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August 04, 2004— Ottawa, Ontario

Nanotechnology

Forecasts by the U.S. based National Science Foundation predicts that the market for nanotechnology-derived goods and services will reach US $1 trillion by 2015. Nanotechnology is the application of science and engineering at the atomic scale. It facilitates the construction of new materials and devices by manipulating individual atoms and molecules, the building blocks of nature.

Leading researchers in the emerging field of nanotechnology gathered recently in Edmonton, Alberta, home of the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), for the 1st ever NanoForum Canada.

Organized by NINT and NSERC Nano Innovation Platform, the event was part of ongoing efforts to enhance Canada's role in the nano world through better coordination and improved collaboration among Canada's nano-scale researchers. Canada's National Science Advisor Dr. Arthur Carty, a keynote speaker at the NanoForum, described this first gathering of its kind as an "important milestone in bringing Canadian Nanoscience researchers together." In all, more than 260 participants took in over 80 different poster presentations and 34 presentations spanning wide areas.

Researcher at the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, Alberta
Researcher at the National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, Alberta

In the coming months, NINT is planning or supporting a number of similar activities. Events such as these create unique networking and information-sharing opportunities, help draw national and international attention to the Institute and introduce the visitors to the emerging nano cluster in Edmonton.

These events include:

  • The 2004 International Conference on MEMS, NANO, and Smart Systems – Banff, August 25 – 27, 2004
  • 9th International Conference on the Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems – Edmonton, August 29 – September 2

In the 21st Century

"Virtually every advanced economy or developing economy with aspirations of prospering in the 21st Century has identified nanotechnology as a priority for investment and action." Dr. Arthur Carty, Canada National Science Advisor

The promise of technology clustering is to build strong local and regional economies grounded in world-class R&D, connections to national and international business and knowledge networks, investment capital and companies capable of moving forward with innovative new technologies.


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