2nd NanoSpain Workshop (NanoSpain 2005)

Venue: Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Mar 14, 2005 End Date/Time: Mar 17, 2005
Early Registration Date: Feb 28, 2005
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 18, 2005
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During the last two decades, a revolutionary scientific new age, based on the capacity to observe, characterize, manipulate and organize matter in the nanometric scale, is appearing. In this scale, physics, chemistry, materials science, computational theory, and engineering converge towards the same theoretical principles and experimental findings that are basically governed by the laws of the Quantum Mechanics. Nanotechnology involves these interdisciplinary knowledge areas and methodologies in order to study, manufacture and characterize functional structures with dimensions of tens of nanometers.

The five year-old NanoSpain network aims to agglutinate and coordinate the efforts made in the field of the Nanotechnology by Spanish groups from universities, research institutes and companies. Moreover, this network has tried to help the government institutions in defining potential actions and plans referring to this area. Currently the NanoSpain network, comprising 142 Spanish groups with near 1000 researchers in total, is one of the widest Spanish scientific networks.

As a direct and most effective way to enhance the interaction between our network members, a first network meeting was organised in San Sebastian (2004) with around 210 participants registered. Due to this success, the network decided organising its second meeting in Barcelona (March 14-17, 2005) with a similar format.
Its objective will be to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and promot interdisciplinary discussions among the different NanoSpain groups. In order to organise the various sessions and to select contributions , the meeting with be structured in the following thematic lines, but interactions among them with be promoted:

1. Advanced Nanofabrication Methods
2. NanoBiotechnology
3. NanoMaterials
4. NanoChemistry
5. NanoElectronics / Molecular Electronics
6. Scanning Probe Microscopies (SPM)
7. Scientific infrastructures and Scientific Parks
8. Simulation at the nanoscale

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

-Markus Antonietti (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany)
-Martin Bennink (MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Netherlands)
-Heinrich Hofmann (EPFL, Switzerland)
-Lars Montelius (University of Lund - Nanometer Consortium, Sweden)
-Miquel Salmeron (Lawrence Berkeley University, USA)
-Frank Scheffold (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
-Renzo Tomellini (European Commission - NMP, Belgium)

Working Groups (WG) will also be organised to enhance information flow between network partners and in particular:

-Exchange information of current work in specific research areas
-Solve particular technological problems
-Look for areas of common ground between different technologies
-Provide contributions to specific reports

The following WG will be organised:

1. Molecular Electronics (Coordinators: Julio Gomez & Pablo Ordejon)
2. NanoBiotechnology (Coordinator: Josep Samitier)
3. NanoFabrication (Coordinators: Francesc Perez-Murano & Fernando Briones)

4 types of presentation will be available at the 2nd NanoSpain Workshop:

-Invited contribution (45 minutes + 15 minutes discussion)
-Oral contribution (15 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)
-Poster + Flash contribution (5 minutes)

Another objective of this meeting with be to permit considering the situation of Nanotechnology in our country, as well as in reaching conclusions concerning the future of the NanoSpain network, in order to guarantee its continuity by means of concrete proposals and a renovation of its structures.