Nanoyou: Nanotechnology education resources Thu, 05 May 2016 01:22:32 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.3 Friday, 13 May 2011 06:44 - "All connected" at the Cité des Sciences

On the 10th May took place the inauguration of the “All connected?” exhibition in the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in Paris. The exhibition has been at the Tech Gallery of the Cité des sciences et l'industrie since April and will stay there until the end of the year.

The "All connected?" exhibition, developed by NANOYOU, includes some of the materials that where produced by youngsters from all over Europe in the NANOYOU video and picture contests.

The official opening of "All connected?" took place in October 2010 at CCSTI Grenoble, where it stayed until the end of March 2011, receiving thousands of visitors that also participated in several public events.

Fri, 13 May 2011 06:44:39 +0100
Monday, 02 May 2011 08:10 - New NANOYOU eTwinning toolkit available A new eTwinning toolkit has been produced in the context of NANOYOU to offer schools creative ideas to explore and learn about nanotechnologies. The toolkit provides guidelines to organise a class programme as well as pedagogical objectives, follow up suggestions and evaluation ideas.

eTwinning is a community for schools in Europe that gives teachers the opportunity and tools to join online collaborative projects, to get involved in educational networking and to participate in professional development activities.The eTwinning Portal -developed by European Schoolnet- is available in 24 languages and offers, among others, partner-finding tools, social networking facilities and online working platforms for teachers and pupils to collaborate online.

eTwinning toolkits are ready-made project kits that provide step-by-step guides to carry out eTwinning projects on different topics. The kits have been designed by the European eTwinning Helpdesk together with teachers from different countries. Each kit relates to a theme and provides information on the target group, objectives and pedagogical value of the activities. eTwinning Kits can be used as such or adapted to teachers’ teaching context.

Have a look at the new NANOYOU eTwinning toolkit!]]>
Mon, 02 May 2011 08:10:24 +0100
Thursday, 31 March 2011 08:20 - New NANOYOU tools' map! In order to have a general vision of all the resources that NANOYOU offers to educators, a new space has been developed within the Nano Educators section, the tools' map.

With the tools' map you will have a general view of all the resources, the contents that each of them tackes and the age groups that they are aimed at, allowing educators to better plan their nanotechnology lessons by using related tools.





Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:20:06 +0100
Thursday, 24 March 2011 08:29 - "All connected?" moves to Paris! “All connected?” the exhibition developed by NANOYOU is moving to Cité des sciences et de l'industrie in Paris. Since its opening last October at CCSTI Grenoble, the exhibition has received thousands of visitors and several public events have been organized.

From the 12th April until the end of the year, "All connected?" will be at the Tech Gallery of the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie where visitors will be able to see some of the materials developed by youngsters within the NANOYOU workshops and the picture competition.
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 08:29:24 +0100
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 08:01 - A new community for the NANOYOU schools! NANOYOU has created a very special community for schools and teachers. All the schools that register to become a NANOYOU school can become members of this new community.

Becoming members of this community, teachers will have the opportunity to exchange best practices and learn more from their peers on how to teach nanotechnologies and nanoscience in school using the NANOYOU resources.

The community also offers a forum area for discussion, a library area to search and share useful documents as well as the latest information on the activities for schools and events organised by NANOYOU.

For more information on the community and on the registration click here.


Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:01:05 +0100
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 00:00 - Teacher training sessions in Cambridge and Barcelona Teachers around Europe are getting the chance to participate in the training sessions that NANOYOU is organising in several European cities. On the 14th March 20 teachers participated in a training session that was organised by the Nanoscience Centre in Cambridge together with the Faculty of Education. On 12th February the training took place in Barcelona, where 40 teachers participated in the session organised by Barcelona Science Park.

During both sessions, teachers were given an introduction to nanosicence and nanotechnologies by experts, they got the opportunity to do some hands-on experiments and they engaged in discussions about the ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) that relate to nanotechnologies.

