Delegates from ten countries will attend the fifth edition of Bangalore Nano, a global meet on nanotechnologies, said C.N.R. Rao, Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Addressing a press conference here , Rao said the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the UK, Ukraine and the US are among the countries sending delegates.

The two-day conference will be held on December 6-7 and focus on advanced materials, aerospace and defence, business opportunities in nanotechnology, electronics & NEMS, energy, environment & water management / solutions, food & agriculture and healthcare & medicine.

The meet is also expected to discuss a range of issues pertaining to research, technology development, skills requirement, institutions involved, risks issues, regulatory and governance structure, investment and collaborations between academia, R&D and industry.

Rao said that over 160 leading international and Indian companies such as Indian Oil and GE Global Research will take part.

This year's event will also feature ‘Research Industry Collaboration Hub’ (RICH), a programme offering unique partnering opportunities for showcasing innovations in nanotechnology.

Rao said more than 400 students will participate in a special programme, Nano for the Young. There will be a poster session to provide an opportunity for scientists and researchers to share their innovations and research in nanoscience and nanotechnology with industry, research institutes and venture capitalists.

At the event, Bangalore Nano National Award will be presented to G.U. Kulkarni, Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit and DST Unit on Nanoscience, JNCASR, at the inauguration on December 6 for his contribution in the field of nanotechnology.

anil.u@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 26, 2012)
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