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INAE Conference on Nanotechnology (ICON-2003), Dec. 22-23, 2003, Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, Chandigarh, India. "[T]he Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) is organizing a two day conference on Nanotechnology to bring together technologists, scientists, academicians, entrepreneurs and others concerned with the development of Nanotechnologies to exchange thoughts and share their experiences and to give a direction to the efforts being made in progressing this important futuristic technology."

Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing International Conference. Dec. 15-16 2003, London UK. Forum for review and discussion to address applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology in industry, with emphasis on nanomanufacturing. Key subject areas include structural nanomaterials, functional nanomaterials, bio-nanomaterials, characterisation, modelling, manufacture & fabrication, commercial exploitation and benefits for society. Full information is available on

First International NanoSystems Symposium at UCLA, Dec. 13, 2003, California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA De Neve Plaza Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "Featured speakers include: Cees Dekker (Delft University); Mildred Dresselhaus (MIT); Thomas Steitz (Yale University); George Whitesides (Harvard University); and Gerhard Wagner (Harvard Medical School). Please register by December 1 (limited seating)."

Microelectronics, MEMS, and Nanotechnology 2003, December 10-12, 2003, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Includes microelectronics: design, technology, and packaging; biomems and nanotechnology; device and process technologies for microelectronics, mems, and photonics; photonics: design, technology, and packaging.

Euro Nano Forum 2003, Dec. 9-12, 2003, Trieste, Italy. "The Forum will provide key players and specialists in public administration, research, education, industry, banking, financing, social sciences, and journalism from various Continents with the occasion to exchange views and discuss the present development of nanotechnology. In this way, it is intended to gather all concerned actors, at different levels, surely given them a unique opportunity to meet and gather in an international framework."

NanoCommerce2003, December 8-11, 2003, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place & Conference Center, Chicago, IL, USA. "Representatives from biotechnology, chemicals, defense, electronics, energy, materials, telecommunications, transportation and other industries will come together for the purpose of advancing the commercialization of nanotechnology by integrating and embedding nanotechnology into new, end-user products for both the industrial and consumer marketplace."

Nanotechnology and Smart Materials for Medical Devices, December 1-2, 2003, Edinburgh, UK. "The conference will demonstrate how the convergence of nanotechnology and the life sciences will develop a revolutionary new generation of medical devices."; conference brochure (PDF)

APNF 2003 "Oz Nano 03", The Asia Pacific Nanotechnology Forum Annual Conference and The Australian National Nanotechnology Network, 19-21 November, 2003, The Hilton Cairns, Cairns Australia . "APNF2003 'NanoOz 03' will be a major international event attracting about 400-500 participants from the Nanotechnology R&D, Investment, and Policy community."; Conference Brochure:

4th Annual NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS 2003 - Production and Application in Fuel Cells and Energy Devices, November 9 - 10, 2003, Fontainebleau Hilton Resort - Miami Beach, FL USA. Will focus on overcoming the challenges of utilizing novel nanostructured materials in fuel cells as well as rechargeable batteries, hybrid and other energy devices.

Defence Nanotechnology Conference in association with the Institute of Nanotechnology, Nov. 6-7, 2003, London, UK. Will cover all aspects of defence touched by nanotechnology, from the dismounted soldier to aerospace materials.

AVS 50th International Symposium, November 2-7, 2003, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA. Includes technical sessions on magnetic interfaces and nanostructures, microelectromechanical systems, nanometer structures, nanotubes, and processing at the nanoscale.

Nanotech Venture Fair 2003, October 28 & 29, 2003, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, CA, USA. "... up to 45 companies involved in nanotechnology will present their products/services and business plans to investors interested in investing in this sector."

First International Meeting on Applied Physics (APHYS 2003), 15-18th October 2003, Badajoz, Spain. The meeting will be "specially focused on Surface Science and Nano-Science and Technology."

11th Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, Oct. 9-12, 2003, San Francisco Airport Marriott, Burlingame, CA, USA.

IUMRS-ICAM 2003: The 8th IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials, October 8-13, 2003, Yokohama, Japan. Includes Workshop on Nanotechnology Networking and International Cooperation (October 11-12) and symposia on growth of well-defined nanostructures, polymeric materials with controlled nanostructure, surface nanoassemblies, nanostructure coating, scanning probe nanotechnology, and nano-carbons and related structures.

Dialogue on Nanotechnology and Federal Regulation, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm, October 2, 2003, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC, USA. "As nanotechnology moves out of the research lab and into commercial production and markets, potential regulatory issues may emerge ranging from worker protection to environmental exposure and risks. What existing regulations apply to nanotechnology? Are they adequate? What are their implications for emerging nanotechnology businesses? The Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars along with the Meridian Institute will host and facilitate a dialogue to encourage a proactive approach to regulatory issues on the part of government, industry, and other non-governmental organizations."

MINATEC 2003: International micro and nanotechnology meeting, 22-26 September 2003, Grenoble, France. "This event will enable key players in research and industry, from France, Europe and all over the world, to present the state of the art and the outlook for two highly promising application sectors, microtechnology for biology and healthcare and embedded microsystems."

Albany Symposium 2003, September 22-24, 2003, The Sagamore, Lake George, NY USA. "Third Annual Symposium on Global Business Issues in Semiconductors and Nanotechnology."

The Face of the Future: Technosapiens?, Sept. 19-20, 2003, Waterfront Plaza Hotel, Oakland, CA, USA. "A ... look beyond biotechnology, toward nanotechnology, cybernetics and the future of the human race will be sponsored by The Center for Bioethics and Culture in Oakland, CA and The Council for Biotechnology Policy in Washington DC. Joining us as a co-sponsor will be The Institute for Business, Technology and Ethics in Bellevue, WA. This unique event brings together key players in the next great debate - how we confront the technologies of the day after tomorrow - technologies being developed today. ... We have invited leading advocates and critics of these technologies to engage in round table conversation and debate."

Integrated Nanosystems 2003: Design, Synthesis & Applications, September 17-19, 2003, Palo Alto, CA, USA. "... a special forum bringing together a multidisciplinary group of scientists and engineers, representatives from the government and the venture community to discuss issues related to research, education, government and private funding, as well as commercialization."

Accelerating Change Conference, September 12-14, 2003, Stanford University, CA, USA. "ACC2003 will be a forum to explore the paradise of resources, as well as the risks and responsibilities, represented by cascading breakthroughs in computational technologies. Accelerating change is a fact; what to do? Ray Kurzweil, K. Eric Drexler, Steve Jurvetson, Robert Wright, and 20 other world-class minds will present to 300 attendees, focusing on the profound opportunities and risks of business and society's accelerating pace of change."

USPTO Nanotechnology Customer Partnership Meeting, September 11, 2003, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arlington, VA, USA. "a forum to share ideas, experiences, and insights between individual users and the USPTO ... Due to space limitations, please RSVP to Jill Warden at (703) 308-4037 or e-mail to confirm your attendance. If it becomes necessary to restrict the number of attendees, we will do so on a first come-first served basis."

Nanofair 2003, September 9-11, 2003, St. Gallen, Switzerland. "The Nanofair combines for the first time ever in Europe a commercial trade show with over 100 nanotech exhibitors and a world-class conference. Nanotechnology is ready for commercial applications."

World Nano-Economic Congress (WNEC), September 8-10, 2003, Washington, DC, USA. "CMP Cientifica the world's leading international provider of nanotechnology business information, and the Institute for International Research (IIR) the world's largest conference organizer, have announced their partnership to create a three-event series of conferences: The World Nano-Economic Congress (WNEC). ... The World Nano-Economic Congress assembles for the first time the major regional nano-business alliances from around the world and will include major associations representing many of the vertical markets nanotechnology is already impacting."

BioMEMS and Nanotech, August 25-26, 2003, Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC, USA. "The meeting will encompass technology developments in micro & nano drug delivery, interface of nanotech and tissue engineering, microfluidics, and miniaturized total analysis systems (microTAS), biosensors, innovations in mass spec, and nanoscale imaging. Contributions addressing all stages of research and development are welcome, from basic science fundamentals and technology concepts to product development, clinical investigations, business and ethical considerations."

