NANONET Foundation

Monika Michalska ,  Anna Maczka ,  Adam Szatkowski 

Fundacja NANONET, Stabłowicka 147/149, Wrocław 54-066, Poland

Abstract

The NANONET Foundation was created to promote nanotechnology and nanoscience as well as bring together scientists, academics and industry.

Our team consists of people for whom nanotechnology is passion. They are undergraduate students, PhD students, young scientists or others who volunteer to promote science and help build a society based on knowledge.

Nanonet started as a Polish-language portal dedicated to nanotechnology — nanonet.pl (2006) — and is currently the leading Polish-language Internet site in this field. It is a young, rapidly growing, scientific, technical and industrial non-profit portal whose aim is to promote and support nanotechnology ventures at home and abroad.

From the beginning our purpose has been to improve standards of living by promoting science and its impact on improvement of society and entrepreneurship by means of:

·Informing readers about nanotechnology events at home and abroad

·Creating a materials research site

·Uploading photos and images related to nanotechnology

·Creating a database including information about courses and studies

·Informing the public about benefits and risks of nanotechnology

·Posting employment offers and PhD  course information

·Sponsoring scientific conferences, fairs and other events

The www.nanonet.plportal consists of the following sections:

The Information Section includes advertisements or practical information about nanotechnology in Poland and abroad – jobs, internships, practice and PhD courses.

The nanoEducation Section presents Polish universities with nanotechnology studies. It also involves information about nanotechnology courses, workshops, Internet lectures and experiments.

The nanoLibrary Section consists of nanotechnology articles, essays and news.

The nanoMaterials and nanoTechnology Section provides up-to-date information on nanoscale processes, materials, diagnostic devices and other information about applications of nanotechnology in medicine, optics, electronics and other sciences.

The nanoBusiness Section contains information about projects, patents, inventions or products created through nanotechnology, as well as on legal and ethical issues.

Our Foundation also proudly presents its other portals:

The Virtual Cooperative Broker’s Board nanoBroker (www.nanobroker.org), a platform dedicated to exchanging information between science and business. The platform operates in English, German and Polish, with the partners from home and abroad.  These include Nanoinitiative Bayern, Nano-Cluster Bodensee, WCB EIT +, Cluster Chemii, and ADSOL coordinated by Jacek Doskocz. The aim of the Virtual Cooperative Broker’s Board nanoBroker is to create a multilevel platform to exchange information between research institutions, industry and organizations. It provides information such as descriptions of institutions, research groups, organizations, projects, patents and events.

Nanotechnology in multimedia – nanoGallery (www.nanogallery.eu) – is an English language server on nanotechnology, managed by Anna Mączka. It contains videos, papers and photos showing the world of nanotechnology impossible to see with the naked eye. The main purpose of this portal is to attract public attention to nanotechnology and to show its possible applications in various aspects of our lives. Everyone will find something interesting here, whether an expert or a novice. 

The nanoDialog Portal (www.nanodialog.eu) contains information about ethical, legal and social aspects of nanotechnology (ELSA). We publish ELSA information thanks to our partnerships with scientists and attorneys from leading universities and companies, especially from the USA.  Piotr Homa manages this portal.

Our achievements include:

NEL – the Internet course dedicated to advanced technologies. The NANONET Foundation received “The Innovative Service” prize for the NEL project at the“VII Świętokrzyska Giełda Kooperacyjna Nowych Technologii” in 2008. The prize was awarded for lectures published from January-June 2008 on www.nanonet.pl in the section dedicated to e-learning. The lectures related to two categories:

·Nanotechnology lectures given by the specialists from various Polish universities; and,

·Nano application lectures given by experts from nanotechnology companies and a distance learning school.

Participation in the e-lectures was free; the only prerequisite was logging into the portal.

The Virtual Conference – “Advanced technologies are the Polish future in the EU. The Virtual Conference for Polish PhD and undergraduate students” took place from 23 – 28 November, 2009. The project was run within a grants competition to promote the use of European funds by Poland for five years of Polish membership in the European Union, as announced by the Ministry of Regional Development and European Integration Committee Office. The project was co-financed by the European Union’s Regional Operating Programme – Technical Support. The conference was aimed at undergraduate students and PhD students working create a new reality. Our goal was to give them a chance to present their study results, achievements and ideas. Additionally, the NANONET Foundation is the initiator and member of the NanoCons consortium, whose aim is to provide nanotechnology solutions, and of PLUSUJ.PL, an organization promoting science and technology in the society.

The Foundation exists thanks to volunteers and sponsors whom we would like to thank.

The NANONET team makes every effort to continuously promote knowledge about nanotechnology and an innovative economy.

The NANONET Foundation team

NANONET Foundation is created by people whose passion is nanotechnology.

 

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Presentation: Poster at Warsaw and Karlsruhe Nanotechnology Day, by Monika Michalska
See On-line Journal of Warsaw and Karlsruhe Nanotechnology Day

Submitted: 2011-09-02 15:14
Revised:   2011-09-08 17:45