PAN-European Network in Multifunctional Microsystems


Keywords: microsystems technology

Start Date: 1 February 95 / Status: finished / Duration: 24 months

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Objectivies and Approach

The objective of the NEXUSPAN network is to further integrate researchers, manufacturers and users of microsystems technology (MST) from Central and Eastern Europe, including the New Independent States, into the pan-European environment. In particular, NEXUSPAN provides an infrastructure for the formation of MST related East/West cooperations. As a result, it is expected to contribute to the launching of future joint research projects exploiting the synergy of eastern and western MST laboratories.

NEXUSPAN supports the exchange of researchers and the development of a common infrastructure, including the establishment of national contact points and the dissemination of information on the East European MST community.

European links: The network NEXUSPAN is an extension of the network of excellence NEXUS (ESPRIT projects 7217 and 20713) and the sister network NEXUSEAST under the PECO programme (CP93-5355).

Progress and Results

NEXUSPAN coorganised two successful workshops in Romania and Poland on the potential of microsystems technology jointly with NEXUSEAST. It is now preparing a workshop on MST for ecological problems that will be held in Russia in December 1996.

In order to stimulate the self organisation of the East European microsystems community, NEXUSPAN has established national contact points in 10 of the Eastern countries involved, while negotiations with candidates from four other countries are pending. Starting from initially 21 Eastern partners, the open network NEXUSPAN now includes 51 member institutions in 14 East European countries. (A list of the members may be requested from the coordinator.)

Information Dissemination Activities and/or Exploitation

In order to disseminate information on MST activities and potential in Eastern Europe, an almanac that comprises detailed MST related information on 16 laboratories in five NIS countries was compiled and distributed to all NEXUS and NEXUSPAN partners. Moreover, the activities of NEXUSPAN are periodically reported in the NEXUS newsletter, whereas NEXUSPAN has started to support the publication of national MST newsletters in East European countries.


Fraunhofer-Institut für Siliziumtechnologie
NEXUS Office
Dillenburger Str. 53
D-14199 Berlin, D

EU Partners

Fraunhofer Institut für Siliziumtechnologie, D
VDI/VDE Technologiezentrum Informationstechnik, D
Schlumberger Industries-GEM, F

Non-EU Partners

1 institute, AM
4 institutes, BY
3 institutes, BG
1 company, 2 institutes, CZ
1 institute, EE
3 institutes, GE
5 institutes, HU
1 company, 1 institute, LV
3 institutes, LT
2 companies, 8 institutes, PL
1 company, 2 institutes, RO
1 company, 4 institutes, RU
1 company, 3 institutes, SK
2 companies, 2 institutes, UA


Dr. Hans-Christian Petzold
Tel: +49 30 829 98 110
Fax: +49 30 829 98 307

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NEXUSPAN - CP94-793, May 1997

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