The partners involved represent leading academic institutions in nanotech in both countries, with an established track-record of running such hands-on international summer schools. The partners also include pioneers of integrating maker communities into the academic mainstream, a trend which is closely aligned with the goals of LEGO2NANO.

Peking University is China’s top-ranked university, and the Institute of Microelectronics is a renowned institute for pioneering microelectronics in China, with some of the country’s most advanced nanotech fabrication tools.

Tsinghua University is China’s top science and engineering university, and the Centre for Nano and Micromechanics is pioneering the Open Wisdom Lab concept of a maker spaces where students can mash-up macro-scale 3D printing and open source hardware with the latest micro and nanotechnology.

The London Centre of Nanotechnology, a partnership between University College London (UCL) and Imperial College, two of the world’s top-ranked universities, is London’s only academic micro and nanofabrication cleanroom facility, and runs a comprehensive research and education programme on applications of nanotech to medical, environmental and telecommunications.

The Institute of Making is a cross-disciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft. It was officially opened in March 2013 at UCL.

The LEGO Learning Institute has unparalleled access to a wealth of experience and expertise in play, learning and creativity. The mission is to bring this collective knowledge and insight to new audiences, while at the same time generating helpful feedback to the people who design and build the company's play experiences.