The 5 associate partners will complement our expertise and actively participate in most of the proposed activities. Partners from USA (GU, MIT) will share their insight into the US system of higher education. The private sector associates FA and ARESIS are SME companies offering a different perspective and insight into functioning of spin-off companies. UZH is an active participant who was initially included as a full member but appears as a partner due to formal reasons. They will provide external funding for ESR16 and will be fully integrated in the network. All partner organizations will host ESR secondments or research visits. As visiting scientists at NANOTRANS nodes, they will collaborate on joint projects and offer seminars and specialized mini courses.
Established in 1789, Georgetown University is one of the oldest USA universities and a major international research university with eight schools, an affiliated hospital and many highly ranked academic programs. It has >12,000 undergraduate and graduate students and >1300 faculty members. GU’s Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology, or I(SM)2, launched in 2012 as the result of $6.9M grant from NIST, serves to catalyze the development of fundamental principles and measurement tools applied to Soft Matter.