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Frontiers Announces Annual Meeting and First Year Evaluation

ENSCHEDE, The Netherlands, September 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Frontiers, the Network of Excellence in life science related nanotechnology announces its first Annual Meeting (19-21 September 2005 at Karlsruhe University) and evaluation of success a year since its launch in August 2004.

Frontiers is supported by the Sixth Framework Program (FP6) from the European Commission and focuses on the crossover between life sciences and nanotechnology. The network represents twelve renowned nano-technology institutes from across Europe, bringing together the backgrounds and knowledge of around 200 scientists and researchers.

Frontiers aims to strengthen Europe's position in life science related nanotechnology and establish leadership in research and innovation by creating structures that build upon the existing strengths and facilities of the network partners. The consortium is also intended to better compete with its main nanotechnology competitors, the United States and Japan.

"Frontiers provides an infrastructure integrating the research, education and laboratory facilities of the twelve partners, enabling each to share and maximise the pooled resources. The knowledge generated is transformed into applications and products - this, combined with the shared resources, helps reinforce the consortium's position as a Network of Excellence," said Jan-Willem Weener, Program Manager of Frontiers

"It's an impressive line up of top-quality partners. They are definitely bringing together top organisations in Europe in nanotechnology research," said Ottilia Saxl, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Nanotechnology.

The Frontiers Annual Meeting is a three day event at Karlsruhe University, commencing Monday 19 September 2005, and will include key-note presentations on Nano-instrumentation, Nano-fabrication and Biological Surfaces. Additionally, there will be discussions on the Commercialisation of Nanotechnology, Intellectual Property Rights and Gender & Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology research.

The event will also see an evaluation of Frontiers by a panel of assessors including two representatives from the European Commission and one external assessor. The purpose of this is to assess the Network's progress, milestones and achievements during the course of its first year and determine the level of resource required in the future.

Notes to editors

The Frontiers Network consists of twelve top-level nanotechnology research institutes and centres of excellence including the University of Cambridge, Max Planck in Germany and the Nano Science Group from Toulouse, France.

Representing some of the best groups in nanotechnology, the twelve partners were selected based on a number of criteria, including proven excellence in research, state-of-the-art equipment, and best practice in commercialisation and in nanotechnology education. The network is expected to lead to the development of marketable new technologies, processes, tools and devices that will in turn have great impact on science, industry and society.

In nanotechnology for life sciences, Frontiers provides access to know-how about technological developments, potential partners for collaborations, high level conferences, education and workshops, high tech facilities, equipment and expertise.

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