The 5 associate partners will complement our expertise and actively participate in most of the proposed activities. Partners from USA (GU, MIT) will share their insight into the US system of higher education. The private sector associates FA and ARESIS are SME companies offering a different perspective and insight into functioning of spin-off companies. UZH is an active participant who was initially included as a full member but appears as a partner due to formal reasons. They will provide external funding for ESR16 and will be fully integrated in the network. All partner organizations will host ESR secondments or research visits. As visiting scientists at NANOTRANS nodes, they will collaborate on joint projects and offer seminars and specialized mini courses.
Aresis d.o.o. is a small spin-off company based in Ljubljana, Slovenia specialized in production of optical scientific instruments. Its major products are optical tweezers systems and rapid prototyping systems for microfluidics. The company was started in 2004 and has steadily extended its range of products and expertise in particularly through close collaboration with research institutions like University of Ljubljana and Jozef Stefan Institute. As a spin-off the company continually seeks close contacts with academic community as well as larger industrial partners, which require scientific instrumentation from its field of expertise. Much of the collaboration is in R&D field of general optics, laser techniques; specialized optical components etc. thus facilitating a direct knowledge and expirinece transfer in both directions.