On April 9th, the NANO2ALL “BUILDING RESPONSIVENESS” workshop was held at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Brussels.The workshop aimed to find out what would be needed to make the nanotechnology research and innovation ecosystem more responsive to societal perspectives. The workshop was attended by 29 participants with diverse professional backgrounds, including policy-makers, nanotechnology scientists, intermediaries (e.g. RRI experts, social scientists, a science journalist) and representatives of industry and civil society organizations. Some of the participants had already participated in earlier national NANO2ALL dialogues (i.e. citizen dialogue or multi-stakeholder dialogue).
The workshop consisted of several exercises. The morning exercises were of an exploratory character, focusing on the concept of responsiveness and what this concept would look like in different future worlds and different nano-enabled application scenarios. The exercises in the afternoon concentrated on the identification of concrete actions that are needed to make the nanotechnology research and innovation system more responsive and on formulating recommendations to the European Commission.
More on details will be coming soon!