Asia Nano Forum to Pursue Iran’s Proposals
The Asia Nano Forum (ANF) was held recently in Tehran, Iran, and was attended by representatives of 15 Asia-Pacific and four European countries.
The members discussed the prospective goals and programs of the forum, while also reporting on each of their country’s achievements and activities in nanotechnology. Iran proposed to the ANF that an Asian student nanotechnology Olympiad be held in the future, and Asian nanoscale certificate awarding be pursued. Dr. Ali Beytollahi, the director of international affairs for the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, said acquiring public trust in nanotechnology-based products is an important issue and will only be possible be creating the aforementioned international certificate. “It was decided that a team of Thai, Taiwanese, South Korean and Iranian experts take the responsibility to pursue the proposed plans so that they will be implemented after the necessary analyses and modifications,” Beytollahi said, adding that such a certificate would be a great step toward the development of commerce and nano-based products markets in Asian countries. The ANF re-elected Japan as the next president of the Forum, and Thailand will be the next ANF host.