25 - 26 SeptemberUppsala Konsert och Kongress (UKK)

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), Prof. Lars Samuelson (S) and Prof.  Lars Montelius (P) 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 Åsalie Hartmanis, CEO of SwedNanoTech

10.15 Prof. James Tour (US)  - If You Can Make a Nanocar, You Can Make Everything!

11.15 Adam de Sola Pool, Business Angel (US)  - Oxygen, Aspirin or Jewelry – an Investor’s View on Nanotech.

12.00 Lunch and mingle at the exhibition

13.15 Uli Stilz, Vice President at Novo Nordisk (DK)  - Fruitful Collaboration Academy-Industry  

13.30  [Still open]

14.00 Beneq, A Nanotech Success Story from Finland - Joe Pimenoff (FI)

14.30 Coffee Break and mingle at the exhibition

15.00 Highlights from Swedish Academia

16.00 Nordic-Nanotechnology-Company-of-the-Year Award - Finalist’s 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 with mingling opportunities and entertainment lead by Johan Wester

26th of September

8.30 Introduction Day 2

8.55 Visions for nanotechnology in regenerative medicine - Molly Stevens (UK)

9.40 Enabling the Next Production Revolution – Implications and Strategies for Industry and Policy, OECD - Steffi Friedrichs (F/D)

10.20 EU invests in nanotechnology–  Hans Hartman Pedersen (DK), EU Commission

10.35 Coffee Break 

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

11.37 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

A world-leading scientist in her field, Professor Molly Stevens is a distinguished expert in nanotechnology. Her outstanding work in academia, has earned her numerous prestigious awards, including the EU40 Prize for ‘best materials scientist under 40’ from the European Materials Research Society and, as the first woman in its history, a Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference science medal. The transformative impact of her work is, however, also 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, and spoke about her work on regenerative medicine at TEDGlobal in 2013. Do not miss the unique opportunity to hear about the future this world-leading expert sees for nanotechnology in the Nordics at Nanoforum 2017. 

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

If you have heard of nanocars, you have probably heard of James Tour: he and his team won the world’s first nanocar race. But, he is also one of the top 10 chemists in the world in the past decade according to Thomson Reuters, who is doing expansive work in the field of Nanotechnology: beyond nanomachines – like nanocars –  Professor Tour researches nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, silicon oxide electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, and graphene photovoltaics among other things. Prof. Tour also takes his role as an advocate for nanotechnology seriously: he 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. The expertise and experience of this world-leading nanotechnology scientist, innovator and entrepreneur will indubitably advance the discourse in the Nordics at Nanoforum 2017.

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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 and the director of NanoLund, the primary center for nanoscience in Sweden. 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 of which GLO AB has been particularly successful at attracting international venture capital and established an engineering centre in Silicon Valley. For his academic contributions, Lars has been named the most prolific European contributor to scientific journals in the nanowire field for the last decade and among the top five worldwide by a leading journal. He is also a member of both the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences which awards the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics every year. As a world-leading Swedish expert and entrepreneur in Nanotechnology, Lars is a first-rate authority to discuss the present and future of Nanotechnology in the Nordics.   

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Maria Strømme
Professor of Nanotechnology, Uppsala University

Maria Strømme is a professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, who has received a number of prestigious international and national awards for her scientific and entrepreneurial achievements in nanotechnology, physics and medicine. Once the youngest chaired technology professor in Sweden, Strømme is now an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, which she is the vice chairman of since 2015. Venturing from academia into the world of business, she and her team founded the company Disruptive Materials AB in 2013 to commercialize the record breaking ‘wonder material’ Upsalite®. From start the company generated enormous interest and was named one of Sweden’s 33 hottest high-tech companies in 2014 and 2015, won Venture Cup Sweden as well as the Nordic Clean Tech Open 2014. At Nanoforum 2017, the ‘nanotechnology crusader’ can share her vision for how Sweden can become a world leader in nanotechnology. 

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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. In 2006, he received the ‘Cleantech Pioneer Award’ for his work in sustainability and investment. Adam 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 as an Angel investor through MIT Angels, Sloan Angels, Walnut and more. Through his extensive work as an investor in Europe, Adam can provide important perspectives on the future of Nanotechnology in the Nordics. 

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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. Through his work at this internationally growing high-tech company, Joe has attained extensive first-hand experience of what it takes and how one should go about successfully commercializing science. While his work at Beneq® is closely connected to materials science and thin films, Joe says that the words high-tech, cleantech and nanotech are all part of his everyday vocabulary. As one of the veterans in the Finnish success story Beneq®, Joe can provide interesting insights into the journey of a startup and its environment from a Nordic nanotechnology startup’s perspective. 

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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. As a trained scientist and experienced corporate manager heading R&D Academic partnerships, Dr. Stilz can provide valuable insights into the value-creating potential of innovation through collaboration. 

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Dr. Steffi Friedrichs
Policy Analyst – Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Steffi Friedrichs is an expert in the field of nanotechnology with deep scientific knowledge and insight into industry clients, as well as regulatory concerns. Following academic training in Nanotechnology at Oxford University – one of Europe’s most prestigious academic institutions – and almost a decade as the director general of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), Steffi is now putting her expansive expertise in the field of nanotechnology to use at the OECD. As a policy analyst for nanotechnology and associated fields, indicators, statistics and impact assessment are her responsibility. In light of her profound expertise, as well as her involvement policy assessment and in building the NIA into a respected leader and trusted partner among nanotechnology stakeholders, Dr. Steffi Friedrichs can contribute powerful insights and experiences to Nanoforum 2017.

Dr. Steffi Friedrichs

Policy Analyst – Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD))

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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. While he has worked at the European Comission for 25 years now, Hans-Hartmann also gathered expansive industry experience from heavy industry, machinery, ship and offshore in Denmark, Norway, Finland and United Kingdom prior to his assignment at the European commission. Drawing from both his experience in the industry and his long-time work with innovation and upscaling at the European Commission, Hans-Hartman can add important insights to the discourse at Nanoforum 2017.

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