IEEE-NANO 2003, August 12-14, 2003 (Day of Tutorials, August 11, 2003), Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA, USA. "As the potential of nanotechnology is significant and wide ranging, the conference focus will be on engineering issues related to nanoelectronics, circuits, architectures, sensor systems, integration, reliability and manufacturing in addition to fundamental science." Topics include nanoelectronics, molecular electronics; nanophotonics, nano-optoelectronics; nano-optics; spintronics, nanomagnetics; circuits and architectures; manufacturing issues, reliability; nanosensors, actuators; system integration (nano/micro/macro); nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization; carbon nanotube based technologies; inorganic nanowires; nano-bio fusion; nanofabrication, nanolithography; modeling and simulation.

Carbon versus Silicon: Thinking Small/ Thinking Fast, August 7 to 10, 2003, Banff New Media Institute (BNMI), The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. "Register now—registrations accepted only as long as space permits. This atom-breaking summit will bring together nanotechnology researchers, members of the National Institute for Nanotechnology, applications designers, ICT researchers, social scientists and humanists, science fiction writers, new media artists, fashion designers, choreographers, architects, and designers."

2003 Nano Summit, July 31, 2003, Edwin Hornberger Conference Center, Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, USA. "... provides a forum for medical, natural science and engineering researchers and students in Texas to meet each other and exchange information on areas of expertise."

NanoBiotech Intellectual Property Landscape Conference, July 16-18, 2003, Hyatt Regency, Boston, MA, USA. "... designed to provide a powerful understanding of the nanobiotech competitive landscape, the role IP plays in that landscape, and where there are commercial 'white space' opportunities in the market. The event will focus on detection and discovery tools, drug delivery and therapeutics, and antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal agents."

The Chemistry of Electronic Materials, A Gordon Research Conference, July 13-18, 2003, Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA. Among the topics included are nanoelectronics and structures, molecular and nanocrystal devices, frontiers of electronic and magnetic materials, and self-assembly in molecular electronic devices.

ASME Nano Training Bootcamp, July 8-11, 2003, Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. "...specifically organized to offer a detailed and tutorial-based account of advances in fundamentals related to Nanoscience in a wide variety of fields, and prospects for translating these advances into useful Nanotechnologies."

Bio-, Micro-, and Nanosystems, July 7-10, 2003, Plaza Hotel, New York City, NY, USA. "This specialty conference is sponsored by the American Society for Microbiology in collaboration with IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. This conference is unique in that it will bring together scientists from a variety of different backgrounds to identify research needs and to update participants on current research developments. Nanodevices for molecular and cellular analysis, bio-nano fabrication, integration of biostructures and micro/nano devices, biorobotics and biomimetics, and modeling, simulation and device engineering are some of the topics to be covered. The conference will conclude with a roundtable with program directors from various funding agencies."

Workshop on Human Resources Development in Nanotechnology, July 5-7, 2003, Bangkok, Thailand. "The School of Advanced Technology of the Asian Institute of Technology have invited renowned Nanotechnology experts from Asia, Europe, and North America to present their insights on various issues related to Nanotechnology human resources development and to deliver special workshop courses for further education in Nanotechnology. ... This workshop is intended to begin exploring and anticipating future educational and training needs in the emerging field of Nanotechnology."

Transvision 2003 USA: The Adaptable Human Body: Transhumanism and Bioethics in the 21st Century, June 27-29, 2003, New Haven, CT USA. Organized by Yale University and the World Transhumanist Association. "What will the body be like in 50 years, and how will changes to our bodies change our lived experience? How will we adapt the body to our needs and to the environments in which we live? Will we have conquered sickness, aging and death for all or only for the lucky few? Will people be migrating to silicon platforms, pursuing enhanced biological existence, or both or neither? This conference, the first Transvision conference to be sponsored by the World Transhumanist Association in North America, seeks to explore the future of the body from the transhumanist perspective. ... This conference will begin the discussion between the transhumanist movement and communities with which transhumanists have rarely been in dialogue: professional bioethicists, anti-technology activists, and critical social theorists of science and technology."

Characterization of Porous Materials: from Angstroms to Millimeters, June 23-25, 2003, Princeton, NJ, USA. "The Workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss state-of-the-art approaches to characterize porous materials of different origin in the size and range from angstroms to millimeters. Lectures by recognized leaders of science and technology will cover both theoretical principles and methodology of modern experimental techniques."

