To meet its objectives, the NanoWal network develops activities based on the three following "pillars":
- Sharing competencies:
- every member should have access, through the network, to advices from experts in the field.
- Sharing equipments:
- collaboration should be promoted between academic research teams to share large and expensive equipment facilities in order to avoid their multiplication;
- collaborative agreements should also be developed between academic teams and industrial companies to allow the access of research facilities to the industry.
- conferences, seminars, and education programs, based on multi-disciplinarity approaches, should be organised to have a better training of students, scientists, researchers, and industrials,
- actions should be taken to promote knowledge transfer to the Wallonia industry.
Up to now, the network realized the following actions:
- Since 2003, six thematic workshops, "NanoWal Days", were organized on various subjects. These workshops are presented in the "NanoWal Days" tab of the menu.
- Under the impulse of NanoWal members a doctoral school was created: the FRS-FNRS Graduate School on Science and Engineering of Materials, Interfaces, and Nanostructures, MAIN.
- Thanks to collaborations between severals research groups of the network, the clean-room facilities were completed renewed. The Wallonia Infrastructure for Nano Fabrication, WINFAB, was officially inaugurated in the presence of Mrs Marie-Dominique SIMONET, Minister for Research and New Technologies at the Wallonia Region.
- Since September 2008, and also under the impulse of the members of NanoWal, an Inter-university Master in Nanotechnologies has been created.
- NanoWal was present on the AWEX booths at the
- NSTI NanoTech 2006 Conference and Trade Show in Boston in May 2006
- NanoTech 2007 Conference and Trade Show in Tokyo in February 2007
- NSTI NanoTech 2009 Conference and Trade Show in Houston in May 2009
- NanoTech 2010 Conference and Trade Show in Tokyo in February 2010