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MNBS 2012: 6th Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio-Convergence Systems

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The objectives of the 6th MNBS concertation & consultation workshop are the exchange of information and identification of possible collaboration areas among the different EU-funded projects in this domain, as well as brainstorming and identification of relevant topics and challenges for further research. Finally the workshop aims at the facilitation of the industrialisation of the technologies developed in those projects. The workshop will take place in Athens, 3-4 May 2012.

  • Workshop
When 03 May 2012 08:45 AM to
04 May 2012 05:00 PM
Where Athens, Greece
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General Information

Despite its eminent position as one of the world’s leading forces in research, Europe has yet to become equally successful in exploiting its multi-faceted and in-depth scientific knowledge to boost the market, create new job opportunities and add to the economical growth of the continent in measurable and tangible ways. This issue is strongly considered by the European Commission in the preparation of Horizon 2020, the successor of the 7th FrameWork Programme in order to strengthen the full value chain from knowledge to innovation.

MNBS 2012

In line with the Commission priorities, the 5th Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio-Convergence Systems (MNBS 2011) focused on identifying the constraints that have so

far hindered the technological breakthroughs of the European scientists to be implemented to the market. Such an implementation -that should aim at creating new or strengthening alreadyexisting industrial sectors and consequently creating a significant number of jobs- has a very important and basic pre-requisite: the synchronisation of a large number of key players, in a very complex supply chain, with strong interdependencies but also sometimes diverging goals.

Technology providers, industries of varying size working in very different domains, such as nano-material providers, biotechnology firms, Microelectronics and Microsystems companies, telecommunication operators, integrators (Medical devices, in-vitro diagnostic and instrumentation companies) and users (hospitals, food and beverage industries and environmental institutions) need to share common visions, set specific targets and develop new synergies and new strategies in order to reinvent the face and competitiveness of the European industry.

Towards that goal, the 6th Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio-Convergence Systems

will focus on understanding the supply chain of different type of applications and the needs of the owner of each element of that supply chain from the point of view of research, technological development and innovation. The knowledge gained in this analysis will help to better design action in the future Horizon 2020.

Specific Objective of the 6th Consultation and Concertation Workshop in MNBS

  • To encourage the diffusion and exchange of information on the development of science and technology.
  • To identify synergies and possible collaborations to tackle critical issues covering the full value chain from R&D to exploitation.
  • To reach common understanding the steps in the supply chain for different type of applications, and the needs and problems in the area of research and innovation of the stake holders of the elements of the supply chain.

The MNBS workshop will regroup FP7 running projects but also terminated FP7 & FP6 projects and invited presentations on relevant topics from external stakeholders.

Some words about MNBS

Micro-Nano-Bio Convergence Systems is a major domain within the field of Microsystems & Smart Systems Integration, which is being supported by the European Commission under the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) priority. The EU-funded projects in this domain focus on advanced systems by developing and integrating converging micro-nano-bio and information & communication technologies. The MNBS cluster includes projects for "in-vitro" testing and for "in-vivo" interaction with the human body as well as analytical systems for environment and food applications.

Programme and Registration

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