Do you need grants for your project? We will support you in your applications.Do you already have a good idea for a project? We will initiate and coordinate projects for you, right through to complete project management.Are you keen to consider people and the environment? We develop nanotechnology in a responsible manner.Do you want to make your idea into a product? We will carry out feasibility studies and help you with implementation.Are you looking for contacts for your project? We will refer you to researchers and users in industry and economy.Are you seeking dialogue with decision makers? We will bring decision makers from economy, universities and politics to the table.Do you want to make your results known internationally? We will help you with international research marketing.Do you want to get your bearings in a complicated technical environment? We will provide you with the necessary knowledge.Do you want to promote nanotechnology? Become a member!Are you interested in new trends and developments? Visit our seminars, workshops and exhibition stands.How do research results become products? We will help you and support your process of technology transfer.

Schools in Competition

Students of all ages can show their research skills and test their ingenuity in the annual Nano-School Competition.

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Promoting Young Talent

The bottleneck in qualified workers in the field of natural sciences is an obstacle to growth and innovation. It is therefore essential that we promote young talent. The promotion of nanotechnology teaching contents at schools and universities is an important part of the Cluster's work. From initially individual campaigns and promotional measures, a complete programme of young-talent promotion has formed with the following key modules:

  • Teacher training programmes
  • School competition
  • School visits with the NanoShuttle
  • Campaigns for nanotechnology, e.g `VDI Technikmeile`, BMBF `Bürgerdialog`, nano campaigns at university open days
  • Setting up a clearing house
  • Workshops and summer schools
  • students lab `Experimentarium´

The Cluster's young-talent promotion activities have been consolidated – and were intensified and broadened with the Initiative Junge Forscherinnen und Forscher (IJF) e.V. (Initiative for Young Reseachers), founded in late 2010.

The activities in the field of young-talent promotion ensure a Bavaria-wide network of continuous and sustained cross-generational and cross-organisational promotion of technological interest in children, adolescents and young adults. The aim of this promotion is to open up training opportunities to young persons, to increase society's interest in technology and, in the medium to long term, to combat a lack of qualified workers in technology professions.

Teaching teachers

In further-training courses, teachers across Bavaria are receiving the stimuli for future-oriented science teaching.

Science on tour

With the NanoShuttle, IJF brings an exciting world of nano experiences to Bavaria's schools.

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Explore future technologies

In the students lab `Experimentarium`, children and teenagers have the opportunity to independently research and experiment.  


Together with its network partners, IJF organises workshops and interactive activities for young researchers.

Successfully Connected

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology presented the Cluster's youth work as an example of success. 

Download the information flyer (german language) here

Further Informations:

Heike Ochmann, Press- and Public Relations Officer
Initiative Junge Forscherinnen und Forscher (IJF) e.V.
Josef-Martin-Weg 52
D-97074 Würzburg

Tel: +49 931 / 31 699 - 20
Fax: +49 931 / 31 699 - 19