The Master Degree in Nanotechnologies for ICT is actively involved, through the Faculty and the coordinator of the course, in different international initiatives such as Schools, Master and Workshop of the highest level, where the leitmotif is the multidisciplinary and cross-contamination between different scientific fields in which the micro-and nanotechnologies can or are playing a key role in the evolution of the same.
There are also several active collaborations and partnerships with companies and most prestigious universities in the world (refer to "Carried out Theses" for more details), so about 75% of the students conduct their thesis work abroad.
Among the various initiatives, the most relevant are briefly described below. For further information, refer to the respective institutional websites.
MIGAS is an International Summer School on Advanced Microelectronics existing since 1997 and offering every year a forum of detailed presentations on emerging topics of advanced microelectronics and nanotechnologies.
It is a unique opportunity for senior and junior researchers to update their knowledge in a very specific and emerging field.
MIGAS brings together scientists from all over the world and from research institutes, universities, R&D companies. Through a program based on lessons given by the best international scientists, the participants will be able to improve their knowledge on state of the art and future nanodevices. Last editions topics were focused on Micro & Nano Technologies for Microwave and Photonic Devices (2013), Micro & Nano Devices for Biology and Medicine (2012), Nanostructures for Energy Harvesting (2011) and MEMS & NEMS (2010).
MIGAS is organized in Autrans, a renown resort, located in the Regional Natural Park of the Vercors mountains, 30 km away from Grenoble. The village and the resort center offer a wide variety of recreational activities.
Summer School @ MINATEC is open to Bachelor’s students at top-tier universities who have been recruited by Grenoble Institute of Technology’s International Relations Department. Over the five-week program in partnership with Politecnico di Torino and EPFL Lausanne, participants take nearly 40 hours of science and engineering classes in Micro & Nanotechnology, complete 20 hours of lab work in a clean room, and take courses in cross-cultural teamwork and creativity and innovation. A strong focus is on the multi-disciplinary features of the emerging engineering and science domain of Micro & Nanotechnology, at the interface between Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering. All courses are taught in English. It is an EU certified "Erasmus Intensive program 2014" which allows students gain credits (6 ECTS) in academic and work lab courses.
The Summer School also includes fun social activities offered in conjunction with the ISERE program: these include an international weekend in the mountains, wine-tasting sessions, and tours of the area’s main research centers, including MINATEC, EPFL and Politecnico di Torino.
The International Winter School on Nano and Biotechnology held in Sterzing-Vipiteno (Italy) is intended as a forum for the presentation and the discussion of a diverse range of significant and exciting results in the rapidly advancing discipline of biomedical micro- and nanotechnology. Although micro- and nanotechnology have been developing for a relatively short time, they are well positioned to have a significant future impact in biology and medicine. New nanotechnology-based methods, tools and materials with innovative properties are being designed to improve disease detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Over the next ten to twenty years nanotechnology will represent a great opportunity to improve human health in novel ways, especially by enabling early disease detection and diagnosis, as well as precise and effective therapy tailored to the patient. The possibility of higher sensitivity and detection rate, as well as the reduced cost and invasiveness has generated substantial interest in miniaturized devices.
The aim of this school is to present the most contemporary knowledge in the field of micro and nanotechnologies, to draw young researcher’s attention on themes of frontier research which are considered of relevant scientific and technological impact, and to stimulate the discussion among complementary disciplines ranging from engineering to surface physics and biotechnology.
The school is addressed to physicists, chemists, engineers, material scientists, biotechnologists, belonging not only to universities and research centers, but also to the industries. Fruitful, open and interactive discussions of case-studies are also planned to provide participants with an advanced working knowledge.
The program is structured to allow free time in the afternoon (snow-time) while lectures and other scheduled events take place in the morning, late afternoon and evening. The lectures are open to PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and others interested in this newly emerging field. Participants have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster.