Previous IoN Events
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Course: The Smart Building of the Future
16th February 2012: Newham College of Further Education, London, UK
We are now living in an era where different technologies are converging to provide exciting new opportunities and products across almost all business sectors.
Construction and building is now a major investor in novel technologies in a number of areas:
- new materials, often incorporating nanomaterials, offer reduced weight, greater strength and durability, better performance, reduced costs, and the replacement of many environmentally-damaging materials and processes;
- advanced and enabling technologies underpin a variety of new applications in areas such solar, wind and kinetic energy harvesting, self-cleaning glass and other building components, pollution reduction, energy storage and energy conservation;
- a wide range of sensor and networking technologies help buildings respond to both the environment and to the needs of their users in “smart” ways.
This one-day interactive workshop showcased a number of fascinating new technologies and solutions in the fields of novel materials, applications, sensing and networking. Leading experts explained how these technologies will help transform building design, construction and usability.
Course: Responsible Innovation as a Business Driver
31 January 2012: Linnean Society, London, UK
Boosting customer confidence by promoting responsible innovation
Responsible innovation is set to become a hot topic under the European Commission's forthcoming Framework Programme "Horizon 2020" as part of the EC's long-term vision of achieving "smart, sustainable and inclusive growth" within the European Community. In this context, "responsible innovation" usually describes those processes that help researchers understand the benefits and risks of emerging technologies early on in the innovation process and encompasses various elements including public engagement, risk management, life cycle analysis, ethical approval and regulatory aspects.
Course: Advanced and Enabling Technologies in Medicine
1 December 2011: Linnean Society, London, UK
The application of advanced and enabling technologies, such as nanotechnology, and other convergent approaches is revolutionising medicine. In addition to ever earlier and more accurate diagnoses, and novel treatments, these advances have the potential to address unmet medical needs and to contribute to other key challenges such as how to care for a rapidly ageing population. But they may also redefine how medicine and healthcare is delivered in the future. In this unique short course, four key experts in the field will describe both the major benefits these technologies will bring and also the challenges to be addressed to ultimately bring them to the clinic and to the patient.
Conference: Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population
23rd - 24th March, 2011: The Teacher Building, Glasgow, UK
The Advanced Technologies for an Ageing Population conference, held at the IET's Teacher Building in Glasgow on the 23rd and 24th March 2011, struck a highly topical and timely note with contributions from some 20 acknowledged experts on a range of subjects impacting upon the health and support of the older citizen.Further Information
Albert Franks Memorial Lecture 2011 presented by Ashok Vaseashta
3rd February, 2011: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK
Free Public Evening Lecture: 18.30 - 20.00 GMT
Recent advances in both science and technology have provided the means to study, understand, control, and even manipulate the properties of materials. Various "designer" materials capable of producing devices and systems with remarkable and desired properties have recently been fabricated. Such innovations have occurred in multi-disciplinary environments.
With more sophisticated and comprehensive databases, and more powerful modeling tools; understanding and predicting how technological advances in different disciplines can combine to offer new approaches and solutions to existing problems has become a reality. The process of Advanced Sciences Convergence, presented in this public lecture, focuses on these methodologies and describes how visionary, yet achievable, outcomes may be realized, and analyzes the necessary high-yield and high-risk research to solve Grand Challenges in environment, defence, and security.
One such technological approach will come from the convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information processing and cognitive sciences (NBIC) that offers great potential for transformational and revolutionary opportunities with many technological applications. Other acronyms for this convergence include GRAIN (Genetics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Nanotechnology) and BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurones, and Genes).
