About the NISE Network

What is the NISE Network?

NISE Network members self-assembling at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco
NISE Network members self-assembling at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco
Photo by Emily Maletz Graphic Design

The Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) is a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.

Why was the Network formed?

Advances in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology are revolutionizing medicine, computing, materials science, energy production, and manufacturing. Yet, to the general public, these advances can be invisible or difficult to understand. The NISE Network was created to engage the public in advances in nanoscale research, to capture the imagination of young people who may subsequently choose careers in nanoscale science or technology, and to foster new partnerships among research institutions and informal science centers.

NISE Network members humanize the nanoscale structure of a crystal at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
NISE Network members humanize the nanoscale structure of a crystal at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Photo by Emily Maletz Graphic Design

Originally launched in 2005, the Network is now led by 14 museums and universities across the nation. The NISE Network is funded by the National Science Foundation through Award Nos. 0532536 and 0940143. Click here to see a list of our core partners.

Who can join NISE Network?

Research institutions, museums and informal science organizations, and other individuals who are interested in communicating with the public about nanoscale research are welcomed and encouraged to join.

Please visit our FAQ page to find out how you can get more involved.

What's the purpose of this website?

The nisenet.org website is an online digital library with many resources available for free download; the website's purpose is to share educational resources and tools with educators and scientists to increase their capacity to engage their audiences in nano science, technology, and engineering.

The NISE Network also provides the public directly with links to information and activities about nano science, technology, and engineering through our public website www.whatisnano.org

What is available on this website?

This website contains a compilation of educational products designed for use in informal education settings to engage the public in nano science, engineering, and technology. The website features a variety of educational programs and activities, media, exhibits, professional development tools, and evaluation and research reports designed for educators and scientists. All products on the website  created by the NISE Network are reviewed by scientists, educators, and tested with visitors. Most products created by the NISE Network are available for free digital download and designed to be easily adapted and modified for different formats and audiences under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license. Our "linked products" are nano related programs and activities, exhibits, media, and other tools that have been created outside the NISE Network. All linked products go through a review process, for more information please visit our FAQ page.  If you have suggestions for linked products or questions about products on the website please email products@nisenet.org.  Also helpful is the list of website categories and the table of contents which lists all the educational products in the website.

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