EU Nanotechnology Projects in Action in Munich at ESOF2006

July 12, 2006

The European Union's exhibition area at ESOF2006 features nanotechnology research as an up-to- date example of how science and communication can and have to work together. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at major achievements from the science of the small, talk to leading scientists and communicators, participate in the demonstrations and contribute to the nanodebate. Two of the projects are of particular interest to young people. They will be able to play the game developed by DECIDE to get involved in political decision-making in nanotechnology, while DOTIK will demonstrate to them a new training scheme for young science presenters. Nanologue will disseminate information and the related NanoDialogue project that is currently presenting an exhibition on social aspects of nanotechnology at the Deutsches Museum will also take part in the demonstrations.

Two other projects on show - Cornea Engineering and Safer - represent nanomedical research and Antistorm provides one of the first insights into the science of "man-made" weather in Europe.

Journalists attending ESOF2006 are invited for a press reception with the project demonstrators on Tuesday, 18 July at 12:00 at the Publications Office stand No 25.

These projects on show are funded by three different funding programmes within the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development:
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For further information on nanotechnology in European research, please visit the European Commission's nanotechnology website: http://cordis.europa.eu/nanotechnology

The schedule for the presentations is published on CORDIS at: http://cordis.europa.eu/guidance/event.htm/

Monday, 17 July, From 14:00 to 16:00
Communicating Nano

NANODIALOGUE - developing channels for communication and debate Insights from Elisabeth Schepers, Deutsches Museum

DECIDE - a game model to involve the public in political decision-making
Come and play cards on political decision-making in nanotechnology. Compare results to others from around Europe! Elisabeth Schepers from Deutsches Museum will introduce the game

DOTIK - a new training scheme for young animators, set to establish a school for science animation
Matteo Merzagora, science journalist teaching museum studies, will show the techniques being used

From 16:00 to 18:00
New and Emerging Science and Technologies

SAFER - low-cost, non-invasive intelligent prenatal and cancer diagnostic system, using a nanomolecular approach
Ciara O'Sullivan, project co-ordinator, will show how it is being developed

ANTISTORM - one of the first insights into the science of "man-made" weather in Europe Meinrat O. Andreae from the Biogeochemistry Department of Max Planck Institute for Chemistry will give the details

Tuesday, 18 July

From 10:00 to 12:00 - Another chance to see the demonstrations of NANODIALOGUE, DECIDE, DOTIK

From 12:00 to 13:00 - Meet the press

From 13:00 to 14:00
CORNEA Engineering - transforming eye surgery and reducing animal testing
The project will be presented - among others - by a video from Euronews

From 15:00 to 16:00 - CORDIS presentation on "How to benefit from EU research funding"

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