The City of Münster
Nanotechnology is for the city and the region of Münster of strategic importance. Nanobioanalytics is one of four strategic topics selected by the “Alliance for Science” to raise the profile of Münster as a city of science and Lifestyle.
To improve the conditions for research development and commercialisation the city of Münster and the two universities joint forces in the “Münster Alliance for Science”. Thereby research and economic development are working hand in hand. In addition the city of Münster invested in nanotechnology infrastructure. The Centre for Nanotechnology (CeNTech) and Nano-Bioanalytik-Zentrum (NBZ) were co-financed with several million of Euros. At present, in Münster and the Münsterland about 30 companies are involved in Nanobioanalytics employing approximately 1000 people. The University of Münsters is, among others, internationally recognized in the fields of Nanoanalytics and Nanomedicine. Furthermore the Center for Soft Nanoscience (SON) in close proximity to NBZ and CeNTech will open in 2017. Further renowned research centers in Münster are the MEET (Münster Electrochemical Energy Technology) and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. Already Münster had been the venue for large and international conventions in the field of nanotechnology including the international conference NanoBioEurope, the 1st Annual Meeting of the Network of Excellence “Nano2Life” or the Battery Day NRW.
In addition, nano experts from Münster participate in and coordinate a number of national/international projects and networks like the cluster NanoMicroMaterialsPhotonic.NRW, the German platform Nanobiomedicine, the European Technology Platform nanomedicine and the European Nano Characterization Laboratory (NCL EU). All these activities had an impact to promote Münster to one of the leading locations for Nanoanalysis and the research and application of Nanotechnology in Biomedicine in Europe.