Nanotechnology Innovation

28th May to 25th June 2016, de 9h a 19h Facultat de Ciències, UAB, Barcelona, Spain




Introduction to Innovation & Entrepreneurship –Nanotechnology Innovation

28th May to 25th June 2016, de 9h a 19h
Facultat de Ciències, UAB, Barcelona, Spain

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Learn who we are and why we do this

This 4 ECTS course is a unique opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate students to be introduced to entrepreneurship and innovation. Coursework will be project-based, involving international teams of students from UAB and UTA. The students will be challenged to think creatively, explore and discuss new ideas, generate possibilities, looking for many right answers rather than just one. These kinds of thinking are vital to create a company but also for a successful working life. This course aims to promote generation of innovative ideas and projects through first-hand experiences exchange with those who have already built their own company or start-up.

Classes will be divided in lectures and seminars from entrepreneurs having established their own company (30 hours), working sessions in class and outside the class, mainly visits to technological centers and entities promoting innovation and (40 hours), tutorial sessions with professors (10 hours) and final group presentations (20 hours)

Without being a specific science course, students will be challenged to contemplate economic, environmental and societal implications of new, rapidly developing nanotechnologies, especially considering recent enabling technical developments in information technology, environmental sensing, energy sustainability and medicine and exploring fundamental issues related to intellectual property, the innovative process, international competition and cooperation, and the roles of governmental policy and societal perception of nanotechnology. Teams of students will present their ideas at the end of each week. Lectures, visits and seminars will bring the students the tools for propose new ideas and generate innovation, promoting their entrepreneurship soul. The course is designed to build practical thinking and creativity skills, develop communicative skills and in summary to form more creative individuals.



Limited: 15 PLACES

(+ 39 USA students)


Project-based learning experiences in international teams, at home.
Built your innovations skills!



Learning topics and skills


Recognize the principles of innovation, business creation, entrepreneurship, Intellectual property and the global economic and collaborative environment. Intellectual Property—creating it, owning it, using it
Description of the fundamentals of technology transfers and innovation- differences between academia and industry (EU-USA differences).
Solve problems and make decisions
Knowledge of funding strategies for early stage technological development; Governmental policy
Teamwork in an International environment
Defining Nanotechnology and Trends in Nanotechnology
Know and Identify New Tools and New Ideas in Innovation
Learning innovative teaching methodology project-based
Knowledge of innovation, business creation, entrepreneurship activities and entities in the area of Barcelona



The Speakers

Who will share the experiences


Schedules might change

Download the program HERE




Activities program
Visits Program

30th May

Welcome to UAB, Course Presentation

MORNING: Description of the UAB Empren Project at UAB 
(entrepreneurship activities & tools for UAB students) Sònia Gonzàlez


15h-18h: Parc de Recerca UAB

Ricard Esparza (entrepreneurship activities & tools for UAB researchers & professors)
Introduction to H2020 – Ricard Esparza
ERC EU-Program: Mariano Campoy
ETN EU-Program: Gerard Tobias
IP/Patents EU versus USA  - Prof. Xavier Vallvé 


1st June

9h30 -11h30: Research Center ICN2

Jordi Reverter (Technology Transfer)


8th June

Visit to ICFO – Catalan Institute of Photonics (Jordi Roca)

9:30 am          Arrival & Welcome at the ICFO Auditorium

10:30 - 12:30 Lab visits

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch

Afternoon:     Lectures/Group Work/Presentations

4 pm-6 pm     Visit to Synchrotron Alba (Francis Perez)



13th June 

Visit to BCN SuperComputing Center “MareNostrum” UPC campus


15th June

Morning: Disseny Hub Barcelona

Visit BCD Barcelona Design Centre

MATERFAD. Center of Materials. Data base for Materials applications & properties. 

Afternoon: Lectures/Group Work/Presentations                               

3pm-4:30pm: Tour of the Electron Microscopy Facilities at ICN2 (UAB) led by Belen and Gustavo; split into 4 groups


21st June

9:30am-11am EURECAT (Oriol Alcoba Barcelona Media)
11:30am-1pm ASCAMM visit


Venue of Course

Learn where is it and how to get there
Facultat de Ciències UAB

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona's central campus is in Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), 20 km from Barcelona, between Sabadell and Sant Cugat del Vallès.


Do you have questions?
Who should attend this course?

The course is open to any student willing to develop its creativity, innovativeness and entrepreneurialism.

Science but also business/economics students are welcomed

High level in English is mandatory

Preinscription form has to be completed and send before final acceptance.

How can I preregister on this course?
By filling in the preregistration file and send it to
Do I need to pay a downpayment?
Is the payment can be made using credit card?
Nearly we inform about the ways of payment