An international project in nanobiotechnology is being launched at the University of Kent 30-31 January 2005. The project’s primary objectives are the establishment and maintenance of a European centre of excellence in the area and it is funded for five-years in the first instance.
Novel and Improved Nanomaterials, Chemistries and Apparatus for Nano-Biotechnology (NACBO) is co-ordinated by the University of Kent and is funded with a total of 15.6m Euro, of which 8m Euro is granted from the European Union, 0.5m from China and 7.1m from European industry.
Nanotechnology is still being explored by researchers as a science and has been described as an ‘enabling technology’ rather than a technology in its own right. Ian Bruce, Professor of Nanobiotechnology at the University of Kent, is one of many European researchers for whom it is essential that Europe is recognised for its scientific skills and excellence in this area as well as providing competition and a direct challenge to the US, which currently dominates the development of this emerging science.
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