International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

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International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), in Braga, Portugal, a fully international research organization in Europe in the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. INL is the result of a joint decision of the Governments of Portugal and Spain, taken on November 19, 2005, at the XXI Portugal-Spain Summit, in Évora.

INL provides a research environment promoting an interdisciplinary effort in addressing the major challenges in the emerging areas of Nanobiotechnology, Nanoelectronics, Nanomedicine and Materials Science at Nanoscale. The key research activities are based on existing areas in Portugal and Spain, as well as on new strategic development areas where researchers will be hired. The Laboratory is planned for 200 scientists, about 100 PhD students, and supporting technical and administrative staff.

INL work with international research centres, local and global industry and universities. In October 2016 BeeHex introduced 3D food printing at INL's annual conference.


  • 2005: Decision of Portugal and Spain to set up a joint R&D institution in the district of Braga;
  • 2006: Signing of the International Convention with the Statutes by the governments of the two countries (November);
  • 2007: Parliamentary approval of the Treaty in the two countries and corresponding ratification by Heads of State;
  • 2008: Signature of the Headquarters Agreement with the Portuguese State and assignment of the land by the Portuguese State to the INL (January) and beginning of the construction of the facilities (July);
  • 2009: Inauguration of the facilities (17 July);
  • 2010: Beginning of scientific activities at INL's facilities (November);
  • 2011: Authorization for the award of the 2nd tender for the purchase of scientific equipment (May);


  • Nanoelectronics Engineering
  • Life Science
  • Quantum Materials, Science and Technology
  • Nanophotonics
  • Advanced Electron Microscopy Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Micro and nanofabrication

Mission & Vision[edit]

Mission To advance the frontiers of knowledge in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, developing and transforming the associated technologies, through research and innovation, human capital development, and collaborative work, for the discovery of new knowledge and the creation of societal value and wealth.

Vision To develop a world leading Nanoscience and Nanotechnology international community, attracting the best research talent, fostering entrepreneurship in an exciting international context, and contributing to general socioeconomic strength based on nanotechnology and to related benefits for the member countries.


  • To build-up an internationally competitive research Laboratory.
  • To provide a challenging work environment, where people contribute to common objectives while responding to individual needs and aspirations.
  • To develop a high-performance organisational model based on the management of competencies and the respect for the individual.
  • To become a world brand capable of attracting the best talent.
  • To create a “smart network” organisation, where the inbuilt talent has a distinct ability to mobilise individual members, as well as special groups and the whole institution.

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Coordinates: 41°33′18″N 8°23′59″W / 41.55500°N 8.39972°W / 41.55500; -8.39972