The ObservatoryNANO project has now come to an end (March 2012), however all of its analysis remains on the website for the interested reader to download. This project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme had the goal of analysing scientific and technological (ST) trends (including peer-reviewed publications, patents, roadmaps, published company data) and economic realities and expectations (including market analysis and economic performance, public and private funding strategies). The ST and economic analysis was supported by an assessment of ethical and societal issues, impacts on health, environment and safety, as well as regulation, standardisation, and legislative issues. Analyses were elaborated through constructive discourse with leading academics, industrialists, investors, and other key stakeholders. The consortium established liaisons with relevant groups within international organisations such as the European Patent Office (EPO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), relevant European Technology Platforms (ETPs), ERA NETs, and other EU-funded projects (such as NANOfutures), to maximise the impact of its own and others work. The purpose of this integrated approach was to develop validated methodologies that yielded accurate indicators of the socio-economic impact of N&N RTD.
The project analysis covered ten broad technology sectors: aerospace, automotive, and transport; agrifood; chemistry and materials; construction; energy; environment; health, medicine and nanobio; ICT; security; textiles.
The project was led by the Institute of Nanotechnology (IoN) (UK), and included: VDI Technologiezentrum (DE), Commissariat ā l'énergie atomique (CEA) (FR), Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) (UK), Malsch TechnoValuation (MTV) (NL), triple innova (DE), Spinverse (FI), Bax and Willems Consulting Venturing (B&W) (ES), Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) (NL), Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD) (DE), Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale (AIRI) (IT), Nano and Micro Technology Consulting (NMTC) (DE), Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs und Forschungsanstalt (EMPA) (CH), University of Aarhus (DK), MERIT - Universiteit Maastricht (NL), Technology Centre AS CR (CR).
For further information please contact the project coordinator Dr Mark Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)
observatoryNANO is funded by the European Union under FP7. Contract number 218528.