The program for the international MicroNanoConference 2021 is well underway with speakers from academia and industry. On December 2 and 3, 2021 we look forward to meeting you on location in Utrecht, at the Jaarbeurs.

This year’s main theme is: From science to market – scale-up in nanotech

With these sub sessions, that you will find in the program:

  • Nano4Health & Life Sciences
  • Nano4Agri& Food
  • Scale-up in nanotechnology
  • Miniturization in nanotechnology
  • Manufacturing in nanotechnology
  • Life after PhD

Tickets are now available at an early bird rate and it is now also possible to submit an abstract for either a poster or oral presentation at the conference. Read more about the program, tickets and abstract submission on the iMNC21 website.

For companies who would like to both support the micro- nano community and also showcase their company to this community, sponsor and exhibitor opportunities will be published soon.

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How can we ensure that the food that is produced lasts longer, food waste is decreased and a better distribution of the food among all population groups is ensured? During the MinacNed member event on May 20, the talks were on the application of nanotechnology in plastic food packaging. The technical presentations on the science behind the innovation, but the goal of the speakers is clear: Increase the sustainability of our food and reduce the plastic waste mountain in order to contribute to a better world.

Dr Albert Schenning from Eindhoven University of Technology and PhD student Ivanna Colijn, Wageningen University have shared a clear story that can still be seen for those who missed it. The presentations were followed by an interesting discussion with questions from the participants.

Read more about the invited speakers on the event page.

Share your own idea for a theme

The MinacNed events are organized for and by MinacNed members. Once a month MinacNed organizes an event around a technical or social theme in micro and nanotechnology.

If you have an idea for an event or if you have a question that you would like to tackle with experts, please send a message to MinacNed. The MinacNed member events are for and by members and we are happy to think along with you about speakers and the content of the event.

Contact us direct to share your ideas.

With three speakers from different backgrounds, MinacNed gave a broad picture of the application of Thin Film / MEMS technology on April 20. This event is freely accessible to members of MinacNed and the aim is to exchange knowledge between experts and interested parties on a specific theme.

Thin Film/MEMS applications

From Philips, Rob van Schaijk has provided insight into new technology applications, including a look at the future of ultrasound imaging. Richard Norte, assistant professor at TU Delft, showed in his presentation how thin film mirrors are used and which interfaces there are with other nano application areas. Aaike van Vugt, CEO of VSParticle showed that his company focuses on the endless applications of nanoparticles and the collaboration they enter into with strategic partners. Moderator Frank van de Scheur led the session in which the speakers were challenged in discussion and by questions from the participants.

MinacNed has tackled a broad subject here, in which the three presentations have their own perspective, which gave the participants a brief impression of the application of Thin Film / MEMS. For those who have missed the session, it is possible to watch it again. Send an email to Aurélie Veltema via

Read more about the event and the speakers’ abstracts.

Share your suggestion for a theme

Events are being planned for the months of May and June that will be announced shortly. If you have an idea for an event or if you have a question that you would like to tackle with experts, please send a message to MinacNed. The MinacNed member events are for and by members and we are happy to think along with you about speakers and the content of the event.

To showcase the partners in the nanotechnology ecosytem, MinacNed has worked together with a number of member companies to shoot a promotional video about their company. These videos are now available on the partner profile pages. The video’s give a short pitch and insight in the technology and services that our MinacNed members have to offer to you.

If you are interested to learn more about the member company, you will find the contact information the member page. The following MinacNed members have published a video:


Lionix International



You will find the video via the company logo, which will open a video player in a new window. All videos are produced by Studio Lek.

Consortia including research institutes and public and private organisations can submit project proposals for fundamental or application-oriented research on innovative and groundbreaking technologies within 8 clusters of key technologies:

  • Nanotechnologies
  • Chemical Technologies
  • Digital Technologies
  • Engineering and Fabrication Technologies
  • Photonics and Light Technologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Quantum Technologies
  • Life science technologies


The call Key Technologies calls for the development of initiatives over the full width of the KIA Key Technologies. Thus she strenghtens the technology base in the Netherlands and enables topsectors to solve societal challenges adequately. The outcome of the research is broadly applicable en has a large impact on science and/or society.

Who can apply?

Pre-proposals and full proposals are submitted by the main applicant and one or more co-applicants. Besides the main and co-applicant (s), a consortium always consists of two or more co-funders. In addition, other private and / or public organisations can participate in the consortium as collaborating partners. All participants must play an active role in the formulation of the research questions and the design and realisation of the project.
More information about specific conditions regarding who can apply can be found in section 3.1 of the call for proposals.

What to apply for?

A budget of 11 million euros is available for this call for proposals. Funding can be requested for research proposals with a total budget of at least 750,000 euros and at most 2,500,000 euros. NWO will fund a maximum of 70% of the total project budget; the rest of the funding must be contributed by co-funding. Co-funding may be provided in-cash or in-kind, but at least half of the amount must be in-cash. At least 50% of the total co-funding must be from private sources. More information about the conditions for co-funding can be found in section 3.5.2 of the call for proposals.