NanoEngineering World Forum 2003, June 23-25, 2003, Royal Plaza Hotel and Trade Center, Marlborough, MA, USA. "to bring together chief scientists and technologists, engineers, research directors, senior-level executives, and educators to learn about nanotechnology's emerging role in materials, electronics, life sciences, and business. Emphasizing the necessary collaboration between industry and research interests, the program will allow for a flow of technical knowledge and ideas, providing an arena for not only exploring the many already existing applications of nanotechnology, but also stimulating discussion of new ones as well."

Nano Engineering & Investing Trends Conference, June 20, 2003, New York, NY, USA. "The technical sessions will focus on health care, computing, information processing, & information storage advances. The investing sessions will focus on angel, corporate, & venture capital investing in these areas."

NanoBusiness Public Policy Tour, June 17-19, 2003. "Meet with [US] Government Leaders who are shaping nanotechnology and economic policy..." Space is limited to 20 attendees. Contact F. Mark Modzelewski at: or call 845-247-8920 for more details or to register.

European Seminar on Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies, June 11, 2003, Room ASP 1E2 of the European Parliament, Rue Wiertz (Metro: Trone or Maelbeek) in Brussels, Belgium. To begin at 1.45 p.m.. "... a range of parliamentarians and expert speakers will describe the current state of nanotechnology, examine its risks and promises and propose steps toward regulating this powerful new technology. ... It is sponsored by ETC Group, Greenpeace, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Genewatch UK, Clean Production Action and The Greens in the European Parliament."

Nanoscience and Bionanoscience Research Meeting, June 11, 2003, Building 66 Auditorium, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA. "... brings together nanoscience and bio-nanoscience researchers from universities, industry, government laboratories, and research institutes from around Northern California for discussion of recent advances. ... Topics to be covered include synthesis, properties, manipulation and applications of nanosturctures and bio-nanostructures, theory and prediction of nanostructure properties, among others." Conference Web Site

Changing the Landscape of U.S. Energy: Nano and Micro Technologies Making A Difference, June 10, 2003, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, USA. WATCH WEBCAST STARTING AT 12:30 pm EST. "This seminar, the second in a series on the future of nanotechnology, will feature speakers from academia, leading energy technology start-ups, venture capital firms, and the Washington policy community. We will look across a wide range of technologies, ranging from photovoltaics to lighting and clean coal technology. The panelists will focus on technologies that are already making a difference in the energy sector and will explore emerging technologies with large potential impacts requiring more significant R&D budget commitments from corporations and government agencies." Conference Web Site;; Conference Web Site

Nanofabrication: Harnessing Nature's Self-Assembly, 06:00 PM - 09:30 PM, Tuesday, Jun 10, 2003, The offices of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe 275 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA, USA. " evening reception and discussion of how the process of molecular recognition and self-assembly can be used to drive nanostructure assembly...Featuring presentations of bio-nanotechnology for regenerative medicine and controlled morphologies for nano-scale biofunctional devices." or

NanoCoatings: Intellectual Property Landscape, June 9-11, 2003, Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL, USA. "This unique event is designed to provide a powerful understanding of the nanocoatings competitive landscape, the role IP plays in that landscape, and where there are commercial 'white space' opportunities in the market." Covers applications in protective coatings, functional coatings, and decorative coatings.

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) Users Workshop, June 5-6, 2003, Sheraton Old Town Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, USA. "CINT is a DOE Office of Science Nanoscale Science Research Center operating as a national user facility dedicated to establishing the scientific principles that govern the design, performance, and integration of nanoscale materials. The CINT Users Workshop will engage researchers from universities, national laboratories, and industry in exploring the nanoscience integration challenges to be addressed by this scientific community."

Nanotechnology: Planning for the Future Now, Thursday, May 22, 2003, London, England. "... from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, the Institute of Physics will present a seminar on the UK's participation in defining this new technology, and the commercial potential of its exploitation. ... the seminar will also look at how the fields of physics, materials science, chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine will combine to form the basis for a whole range of technologies in the next twenty years." Conference Web Site

3rd Annual MEMS Technology Seminar, May 19-21, 2003, Hyatt Regency Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Includes Nanomanufacturing - dip pen lithography, soft lithography, nano inprint lithography, roller nano imprint lithography, quantum dot assembly processes, nanogrinding. Conference Web Site

The 4th International Conference on Intelligent Processing and Manufacturing of Materials (IPMM'03), May 18-23, 2003, Sendai, Japan. Hosted by the Center for Computation Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University. "As our hardware and software attain capabilities once thought to be exclusive to humanity, new prospects and concerns emerge. Although IPMM'03 focuses on nanotechnology applications that have reached the production floor, we will also examine what the future holds in store. Some sessions will consider the philosophical and moral dilemmas involved in dealing with the new complexities that occur as machines begin to play an increasingly important role in decision-making."

