EU Report: Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies

•February 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

report of the study “Analysis of Smart Specialisation Strategies in Nanotechnologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Process Technologies”.
This study has been undertaken on behalf of DG Research and Innovation, Key Enabling Technologies Directorate. The principal aim of the study was to identify and map priorities, declared strategies, emerging trends, instruments envisaged, estimated funding volumes and modalities regarding the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The study focuses in particular on the nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and process technologies KETs and how they are reflected in the Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) prepared at either the national or regional level. The study provides a snapshot of the situation during late spring/early summer of 2014.
The specific objectives of the study are: to identify national/regional priorities, strategies, budgets linked to KETs with the aim of analysing trends, commonalities, striking features among the priorities, instruments and funding volumes, and to identify synergies and bottlenecks between H2020/LEIF and Structural Funds KETs priorities. The study also aims to facilitate the efficient coordination of financial instruments between the relevant responsible administrations at EU, national and regional level.
The Smart Specialisation concept aims at concentrating knowledge resources and linking them to a limited number of priority economic activities so that countries and regions can become, and remain, competitive in the global economy. Smart specialisation is also considered an important instrument for ensuring synergies between Horizon 2020 and the ESIF, by providing a stairway to excellence and providing companies and research actors with a funding continuum, or at least the
opportunity for developing jointly funded projects. The European Commission has released guidelines for RIS3 which aim to coordinate existing tools within the EU policies and regulations.
KETs are instrumental as a key accelerator of innovation and the competitiveness of EU industries.
However, whilst Europe generally shows an excellent R&D performance, its major weakness lies in translating this knowledge into commercially successful goods and services and supporting innovative SMEs. Hence KETs are a key instrument within the RIS3 to address the technology and innovation challenges, but also the broader societal challenges within each region. The Leadership
in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) programme within Horizon 2020 will support the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors, including ICT and space. Horizon 2020 will have a strong focus on developing European industrial capabilities KETs.

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Nanotech Dubai 2015 International Conference & Exhibition

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 International Conference & Exhibition

Nanotech Dubai 2015

16 Mar – 18 Mar 2015 | Dubai – United Arab Emirates
SETCOR 2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 brings together leading scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners, technology developers and policy makers in nanotechnology to exchange information on their latest research progress, innovation and business opportunities. It’s among the most important events in terms of international regulatory policies and it’s opened to the participation of private companies. It’s unique venue for companies to promote equipment and technology.

The conference covers all frontier topics in nanotechnology. The conference includes plenary lectures and invited talks by eminent personalities from around the world in addition to contributed papers both oral and poster presentations.

SETCOR 2nd Edition Nanotech Dubai 2015 conference organizing committee is looking forward to welcoming you in Dubai.

The conference will be held in the prestigious Highest Hotel in the World, JW Marriot Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Dubai

The Nanotech Dubai 2015 conference topics include:

Advanced Nanomaterials
•Nanoparticles Synthesis and applications
•Nanocomposites / Bionanocomposites Materials
•Nanostructured / nanoporous Materials and devices
•Nanostructured coatings, surfaces and membranes
•Carbon Nanostructures and devices
•Polymer Nanotechnology
•Soft Nanotechnology and Colloids

Nanomaterials Fabrication, Characterization and Tools
•Synthesis of Nanomaterials
•Sustainable Nanomanufacturing
•Nanoscale Materials Characterization
•Modeling and Simulation at the Nanoscale

Nanoscale Electronics
•Nano Electronics and Photonics
•Organic and Flexible Electronics
•Green Electronics
•MEMS and NEMS Devices and Applications
•Sensors and Systems

Nanotech for Energy and Environment
•Nanomatrials for Clean and Sustainable Technology
•Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Collection and Conversion
•Energy Storage and Novel Generation
•Nanotech for Oil and Gas
•NanoNuclear Materials
•Fuels Applications
•Renewable Energy Technologies
•Bio Sources for Materials and Fuels
•Green Chemistry and Materials
•Water Technologies
•Smart Grid

Nanotech in Life Sciences and Medicine
•Bionanomaterials and Tissues Engineering
•Biosensors, Diagnostics and Imaging
•Materials for Drug and Gene Delivery
•Biomarkers and Nanoparticles
•Cancer Diagnostics, Imaging and Treatment
•Drug Delivery and Therapeutics
•Cancer Nanotechnology
•Nano Robots
•DNA nanotechnology

