UK industrialists, scientists and Government representatives were taken to visit facilities and companies in Germany and across the USA. Further Missions were organised to some of the major NanoCentres of Europe, including Grenoble, Karlsruhe, Louvain, Copenhagen and Cork. At that time the IoN also mapped the UK nanotechnology 'landscape' for the DTI, in partnership with the National Physical Laboratory.
Working with the EU
From 2002 to 2007, the IoN was the lead partner in Nanoforum, 'the European Nanotechnology Gateway', an important dissemination project aimed at raising the levels of nanotechnology knowledge across EU Member States.
The project produced a very popular and informative website containing many original analyses and reports. A series of events and workshops also took place across Europe. Although funding has finished, the project has been so successful that it is continuing as a European Economic Interest Group, supporting the dissemination of results from other EU projects.
To date, the IoN has been successful in leading and partnering in a number of EU projects, including ObservatoryNANO, ICPC-Nanonet, NanoCharM, ENRHES, FramingNano, EICOON, NanoCode, NanoSustain, NANO-TV, and CLIP.