On September 23, the iMNC2020 hosted the first pre-meeting for iMNC2020, with 2 excellent keynote presentations from Ronny van t Oever (Micronit and Viralert initiative) and Maarten de Zwart (NWO). During the Q&A, led by moderator Prof Maarten Honing (Maastricht University) participants could ask their questions and this led to interesting discussion with the two keynotes.

This was the first session in the online platform iChair and the first online event for iMNC2020. Maarten Honing concluded that the discussion was so interesting, he had not been able to complete all his questions and that there was much more to discuss during the sessions on December 3 and 4, 2020. The iMNC2020 team looks forward to more lively discussions during the public-private collaborations track at the international MicroNanoConference 2020.

Pre-event Nano4Agri/Food

The organization looks forward to the next pre-meeting on Thursday October 7, 2020:

Micro and nanotechnology for agriculture and food production
Opportunities for a sustainable future.

During this session, Prof Karin Schroën (Wageningen University/University of Twente) will invite 2 keynote speakers from industry and science to discuss their own experience in the development and use of micro- and nanotechnology in agriculture and food production.

Both micro- and nanotechnology hold great promises to create more sustainable food production. But how to capitalize on this? Can production on the land be made more efficient through these two technologies, or should we consider vertical farming? And can we make better use of the various ingredients that are available, and possibly go to a situation in which food is designed such that it contributes to a longer healthy life? And if yes, would consumers also accept these innovations?

The keynote from industry is by dr. Marcel Zevenbergen, IMEC. He will be joined by dr. Frans Kampers from Wageningen University, Strategy advisor. The keynote speakers will be interviewed during a Q&A after their talk by Prof Karin Schroen, and will discuss their own experience and their vision on future developments in the field of food.


As a registered participant of iMNC2020, you can participate in all five pre-events. For new registrations to attend the iMNC2020 and all pre-events: Register here.

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