Nanotechnology safety
•Risk assessment and management
•Measurement of health risk
•Exposure scenarios
•Regulation and ethical impacts

Nano Applications
•Food Technology
•Military and Defence
•Aeropspace and Vehicle Manufacturers
•Manufacturing and Construction

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ICNFA’15 – 6th International Conference on Nanotechnology: Fundamentals and Applications

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Scientific Committee Chair: Dr. S. Gh. Etemad, International Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (International ASET Inc.), Canada

As globalization leads to an increasing interaction between regions and people of the world, it is important to encourage academic growth in emerging scientific topics such as nanotechnology. Nanotechnology, even though rapidly growing, is still just beginning and already has given rise to numerous novel applications for the solution of many current problems. ICNFA is a series of international conferences which are held yearly. These conferences focus on all aspects of Nanotechnology. After the success of the fifth conference in Prague, Czech Republic, ICNFA will remain in Europe and Barcelona, Spain will host the sixth international conference. The aim of ICNFA’15 is to bring together the Canadian and International community working in the field of nanotechnology to foster an environment conducive to present advancements in Nanotechnology. This conference will also provide an ideal opportunity to develop new collaborations and partnerships with experts in the field. This year’s conference guarantees to be a great occasion to share knowledge and contribute to the ever-growing scientific world on Nanotechnology. ICNFA’15 will take advantage of the synergy of previous year’s conferences and will continue to move forward in the field of Nanotechnology. ICNFA’15 will provide keynote talks, oral presentations sessions and poster sessions that will demonstrate new information and research in regards to Nanotechnology.

Abstract Deadline:
1st April 2015
Registration Deadline:
20th April 2015

Challenges and opportunities in graphene commercialization

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Nature Nanotechnology 9, 730–734 (2014) doi:10.1038/nnano.2014.225

As technical knowledge, manufacturing methods and the development of applications mature, key factors will affect the pace of commercialization of graphene.

It is now 10 years since the Nobel Prize winners Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov published the first1 of a series of seminal papers that triggered a sharp rise in the level of graphene research efforts worldwide. Fuelled by public (for example, European Commission, UK and Korean governments) as well as private investments (for example, Samsung, IBM, Nokia), research on graphene has produced a substantial body of scientific knowledge, accompanied by a surge of publications and patent applications. The past 6–7 years have seen a steady, worldwide emergence of private ventures focused on the manufacturing and commercialization of graphene and graphene-based materials, with 44 companies currently active (Mark Rahn from MTI Venture, talk given at Graphene: Commercialisation and Applications, Univ. of Manchester, 12–13 June 2014) and a range of these materials commercially available.

Nevertheless, there are only a few graphene-based products that have reached the market, such as the tennis racket by Head, the battery strap by Vorbeck, the oil-drilling mud by Nanochem or the phone touch screen by Samsung. These products represent an initial market entry rather than the first, full commercial wave of graphene products. The size of the graphene market was estimated to be around US$12 million in 2013, indicating that so far we are still in a phase of research and development, in which the market is dominated by sales of raw graphene materials. The market projections for the next 5–10 years, however, indicate significant expansion and revenue increase. An increase in graphene demand should drive up production scale and drive down costs, resulting in a shift from material sales to a market dominated by sales of graphene-based components, systems and products.

The steep rise in graphene application patents further supports the realization of an industrial graphene market in the upcoming years3. Figure 1 shows the comparison of the patent landscape of different materials. The number of graphene patents has increased significantly more steeply than for the other benchmark materials, including silicon (Fig. 1, inset).
Progress in the commercialization of graphene can be assessed by looking at the growth of demand-driven graphene production (rather than production capacity) and benchmarking it against that of carbon fibres and carbon nanotubes.

Figure 1: Number of patent applications and granted patents by first publication date.

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EuroNanoForum 2015 :10 -12 June 2015, Riga, Latvia

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

EuroNanoForum 2015 – 10-12 June 2015, Riga, Latvia – “Nanotechnology for European competitiveness”

The EuroNanoForum 2015 is a meeting point for industry, science and policy. Strengthening European competitiveness and supporting its re-industrialisation, the event showcases innovation as driver for economic growth, presents new technologies arising from nanotechnologies and advanced materials, and discusses the new applications and commercialisation potential for these technologies. The program features also aspects of upcoming H2020 calls, regional and public-private partnerships, as well as the most important framework conditions – safety, IPR, education, standards, regulations and funding.

