Why we struggle with nano public engagement

Kristin: I have been reflecting on my trip to Europe in September 2009 to explore some of the issues and approaches to public engagement around nanotechnology and emerging technologies. A guest blog by David Gutson of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University on 2020 Science stated that “…public engagement has not […]

COMS2009: Funding Micro/Nano Start-Ups

Kristin: VCs are in chaos. They are not making new investments, they are downsizing personnel, and when it comes to making a deal, they don’t want to go it alone. Additionally, limited partner investors are upset with the poor performance of VCs, they have concerns about high fee structures and want liquidity. So how might […]

COMS2009: How to make things work

Kristin: The recurring theme of the conference is the challenges and solutions for making things work – essentially how do you get micro and nano technologies to market through effective applications serving a market need. Dirk Ortloff from Process Relations (edit: Note the company is Process Relations) presented on the process development challenges in difficult […]

COMS2009: Knowledge sharing between Denmark & China

Kristin: This morning the conference was opened by the Danish Minister for Science, technology and Innovation, Helge Sander. Minister Sander talked about why nanotechnology was potentially imporant and spoke about how Denmark is working for the future. Initiatives included industrial PhDs, regional collaboration arrangements within Scandinavia and public private partnerships. One unexpected initiative was the […]

COMS2009: Nano Business & Fairy Godmothers

Kristin: The final session I attended today was on business models, road-mapping and entrepreneurship. I arrived late as I was presenting at the same time, but I caught the end of Christian Vogerer presenting the results of the 2009 nano-manufacturing survey in Austria. A similar presentation was then given by Markus Dickerhof from MINAN (the […]