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Micro- and Nanotechnologies in the Spotlight: Expert Discussion at the 16th Annual World

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Last week the international micro- and nanotechnology community met in Dortmund, Germany on the occasion of the 16th international Micromachine Summit.

The summit is an annual conference, which shows a snapshot of industrial, scientific and political micro and nano activities worldwide.

The event was initiated in 1995 by the Micromachine Center in Japan. This year, about 100 delegates from some 20 nations held a meeting about “AAL-Ambient Assisted Living” and discussed improvements and political strategies of the countries with a view to funding and the utilization of new technologies.

The aim of AAL-technologies is to open up age-based assistance systems for more quality of everyday life. In future, micro- and nanotechnologies will be able to help long-term care patients for example with telemedicine.

Only selected delegates of the high-tech nations have been invited to the 5 day conference. From April 26 to 28, the international visitors could get a general idea of micro- and nanotechnology in Germany during some technical tours, visiting companies and institutes like Bosch in Reutlingen, KIT in Karlsruhe or Boehringer Ingelheim microparts in Dortmund. On April 29 and 30, the lectures, annual reports and a networking event took place in the city of Dortmund.

The Micromachine Summit was organized by the IVAM Microtechnology Network. Prof. Dr. Roland Zengerle from the University of Freiburg was chairman of this conference.