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Published November 21, 2005

Fourteen leading Canadian nanotechnology scientists will be visiting Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway between November 20 and December 1 this year.

This is the largest delegation of Canadian nanotechnology scientists ever to visit Scandinavia. The purpose of their journey is to examine the prospects for research cooperation and partnership for technological innovation between Canada and the Nordic countries. The delegation will end its tour with a visit to Oslo on November 30 - December 1.

The members of the delegation come from a number of Canadian research institutions. The hope that the time they spend  in Norway will enable them to set up a network of contacts for direction collaboration with their Norwegian colleagues.

The programme of the delegation will include meetings and visits to:

  • The Research Council of Norway
  • FUNMAT (National Cooperative Programme for Research on Functional Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the University of Oslo
  • SINTEF - both SINTEF ICT Dept. of Microsystems and Nanotechnology and SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
  • Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)

The delegation will also meet a representative of NTNU’s Nanolab.

Nanotechnology is atomic-scale science and engineering. Nanotechnology simplifies the production of new materials and instruments by working on individual atoms and molecules, the building blocks of nature.

Nanotechnology makes it possible to create shapes atom by atom, and thus to build tiny structures that are usually between 1 and 100 nanometres in size. This kind of technology gives such structures completely new properties that are extremely useful for research and applications in medicine and biotechnology, energy, the environment and ICT. Nanotechnology is a priority area of research in both Canada and Norway.

The delegation’s Norwegian visit is being organised by International Trade Canada’s (ITCan) Department of Technology and Science, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Oslo.