You can view a video of the Barcelona PCB session here.]]>
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0100
Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00 - NANOYOU exhibition inaugurated at CCSTI in Grenoble

“All connected?” The exhibition developed by NANOYOU, was inaugurated last October in Grenoble. Since then it has received more than 2000 visitors and several public events have been organized. The exhibition includes some of the materials produced by youngsters through the NANOYOU workshops and competitions.

The exhibition will be at CCSTI until the end of March and in April 2011 it will travel to Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, in Paris.

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 +0100
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 14:53 - Registration for the second eTwinning & NANOYOU ... After the success of the first eTwinning and Nanoyou learning event that took place in November 2010, the NANOYOU team decided to organise for the second time this special learning event from 21 February to 4 March on the eTwinning platform . Experts and scientists from the consortium will run this online training course to introduce the project and teach you how to use the tools and resources available on NANOYOU website.

ATTENTION: To participate in this learning event, you must become an eTwinning teacher. It is not possible to register for the eTwinning learning lab on NANOYOU if you don't register first on the eTwinning platform. It is really easy to become an eTwinning teacher and you will be offered a lot of opportunities to collaborate with other teachers from Europe and resources to work on this collaboration successfully. To register, click on 'Register Now!' on the homepage of the eTwinning website:

The application form for the eTwinning & NANOYOU Learning Lab will be available on your eTwinning desktop and you will be able to register for the NANOYOU online training from there.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 14:53:31 +0100
Friday, 26 November 2010 08:14 - Create new tools using those ones developed by the project! NANOYOU invites all educators to adapt the tools in the portal, to create new ones and to share them with the rest of participants in the blog. All NANOYOU tools have been created under a Creative Commons licence; you can check each particular case in the portal.

Fri, 26 Nov 2010 08:14:52 +0100
Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:59 - NANOYOU students take part in an event at the European ... Students from the Italian school ISISS Piana di Lucca - Liceo Scientifico E. Majorana (Capannori) took part in the 2nd European Innovation Summit, which was held from 11 to 14 October at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The students gave a presentation about the NANOYOU project in a session entitled “Europe’s Future Nobel Prize Winners”, which aimed to increase students’ interest in science and technology careers. You will soon be able to read an article on their experience which they are preparing.

About 200 secondary school students aged 14 years and over from all EU Member States attended the event and many more followed it online via EuroparlTV

The 2nd European Innovation Summit was organised by Knowledge4Innovation, an open, independent platform enabling multiple stakeholders of the knowledge and innovation economy to meet and exchange their experiences, with the common objective of improving Europe’s innovation performance.


Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:59:50 +0100
Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:45 - Only two days left to register for the NANOYOU and ... The NANOYOU team will offer a very special learning event from 15 to 25 November on the eTwinning platform. Experts and scientists spielautomaten from the consortium will run this online training course to introduce the project and teach you how to use the tools and resources available on NANOYOU website.

Registration to the learning lab finishes tomorrow! Click here for more information.

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 09:45:28 +0100
Friday, 05 November 2010 12:47 - The NANOYOU film keeps travelling around the world! The Science Film Festival. Nanoscience Centre submitted the NANOYOU film to the sixth edition of this festival initiated in 2005 by the Goethe-Institute.  In this occasion the festival will take place in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand during the last two weeks of November.

This year the Science Film Festival received over 170 films from 24 countries, of which 47 films from 17 countries are in the official competition. A broad selection of them can be enjoyed in four nations across ASEAN for the first time!

The Science Film Festival presents films which communicate technological and scientific issues accessibly and entertainingly to a wide audience. Through this approach, the festival encourages a culture of science films that combines education and entertainment, demonstrating that science communication and learning can be fun.

The Science Film Festival 2010 is organized by the Goethe-Institut and the French Embassy in each country, as well as UNESCO.]]>
Fri, 05 Nov 2010 12:47:26 +0100
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 10:28 - Register for eTwinning & NANOYOU learning lab eTwinning platform. Experts and scientists from the consortium will run this online training course to introduce the project and teach you how to use the tools and resources available on NANOYOU website.

Registration opened on 1 November and will close on 12 November.

