The PHANTOMS FOUNDATION based in Madrid, Spain, focuses its activities on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (N&N) and is now a key actor in structuring and fostering European Excellence and enhancing collaborations in these fields. The Phantoms Foundation, a non-profit organisation, gives high level management profile to National and European scientific projects (among others, the COST Bio-Inspired nanotechnologies, ICT-FET Integrated Project AtMol and ICT/FET EUPHONON Coordination Action) and provides an innovative platform for dissemination, transfer and transformation of basic nanoscience knowledge, strengthening interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology and catalysing collaboration among international research groups.
The Foundation also works in close collaboration with Spanish and European Governmental Institutions to provide focused reports on N&N related research areas (infrastructure needs, emerging research, etc.).

The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2 – Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) is a renowned research centre. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. The Mission of ICN2 is to achieve scientific and technological excellence at an international level in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and to facilitate the adoption and integration of nanotechnologies into society and industry.
The patrons of ICN2 are the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat), the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The Institute promotes collaboration among scientists from diverse backgrounds (physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering) to develop basic and applied research, always seeking interactions with local and global industry. ICN2 also trains researchers in nanotechnology, develops numerous activities to facilitate the uptake of nanotechnology by industry, and promotes networking among scientists, engineers, technicians, business people, society, and policy makers.
ICN2 was accredited in 2014 by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, the highest recognition of centres of excellence in Spain. The ICN2 proposal for this call focused on the development of nanoscale devices that are effective and marketable. Based on scientific advances in the development of materials, nanofabrication, characterisation, and theoretical simulation, practical applications will be developed in three main areas: Biosystems. Energy, and Information technology and telecommunications.


Founded in 1425, UCL is one of Europe’s oldest universities, with more than 28,000 students on six sites. In the 2012 QS World University Rankings, UCL was ranked 127th, making it Belgium’s leading French-speaking university. UCL attracts every year 5,000 international students from around the globe With one Nobel Prize, 21 Francqui Prizes (“the Belgian Nobel”) and numerous international awards which means UCL teaching courses are based on solid research and innovation, with a lot of applications for society (50 spin-offs and 197 enterprises in the 3 scientific parks of the university). UCL has been developing teaching and research on communication since 1946; it is today a leading university for organizational communication and public relations research and education in the French-speaking part of Belgium.