"Technology Foresight, Assessment, and Road-Mapping" (TechFARM) is a multi dimensional, futures-oriented modality that has been developed to identify and manage such emerging and/or disruptive science and technology trends. TechFARM is comprehensive and exhaustive, making use of the latest tools such as automated data analysis, mining and surveillance (ADAMS) and new and emerging science and technology surveillance (NESTS) to provide a unique framework of future capabilities that are scientifically feasible, recognized and cross-validated.Download Presentation
Short Course / Summer School on NANOBIOSENSORS
25th May 2010: Wolfson Medical School, Glasgow University, Scotland, UK
Jointly organised by Glasgow University, the Institute of Nanotechnology and Cranfield University
This course provided a tutorial style introduction to the rapidly emerging field of Nanobiosensors. It served as a prelude to the high-level research papers and reviews that would follow in the main Congress – Biosensors 2010. Topics were covered in depth and at a fundamental level in order to furnish participants with a detailed understanding of the science, ethical issues and commercial prospects behind this rapidly evolving topic.
Nanotechnology is exerting increasing influence on how we understand, design and build new analytical devices to unravel the conundrums of systems biology and deliver novel bioelectronic devices. Whether it is the challenge of integrating millions of assays on a single chip or developing a tiny biocompatible artificial cell for implantation, the art of engineering to nanometre tolerances or building supramolecular machinery offers us new phenomena to tackle key medical and environmental issues. This course covered the concepts, materials, engineering principles, barriers and market opportunities opened up by this new integrating discipline.
The one-day course comprised of 6 lectures and a lunchtime discussion session introducing different aspects of nanobiosensors, from the basic fundamentals to the various applications.
NanoMicroClub Networking Event
19th May 2010: James Watt South Building, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Organised by: The Institute of Nanotechnology
University of Glasgow Knowledge Transfer Account
Nanotechnology is rapidly moving from the lab into profitable innovative applications. Whereas previously the study of the phenomena of materials and devices at the nanometer scale was of interest to the academic community, today commerce and industry is realising the potential across a wide range of sectors, from ICT and electronics to construction, from medicine to transport and from energy (and energy reduction) to defence and aerospace. Nanotechnology offers ways to create smaller, cheaper, lighter and faster materials, devices and systems that can do more and cleverer things, use less raw materials and consume less energy. The University of Glasgow has proven itself as one of the UK's (and Europe's) leading institutions for academic “nano” research encompassing electronics, chemistry, medicine, physics, biological sciences and in most cases the interdisciplinary interfaces between them.
Nanomedicine: Visions for the Future
24 - 25th February, 2010
Modern medicine is rapidly reaching a crossroads where greatly increased knowledge of how the human body and disease pathologies work at the molecular level is combining with the ability to manipulate materials at the nanoscale to provide much earlier and more accurate diagnoses, far less invasive procedures, targeting of smaller doses of more effective drugs to desired delivery sites and new paradigms of treatment where damaged tissues or even organs can be regenerated using the patient’s own cells.
New generations of highly-informed patients are also beginning to expect new treatments with a better prognosis to maintain healthy, active lifestyles into old age.
At the same time, healthcare services everywhere are under severe economic pressures to restrain costs in a demographically-ageing society where illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, degenerative and neurological conditions are placing an ever-greater strain on resources. Companies also face greater challenges in a time of financial uncertainty in developing new products and medical technologies, based on a highly-convergent scientific approach, to address a range of, as yet, unmet clinical needs.
In this complex scenario, how can better treatments be delivered more effectively, and within budgetary constraints, to an ever-increasing patient base?
In the latest of its highly-successful series of Conferences addressing the new field of nanomedicine and related medical technologies, the Institute of Nanotechnology, in partnership with NanoNed, brings together some of the world’s leading researchers and companies in the fields of medical diagnostics, drug design and delivery, imaging and regenerative medicine to show how the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies can contribute towards answering this multifaceted challenge.
The Conference will be invaluable to all involved in meeting this challenge including medical researchers, industry, healthcare professionals, regulators, technology assessors and those involved in the delivery and financing of healthcare.
2010 Albert Franks Memorial Lecture - 'Clean Mobility: Enabling Technologies'
11th February, 2010: Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
Speaker: Pietro Perlo
Electrified mobility is currently a top priority in the US, Japan, China, Korea and the EU. It will introduce a radical industrial-economical-energetic change in our society, as new technologies and infrastructure are put in place over the next two decades. The driving forces behind the move to electrical mobility are:
- Reduction in hydrocarbon consumption
- In Europe-US-OECD countries more than 70% of all oil is consumed by transports of which road transportation alone accounts for over 85%. "Well to wheels" energy efficiency of EVs is the key factor (up to 30% with respect to the most efficient cars based on Internal combustion engines)
- Improved safety of road transport
- Reduction in emissions and noise produce by road transport
- Environmental benefits, including mitigation of climate change risks
- Electrical mobility eliminates noxious gas emissions in cities
- Public health benefits
- There are 1.5 million deaths a year due to road accidents, and road accidents are the main cause of death in the under-45 age group but according to the WHO, noxious gas emissions emitted by cars cause an even higher number of deaths that those caused by road fatalities
- Electrification offers the opportunity to incorporate radical new safety paradigms with innovations in systems design and communications structures
The move to the Electrical Mobility is proceeding in parallel and converging with the introduction of Renewable Energy; both have reached a point of non return. In EU and in the US most of new power installations are now based on Renewable Energies and essentially all new programmes on mobility address the implementation of advanced electrical power trains. 2010 will be the first year in the modern industrial era that will register:
- An annual production of electrical transportation means (all included) higher than those based on Internal combustion engines (World)
- The energy produced by the new installations of Renewable Sources will overcome the energy produced by the new installations based on fossils (EU-27)
21 April 2009: The IET, Savoy Place, London, UK
This joint IET & IoN seminar on polymer electronics offered the perfect opportunity to liaise with and hear from those actively involved in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of nanotechnology.
The latest technological advances from leading companies and nanotechnologists were discussed, including a keynote speech from Professor Sir Richard Friend, the co founder of Plastic Logic and Cambridge Display Technology as well as industrialists from Polymertronics Limited, PolyIC, PETEC and IDTechEx.
Expert presentations covered:
- the latest testing and prototyping developments in organic electronics
- solutions to challenges involved in materials, technology and production
- detailed information on how OLEDs and microfluidic devices are being used within the healthcare market
- the future of the global polymer electronics market
This seminar was attended by organisations that are developing, producing and supplying the following:
- Processing equipment
- Manufacturing equipment
- Device testing
- Device integration
- Product design and integration
Innovations in Textiles 2009 - Smart, Nano and Technical Textiles for Medical, Industrial and Clothing Applications
18 - 19 March 2009: The Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
Building on the success and popularity of our previous textiles conferences, the IoN organised 'Innovations in Textiles 2009' at The Royal College of Physicians in London on March 18th - 19th 2009.
Nanotechnology and advances in technology are leading to a spectrum of advances in textiles. For example:
- in sports and health applications, to monitor and relay vital signs and fitness levels
- in defence, to protect from chemical, biological or nuclear effects
- for safety, materials that stiffen-up on impact, cushioning the elderly against falls or for use in extreme sports
Presentations at 'Innovations in Textiles 2009' covered these textiles applications and more. The conference also covered applications, addressing the question of where textile developments can be used by various industries, as well as keeping the audience up to date on the latest technologies and ideas being developed.
Post-Event Proceedings from this conference can now be ordered on CD.
2009 Albert Franks Memorial Lecture - 'What Next for Nanotechnology?'
18 March 2009: The Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
Professor Richard Jones, University of Sheffield
"Early applications of nanotechnology have exploited the exciting new properties that matter exhibits at the nanoscale. Increasingly we will see new applications with considerably more functionality. Some of these will exploit quantum properties in increasingly sophisticated ways, while others will emulate the intricate mechanisms of cell biology.
Many of these potential applications will help us meet the pressing needs of society in areas such as energy and medicine, though attention needs to be paid to addressing potential risks, and the broader societal and ethical implications of nanotechnologies, in order to retain public support."
"21st Century Medicine: Breakthroughs and Challenges";
26 - 27 November 2008: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London
Some of the most exciting research in the world is being undertaken in the field of medicine. Many challenges exist in identifying disease at the earliest possible stage and preventing and treating cancer, congenital, degenerative and infectious diseases - and increasingly, lifestyle-induced diseases such as diabetes.