ATTENTION: To participate in this learning event, you must become an eTwinning teacher. It is not possible to register for the eTwinning learning lab on NANOYOU if you don't register first on the eTwinning platform. It is really easy to become an eTwinning teacher and you will be offered a lot of opportunities to collaborate with other teachers from Europe and resources to work on this collaboration successfully. To register, click on 'Register Now!' on the homepage of the eTwinning website:

The application form for  the eTwinning & NANOYOU Learning Lab will be available on your eTwinning desktop and you will be able to register for the NANOYOU online training from there. If you have any questions, please contact]]>
Wed, 03 Nov 2010 10:28:23 +0100
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 10:32 - The new pilot schools are ready to start with the NANOYOU ... From the 4th to 6th October teachers from the 26 new pilot schools travelled to Brussels to attend the training session that NANOYOU had prepared for them.

During this three-day meeting teachers were given an introduction to nanotechnologies, they got to discover and use the different tools that NANOYOU is offering –including some hands-on experiments! – and they engaged in discussions about the ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) that relate to nanotechnologies.

A teacher from the previous group of pilot schools gave a presentation explaining her experience using the NANOYOU resources with students, and  European Schoolnet presented other projects relevant to NANOYOU and to teachers, such as Scientix, a European community for science education.

New pilot schools are now preparing to start their activities with NANOYOU and soon they will share their experiences through the NANOYOU teachers’ blog.

Check the blog to see what is going on!

Wed, 20 Oct 2010 10:32:15 +0100
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:07 - NANOYOU film awarded the Best Short Film prize at the 2010 ... Last August the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre took the NANOYOU film to SCINEMA, a Festival of Science Film Competition that has been taking place in Australia since year 2000.

The NANOYOU film was the winner for the Short Film category of this edition of the festival, which registered a high participation with the submission of over 400 films from 35 different countries.

SCINEMA is a science film, video and multimedia festival which aims to promote and raise the public level of science as well as forgeing new links between the sciences and the arts. It has explored ways to enhance communication to raise public and stakeholder excitement and trust in science through the medium of film.

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:07:20 +0100
Monday, 27 September 2010 10:44 - A new generation of pilot schools to join the NANOYOU project! During the 2009-2010 school year 24 pilot schools from all over Europe participated in the NANOYOU project, testing the tools and participating in the different activities with their students.

A new generation of pilot schools has already been selected for the 2010-2011 school year. Below you can find the list of the 26 new pilot schools that were selected from over  500 applicants.

The new pilot schools are based in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

Schools interested in participating in the project are invited to register as NANOYOU schools. Information on how to participate will be sent after registration.


List of the new generation of pilot schools

Czech Republic

Střední průmyslová škola, Třebíč.

Mendelova střední škola, příspěvková organizace, Nový Jičín, Šenov u Nového Jičína.



Teknisk Gymnasium Christiansbjerg, Aarhus.



Maunulan yhteiskoulu ja Helsingin matematiikkalukio, Helsinki.



St Louis, Chateaulin.



Phaenovum, Lörrach.

Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium, Augsburg.



Bánki Donát Műszaki Középiskola, Nyíregyháza.

Kossuth Lajos Secondary Grammar School, Mosonmagyaróvár.



IISS “G. Peano – C. Rosa, Nereto.

ISIS Cavazzi Sorbelli Liceo Scientifico, Pavullo.



Escola Secundária Francisco Simões, Almada.

Escola Básica e Secundária de Santa Maria, Vila do Porto – Azores.



Liceul Teoretic Piatra, Piatra.

"CALISTRAT HOGAS " National College, Piatra Neamt.

Secondary School nr.2, along with Children's Club Zimnicea, Zimnicea.



Spojená škola Martin, Martin.

Gymnazium Janka Jesenského, Bánovce nad Bebravou.



Buråsskolan, Gothenburg.



Escola Gavina SCV, Picanya (València).

IES Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona (Catalunya).



UPS Haluk Ündeğer High School, Istanbul.