Participating in the EuroNanoForum is an excellent opportunity for building partnerships and doing business. The fully integrated Nanotech Europe exhibition gives access to a variety of companies, projects and other organisations, meetings with potential partners, customers and key decision makers can be pre-arranged for the brokerage day, and the conference dinner and other social events provide an opportunity for more informal discussions and for enjoying Latvian hospitality.

The EuroNanoForum 2015 has confirmed more speakers for the conference in Riga, Latvia. The speakers will discuss different aspects of the overall theme of “Nanotechnology for European competitiveness”, according to the list of sessions at the conference.

You can have a look at all the confirmed speakers:

Over the three-day event, a range of must-see talks will be delivered by the leading minds. Complementing the talks, the event offers vast opportunities for building partnerships and doing business, such as fully integrated Nanotech Europe 2015 exhibition, brokerage day, Latvian Saiets – The gathering and more.

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NanoPT 2015 – Porto, Portugal, Feb. 13-15

•February 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment







Modeling at the nanoscale

Scientific Policy / Tech transfer



Samsung Reveals Major Graphene Breakthrough

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Graphene may as well be called the most interesting material in the world.
It’s stronger than a diamond and pretty much anything else known to man. It’s an atom thick. It’s incredibly conductive and enhances communication. It could potentially replace silicon and ultimately transform electronics.
One of its only limitations is size; most of its qualities cannot be produced at a scale that is useful in manufacturing consumer-level products. That is, until now.
Researchers around the globe have experimented with graphene since its discovery in 2004. Now, scientists at Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea have announced the discovery of a new method for “growing large area, single crystal wafer scale graphene.”
“The new method…synthesizes large-area graphene into a single crystal on a semiconductor, maintaining its electric and mechanical properties,” Samsung wrote. It “repeatedly synthesizes single crystal graphene on the current semiconductor wafer scale.”
Previous attempts at growing large-scale graphene wafers were unsuccessful, Samsung said, because they deteriorated some of graphene’s key qualities.
It could be a major breakthrough for graphene, but it’s also a major bummer for technologies companies hoping to cash in on a graphene electronics bonanza.

Handset manufacturer Nokia (soon to be fully owned by Microsoft) has been in the graphene research game since 2006. Last year, the company got a $2.3 billion grant from the European Union’s Future and Emerging Technologies program to develop graphene-based technology solutions. Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University’s graphene project is funded by Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), and like Nokia, they have been studying the material since 2006.

It’s unclear whether Samsung’s breakthrough will give the electronics company the lead in graphene-based electronics, or whether it plans to share the breakthrough. Samsung already makes displays for many of the world’s most popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

One thing that remains unaddressed in Samsung’s announcement is graphene’s other critical limitation — one that could prevent it from unseating silicon as the go-to material for electronics. Graphene lacks an “energy gap” and can’t be turned on and off. Put simply, it’s super-conductive and is never really “off.” Transistors work by switching on and off, sometimes millions of times a second, to help power the world’s processors.
Some say that “doping” the graphene, or adding chemicals to it to adjust its properties, could help, but it’s unclear whether that would change some of its most prized properties, like incredible strength.
The future of technology may, to a certain extent, hinge on researchers figuring this out. Silicon prices are rising as supply steadily dwindles. Companies like Samsung, Nokia, Apple, Qualcomm and others need another option, and nothing is more attractive than graphene. If Samsung truly has cracked this commercial production nut, the future of gadgetry could be very interesting indeed.


