Milan, September 2011 – It was successfully closed the seventh edition of nanoforum, the Expo-Conference dedicated to nanotechnologies where research meets business, hosted at the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the Sapienza University of Rome on the 14th and 15th September, in the Renaissance setting of the Sangallo’s Cloister.


This new edition was made particularly relevant by two main reasons:


  • New location: after several editions in Milan and Turin, the event came to the capital of Italy this year, a location as prestigious as demanding.
  • More comprehensive Tutorials, in order to convey the keywords of nanotechnologies to a broader audience and at the same time give nanotech sector professionals some ideas and suggestions about how to promote their activity and to search funding.


Final data confirm the first impressions got during the event: both decisions proved to be winning.


With 612 pre-registered participants, about 160 among Exhibitors and Speakers, many comebacks and on site registrations, nanoforum 2011 kept going on his way of increasing quality and quantity of total presences. Far more important was the overall satisfaction expressed by the participants, willing to spread the word about nanoforum effectively to make the eight edition even better.


Nanoforum 2011’s programme opened on September, 13th with the new tutorial schedule: two introductory sessions addressed to non-experts plus one session dedicated to nanotech sector professionals interested in making business from research results.


It is important to highlight the meaningful participation of FILAS, Regione Lazio’s agency running the Aerospace Technological District as well as the Biosciences Technological District, as a partner of the event.


The second day, September 14th, started with another new entry: the presentation of a pool of nanotech start-ups, after the opening welcome held by Prof. Fabrizio Vestroni, academic dean of the Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineering at Sapienza University.


A presentation of the two main institutional activities of Sapienza University in the field of nanotechnologies followed: the master in Engineering of Nanotechnologies ( and the Research Centre for Nanotechnologies applicated to Engineering (


Afterward Dott. Mario Cerchia, President of Consorzio Roma Ricerche, chaired the Plenary Session, welcoming the invited speakers, among which Dr. Cristina Gabellieri, Research Programme Officier at the DG Research of the European Commission, and Dr. Ankit  A. Schuckla, Practise Director - Europe Technical Insights at Frost & Sullivan Global.


In the afternoon, nanoforum 2011 hosted interesting sessions focusing on energy and environment as well as on nanotech solutions for the textile and the cleaning industry.


A rich conference programme was also offered the 15th September, the last day, with well-appreciated conference sessions on building & construction, nanobiomedicine, functional materials and aerospace, also thanks to the participation of Selex Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica company.

Nanoforum's specialized expo-area, placed in the beautiful setting of the Faculty’s cloister, was the perfect complement to the high-quality conference agenda, giving participants a truly opportunity to meet directly experts from some of the more interesting and innovative companies operating in the nanotech field.

We are really satisfied by this edition of nanoforum – said Domenico Piazza, Senior Partner of ITER (the Organisation) – and the numbers confirm our opinion. I would like to thank all people who supported us und thus made this edition possible. My special thanks to Prof. Marco Rossi (Department SBAI - Dipartimento di Scienze di Base Applicate per l’Ingegneria) for his work and his committment showed during the whole year. In few days we are going to publish the photogallery and registered participants will be given free access to the documentaion made available by the speakers. And now it’s time to start thinking of nanoforum 2012: see you next year for the new edition and stay update on our website


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