TED Afyon Koleji Özel İlköğretim Okulu, Afyonkarahisar.



Eastbrook School, London.

Upton Hall School, Merseyside.

Battle Abbey School, Battle.

Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:44:45 +0100
Monday, 20 September 2010 06:56 - The NANOYOU film is now available with English subtitles You can now view the NANOYOU film with English subtitles visiting NANOYOU in YouTube.

Danish subtitles are also available and new ones will be coming in the future.

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:56:00 +0100
Monday, 13 September 2010 10:22 - New role play games available!

For the start of the new school year NANOYOU has developed four new role games to engage in a dialogue about the ethical, legal and social aspects of nanotechnologies.

With the new games you’ll be able to discuss and learn about nanotechnology applications in the field of energy, you will discover how nanotechnologies can help in the detection of food freshness and you will reflect on the possibility of tagging everyday objects and connecting them to databases and networks to keep track of them.

Play the new role games and give your opinion!

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 10:22:40 +0100
Friday, 09 July 2010 07:39 - And the winners are... From December 7th to July 1at Nanoyou  run the "My intelligent enviornment" picture contest which encouraged youngsters aged 16-25 to portrait how nanotechnologies are becoming part of our lives.

Now we have the three winners!

The first prize of 500 euros goes to "A dog and its chip" by Cytronne (France).


The second prize of 250 euros goes to "Blooming NanoTech" by Mey (Romania).


And the third prize of 150 euros goes to "Tech's risks" by Liutic (Italy).

You can have a look at all the pictures that participated visiting the pictures gallery.

Fri, 09 Jul 2010 07:39:18 +0100
Friday, 02 July 2010 06:59 - Picture contest winners to be announced on the 7th July! The NANOYOU picture contest: “My intelligent environment” is now finished.

The three winners will be announced on the 7th July. If you want to see which pictures participated in the contest you can visit the contest gallery here.

Some of the participant pictures will also be used in the exhibition that NANOYOU is preparing.

Fri, 02 Jul 2010 06:59:08 +0100
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 06:53 - NANOYOU tools available in 12 languages! Most of the NANOYOU tools have been translated into several European languages and new translations will be coming soon. You can now find online resources in Catalan, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Spanish.

Select a language to download the tools available:

Catalan English French  German  Greek  Italian  Latvian  Lithuanian  Portuguese 
Romanian  Slovak  Spanish
Tue, 15 Jun 2010 06:53:52 +0100
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 08:46 - Few days left to participate in the picture contest! The deadline for the picture contest is the 1st of July, so if you are aged 16-25 you still have some days left to participate in it and share your views on NT in our cities and day to day life.

Pictures from the contest will be selected to be part of the travelling exhibition that NANOYOU is preparing.

Help us create the NANOYOU exhibition and let us know what you think!

Click here to visit the picture gallery.

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 08:46:08 +0100
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 10:24 - Watch the finalist videos from the NANOYOU contests! On the 5-6 December 2009 six teams of youngsters participated in the NANOYOU video contest and spent a weekend working on the production of short videos on `Living a 2.0 city´. Now you can watch the finalist videos and enjoy the results of that creative weekend! 

Also within the context of NANOYOU, students from ENSAG (Ecole Nationale Supérieur d'Architecture de Grenoble) participated in the workshop "Big Scale, Small Objects" where they produced videos under the theme of the communication networks in the city. You can also watch them on-line!

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:24:10 +0100
Monday, 07 June 2010 00:00 - NANOYOU presented at the ECSITE Annual Conference ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums).

NANOYOU materials were received with a lot of interest within a session called "Education and engagement resources on nanoscale science" which aimed to present and discuss several experiments, demonstrations and programmes designed for young people and educators that are being carried out at the moment, as well as inspiring future initiatives. Representatives from the European projects Time for Nano and NANO TO TOUCH also took part in the session.]]>
Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 +0100
Thursday, 01 April 2010 00:00 - Picture contest extended until July 1st! The deadline for the picture contest has been extended until the 1st of July, so you have more time to participate and share your views on the presence of NT in our cities and day to day life. Some of the pictures that participate in the contest will become part of the travelling exhibition that NANOYOU is preparing.

