Welcome to NanoForum, the annual Nordic conference on nanotechnology, advanced materials, and business opportunities!

Take the opportunity to be a part of forming the future of nanotechnology in the Nordics. Learn about the latest trends and success stories in sessions focusing on entrepreneurship, investments and the latest research in nanotechnology and connect to key executives and world leading scientists speaking at NanoForum.

The program features international high-profile keynote speakers and Nordic stakeholders, who openly share their insights and opinions and discuss important nanotechnology topics. Listen to Prof. Molly Stevens (UK) , Adam de Sola Pool (US) , Prof. James Tour (US), Prof. Maria Strømme (N) and Prof. Lars Samuelson (S) and many more.

This year’s conference is organized by SwedNanoTech and the City of Uppsala.


Get to know what the Nordic region has to offer, all under one roof. We host a lively and friendly exhibition space at the heart of the networking area featuring the companies, technologies, and services from the Nordics. Be sure to secure your company’s space at the center of lively interactions and discussions in the exhibition space.


The conference brings together the key entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers in the Nordic Region. A central networking area will offer you an informal meeting space to catch up with attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and partners throughout coffee breaks and lunch. 

Uppsala style dinner evening

On the 25th an Uppsala style full dinner evening mixing great networking possibilities with entertainment and many surprises at the historical Uppsala Castle starting directly after the first day's program. Johan Wester, one of Sweden's top comedians, will guide you through the evening. Don't miss this!


Are you an upcoming nanotech company? Join the Nordic-Nanotechnology-Company-of-the-Year-Award. Nominate candidates to asalie.hartmanis@swednanotech.com


As a sponsor, you can make your mark on the Scandinavian Nanotechnology scene. If you want to get involved as a sponsor, please contact bjorn.lindh@lindhea.se.

How to get there

NanoForum 2017 will take place at Uppsala Konsert och Kongress (UKK) at Vaksala torg 1 in Uppsala, Sweden - only 18 min by train from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. A more detailed description on how to get there can be found here.


25th of September

9.30 Registration and coffee 

10.00 Welcome to NanoForum2017 in Uppsala! - Marlene Burwick, Mayor of Uppsala, and Lars Leijonborg, Chairman of SwedNanoTech

10.15 If You Can Make a Nanocar, You Can Make Everything! James Tour, Professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering, Rice University, USA

11.15 Oxygen, Aspirin or Jewelry – an Investor’s View on Nanotech. Adam de Sola Pool, CEO Environmental Investment Partners

12.00 Lunch and mingle at the exhibition

13.15 Fruitful Collaboration Academia-Industry   Uli Stilz, Vice President Novo Nordisk

13.30 A New VC Model for Nanotech Startups, Magnus Ryde, General Partner, Spirit Ventures

13.45 It’s Logic. It’s Nano. Nanologica’s Journey from Uppsala to the Rest of the World, Adam Feiler, CTO Nanologica

14.00 When Thin is Phat, a Finnish Nanotech Experience, Joe Pimenoff, Head of Application Development, Beneq

14.30 Coffee Break and Mingle at the Exhibition

15.00 Highlights from Swedish Academia (Göran Johansson, Chalmers, Lars Samuelson, NanoLund, Ulrica Edlund Royal Institute of Technology, Maria Strömme, Uppsala University)

16.00 Nordic-Nanotechnology-Company-of-the-Year Award – Finalists’ Pitches

16.30 Social Event including a city walk

18.00 - 22.30 Uppsala Style Dinner at Uppsala Castle – catching a glimpse of the quintessence of Uppsala

26th of September

8.30 Introduction

8.55 Visions for Nanotechnology in Regenerative Medicine, Molly Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine,  Imperial College, UK

9.40 Enabling the Next Production Revolution – Implications and Strategies for Industry and Policy.  Steffi Friedrichs, Policy Analyst, OECD

10.10 Beyond the Horizon, a New European Research/Innovation Strategy, Hans Hartman Pedersen, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, EU Commission

10.35 Coffee Break 

11.05 Panel Discussion – How can the Nordic Region take a leading role in Nanotechnology? 

11.35 Nordic-Nanotechnology-Company-of-the-Year Award

11.50 Wrapping up

(12:00 - AimDay Nanotechnology starts. Registration here)

Photos: www.meruppsala.se



Molly Stevens
Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine at Imperial College London, UK

Professor Molly Stevens is a world-leading scientist  and distinguished expert in nanotechnology. Her outstanding work in academia, has earned her numerous prestigious awards and the transformative impact of her work is recognized beyond the academic community: she was named one of the top ten scientists under 40 by ‘The Times’, one of the 100 innovators under 35 whose work and ideas will change the world by MIT Technology Review.

