The Barcelona-Grenoble-Tsukuba “Clustering and Global Challenges” (CGC2021) international online conference will present the most recent research advances and technology developments in different hot sectors such as Quantum Technologies, Advanced Materials, Health, Smart Energy or Topological/Photonic Materials.
This online event, organised by ICN2 – MANA/NIMS & LANEF, will address Global Challenges in the above mentioned strategic sectors that generate business and growth opportunities requiring as well as Clustering at the International level.
The first edition of this event was organised in 2019 by Barcelona & Grenoble (More info). In 2021 Tsukuba joined the organisation.


The Institut Catala de Nanociencia I Nanotecnologia (ICN2) is a flagship research institute within the CERCA network of centres created and supported by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia to raise Catalan science to the premier international level. The patrons of ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Its core activities are Frontier Basic and Applied Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Technology Transfer, and Public Outreach. Currently, ICN2 numbers some 200 staff from over 30 countries, of which about 170 are researchers. In addition to the theoretical and experimental groups involved in the project, ICN2´s activities in graphene include thermal management, photovoltaic, biosensors and energy applications, gathering about 40 researchers (permanent staff, postdoc and Ph.D. students). ICN2 achievements were recognised in 2014 with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation, the most prestigious award targeting research centres in Spain.


LANEF, Lab Alliances on Nanosciences-Energies for the future, is a Labex funded in 2011 of the University Grenoble Alpes which associates six Grenoble labs (NEEL, INAC, G2ELab, LIPhy, LNCMI and LPMMC) engaged in forefront basic research with an emphasis on physics - condensed matter and nanosciences - and electrical engineering. LANEF identifies five common challenges well spread over the 6 laboratories, to structure the project: Nanophysics and Quantum Engineering, Quantum Materials, Electrical Energy, Sensors for Life Science and Healthcare, New frontiers in Cryogenics. It enhances the synergy between the different teams working towards these challenges, and makes connection with R&D. It offers funding for students and scientists to join these activities


The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) is one of the 13 research centers funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). The aim of the WPI is to create top world-level research centers which are sufficiently attractive to outstanding researchers from around the world, and MANA was established in 2007 under this premise to encourage proactive science and nanotechnology research with a team of excellent researchers.
MANA has been called one of Japan's best research institutes not only for its research output, but also for its efforts to internationalize and establish effective programs for training young researchers.



Organising Committee
César Moreno (ICN2-CSIC-BIST, Spain) - Chairperson
Anna Minguzzi (LPMMC-CNRS, France) - Chairperson
Tomonobu Nakayama (MANA-NIMS, Japan) - Chairperson
Local Organising Committee
Xavier Obradors(ICMAB, Spain)
Veronica Auhfinger (UAB, Spain)
Luis Fonseca (IMB-CNM/CSIC, Spain)
Laura Lechuga (ICN2, Spain)
Manel Martinez (IFAE, Spain)
Ramon Costa (UPC, Spain)
Jose Luis Dominguez (IREC, Spain)
Antoine Reserbat-Plantey (ICFO, Spain)
Maria Soler (ICN2, Spain)
Technical Committee
Antonio Correia (Phantoms Foundation, Spain)
Concepción Narros (Phantoms Foundation, Spain)
Joaquin Ramón-Laca Maderal (Phantoms Foundation, Spain)
Jose Luis Roldan (Phantoms Foundation, Spain)



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