Help us create the NANOYOU exhibition, let us know what you think!

Click here to visit the picture gallery.

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:00:00 +0100
Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:00 - Join NANOYOU at the interactive debate in Paris! NANOYOU invites you to contribute to its upcoming travelling exhibition! Take part in the interactive debate on the applications and issues of nano-electronics and nano-informatics, on April 8, 2010 at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris!

Alongside presentations of films and images created for NANOYOU's video and photo contest, youngsters, researchers and designers will debate the main pathways in the development, appropriation and creative reuse of these technologies.

The outcomes of the debate will orientate the scenario of the exhibition ‘DIY futures’. So, don't hesitate, but come and share your opinion with us.

For more information contact us at:

The NANOYOU interactive debate is part of the events that are taking place within the e-Skills Week, an initiative of the European Commission's DG Entreprise and Industry.




Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 00:00 - NANOYOU at the “Go digital!” e-Skills Week closing event! The “Go digITal!” e-Skills Week closing event will take place on 5 March 2010 in Brussels to present the results of the activities organised in more than 20 countries during the e-Skills Week campaign.

NANOYOU will participate in this event organising a workshop aimed at youngsters and secondary school teachers to raise awareness about the diversity of careers offered by the Nano & ICT sector. The workshop will be organised around an overview of the relevant professions, a role game and a space for questions and dialogue.

During the “Go digital” event there will also be presentations from high level speakers related to ICT, an exhibition area that will give a practical view to young people on IT jobs and a Prize award ceremony that will reward the students participating in e-Skills Week competition.

Over 400 students from secondary and tertiary schools, teachers, professionals and ICT practitioners as well as representatives from companies, from the European Commission and from the Ministries of education will attend the event to exchange their experiences and views to build a competitive Europe.]]>
Wed, 03 Mar 2010 00:00:00 +0100
Friday, 12 February 2010 12:37 - The NANOYOU interactive debate will take place in April The NANOYOU interactive debate which was programmed for March 11th 2010 will finally take place on the 8th of April at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris. As a result of this change of dates the picture contest participation period is extended to the 1st of April, so you have one more month to send us your creative pictures on the nanotechnologies that are already part of our lives.

The interactive debate and the picture contest are a great opportunity to tell us which are your views on nanotechnologies.  So don't hesitate and share your opinion with us!]]>
Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:37:00 +0100
Friday, 05 February 2010 08:23 - NANOYOU supports the first European e-Skills Week NANOYOU supports the first European e-Skills Week, which is taking place from 1-5 March 2010. The campaign aims at raising awareness of the growing demand for highly skilled ICT practitioners and users within the industry.

Public authorities and ICT companies as well as schools and students are working together to organise a range of exciting events, training sessions, school visits, competitions and more, to underline the importance of ICT skills in today's society, and to demonstrate the wide range of job opportunities in the field. The campaign ultimately aims to increase ICT skills among professionals and to encourage more young people to take up ICT studies and careers.

The European e-Skills week is expected to involve 300,000 participants in more than 100 activities. The events will take place across Europe with more than 20 participating countries.
Some of the NANOYOU activities, such as the picture contest, will also participate in the European e-Skills Week. This means that the winners of the picture contest could also be selected to take part in the e-Skills Week competition.

The European e-Skills Week is the culmination of a campaign funded by the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry and coordinated by DIGITALEUROPE and European Schoolnet with the aim to promote e-skills whilst building bridges between the different stakeholders.

For up to date information, please visit

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 08:23:25 +0100
Thursday, 17 December 2009 09:13 - NANOYOU pilot schools have already been selected 24 pilot schools have been selected as the first to launch NANOYOU into the classroom. These schools are based in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, UK, Slovakia and Spain. A list of the participating pilot schools can be found hereunder.