NanoBusiness 2003, May 11-13, 2003, The New York Marriott Financial Center, New York City, NY, USA. "Spend three intensive days in highly-charged seminars, presentations and networking events! NanoBusiness 2003 provides you with all the tools and information required to push nanotechnology research and application development toward commercialization, as well as showcases the ongoing integration of small tech products into the global economy."

Nanotech and Biotech Convergence--2003, May 4-6, 2003, Stamford, CT, USA. "Life itself is an proof that nanotechnology is feasible. The nanomachines that make life possible are not engineering marvels; they are haphazard accidents of nature improved by evolutionary stepwise changes over eons of time. Now we have the capacity to actually design nanomaterials and nanodevices that can interact directly with cells and macromolecules. Nanotechnology stands poised to have an enormous impact on biotechnology and medicine. Conversely, biotechnology, which has always involved manufacturing on a molecule-by-molecule basis, has the potential to facilitate the manufacture of materials with nanoscale architecture."

Foresight Vision Weekend, Annual Senior Associates Gathering: "Molecular Myth, Manufacturing, Money and Mania—Will the real nanotechnology please self assemble!", May 2-4, 2003, Crowne Plaza Cabaña, Palo Alto, CA, USA. Foresight Senior Associates Gathering. Huge revolutions in technology are expected to show up in the next 5-to-30 years — come hear what they are, how they'll change your life, and how to influence them.

Fundamentals of Nanotechnology tutorial, May 2, 2003, from 9 AM – 5 PM, Crowne Plaza Cabaña, Palo Alto, California, USA. Registration is open to the general public. Senior Associates attending the Senior Associates Gathering, May 2-4 attend at a discount.

O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference: Explore · Invent · Connect, April 22-25, 2003, Westin Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA, USA. Includes tracks on "Nanotechnology and Hardware" (Change the world today with discount electronic store parts and simple schematics and discover the sub-micro world of tomorrow) and "Social Software" (Explores work designed to support two-way communications in groups).

Nanobiotechnologies II, April 22-24, 2003, World Trade Center Grenoble Conference Hall, Grenoble, France. Covers "recent developments of nanosciences and nanotechnologies and application in medicine, drug development and environment." Includes coverage of "working molecules and molecular machines."

APNEXT 2003: Asia Pacific Nanoelectronics Conference & Exhibition, April 18-22, 2003, Taipei World Trade Center 2nd Fl., Taiwan. "The goal of this event is to bring together the world leaders in nanoelectronics to Taiwan to share their visions with the Taiwanese policy makers, business community and industries and to inspire particularly the business and manufacturers to take the leadership in nanotechnology business and manufacturing. This event provides a platform for the Taiwanese and overseas industries to establish cooperation and partnerships in its nanotechnology business development.", PDF file

Nanotechnology Meets Business, April 8-9, 2003, Le Meridien Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany. "Showcasing the Next Wave of European Nanotechnologies ... the core event of 2003 for industry and financiers seeking to identify or invest in, new and emerging nanotechnology innovations."

World Nanotechnology Summit 2003, 7-10 April, 2003, New York City, NY, USA. "The World Nanotechnology Summit 2003 (WNS2003) is the first significant commercial nanotechnology event that is truly global in focus, bringing together leading executives, investors and advisors from around the world to discuss the next 3-5 years of opportunity. It is a major opportunity to hear about the latest developments worldwide and to make important new contacts."

National Nanotechnology Initiative: From Vision to Commercialization, April 2-4, 2003, Washington, DC, USA. "The U.S. government is aware of the economic and social impacts that nanotechnology can make and the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the Federal government's investment in the future of nanotechnology (, is a clear example in which it is leading the way in moving nanotechnology to the forefront of research and development. Leaders in the initiative will review the program in its entirety, discuss what research and advances the funding has warranted, announce where the proposed $710 million for fiscal year 2003 will be spent, and how the new allocation of funds will affect already executed research and the timeline for development and commercialization."