Portuguese nanotechnology firm is launched at largest medical fair in Dubai

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Smart Inovation, a company producing nanoparticles, located in Barcelos, participated for the first time in the HBMeU Congress 2014 (the largest event in the field of health and the environment of the Middle East) to intensify contacts with the international scientific community and potential clients or prospects.
Towards the end of 2013, Smart Inovation defined in its strategic plan the need to internationalize the SI technology and establish partnerships worldwide so that it may reach people, companies, institutions and organizations all over the world. Further participation in various events among other activities are being contemplated. Following the invitation to present its SI technology, SI agreed to participate in the HBMeU Congress 2014- Health and Environment Conference in the Middle East, which took place in the famous Hotel Atlantis The Palm, located on the famous artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, in Dubai.
Several clinical directors and managers of large hospitals in the Middle East who were present at the fair showed great interest in the SI technologies, in particular, the ones used in the medical field. With its own space at the fair, the company established various business contacts in order to sell its products and find distributors for different countries in the region.
Smart Inovation introduced itself as a R&D company that develops solutions in the field of nanotechnology and is based in Barcelos. Its mission is to develop and provide technology for the functionalization of materials which defy the established rules and paradigms, allowing industries to incorporate added value to their products directly providing new markets and gains in competitiveness. It has a center at an industrial scale for the production of nanoparticles with an average production capacity of 100 Tons/month.
It has developed an innovative and unique technology based on nanotechnology. The SI technology consists of a matrix of nanoparticles that can transport active substances. This matrix is able to bind to various materials giving them new properties and characteristics. Currently, it has solutions for applications such as: textiles, paints, varnishes, paper etc… Examples of these are: Repel Mosquito, Bactericidal, Mites, Athlete´s Foot, Diabetic Foot, Chilblains and Termites, among others.
Smart Inovation intends to occupy a prominent place in this innovative field of functionalized nanoparticles for applications in health. Its products are eco friendly and safe for the health and efficacy tests have been performed by various institutions and doctors such as the IHMT- Institute of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, SIRI Life Sciences. In the United States alone, about 1,7 million hospital infections occur annually causing approximately 100 thousand deaths per year. These costs would be lessened significantly with the use of the Bactericidal developed by Smart Inovation in hospitals, health centers and clinics, when applied in bed clothing and hospital staff uniforms.
Clinical and hospital directors of the Middle East present at the fair showed great interest in the SI technologies.

Director, U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)

•April 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in the Executive Office of the President is seeking candidates interested in serving as the Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the U.S. Federal Government’s interagency activity for coordinating research and development as well as enhancing communication and collaborative activities in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NNCO acts as the primary point of contact for information on the NNI; provides technical and administrative support to the Initiative, including the preparation of multiagency planning, budget, and assessment documents; develops, updates, and maintains the NNI website; and provides public outreach on behalf of the NNI. The NNCO is in Arlington, Virginia, co-located with the National Science Foundation.

The NNCO Director oversees all aspects of the NNCO, providing executive and technical leadership, management, and oversight of the NNCO staff in order to meet the NNCO mission. The Director also leads communication and coordination on NNI issues among and between Federal agencies and external stakeholders, and serves as a national spokesperson for the NNI. As a member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) staff, the NNCO Director provides advice to senior OSTP staff on issues relating to nanotechnology R&D, regulation, and commercialization.

Candidates interested in serving as the NNCO Director should have a doctoral degree or equivalent knowledge and experience in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering; be recognized as an expert in nanoscale science, engineering, and/or technology; and have a record of leadership positions with significant managerial, supervisory, and programmatic responsibilities. The candidate is expected to have knowledge of and/or experience with the NNI and its associated working groups, task forces, ad hoc subgroups, and coordinators, along with direct knowledge of Federal Government operational policies and procedures gained through either Federal employment, temporary duty at a Federal agency, or through significant, ongoing interactions with the Federal government.

The candidate must be available for two years, and will initially receive a one year assignment with a renewal for the second year upon mutual agreement.

US Citizenship is required.

Expressions of interest accompanied by a resume should be sent by April 30, 2014 to

NANOTECH MEET Tunisia 2014 joint international conferences

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

One place, two conferences covering hot science trends. NANOTECH Tunisia 2014 and the MEET Tunisia 2014 conferences will take place in parallel, as well as a vast exhibition, one-to-one meetings and an industrial forum.

MEET Tunisia 2014 will bring together a multi-disciplinary group of internationally recognized researcher and technology developers. The aim of this conference is to foster the interaction between scientists from academia and industry working on fundamental and applied aspects and contribute to the ultimate goal to accelerate the implementation of new, materials that will provide clean and affordable energy for the future. It will also give you an excellent overview of recent developments in the areas of energy conversion, energy storage and efficiency.