At the end of January, teachers from the selected schools will take part in a training workshop in Brussels, organised by ORT and EUN with the collaboration of iNANO. The training aims to introduce and explain the different NANOYOU experiments and activities that teachers can use in their classrooms.

The pilot schools will have a coordination and management tool at their disposal ( in order to communicate with each other, share useful documents and files, leave messages, ask questions and be in contact with the project administrators.

Pilot schools will be the first group to try out activities in class. Thereafter, they will be invited to post their results and impressions on the website. By sharing their experiences with other teachers, they will offer support for other schools interested kasyna in taking part in NANOYOU.

Non pilot schools interested in NANOYOU will be able to use the implemented NANOYOU materials in their class at a later stage. They will then benefit from advice, help and support from pilot schools that ran the activities beforehand.

For further information please contact


List of selected pilot schools:

BRG/BG Klusemann (Graz)
Borg 3 (Vienna)

Institut Don Bosco (Brussels)

St.Theodoros Gymnasium (Pafos)

Aabenraa Statsskole (Billund)

Jakob-Fugger-Gymnasium (Augsburg)      
Tannenbusch-Gymnasium (Bonn)

4th Lyceum Stavroupolis (Thessaloniki)

Istituto Istruzione Superiore G.Carducci (Ferrara)      
ISISS "Piana di Lucca" - Liceo Scientifico "E. Majorana" (Capannori)     
ITIS Marconi (Verona)

Riga Purvciems Secondary School (Riga)

"Ausra" Secondary School (Birzai)

Escola Secundária com 3º Ciclo Madeira Torres (Torres Vedras)      
Agrupamento de Escolas Eugenio de Andrade (Porto)

Dimitrie Ghica School (Comanesti Bacau)      
"Dimitrie Anghel"School       

The Glasgow Academy (Glasgow)      
Smithycroft Secondary School (Glasgow)

Secondary Technical School Of Transport Kosice (Kosice)

I.E.S. Manuel de Falla (Cadiz)      
Colegio Pedro Poveda (Jaén)

Thu, 17 Dec 2009 09:13:46 +0100
Monday, 07 December 2009 00:00 - NANOYOU video contest The NANOYOU video contest took place on the 5-6 December 2009. Six teams of youngsters participated in the contest and spent a weekend working on the production of short videos on `Living a 2.0 city´. The videos will be available soon.

Participants were accompanied intensively by the jury members, and spent day and night to transform their innovative storyboards into 3 minute videos on ‘Living a 2.0 city’.

To blow off steam, everybody was challenged to participate with interactive experiments, providing real-life experience with sensors and chips: `What does it feel like to be tracked real-time ?´ `What does it feel like to interact with a computer, using a motion pod instead of a mouse?´

At the end of the weekend four videos were nominated and their creators were invited to present their videos at NANOYOU's public debate at the Cité des sciences et de l’ industrie in Paris, on April 8, 2010.

The group was very diverse, with participants coming from different backgrounds such as design, engineering, art history, communication or video technique, and a multidisciplinary jury with engineers, a social scientist specializing in story boarding techniques, an architect, a science educator, a decorative art teacher and an interaction designer.

Have a look at a short video summarizing this fun weekend!

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 11:20 - Current research portrayed through the NANOYOU tools

Barcelona Science Park and Cambridge Nanoscience Centre have been collaborating to develop virtual experiments and a short film on nanotechnologies.

Two research projects are currently available as online virtual experiments. The first is a project based on an electronic nose, developed by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) at Barcelona Science Park, and the other is a project developed by Cambridge Nanoscience Centre about a nanoscale transistor as a key component in a future computer device. 
For the development of the film, an audiovisual production team from Cambridge visited UCAM’s and PCB’s installations to interview some of the scientists working with nanotechnologies.

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:20:50 +0100
Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00 - 48-hour Nano video contest in France Next December 5 and 6, CCSTI-Grenoble is organising a weekend video contest workshop. During the event, several experts in the field of nanotechnologies, as well as artists, architects and social scientists, will talk to participants about NT research lines and applications. 