Atom by Atom: Thinking about the Prospect of Nanotechnology, March 25, 2003, London, UK. "This timely public discussion is set to take a closer look at nanotechnology -- what is the technology, and where is it going? What are the issues at stake, and how does the technology affect society?" Conference Web Site

NanoSpace 2003: Exploiting the Frontier of Science, March 24 to 28, 2003, Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, Texas, USA. "... international conference devoted to nano/micro/bio technologies for space, medical and commercial applications. ... We invite all interested parties from NASA, the medical and scientific community, industry and commercial interests, other government agencies, academia, and the national laboratories to join us."

Nano-materials Seminar, March 24-25, 2003, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. "This seminar will provide an opportunity for leading Japanese and UK scientists to present their latest work in this field. It also aims to encourage future scientific collaborations between young Japanese and UK scientists, and to help establish of links between the science communities in both countries." Contact: Conference Web Site

Discovering the Nanoscale: The First of Two International Conferences, March 20-23, 2003, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC USA. An examination of the philosophy, ethics, politics and culture of nanoscience. "Philosophers, historians, sociologists of science and technology are invited to submit proposals concerning the significance of nanoscale research. This includes issues of reduction, complexity, self-organization, the possibility of self-replicating assemblers, size as a causal property, or the hierarchical organization of matter. The dramatic shift to nanoscale research in recent years also raises questions concerning multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary research and the very idea of "technoscience." The history of nanoscale research looks very different from the perspectives of chemistry and of miniaturization technology, but at any rate depends crucially on the development of instrumental access to the nanoscale (atomic force vs. electron microscopy). Finally, to the extent that nanoscale and related research may signal a new stage in the history of science, there may arise along with this a qualitatively different set of environmental, ethical, and policy issues."

Nanotech for Investors and Industry, March 20, 2003, Dansk Industri, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, Copenhagen V, Denmark. "Nanotech for Investors and Industry is a one day seminar with focus on investment- and business opportunities within nanotechnology. Beside quality networking the purpose of Nanotech for Investors and Industry is to provide insight and introduce new ways of thinking within nanotechnology through regional and international speakers with innovative topics and valuable experiences." Conference Web Site

Fourth International Conference on Microelectronics & Interfaces (ICMI'03), March 3-6, 2003, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, USA. Includes properties and manipulation of atoms, molecules, and material on the nanoscale; nanodevice fabrication and processing; quantum device formation; molecular electronics.

NanoVentures 2003, February 26-28, 2003, Richardson, Texas. "The Texas Nanotechnology Initiative is hosting its second annual conference focusing on the path to the commercialization of nanotechnology. ... NanoVentures 2003 consists of three days of speakers and panels discussing the current state of nanotechnology and related opportunities for investment. Panel sessions are in the areas of NanoElectronics, Materials, NanoPhotonics, Sensors & Security, Tools & Equipment, and Biotech. Each session features three companies presenting their technology, markets, and challenges, and feedback panelists from members of the investment community."

NanoTech 2003, Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, February 23-27, 2003, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Union Square, San Francisco, California USA. NanoTechnology section covers materials & nanostructures, nano & carbon devices, energy & fuel cells, atomistics, multiscale and molecular modeling, membranes, molecular electronics, sensors & electronics, and nano-bio systems. Also includes microtechnology and biotechnology.

nanoElectronics &Photonics Symposium 2003, February 21, 2003, Mountain View, California, USA. "This symposium is focused on technology developments and commercialization of business opportunities in: molecular switches, gates, sensors; nanowires and interconnect systems; nanobiological & self-assembling materials, techniques and processes; memory and reconfigurable architectures; electro-optical materials and nanostructures; bandgap, nonlinear, & other photonic systems; quantum devices & spintronics; nanostructured materials with novel photonic & / or electronic properties; nanoprinting, imprinting, "soft" lithography, & molecular deposition" Conference Web Site

Nanocomposites 2003, 13-14 February 2003, Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "A two day conference featuring detailed analysis of the very latest advances and commercial developments in innovative polymer-nanoclay technology. This event will enable delegates to seize opportunities in an expanding marketplace and learn all they need to know about breakthroughs in the application, processing and performance of nanocomposite materials."

