Nano Bugle

A window into applied science supported by INL

Teaching tomorrow’s researchers about the “The Tiny Revolution”

On April 26th, 2011 at the Barrie Foundation Headquarters at Vigo, Sergio Figueiras, from the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and former Barrie Foundation’ scholar, had the opportunity to present nanotechnology to students from the Ricardo Mella Secondary School (Vigo). The talk, entitled “The Tiny Revolution”, was able to give a students and teachers a good idea about what the nanotechnology entails as well as provide examples of the broad range of applications that it offers.  These included the creation of new electronics, energy solutions, and health care products, all of which make improve our everyday life.

The INL should be recognized as a leader in nanotechnology, and we wanted to use this event to share our expertise and excitement with these young students who may be learning about nanotechnology for the very first time,” said Sergio “We hope this event showed them how research is done at the nanoscale and how this research can affect their everyday lives.”

The students were highly interested about the latest developments in the nanotechnology area.  They were especially interested in the innovative research tools such as the electron microscope, while others were able to identify with the application of technologies leading to the improvement in manufacturing of cell phones, an item they all use daily.

This talk is part of a larger series of conferences called “Talks about sciences/Charlas de Ciencias” organized by the Barrie Foundation, a corporate foundation focused on promoting the development of Galicia from a global perspective.  The foundation has made education and research and innovation a high priority.

These conferences are designed to complement the school’s curriculum as it pertains to the scientific research, giving a practical overview and increasing students interest in the sciences, helping make today’s students tomorrow’s researchers.


April 29, 2011 Posted by | Events, Nano Kids, Scholarships | , , , | Leave a comment

ImagineNano – Connecting Nano-industry and Nano-science

The first edition of ImagineNano  was held from the 11th to the 14th of April in the North of Spain, Bilbao. Organized by Phantoms Foundation, CIC nanoGUNE, DIPC and the University of Basque Country, the event was visited by more than 1500 participants from more than 35 different countries, thus being considered as the largest 2011 European Event in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

The event was made up of 5 international conferences with more than 250 experts in nanotechnology and nanosciences including 2 Novel and 3 Príncipe de Asturias Awards winners. These conferences covered different hot topics and trends on nanosciencies such as Graphene, Photonics, Energy, High Performance Computing, Optics, etc.

The event began with Dr Konstantin Novoselov, the latest winner of the Novel Prize in Physics and actually working at the Manchester University. He gave a speech entitled “Materials in the flatland” about the short and medium term potential and impact of nanomaterials. Also, Dr. Wolfgang Bosch, Director of the INFSO/FET Unit, gave a presentation about the European Union’s integration of scientific resources and infraestructures with the aim of increasing European innovation to the highest levels.

ImagineNano also had a huge exhibition area with more than 130 booths where companies, technological centres and Universities provided visitors with an outlook of the most innovative trends, projects and products in various fields of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology.

The INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory) was one of the most visited booths at the exhibition where the visitors received information about the objectives, structure and potential for research and industrial collaboration of the laboratory as well as the internationally recognized research community that the INL offers in the nanotechnology area.

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Events, Nano Events | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TNT2010 – Trends in Nanotechnology debated in Braga – INL

The 11th edition of the Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference (TNT2010) is been launched following the overwhelming success of earlier Nanotechnology Conferences. The TNT2010 edition (September 06-10, 2010) will take place in Braga (Portugal) to emphasise the importance at the Portuguese and European level of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology activity of the Northern Portugal region and in particular the launch in 2010 of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory.
This high-level scientific meeting series aims to present a broad range of current research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as related policies (European Commission, etc.) or other kind of initiatives (nanoGUNE, FinNano, GDR-I, etc.). TNT events have demonstrated that they are particularly effective in transmitting information and establishing contacts among workers in this field.
The TNT2010 structure will keep the fundamental features of the previous editions, providing a unique opportunity for broad interaction.

July 12, 2010 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

First stone of the building of the Madrid Institute for Avanced Studies in Nanoscience was laid last week.

Virtual image of the future imdea buildingFirst stone of the building of the Madrid Institute for Avanced Studies in Nanoscience (IMDEA Nanociencia) was laid last week. The new facility should be ready by Spring 2011. 200 researchers are expected to be working there at that point. You can read all about the ceremony here.

As the result of a joint initiative of the Community of Madrid and the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Institute IMDEA Nanociencia, one of the most important research centres in Nanotechnology in Spain, will be located in the Campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Cantoblanco.

The IMDEA Nanociencia Foundation, created by a joint initiative of the regional Government of Madrid and the Ministry of Science and Education of the Government of Spain, manages the IMDEA Nanociencia Institute. This new interdisciplinary research centre aims at becoming a flexible framework to create new internationally competitive research groups by hybridizing some of the best scientists in Madrid dedicated to the exploration of basic nanoscience with recognized researches recognized elsewhere recruited on an internationally competitive basis.

The IMDEA Nanociencia Institute will concentrate efforts in certain areas of Nanoscience, establishing a critical mass of excellence in human resources and equipments that allows achieving international excellence. It will also contribute to educate technical and scientific personnel in different areas of Nanotechnology, as well as promoting technology transfer and creation of spin-offs companies in this area that may contribute to the economic development of Madrid and Spain.