Following this interaction, participants will be asked to produce a short video on “Living in a 2.0 City”. The winners will take part in a public debate on nanotechnologies, which will take place in Paris at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in March 2010.

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:00 - Meeting in Cambridge Last October, the members of the NANOYOU Consortium met in Cambridge to evaluate the leading educational tools being produced by each partner and to coordinate the launch of educational activities in European schools next January. The background and expertise of each partner contributed towards improving and developing these tools.

The meeting was also an opportunity to visit Cambridge’s Nanoscience Centre and its nanotechnology labs to learn about some of the research projects being carried out there. Professor Mark Welland coordinated a discussion with young scientists who shared their thoughts on how nanotechnologies should be communicated to the public.

Tue, 24 Nov 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Tuesday, 30 June 2009 14:40 - NANOYOU travels to Prague and Milan June has been a busy month for the Nanoyou project, which was presented for the first time in experts’ conferences in the Czech Republic and Italy.

From the 2nd to the 5th of June, Nanoyou travelled to Prague, Czech Republic, where the EuroNanoForum 2009 was taking place. The Nanoyou project was presented in a conference presided by Vered Ehrlich, from ORT. Vered also participated in a workshop with the representatives of three other European projects on nanotechnologies communication: NanoTV, NanoToTouch and Time4Nano. The workshop resulted in future collaboration initiatives amongst the four projects that would offer more resources and opportunities to the participants.

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 14:40:59 +0100
Saturday, 27 June 2009 16:12 - NANOYOU Kicks Off to Engage with European Youth about ...
The partners of the European science communication project NANOYOU met in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 27-28 April to kick off its educational programmes to inform young people about nanotechnology. NANOYOU is primarily funded by the European Commission and is coordinated by ORT Israel. It aims to inform European youth about nanotechnologies and to promote dialogue about their ethical, legal and social implications through a web portal and outreach activities in schools and museums throughout Europe. The project will evolve over the next two years and aims to reach a wide audience of more than 25.000 students through the participation of schools and more than 4.000 young adults through the activities at the Science Centres.

Other partners involved in different areas of the project include: EUN Partnership AISBL (European Schoolnet), The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at the University of Aarhus, Barcelona Science Park, The Centre for Social Innovation, Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industrielle de Grenoble, La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and Halevi Dweck & Co. ARTTIC Israel Company Ltd.

Nanotechnologies (NTs) are the development and application of materials and processes at the “nanoscale” of individual molecules. Some NTs applications have already emerged, while others are still under development.  NT will impact the lives of every citizen. Therefore, people should be aware of its benefits, but also of possible harmful effects. However, recent surveys show a lack of understanding and knowledge of NT by the public. This is partially due to the fact that school curricula do not yet cover the subject adequately. Only by being informed will European citizens be able to contribute positively to future decision-making on the use of NTs.

The target audience of the project is composed of children and young adults 11-25 years old. A variety of programmes with relevant messages, tools and approaches will be designed for the separate educational needs and capabilities of each age group. School programmes will be designed to reach young people 11-18 years old, as well as their teachers in at least 20 EU Member States and Associated States. In parallel, the programme for 19-25 year olds will be developed in Science Centres.

Nanotechnology is a broad field, but NANOYOU will focus on three topical sub-areas: medicine, energy and environment, along with information and communication technology. This will enable the programmes to focus on problems relevant to young peoples´ daily lives, rather than attempting to cover all issues involving NT.

NANOYOU will combine temporary exhibitions, workshops, virtual games, experiments and other online content, including virtual dialogues and a virtual exhibition with simulations, animations and virtual experiments. The content will be balanced and up-to-date, and educational training materials will be prepared to equip science teachers and other personnel who participate in the programme.


Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:12:21 +0100
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 00:00 - A step towards understanding how cells organize themselves A project carried out by several IBEC researchers from the BioNanoPhotonics group demonstrates the existence of an intricate coupling between biological membrane organisation and cellular function. Understanding how receptors organise themselves on the membrane can help to protect the human system against infections by viruses and pathogens, and eventually develop therapies to treat immune-related diseases selectively and more effectively.