Nanotechnology 2003: Big Things in Little Packages, a seminar at the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 13-14, 2003, Denver, Colorado, USA. Organizers include Foresight Senior Associates James Ellenbogen, MITRE; Richard H. Smith, Institute for Alternative Futures. "The intersection of physics, chemistry, engineering and biology at the nanoscale could lead to revolutionary approaches for medical diagnostics, treatment of disease, drug discovery, energy production, and computing. In information systems, circuits, connectors, displays, transistors and, ultimately, entire systems of 'nanosized' parts are being designed, and some, like fullerene-based transistors, are already being tested. ... This 2-day seminar brings together leading researchers in this rapidly advancing field of research."

Nanotechnology Symposium, Wednesday, February 12th, 2003, 9am - 1pm, SRI Campus, 333 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA USA. "... will address the latest discoveries in nanotechnology, how to avoid difficulties inherent in emerging technology fields, including obstacles to intellectual property procurement, opportunities available in both the private and public financing arena, a roundtable discussion on the opportunities in nanotechnology, and the importance of building a strong intellectual property portfolio when dealing with emerging technologies. This half-day symposium is aimed at companies, investors, patent lawyers. There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested."

AMN-1, An International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, 9-14 February 2003, Wellington, New Zealand. "In recognition of the increasing significance of Materials Science and Nanotechnology Research in New Zealand, we are pleased to announce an international conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, AMN-1. The meeting will be organized by the MacDiarmid Institute, a recently-established New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence. Three Nobel Laureates, Alan MacDiarmid, Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa, have agreed to participate."

Nanotechnology Investing Forum: Investing, Commercialization and Tech Transfer Opportunities, February 9-10, 2003, The Lodge at Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, CA, USA. "IBF Conferences and the NanoBusiness Alliance have gathered the leading nanotech investors and the leading research institutions in nanotechnology. Hear from the experts about the opportunities, challenges and potential opportunities of investing in nanotechnology today."

NBIC Convergence 2003, Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance, February 5-7, 2003, UCLA, Los Angeles, California USA. "Representative's from the world's scientific and business communities will ... explore the exciting opportunities technology integration is now offering for revolutionary new products that improve human performance. Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno will be the rallying theme. Delegates will hear the latest information about the synergistic combination of four major provinces of science and technology: nanoscience and nanotechnology; biotechnology and biomedicine, including genetic engineering; information technology, including computing and communications; cognitive science, including cognitive neuroscience. The focus will be on the opportunities NBIC convergence presents for human performance improvements, such as work efficiency, learning, sensory and cognitive capabilities, communications, human-machine interface, life extension, defense, and human health."

Nanotechnology TecForum, January 27, 2003, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California USA. "a one-day event focusing on bringing together engineering professionals to hear nanotechnology research pioneers and business leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities facing education, research, and industry. This tutorial provides an introduction to nanotechnology, including a view of electronic design at the nanoscale, presented by those who have taken the lead in creating this new field."

Forum on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2003: Nanoscale characterization and applications, 16-17 January 2003, Muenchen, Germany. "The Forum on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2003 is a joint initiative of Osaka University and LMU München for cross- disciplinary knowledge exchange. Distinguished speakers from both sides report about their latest achievements covering a diverse range of subjects from basic nanoscience to applications in nano and biotechnologies."

Buildings for Advanced Technology Workshop, January 14-16, 2003, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. "Organized in part under the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), the purpose of the workshop is to elucidate issues related to designing and constructing facilities that support advanced technologies such as nanoscale research, high-accuracy metrology, semiconductor fabrication, and biotechnology. The workshop focuses on technical factors to consider in the design and construction of advanced technology facilities demanding minimal influence from external and internal disturbances."

International Workshop on Nanotechnology & Health Care, 11-12 January, 2003, SASTRA University, Thanjavur – 613 402, Tamil Nadu, India. Forum topics include nanoscale science - a global perspective, nanotechnology & health care, drug design & delivery, smart materials for health care, tissue engineering, and nanoscale science - the future. or

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