Historical background

NAMIS is an international research network on Nano and Micro Systems initiated by the french National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institute of Industrial Sciences (IIS) of the University of Tokyo.

NAMIS was officially founded November the 2th, 2005 by 6 European and Asian organizations: CNRS (France), IIS/University of Tokyo (Japan), EPFL (Switzerland), IMTEK (Germany), SNU (Korea) and VTT (Finland). In the 2006-2010 period, new organizations from Canada, Korea, France, Japan, Taiwan and USA successively joined NAMIS. In 2016 MESA+ from Netherlands joined NAMIS network.

NAMIS is now in its third four years phase and involves 12 core partners from 10 countries representing more than 50 high rank institutes or laboratories and around 800 scientists.

Mission and goals

We believe that NAMIS is providing a frame for fruitful international scientific relationships in the leading-edge field of micro and nano systems. The goals of the networking activity of NAMIS are:

  • To stimulate scientific exchanges through the organisation of common workshops, international schools,  seminars and laboratory visits.
  • To promote and organize mobility within the network of PhD students, post-docs and visiting researchers.
  • To settle joint research projects able to tackle challenging topics owing to the complementary expertises of  partners.
  • To rely on the official NAMIS agreement to have access to national projects with invited NAMIS partners.
  • To allows a sharing of know-how and simulation/fabrication/test resources

Research Topics

NAMIS covers the following scientific topics:

  • Micro and nanofabrication technologies
  • Basic components like sensors and actuators
  • Microsystems
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Characterization and tests
  • Application of micro and nanosystem in fields of healthand safety, advanced communication systems, micromanipulation and robotics, internet of things, transportation and aeronautics, etc..
  • Nanosciences and nanotechnologies

NAMIS operation

NAMIS gathers, in a research network, public and private laboratories for a duration of 4 years, eventually renewable. Is is now in the 3rd renewable phase.

Each partner provides some funding essentially for the mobility of students/Post-docs and researchers, for information exchange and for the organisation of workshops and international schools

It is managed and controlled by a scientific/steering committee chaired by the  coordinator and composed of representatives of each partner.