06 April 2010, Tamar Z. Chachibaia-Saginashvili.
Georgian nanoscientists organise themselves
Georgia is the first country in the history of the development of nanotechnologies in which the Georgian
Orthodox and Apostolic Church ideologically supports its development.
The NANO-2010 conference held 23-24 March 2010 was the 1st Nanochemistry & Nanotechnologies meeting
conducted under the auspices of the Catholic Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II. The conference was held and
sponsored by the St. Andrew the First-Called Georgian University of the Patriarchy of Georgia in 23-24
March in Tbilisi. The organizing committee was headed by the rector of the University Dr. Parmen
Margvelashvili. Committee members were Dr. David Jishiashvili, Dr. Shota Sidamonidze, Dr. A. Gerasimov,
Dr. R. Chikovani and responsible secretary T. Napetvaridze.
Scientists presented the results of their work undertaken during recent years. 56 reports were presented from
the research groups. Some of them were collaborative investigations, most were original investigations.
There is a high impact of patent applications, as well as a high publication rate. By the end of April the
collection of publications is anticipated.
During the conference colleagues proposed to consolidate joint efforts and intellectual resources of all
scientists working in the Nanotechnology sphere in Georgia. The idea of initiation of activities through the
establishment of the Initiative Group was announced and accepted during round table discussions. Short
term goals were outlined. The most important was to achieve governmental support. The participants also
acknowledged the preexisting Responsible Nanotechnology Center, established in 2005 and initiated by
Tamar Z. Chachibaia-Saginashvili.