The development of sustainable energy systems is among the most pivotal challenges of the 21st century. Nanotechnology potentially provides paradigm-changing solutions to problems related to energy technology, because energy conversion processes of practical relevance occur at interfaces and surfaces, which are abundant in nanostructured materials. This conference will be jointly organized with the Nanotech Tunisia 2014. The main focus of this conference will be on Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in the fields of Graphene, Energy and Environment, Bio/Medicine, Optics, Photonics, etc.

This event will gather the global nanotechnology and Materials for Energy and Environment communities, including researchers, industrials, policymakers and investors. Internationally renowned speakers will offer the attendees exceptional opportunities. The latest trends and discoveries in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as in the area of Materials for Energy and Environment from some of the world´s leading players in the field will be discussed.

It is an excellent event for students to meet and discuss with lead researchers. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to discover innovation and new business opportunities. It’s among the most important events in the region and it’s opened to the participation of private companies. It’s a unique venue for companies to promote equipment and technology

The conference will include plenary speeches, invited presentations, contributed presentations and poster presentations. Also, the contents are enriched by networking coffee breaks and lunches.

For full details about the Conferences Topics, please refer to the conference program web page.

In parallel to the conference sessions, nanotechnology and nanoscience workshop will be organized and certificates will be issued to participants. This Nanotechnology workshop consists in a series of short courses that will educate participants in a range of technologies through a 2 days Intensive Program. This course focuses on all the essential aspects in this rapidly growing field.

Conference Chairs:
Prof. Claude Tannoudji (Nobel Prize Physics)
Professor of Physics, Collège de France, France

Prof. Ivar Giaever (Nobel Prize Physics)
Professor Emeritus, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ professor-at-large, University of Oslo/ President of Applied Biophysics, Finland

Prof. Jean-Pierre Joly
Director of the National Institute of Solar Energy (INES), France

Prof. Erich Sackmann
Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Technische Universitat Munchen- Germany

Prof. Michael Stöcker
Chief Scientist at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Norway

Prof. Vasco Teixeira
Associate professor at University of Minho, Portugal

More information:

Conference Challenges in Nanoscience – ISACS15

•March 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Challenges in Nanoscience ISACS 15 will bring together leading scientists from across the world to discuss the latest advances in nanoscience, which encompasses a broad range of disciplines, including chemistry, biology, physics and engineering. This meeting follows the successful ISACS 9 conference held in Xiamen, China in 2012

The conference will take place at the University of California, San Diego and the Scientific Committee warmly invites you to take part in ISACS 15.
The conference will bring together world leading experts from several disciplines – all leading names in their field – for an outstanding programme, complimented by contributed talks, together with extensive poster sessions that will provide many networking opportunities
•Programmable Materials
•Response nanomaterials
•Energy and Catalysis
•Characterisation and preparation – new materials

Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WF, UK

Assistant Scientist – Nanoscience – Argonne National Laboratory

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Nanoscience and Technology (NST) Division at Argonne National Laboratory hosts two user facilities, the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Electron Microscopy Center, in addition to performing programmatic science activities. NST research ranges from fundamental to use-inspired nanoscience with connections to industry and the Argonne applied science divisions. The division seeks to bring together scientists and engineers from national laboratories, industry, and academia to meet nanoscience and nanotechnology challenges of the present and future.

We are seeking a scientist who will become a member of our Theory and Modeling Group and establish a world-class research program in condensed matter theory and computational modeling of nanoscale materials and devices, preferably relevant to magnetism, charge and/or spin dynamics. Additionally, the incumbent will provide innovative and meticulous user support for modeling and/or computation in the area of nanoscience.

Preferred Skills:

•Considerable skill in techniques germane to theoretical and computational nanoscience
•Strong ability to work with abstract concepts and design theories and experiments to address relevant scientific issues
•Comprehensive oral and written communications skills and the ability to work with internal and external contacts in order to achieve established goals
•Strong background in scientific and high-performance computing

To be considered you must have:

•Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years of work experience OR Master’s Degree and 3+ years of work experience OR Ph.D. with a relevant background in materials science, physics, or chemistry
•Postdoctoral research experience is strongly preferred

We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. For consideration, please apply via our website at:
Argonne is an equal opportunity employer; we value diversity in our workforce.
Internal Number: 321944

Dubai Al-Hamlah Investment Group to Invest in Grafen Co. Research and Development Activities

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Dubai based investment company Al-Hamlah Investment Group plans to invest $1.8 million to fund production and supply business in Grafen Co. along with research and development activities.