For this call the following modules can be applied for:

  • Personnel costs
  • Material costs
  • Investments
  • Knowledge utilisation
  • Internationalisation
  • Money follows Cooperation
  • Project management

The maximum duration of a project is six years.

When to apply

  • The deadline for the submission of appropriateness statement is November 10, 2020, 14:00:00 CET. The result of the review process of the appropriateness statement will be communicated by NWO no later than December 23th.
  • The deadline for the submission of preproposals is January 19, 2021, 14:00:00 CET.
  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is May 18, 2021, 14:00:00 CEST.

Read more at NWO KIC


Event Dates:
Thursday, February 25, 2021 – 14:00 to 16:00
Event Venue:
Online event

Join OECD Environment to discuss the scope, content, and use of the Test Guideline No. 318: Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials in Simulated Environmental Media and its accompanying Guidance Document. Further discussions will focus on the scope of the upcoming Test Guideline.

Register here


De Twente innovation campuses and Novel-T have joined forces and developed a concept to bring together on content entrepreneurs, professionals, researchers and talent: Campus Café. Campus Café connects de Twente innovation community with breakout sessions on new technologies, innovative and international entrepreneurship and to engage talent. You will also have the opportunity to get to know each other during networking. You’re welcome to join on 17 June!


The quality of our healthcare is improving at a fast pace. The reason? Technology. Twente is full of innovations in the field of medical technology. Spin-offs and SME’s are developing innovations that make healthcare more efficient, cheaper and more accurate. Because of the corona pandemic, these developments have only gone faster. What is the secret of MedTech Twente? The answer to this question will be central in the upcoming edition of Campus Café: from a deep dive into the latest technologies to an online tour in MedTech Twente.

3.30 pm – Breakout session | Tracking down biomarkers with the photonic biosensor

In recent years, new biosensor technologies have been developed that can detect biomarkers with increasing accuracy and speed. This can lead to a faster diagnosis of, for example, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and infectious diseases. Surfix, a member of the association for industry and science MinacNed, is developing such a specific biosensor technology: the photonic biosensor. What is special about their fast technology is that it can detect multiple biomarkers at the same time. As a result, this technology can revolutionize the world of medical diagnostics. In this session, Hans Dijk from Surfix tells you everything about the application of the photonic biosensor. In addition, Dr. Ivan Stojanovic from Oost NL tells you more about the European project ‘NeMs4Bio’: a modular (bio) sensing platform for a wide range of applications. In this session, you are in the right place for everything about biosensors!

This session is organized in cooperation with MinacNed, the association for industry and science in the Netherlands.

*The spoken language of this session is English

Read more and register to attend here

On the 26th of May, 2021, Tiger Accelerator will be organizing the first edition of the RAPID-Health Scaleup Roadshow, where outstanding international medtech companies will present the latest progress and developments they have achieved in Europe, through Tiger Accelerator’s RAPID-Health program, partnered with ROM Utrecht Region and TBA Innovation Committee.

In this first edition, we are proud to present the company Instant NanoBiosensors:

Instant NanoBiosensors Co., Ltd. is an award-winning Taiwanese start-up, specialized in the development of cutting-edge biosensor platforms. Established in 2016 by co-founder Tsun-Chih ”Tony” Chung (CEO), Lai-Kwan Chau (PhD), and Shau-Chun ”Paul” Wang (PhD), this aspiring biotechnology company operates on the mission to continuously improve biomedical research and diagnostic processes with simple, reliable and affordable detection solutions.

With the unique & patented FOPPR™ Technology (Fiber Optic Particle Plasmon Resonance), the Light-Sensing Biomarker Analyzer platforms offer instant and accurate results for a variety of applications. By combining novel biomarker with advantageous devices and biochips, Instant NanoBiosensors has the vision to revolutionize traditional immunoassays and diagnostic analyses for a more efficient healthcare ecosystem.

During the Roadshow event, Tony Chung, the CEO & Co-Founder of Instant NanoBiosensors, will introduce the company’s profile, its unique technology solutions and its fundraising plans.

All partners and potential investors are invited to attend join unique opportunity to learn more about Instant NanoBiosensors, one of the most promising startups from the RAPID-Health portfolio.

Find the registration link here

MinacNed will work together with Novel-T to organise the online Science Café in June, with the main theme Nanotechnology in med tech. Novel-T organises a monthly Science Café event. More information about the speakers and registration will follow soon.

The EuroNanoForum 2021 conference will address the role of nano-enabled technologies and industries in the transformation towards EU prosperity. The event will bring forward the role of R&I, as well as the opportunities offered by EU’s next Framework Programme; Horizon Europe.

The event will bring together experts across different sectors to identify policy options and priorities. In addition to sharing insight on technical, industrial and social challenges, views and ideas will be discussed on the role of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials on EU’s Recovery. The different solutions for boosting the economy through clean technology will be examined, highlighting their benefits and practical challenges, with regards to safety, health and environment, as well as ethical and societal issues.

These ambitious goals of a greener, digital, resilient and sustainable economy and society can only be achieved by co-creating innovative solutions with the collective effort of key actors encompassing researchers, innovators, industries, regions, public authorities, investors and civil society.

Read more and register at