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James Tour
Professor of Computer Science; Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University, USA

James Tour – one of the top 10 chemists in the world in the past decade according to Thomson Reuters – is doing expansive work in the field of Nanotechnology. Professor Tour researches nanomachines, -electronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, and graphene photovoltaics among other things. He also developed innovative educational materials to interest and educate children in nanotechnology; founded four companies to make the fruits of his research available to society; and uses his expertise to support investors through technology assessments. 

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Lars Samuelson
Professor of Solid State Physics at Lund University, Sweden

Lars is one of the leading nanotechnology researchers in in the world,  the director of NanoLund, Sweden's primary center for nanoscience, and a member of both the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He is an innovative visionary that has not only built NanoLund into a powerful research platform for new materials, but also founded four start-up companies working on the development and commercialization of the nanowire technology: QuNano AB, GLO AB, Sol Voltaics AB and Hexagem AB.   

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Maria Strømme
Professor of Nanotechnology, Uppsala University

Maria Strømme has received various prestigious awards for her scientific and entrepreneurial achievements in nanotechnology, physics and medicine. Once the youngest chaired technology professor in Sweden, she is now a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the vice chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2013, she and her team founded  Disruptive Materials AB  to commercialize the record breaking ‘wonder material’ Upsalite®. Disruptive Materials was named one Sweden’s 33 hottest high-tech companies in 2014 and 2015 and won Venture Cup Sweden and the Nordic Clean Tech Open 2014. 

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Adam de Sola Pool
CEO, Environmental Investment Partners

Adam de Sola Pool is a venture capital investor in the renewable energy and cleantech sectors in Central Europe, who has been investing in the renewable and environmental sectors since 1998. In his almost 20 years of experience as an investor, Adam has helped to start over twenty renewable energy and environmental companies in central Europe. He also serves as a mentor and judge for cleantech startup competitions like MIT VMS, Techstars, Northeastern Venture Mentoring Network, CleanTech Open, MIT Clean Energy Prize, MassChallenge, and invests in startup companies through MIT Angels, Sloan Angels, Walnut and more. 

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Joe Pimenoff
Head of Application Development at Beneq, Finland

Joe is the Head of Application Development at Lumineq displays, the company-wide operations unit of the Finnish high-tech startup Beneq® – one of the leading suppliers of Atomic Layer Deposition equipment and thin film coating services, and the world’s premier manufacturer of thin film electroluminescent displays. Joe has attained extensive first-hand experience of what it takes and how one should go about successfully commercializing science. He also considers high-tech, cleantech and nanotech all part of his everyday vocabulary. 

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Dr. Uli Stilz
Vice-President R&D Academic Partnerships, Novo Nordisk

Dr. Uli Stilz is the Vice-President of R&D Academic Partnerships at Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care based in Denmark. In order to advance the company’s commitment to impactful partnerships as the source of innovative and life-changing solutions, Uli establishes collaborative partnerships with academia to develop, mature and commercialize innovative solutions that leverage the strengths of both Novo Nordics and researchers and innovators. 

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Dr. Steffi Friedrichs
Policy Analyst – Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies, OECD

Following academic training in Nanotechnology at Oxford University, Steffi has built the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) into a respected leader and trusted partner among nanotechnology stakeholders, and served as the director general of the NIA for almost a decade. Steffi is now putting her expansive expertise in the field of nanotechnology to use at the OECD, where she serves as a policy analyst for nanotechnology and associated fields, indicators, statistics and impact assessment. 

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Hans-Hartmann Pedersen
Programme Officer, Industrial Technologies Directorate, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation European Commission

Hans-Hartmann Pedersen is working as Programme officer in the “Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies” unit at the industrial technologies directorate of the European Commission. In his position, he is responsible for industrial innovation and upscaling of research and innovation activities. Hans-Hartmann also gathered expansive industry experience from heavy industry, machinery, ship and offshore in Denmark, Norway, Finland and United Kingdom. 

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Adam Feiler
Professor Adam Feiler, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Nanologica

Adam Feiler is Chief Technical Officer at Nanologica and responsible for the development and commercialization of nanoporous silica particles for application in drug delivery and purification of pharmaceutical products. Adam also holds position as Adjunct Professor of Applied Nanotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and has a strong background in physical chemistry and colloid science with a broad experience in formulation for industrial applications. He is inventor in two patents for the application of nanoporous silica particles for controlled delivery and several others in applications for drug delivery.

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