Even greater challenges exist in bringing affordable, safe medicines to a wide population, and in enabling the elderly to remain active and maintain their faculties for as long as possible.
This conference presented international experts' opinions on what the greatest medical challenges are, and how they can be met using the new technologies to unravel the secrets of illness and create the means whereby we can all live longer, healthier lives.
Post-Event Proceedings from this conference can now be ordered on CD.
8 July 2008: IET, Savoy Place, London
The Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN), in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), hosted a special guest lecture to celebrate the launch of their joint Micro and Nano Technology Network. Held in London on 8th July, the lecture is now available online.
About the Speaker and Presentation
Professor Gimzewski is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UCLA and leading nanoscientist.
He pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was one of the first persons to image molecules with STM. His accomplishments include the first STM-based fabrication of molecular suprastructures at room temperature using mechanical forces to push molecules across surfaces, the discovery of single molecule rotors and the development of new micromechanical sensors based on nanotechnology, which explore ultimate limits of sensitivity and measurement.
In this lecture he talks about the strongest material ever made, the reality of a space elevator, how the electronics industry kick-started the nanomedicine revolution and the potential for programming single molecules. If that's not enough diversity in one individual, he also shares with his audience some of his passion for the artistic interpretation of the nano world!
'Nanotechnology: Towards Reducing Animal Testing'
28 - 29 May 2008: The Royal Society, London
Animal testing is costly and there is a great deal of research on finding viable and effective alternatives (new methods that refine existing tests by minimizing animal distress, reducing animal usage, or replacing whole animal tests). Despite large reductions in animal testing since the early 1980s due to improved in vitro methods, levels remain high (over 3 million procedures in 2006) and results cannot always be extrapolated to humans.
The application of nanotechnology is currently revolutionizing medicine and this two-day conference, the first of its kind in Europe, examined the role nanotechnology can play in improving or refining the development of alternatives to animal testing whilst maintaining safety. Themes included:
- a review of some of the most promising human cell-based in vitro models
- novel lab-on-a-chip and bioreactor systems for screening, toxicology and targeting studies
- surface modification at the nanoscale to improve biosensors and in vitro test systems
- potential new strategies for applying nanotechnology to alternatives
- the role of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM)
Included in the post-event proceedings CD are:
- Presentations from the event
- Conference handbook containing short abstracts and biographies of the presenters and also posters displayed at the event, delegate list and recording from the discussion session which took place on day 2 of the event.
'3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology and Smart Textiles for Industry, Healthcare and Fashion'
19 March 2008: The Royal Society, London
The 3rd International conference on Nanotechnology and Smart Textiles for Industry, Healthcare and Fashion provided an international platform where a diverse community of professionals from industry, academia and fashion came together to share information, research findings and practical experiences. The conference provided introductory and in-depth information on technology in a large spectrum of already realized or just being developed textile applications, and showcased current products.
Included in the post-event proceedings CD is:
- Presentations from the event
- Conference handbook containing short abstracts and biographies of the presenters
- Posters displayed at the event and delegate list
17 January 2008: The Royal Society, London
The 2008 Albert Franks Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. Frans Kampers, currently director of BioNT, the Wageningen biotechnology centre for food and health innovation.
Frans Kampers is one of Europe's most knowledgeable and charismatic presenters on the topic of novel foods, and no stranger to controversy. His wide-ranging lecture covered - the benefits and risks of nanotechnology as applied to foods and healthfoods; the opportunities nanotechnology offers for improved safety; and how nanoadditives are providing enhanced nutritional and health benefits. He also discussed the responsibility of food manufacturers to demonstrate that new applications are safe.
17 January 2008: The Royal Society, London
Built on the success of previous conferences on the theme of Crime Prevention and Detection, this one day event will provided an update on new scientific developments in the fight against crime, based on nanotechnologies. Presentations included the latest advances in nanotechnology as applied to analytical techniques, anti counterfeiting, biometrics, personal safety, financial and computer-based security.
