At INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, located in Braga (North of Portugal), scientists and engineers from all over the world work in a highly interdisciplinary environment and strive to make INL become a world-wide hub for the deployment of Nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges.

The INL was founded by the governments of Portugal and Spain under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research, deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society.

The Research and Technology activities are focused on six clusters: Health, Food, Energy, Environment, ICT and Future Emerging Technologies, which complement each other and provide a base for interdisciplinary interactions between our research.

The full-fledged nanotechnology laboratory enables leading research of the highest international standard.

INL at a Glance 



The INL Statutes (2007) anticipate the possibility of opening INL to the membership of other countries and to the participation of institutions and experts from all of the world, with the objective of establishing an international pole of excellence, developing partnerships with higher education institutions and industry transferring knowledge with added value, generating employment and training specialized professionals.


The INL Organisational Model is consolidated and formalised in a set of documents funded on the Statutes and Headquarter Agreement.

The Council is the sovereign body of the INL and is composed by representatives of both Member States. The role of the Council is to govern the Organisation by determining the policies at scientific, technical and administrative levels, approving the programme of activities and the budget, based on proposals of the Director-General.

The Director-General is advised by two steering committees: the R&T&I Steering Committee that coordinates, strategizes and develops the INL Research, Technology and Innovation activities and promotes the conditions for INL research to be performed at the highest international level and the Corporate Services Steering Committee that supports the development and coordination of Corporate Services activities needed to facilitate a lean and efficient execution of INL core operations.

The Research Office aims to consolidate, assess and articulate the achievements of RTI goals and objectives, helping to place INL with respect to other reputable Research and Technology Organisations, using benchmarked factors, to determine where to go, thus allowing INL to make data-driven decisions. The Research and Technology activities, focused on the six clusters – Food, Health, Environment, Energy, ICT and FET – are developed on a complementary, collaborative and interdisciplinary basis by twenty four research groups, which vary in size and in number of research lines.

The Department of Administration coordinates the functions of the Human Resources, Legal Service and Learning Organisation.

The Department of Site Management coordinates the functions of the Estate and Service Management (ESM), Maintenance & Installation (M&I) and Health, Environment & Safety Management (HE&SM).

The Department of Business and Strategic Relations (BSR) handles a set of activities that includes Grant Office, Industry Collaborations, Start-ups and Incubation, Business Development, External Relations.

The Department of IP Exploitation & Knowledge Transfer operates at the intersection of IP, R&D and business activities, focusing on building a balanced IP portfolio and developing and implementing IP strategies with a risk based approach.

Within the organisational structure of INL there is also the Coordination & Quality Management Office (CQM), the Corporate Communication & Marketing Office (CCM) and the Information and Communication Systems Office (ICS).

INL Council

The Council is the sovereign body of the INL in which all member states are represented. It is composed of three representatives from each Member State, one of whom must be a scientist.
The role of the Council is to govern the INL by determining its policy in scientific, technical and administrative matters, approving and following up its programme of activities and approving its budget, based on proposals of the Director-General, who is the Chief executive officer of the Laboratory and its legal representative, appointed by the Council.
The Council is currently presided by Helena Pereira, President of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. The vice president is José Juan Sánchez Serrano, Spanish Deputy Director-General for the Internationalization of Science and Innovation.


Lars Montelius

Deputy-Director General
Paulo Freitas

Advisory Board

The INL advisory board is the main advisory body to the Council and meets in the days leading up to the Council Sessions


Yvan Bruynseraede
KU Leuven

Manuel Martín-Lomas

Helmuth Möhwald
Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

Carlos Oliveira

Mihail C. Roco
Nacional Science Foundation

Francois Rossi
European Commission

Joint Research Centre

Julia Yeomans
The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics