Nano Connect Scandinavia

Sub programme: Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak

Lead Partner: Lund University

Partners: Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen, Chalmers tekniska högskola, DTU, Göteborg University, Högskolan i Halmstad

Project Period: 1 May 2009 – 30 April 2012[The project is completed]

Total Budget: 4 503 063 EUR

Udbetalt støtte fra ERUF: 2 251 532 EUR

Kontakt: Lars Montelius


Phone: +46 46 222 71 47


Nano Connect Scandinavia is in many ways the result of experience gained from earlier projects such as the Danish network NaNet, and the EU funded initiative Nano Øresund (Interrreg IIIA project) within the field of nanoscience. Nano Connect Scandinavia comprises regions in Denmark, Sweden and Norway, tied together by the strait of Øresund, Kattegat and Skagerrak. This is a dynamic region with two national capitals: Copenhagen and Oslo. It has 34 universities, 24 science parks and incubators, and a total of 9.2 million inhabitants.

The goal
The goal of the 4,3 M€ Nano Connect Scandinavia project launched in 2009 was to create sustainable economic growth in south western Scandinavia by:

  • achieving better coordination and more optimal use of the region’s resources related to nanotechnology and nanoscience
  • developing the industry sector and stimulating entrepreneuship by mapping industry needs with the nano-related competence of the region as a whole
  • making the region and its strenghts within nanotech known to investors, companies etc outside the region.

Connecting science and industry
The role of Nano Connect Scandinavia was to act as a facilitator, creating forums were industry and academia could meet as well as proactively seeking out opportunities for collaboration across border, disciplines and sectors.

Results in short:

  • 2 500 professionals connected
  • 338 new partners met at match-making activities
  • 30 seminars with more than 20 participants, workshops and conferences arranged
  • 2 partnering missions (Grenoble and Boston)
  • 30 project ideas analysed
  • 14 projects of different types generated
  • 260 participating companies
  • 100 participating universities and institutes
  • 60 participating public organisations