax will launch the Italian Initative on Biosensing, recently funded within the 2011-2013 National Research Programme to create a public-private research platform in the biomedical field. The Key note will be held by Anna Tampieri, from Institute for Science and Technologies For Ceramics (CNR ISTEC).

The Hydrogels workshop will tackle the properties and multi-functionality of these materials for application in a variety of sectors, such as pharmaceutical, medical industry and environmental application. The key note will be held by Antonella Motta, University of Trento and European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

The ULAB workshop, Nanotechnologies Across Europe – A unique opportunity to establish high-tech collaboration with leading European Universities, will focus on good practices to enhance the technology transfer between universities and industries. The Key note will be held by Riccardo Pietrabissa, President of NetVal, the Network for the Valorisation of University Research.

NanoForce, Nanotechnologies for chemical enterprises, will focus on Integrating  sciences, industries, finance, management and public authorities in the Central Europe Area, in order to promote technology transfer and the building of nanotechnology poles of excellence in this area. Outcomes from the projects, as well as best practices and success stories will be presented.

See programme –

October 1

NanotechItaly 2012 Programme Published

It is now available online the draft programme of the 10 Sessions and 4 Thematic Workshops of NanotechItaly 2012. The final programme will be available within the end of October.

See programme –

 September 25

President of the Italian Republic patronage to the NanotechItaly event

The NanotechItaly conference has just received the distinguished Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

This is the second year that the event succeeded in receiving this important acknowledgment. The full list of patronage is available at the bottom of this page.

September 10

Fighting modern society diseases: what nanomedicine can do

Improving the lifelong health and wellbeing of all, and tackling the issues related to the ageing of the society, needs facing the impact of severe and disabling illnesses such as cancer and degenerative and cardiovascular diseases.

A full day session (November 22nd@ NanotechItaly 2012) will focus on the role of nanotechnologies for their diagnosis and treatment, bringing together experts from academia, industry and clinics. Key speakers include:

  • Sophia Antimisiaris, B.Pharm, PhD, Dept. of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Greece
  • Paolo Ariano, Center for Space Human Robotics@PoliTo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  • Paola Castagnoli, Scientific Director, Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN), Singapore
  • Holger Grull, Philips Research, Dept. Bio-Molecular Engineering, The Netherlands*
  • Laurent Lévy, CEO, Nanobiotix and Co-President of the French Technology Platform on Nanomedicine, France*
  • Bertrand Loubaton, Director, Academic Research Collaboration & Strategy, Head of Innovation and Cooperation, GE Healthcare Europe*
  • Louis Shenkman, Professor of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and coordinator of the EU project SaveMe, Israel
  • Fabrizio Stocchi, Director, Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Research Centre at the IRCCS San Raffaele, Italy
  • Jackie Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore
  • Meni Wanunu, Professor, Nanoscale Biophysics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

* Waiting final confirmation

September 10

Business and Regulatory Tools, Technology Transfer, Biosensing, Hydrogels, NanoCarbons

A number of thematic workshops will be part of the scientific programme of the Conference, providing insights on activity and results of EU, national, regional research and innovation projects. Amongst them:

  • NanoForce: Nanotechnologies for chemical enterprises: your gateway for the Nanotechnologies in Central Europe
  • Ulab: Nanotechnologies Across Europe, a unique opportunity to establish high-tech collaboration with leading European Universities
  • NanoMax: the Italian Flagship Initiative on BioSensing
  • FaemCar: Electromagnetics of Nano-Carbons *
  • Disc Regeneration: Hydrogels and gels for health and environmental applications

* Waiting final confirmation

September 5

The added value for nanotech in traditional sectors: the case of cultural heritage

Italy is at the forefront in the application and use of nanotechnologies in addressing the challenges faced for restoring and preserving the cultural heritage, with several research actives at the national level and a relevant role in key EU projects.

An half a day session (November 22nd@ NanotechItaly 2012) will highlight the state of the art of research (in Italy and Europe) in this fascinating area, with inputs from researchers and industry (suppliers, as well as conservator-restorer). Materials and methods, diagnostic tools and examples of applications of nanotechnologies will be considered. To shepherd the presentations and guide the discussion, chairman of the session will be

  • Piero Baglioni, University of Florence and Interuniversity Consortium for Colloid and Surface Science (CSGI)
  • Mauro Matteini, Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (CNR ICVBC )
  • Antonio Sgamellotti, University of Perugia

September 5

A safe and responsible approach to nanotechnologies

A full session (November 23rd@ NanotechItaly 2012), held in collaboration with the Italian Society of Nanotoxicology (SIN), will provide an overview of the state of the art of the research going on at European level on the safety of nanotechnologies, with contributions from key players in the field (including, from Italy, talks from the Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Health-ISS, the Italian Workers’ Compensation Authority-INAIL).

A focus will be given to regulatory actions on nanomaterials, in particular on REACH and the cosmetic regulation.

The opening talk “EU nanosafety research: from 7FP to Horizon2020”, will be given by Georgios Katalagarianakis, Programme Officer of the DG for Research & Innovation of the European Commission.

August 31

Commercialzing nanotechnologies: hope or hype?

Is nanotech attracting investment from the finance world, and which models can be pursued to this end? What are best practices to promote technology transfer and the birth of start ups in nanotech? How industry is moving for commercializing nanomaterials? What are the perspectives for key nanomaterials, such as nano-polymers, CNT, graphene, nano-diamond?

These are some of the questions that will be tackled in “Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials to the market” and “Nanomaterials R&D Highlights” (November 21st @ NanotechItaly 2012). Key speakers include:

  • Giovanni Baldi, R&D Manager, Colorobbia, Italy
  • Andrea Ferrari, Professor of Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group, Engineering Dept, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Jean-Charles Guibert, Director Minatec, Grenoble, France
  • Pekka Kaponen, CEO, Spinverse, Finland
  • Michael Röper, Vice President R&D Cooperations, BASF, Germany
  • Olga Shenderova, Head of the Nanodiamond Laboratory at the International Technology Center, Raleigh, North Caroline, USA
  • Nava Swersky Sofer, Founder and Co-Chair NanoIsrael, Israel

August 31

Safe, secure, and functional supply of water: the role of nanotechnologies

The growth of human population and the associated increase of water consumption for human use, agriculture and critical industries, poses a significant challenge in maintaining adequate supply and acceptable quality of water.

How nanotechnologies can help to find smarter ways of using and managing water resources, to meet the soaring demand of clean water, will be the focus of an half a day session (November 23rd@ NanotechItaly 2012). Key speakers include:

  • Enrico Drioli, Italian Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM), Italy
  • Inge Gennè, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and coordinator of the EU Nano4Water Consortium, Belgium
  • Nora Savage, Environmental Protection Agency, USA
  • Rafi Semiat, Director of the Grand Water Research Institute and Head of the Rabin Desalination Laboratory at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Roberto Zocchi, President, Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Italy

August 31

Now open the NanotechItaly networking tool

Share your expertise and ideas for partnership with the other conference delegates and speakers, and establish contacts with them in face-to-face meetings. NanotechItaly 2012 will offer you the networking facilities to find the best matching for your needs and aims.

You can already upload and show your profile on the networking tool available at

The networking Secretariat, managed by APRE, is ready to provide you assistance, ensuring an effective planning of your meetings.