Interreg IVB NWE Project NANORA won the first prize at the German INTERREG B Project Slam, which took place as part of the national kick-off event for the new INTERREG B funding period 2014 – 2020 in Berlin on 6 May 2014.

 Dr. Walter Deffaa, Secretary General from DG Regio, congratulated the winning team and handed over the award certificate, signed also by Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital infrastructure.

A giant bumblebee, an investigative biologist and the “endangered species” of nano-researchers featured in the quadrilingual drama-dance performance, where project partners from France and Germany illustrated how NANORA (Nano Regions Alliance) brings together nano-stakeholders from different regions, and how different regions “find a joint rhythm”, which symbolizes the NANORA objective to harmonise support and funding infrastructures in NANORA regions.

Dr. Walter Deffaa (right) congratulates the NANORA-Team (by Michael Kirsten)


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NANORA, the European Nano Regions Alliance, unites participants from nanotechnology-strong regions from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and the Netherlands committed to supporting nanotechnology as a key enabling technology. The project, funded by the European Union through the INTERREG IVB NWE Programme, aims at establishing transnational mechanisms of competence selection and pooling as well as transnational support schemes for nanotechnology players. It is based on the conviction that the European regions need to engage in concerted action to be successful in the global competition for nano-enabled economic growth.