The intended investment will focus on CrowdLit TM, a novel supply business model developed by Grafen Co., which is a customer specific supply chain development process in the fields of nanomaterials, advanced composites and industrial chemicals. The same fund will also be utilized to support the current R&D on graphene based nanosystems.

“Our customers and business partners will experience amazing changes in products and services after the planned investment” said Grafen Co., “we are especially keen to improve quality and consistency in the supply”.

About Grafen Chemical Industries Co. Grafen Co. was founded by Ibrahim Mutlay 10+ years ago to develop carbon nanotube based fibers. After extensive R&D in this field to build pilot-scale carbon nanotube development lines, Grafen Co. expanded its research directions into the immature graphene technology at 2007. Today, Grafen Co. with its skilled Executive and International Advisory Boards is a major technology developer in the field of advanced material sciences involving not only carbon nanostructures but also natural and man-made nanomaterials, functional polymers and fine chemicals. Grafen Co. is headquartered in Ankara, Turkey.

Fulbright Israel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for American Researchers

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright commission for Israel, plans to offer 8 fellowships to American post-doctoral researchers in support of work to be carried out at Israeli universities during the course of the 2015/2016-2016/2017 academic years.

The US Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program is open to candidates in all academic disciplines.

Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun research activities in Israel prior to the application date are not eligible.

Program grants total $40,000, $20,000 per academic year.

Program Fellows must be accepted as post-doctoral researchers by Israeli host institutions, which agree to provide them with a standard post-doctoral grant, which they will receive in addition to their Fulbright Fellowship. Thus, the total financial support received by Program Fellows is likely to be in the range of at least $35,000-$40,000 per year.

Applications for 2015/2016-2016/2017 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowships must be submitted to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars by August 1, 2014.

The full Program announcement is available at

Potential candidates may contact Ms. Judy Stavsky, Deputy Director, USIEF (; +972-3-517-2392) for advice and assistance.


8 openings.

Additional Salary Information: Fulbright Fellowship $20,000/year + host institution fellowship

SPIE Photonics Europe – Brussels

•March 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Research presentations in photonics, optics, lasers, and micro- and nanotechnologies, reports on European Commission photonics funding initiatives, and an expanded technology-transfer programme highlight next month’s SPIE Photonics Europe symposium. Sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, the event runs 14-17 April at the Square Brussels Meeting Centre.

“For anyone in the field, Photonics Europe is the place to be,” said General Chair Francis Berghmans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). “It brings together different disciplines, technologies, and perspectives from across Europe and around the world.”

More than 1,200 technical presentations are organized into 18 conferences, on topics in:
• Micro- and nanotechnologies
• Organic photonics
• Biophotonics, including a new session on Neurophotonics
• Highly integrated and functional photonic components
• Laser and amplifier technologies
• Photonics in industrial applications
• Quantum optics
• Metamaterials
• Laser sources and applications.

Hot Topics sessions feature speakers from Université de Franche-Comté, EC Photonics Unit, Hewlett-Packard Labs, University of Toronto, ICFO-Institute of Photonic Sciences, Supélec: OPOTEL and LMOPS, and Cornell University.

A full-day Industry Perspectives Programme provides executive briefings on growing photonics markets, including findings from an SPIE analysis of the global core photonics marketplace. Speakers are from SCHOTT, SPECTARIS, Deutsches Institut für Normung, Laserzentrum Hannover, Barco, Aquiti Gestion, IDEA Consult, IMEC, and Fraunhofer ILT.

A two-day exhibition includes nearly 80 photonics suppliers of optical components, lasers, fibre optics, detectors, and sensors.

The Photonics Innovation Village showcases projects from universities, nonprofits, and research centres aiming to transfer research and new technologies into new and useful products. Organised by the Brussels Photonics Team at VUB, the competition is supported by SPIE, with cash awards sponsored by the Brussels Capital Region Government for the top three projects.

Along with Berghmans, General Chairs are Ronan Burgess, EC Photonics Unit; Jürgen Popp, Institute of Photonic Technology Jena; and Peter Hartmann, SCHOTT. Hugo Thienpoint, VUB, is Honorary Chair.

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.