IMDEA is a network of international research centres promoted by the Madrid Regional Government. It is also the new institutional framework for combing public and private support for Science steering research towards excellence and technology towards market demand, encouraging the private sector to participate in scientific design.

Photo : Imdea Nanociencia

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Events, Nano News | Leave a comment

Impact of nanomaterials in debate at 2nd NanoImpactNet Conference

The 2nd NanoImpactNet Conference for a healty environment in a future with nanotechnology will take place in Lausane from 9-12 March 2010. The preliminary programme is available here. The first day inludes training on handling protocols and standardisation of nanomaterials in toxicological research.

NanoImpactNet is a multidisciplinary European network on the health and environmental impact of nanomaterials. NanoImpactNet will create a scientific basis to ensure the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and will support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe.

It focuses on a strong two-way communication to ensure efficient dissemination of information to stakeholders and the European Commission, while at the same time obtaining input from the stakeholders about their needs and concerns.

The 24 institutes behind NanoImpactNet members are leading European research groups active in the fields of nanosafety, nanorisk assessment and nanotoxicology. Through numerous workshops over a period of four years, NanoImpactNet will bring together some of the best researchers to discuss future strategies, to exchange their ideas with the different stakeholder groups and to further the responsible development of nanotechnology. You can read more about the overall aim of the network here.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Events, Nanomaterials | Leave a comment

Workshop Nano09 closed today in Braga

Today the ‘Workshop Nano09-Shaping the Future’, a joint initiative of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences and the Portuguese Academy of Engineering, closed in Braga. Yesterday the Portuguese minister of Science and Technology, Mariano Gago, participated in a session attended by over a hundred nanotechnology researchers gathered in Braga, to discuss the main tendencies in Nanotechnology and Nanoscience. The participants, mainly Portuguese and Spanish members of research groups, had the opportunity to exchange experiences with other colleagues form leading international research institutions. The workshop was the first event ever hosted by INL.

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Braga, Events, INL Campus | 1 Comment

Over 100 researchers gathered in Braga

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is hosting the «Workshop Nano09 – Shaping the future». The first scientific event ever to take place in the INL facilities in Braga (Portugal), started this morning (December 10th) and will continue until tomorrow afternoon.

For the more than hundred nano-scientist who are present in Braga these days, the workshop is an opportunity to discuss the future of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology as well as a chance to visit the INL facilities.

The workshop started with a presentation by Martin Steinhart (Institut für Chemie, Universität Osnabrück) «Beyond Evolution: Polymers in Holes and Holes in Polymers», in memoriam of Ulrich Gösele, from Max Planck-Institute of Microstructure Physics, who unexpectedly passed away last month.

The image shows the deputy director-general of INL, prof. Paulo Freitas (INESC Microsystems and Nanotechnology , and Physics Department, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon) making his presentation «Lab on chip platforms for biological and biomedial applications.»

Here you can find out a little more about the event and the participants.

December 10, 2009 Posted by | Braga, Events, INL Campus, Nano Events | Leave a comment

Fluoromag Symposium in Santiago de Compostela

fluoromag-symposium1FLUOROMAG is an European consortium formed by well known European research Institutions such as the Max Planck for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen-Germany,  the University  of  Santiago de Compostela in Spain; The University of Twente at The Netherlands; The University of Nottingham Trent in UK and Nanogap Sub-nm-powder SA, from Spain.

The consortium will organize,  in March 27-29th, a conference about Nanodots and diagnostics in the city of  Santiago de Compostela (Spain) .  Some speakers keep a close relation with the INL project.

Click here if you are interested on attending the conference.

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

International SPM Image Contest 2009

spmage07_winnersSince November 15th, international scientists and researchers are invited to send their Scanning Probe Microscopy  images and participate in the second SPMage 09 prize. This is an international competition to recognize and evaluate the best images and innovations related with the Scanning Probe Research.
The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboraratory is on the list of institutions that collaborate with the event. If you want to participate in the SPMage09 contest send your images through the following link.

More than 9000 Euros in prizes, with 5000 Euros for the winner, are waiting for you!.

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment

Second Life: a Community and Education tool

second_life-nanobugleDuring the 1st  INL workshop celebrated in Braga, INL young scientists had the opportunity to learn about possibilities and resources of Second Life.  This virtual world created by Linden labs is without hesitation one of the most powerful tools to organize meetings, make presentations and share information  in real time.

SecondLife is particular attractive for those companies and institutions with an international and global scale.  Among the most active corporations in this virtual world is IBM. At its facilities in Zurich,  a group of 20 experts in the field leaded by Dr Dirk Husemann study the current and future possibilities of these 3D applications.

Obviously, an International Research Organization, with global partnerships and aa real international community dispersed worldwide like the INL cannot miss the train of  SL.

If you want to practice your Spanish and learn a little bit more about the possibilities of  SL, please take a look at the information provided by the Spanish newspaper El Pais regarding the current tendencies of  SL.

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Events | Leave a comment