New beginning for Technet_nano

On 20th of March 2014 the Technet_nano project partners met at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg for the official closing of the project. They presented latest findings on biotechnology, medicine and smart materials to show the various fields of application of nano- and microtechnology.
The cooperation of the involved research institutions in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland was so effective and fruitful that the partners signed a memorandum of understanding stating their intent to continue the joint work.

Easy access to high technology
The project has been responsible for developing functional information solutions, which make it easy for small and medium-sized enterprises especially to access and receive an overview of the partners’ expert knowledge. They also get access to development and clean room facilities. In the final stage of the project a secretariat has been established with contributions from five countries. At each secretariat node, an innovation agent is engaged to provide service to and contacting companies. Furthermore, a very detailed homepage and various promotion materials containing descriptions of all Technet_nano services have been developed. The overall goal of the Technet_nano network is to encourage companies to employ these services for new product developments. For this purpose and to ensure further cooperation the partners signed the memorandum of understanding.

Important cross-border cooperation
The Danish member of the European Parliament Christel Schaldemose participated in the ceremonial signing of the memorandum. In her speech, she noted how positive it was that companies in one EU country now get easy access to experts in another EU country.
“This project is a very good example of how we internally in the EU can benefit of each other’s special competences. It is precisely in projects like Technet_nano that we make new contacts, create new knowledge and new possibilities. This is what results in new jobs in Europe and it is exactly what we want to support in the EU,” said Christel Schaldemose. She was also pleased to have been invited to the celebration.
“As EU-politician, I make laws and rules for research and innovation among other things. At a function like this, I witness EU cooperation in practice and hear about the experiences of the project. That is very valuable,” said Christel Schaldemose.

New Vice-Chancellor: Natural for MCI
The newly appointed SDU Vice-Chancellor Henrik Øregaard Dam also participated. In his speech he pointed to the fact that it was natural for the Mads Clausen Instiute (MCI) to initiate Technet_nano two years ago.
“MCI crosses borders both nationally, regionally and within sectors. In addition, MCI spans from fundamental research over applied sciences to product development. Now, MCI and other partners in Technet_nano have established transnational contact to the industrial landscape in the Baltic Sea Region and thus we at the university have easy access to intellectual and technical resources,” said Henrik Øregaard Dam.

Among the guests were also Herbert Zickfeld, President of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, and Werner Reinhard, President of Flensburg University. Both acknowledged the great value of cross border collaborations.

The Technet_nano network consists of: University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (Germany), Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), WTSH - Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), University of Latvia (Latvia), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), Applied Research Institute for Prospective Technologies (Lithuania), Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Lithuania), Silesian Science and Technology Centre of Aviation Industry Ltd. (Poland), Acreo AB (Sweden) and University of Tartu (Estonia).