Cells communicate with each other and the outside world through a myriad of receptors located in its membrane. Particular cellular functions are determined not only by the expression of these receptors but also by the way they organise themselves on the biological membrane both in space and time.

Very little is known so far about how cells organise themselves, because this process occurs at a scale too small to be observed by conventional microscopes. The contribution made by the research group in this area has been to develop a simple and versatile platform that is used to create the so-called ligand patterns. The cells are then seeded over these patterns and, using a highly sensitive optical technique developed in the same group, researchers observe how natural receptors on the cell react to their counter-receptors placed in the pattern. 

For more information: IBEC


Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Monday, 11 May 2009 00:00 - Nano-sized boxes with great potential Researchers from Aarhus University have successfully produced a nanoscale box, which is the most complex man-made nanostructure ever generated by self-assembly.

The building blocks used to make the nanoscale box are DNA molecules. Almost as if by magic, hundreds of DNA molecules assemble themselves to form a precise structure, which is designed digitally by scientists. The nano-box even has a lid that only opens if it comes in contact with specific defined substances. This provides an opportunity to use the nano-box as a diagnostic sensor that can reveal the presence of viruses or cancer, for example. In the long term, it might be possible to control the release of medicine into diseased cells.

Figure 1: 3D image of the nano-box. (a) The whole box is shown here with its height, width and length in nanometres. A nanometre is a billionth of a metre. (b) Transverse image of the nano-box showing the interior cavity that can be used for functions such as transporting medicine into diseased cells in the body.
The images are determined from individual particles observed using cryogenic transmission electron microscopy.

The Aarhus researchers are already carrying out experiments to pack biological enzymes into nano-boxes and thereby control their activity. They are also working on packing medicine molecules into boxes and testing the stability of these boxes in blood and cells. The ability of nano-boxes to react within their local environment – e.g. blood – and release medicine provides hope that they can be used to target cancer cells or cells affected by viruses.

For more information: iNANO


Mon, 11 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Tuesday, 14 April 2009 00:00 - New project to asses the safety of nanotechnologies The Platform of Experimental Toxicology and Ecotoxicology of the PCB () and the company , which is part of the PCB-Santander Bioincubator, are taking part in the project , which aims to guarantee the safe use of nanoparticles and nanostructuring materials, from their production to their disposal.

The objectives of this subproject are to provide a scientifically-based proposal to establish a series of in-vivo and in-vitro trials that enable toxicological assessment of nanomaterials and vectorization of drugs using nanoparticles, as well as to test some of the proposed strategies, especially in areas where a significant lack of information has been detected. These areas include in vivo data, toxicity due to repeated doses, genotoxicity, toxicogenomics, environmental toxicology, bioaccumulation in the organism, biomagnification and integrated assessment of ecological and sanitary risk.

For more information: Barcelona Science Park

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 00:00 - Research on a drug for treating the most frequent chemotherapy ... The biotech company – specialised in nanomedicine and cell methods for in vitro research, and located at the Barcelona Science Park- has signed an agreement with the company Nobera Pharma for the development of a drug aimed at treating palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia. Also known as the hand-foot syndrome, it is a very frequent side effect in cancer patients that leads to the reduction and even interruption of chemotherapy, decreasing chances of survival.

The drug is currently in the pre-clinical phase, and it is forecasted that clinical studies will begin during the first trimester of 2010. Its objective is to ensure that patients complete their chemotherapy treatment before the expected pause, as well as to substantially improve their quality of life during treatment.

For more information: Barcelona Science Park

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0100
Friday, 13 March 2009 00:00 - New technique to study the electrical activity of the cellular ... Researchers from the IBEC (Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya) and the Polytechnic of Milano have developed a new technique to study with accuracy and in detail how the cellular membrane responds to external electrical fields at the nanoscale.

Their work opens new possibilities for studying bioelectric phenomena and the dielectric properties of biological membranes at the nanoscale.

For more information: IBEC

Fri, 13 Mar 2009 00:00:00 +0100