28 - 29 Nov 2007: Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
Built on the success of Investing in Medical Nanotechnologies I, the second annual nanomedicine conference and exhibition 'Investing in Medical Nanotechnology II', showcased the latest developments in nanomedicine and potential routes to financing.
The two day event saw leading multinational companies such as Philips, AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Volcano Corporation and Fresenius Medical Care sharing their vision on the impacts of nanomedicine on healthcare and providing a window on their activities in the area. The attendees received advice and views from top industry figures on how to manage ‘risks and uncertainties’ as well as the challenges in integrating nanomedicine into established pharmaceutical and medical device business models.
The event also saw a number of innovative small companies presenting novel nanomedical technologies, as well as presentations from top scientists from as far away as Malaysia. The associated exhibition showcased new innovations in nanomedicine and provided a unique opportunity to network with potential partners.
24 - 25 Oct 2007: Olympia Conference Centre, London, UK
This conference provided industry and academia the opportunity to discover how this underpinning sector is evolving, with sessions devoted to: measurement, characterisation and standardisation; manufacturing scale-up and processing; regulatory aspects, risks and new developments in toxicology.
Included in the post-event proceedings CD is:
- Presentations from the event
- Conference handbook containing short abstracts and biographies of the presenters
- Posters displayed at the event and delegate list.
13 September 2007: The Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, UK
The reknowned chemist, Sir Fraser J. Stoddart, gave a special guest lecture on 'Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology for Tomorrow's World' at the Institute of Physics in London.
Sir Fraser, Director of the California Nanosystems Institute, officially received his knighthood at the Palace on Wednesday 13th June, 2007. His citation in the New Year's Honours List read 'for services to Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology'. Sir Fraser in the last decade has been the third most highly cited chemist in the world. A native of Edinburgh, he moved to California in July 1997.
16 - 17 May 2007, The Royal Society, London, UK
Nanotechnology is the basis of many new products and processes that can reduce pollution, minimise use of scarce resources (including energy) and offer substitutes for several hazardous chemicals.
Applications already in the market include catalysts that prevent toxic chemicals from being released into the environment, textile finishes that minimise the need for washing and reduce the transmission of disease, low-toxicity coatings that prevent biofouling, biocidal coatings that reduce the incidence and transmission of MRSA and other diseases, and new generation flame retardants that are much more environmentally friendly.
This event examined these and other technologies that offer real environmental benefit, and also reviewed the findings of the recently published STOA report on the Role of Nanotechnology in Chemical Substitution.
Professor Sir Howard Dalton, Chief Scientific Adviser to Defra, spoke on Day 2 on 'Environmentally Beneficial Nanotechnologies: Barriers and Opportunities', presenting the results of a recent Defra study into the potential environmental benefits of nanotechnologies.
20-21 March 2007, Society of Chemical Industry, London, UK
Showcasing a spectrum of applications for a wide range of industries
This visually exciting conference explored a range of structures and materials exhibited by animals and plants with applications across many industry sectors, including medicine, textiles, aerospace and automotive industries and defence. Presentations from international leaders in the field focused on how nanotechnology is enabling nature to be emulated in the quest for better products.
18th January 2007: The Royal Society, London, UK
This one day event examined a wide spectrum of new scientific developments taking place in the fight against crime. The latest discoveries and advances were discussed, from anti-terrorism laser technology with the potential to revolutionise airport security to the latest research discoveries in nanoforensics.
13-14 December 2006: Royal Garden Hotel, London, UK
The conference showcased cutting edge technologies in personalized medicine, targeted drug delivery, nanobiomaterials, regenerative medicine, analytical and diagnostic techniques, body-friendly implants, imaging techniques, treatments for degenerative diseases, cures for diseases for the aging population, functionalised nanoparticles, and converging technologies for healthcare applications.
25-26 October 2006: Grand Hotel Krasnopolsky, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This conference showcased the applications of micro and nanotechnologies to the food and healthfood industries in Europe.
11-12 October 2006: The Royal Society, London, UK
This event featured keynote talks from world-renowned industrial organizations, leading research centres and innovative nanotechnology companies. Delegates learned first hand about the latest advances in technologies across the fashion, lifestyle and industrial textile industries, and gained an insight into how nano-scale science and technology are expected to impact and influence textile developments of the future. This top-level event was complemented by exhibitions and posters displaying work from textile designer Marysia Holmes, nanotechnology artist Frances Geesin and exciting technology companies and research being undertaken in this area.
Nanotechnology is being used to add imaginative and exciting properties to textiles for fashion and industry. These range from scent-embedded textiles, stay-clean textiles, textiles with displays or that can change colour, to lightweight textiles that are so strong they can withstand the impact of a bullet. Many new textiles are also being developed that not only promote faster healing of patients recovering from surgical procedures to fabrics but also enhance health and well being in the elderly.
This event was focused on new applications of nanotechnology, particularly in today's framework of smartness, sustainability and resource conservation. A lively discussion provided delegates with the chance to discuss issues surrounding one of the interesting themes of this conference, the ‘fashion paradox’ - how nanotechnology can support fashion while addressing concerns for sustainability and the reduction of energy use and waste.
The event also provided a chance for attendees from a wide range of areas to share their views and research activities through the drinks reception.
Nanoparticles for European Industry - Manufacture, Scale-Up, Stabilization, Characterization and Toxicology
2 - 3 May 2006, Olympia Conference Centre, London
This event provided delegates with an opportunity to learn more about some of the novel work being carried out in the nanoparticles arena and some of the research and development initiatives that are taking place.
- Nanoparticle manufacturing and scale-up techniques
- Toxicological views; Industrial Uses of nanoparticles
- Nano tubes and Carbon Nanotubes; Regulatory Framework
- Nanoparticle Characterization; and Nanoparticle synthesis and Stabilization
With the topics presented at the event being of such a variety, with numerous perspectives presented, a level of debate and discussion was provoked, with the conclusion from attendees being that the event was very successful and thought provoking.
In addition to providing an opportunity to learn of the latest developments surrounding nanoparticles, the event provided the opportunity for establishing network links between attendees from a wide various industries and universities.
The exhibition area of the event also provided the opportunity for nanotechnology companies to showcase their technologies and research outcomes.Nanoparticles 2-CD set 2006/2007 post-event proceedings are now available.
- 'Nano and Microtechnologies in the Food and HealthFood Industries'
- 'Nanotechnologies and Smart Textiles for Industry and Fashion'
- 'Nanoparticles for European Industry - Manufacture, Scale-Up, Stabilization, Characterization and Toxicology'
- 'Novel Delivery Techniques for Industrial Scents and Flavours'
- 'Tales of the Unexpected: Smart Holograms in Crime, Sport and Medicine' - Albert Franks Memorial Lecture
Nanotechnology: Education and Training for the Future
Held over two days, the 6th and 7th of December 2005, this unique event brought together professionals from many different fields in order to discuss some of the current issues facing nanotechnology: training & education, turning ideas into business opportunities, public perception, and ethics.
Keynote speakers included Professor Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, and Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Director of Physics at the iNANO Centre Denmark.
- 'Nanotechnology: Education and training for the future'
- 'Nanosolutions - The Premier Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition for European Industry'
- 'Converging Technologies - a Vision for Europe'
- Albert Franks Memorial Lecture - 'Tomorrow's People' by Baroness Susan Greenfield
EuroNanoForum 2005, the international Forum (conference, workshops and exhibition) on 'Nanotechnology and the Health of the EU Citizen in 2020', was organized in September 2005 by the Institute of Nanotechnology and the European Commission in the framework of the UK Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The event gathered about 1000 participants from around the world, who are key players and specialists in nanotechnology applied to health, to present and discuss the European developments in nanosciences and nanotechnologies for medical applications, thus bringing together many different disciplines
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