Dialogues

How does a responsible future for nanotechnology look like, how can we ensure that nanotechnology development responds to societal needs and values, and what changes are needed to achieve it?

These questions were at the heart of the 13 dialogue events organised by NANO2ALL. Their aim was to deliberate values and needs in relation to alternative nanotechnology innovation trajectories, as well as to outline recommended changes to be enabled by decision-makers at national and EU level.

Citizen dialogues

Citizens of all backgrounds expressed values, needs and concerns towards nanotechnology developments during Citizen Dialogues taking place in six different countries: France, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Their reflections formed the basis for later dialogues at the national and European level and will be considered in recommendations directed to decision- makers to enhance the inclusion of societal perspectives via engaging society representatives in nanotechnology research and innovation processes.

These questions were at the heart of the 13 dialogue events organised by NANO2ALL. Their aim was to deliberate values and needs in relation to alternative nanotechnology innovation trajectories, as well as to outline recommended changes to be enabled by decision-makers at national and EU level.spectives via engaging society representatives in nanotechnology research and innovation processes.

National multi-stakeholder dialogues

A varied group of participants, including researchers and scientists, policy makers, representatives from businesses, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the general public and media, came together to discuss desirable and acceptable directions for change and the actions and interactions needed throughout nanotechnology research and innovation processes to better identify and integrate society’s needs, values and concerns.

 

European multi-stakeholder dialogue

As a final step, a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum took place at European level with researchers and scientists, policy makers, representatives from businesses, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the general public and media in attendance. The dialogue focused around the topic of responsiveness and participants discussed what changes are required at a European level to turn the nanotechnology research and innovation system more responsive to societal needs, expectations and values.

Country-specific resultsDelve deeper into the dialogue events and their outcomes.

France

Download the detailed descriptions of the national dialogue event and participants’ specific recommendations for change in France (in English (link) and in French (link))

 

Dialogue events organised by: TRACES/Espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (ESPGG) (https://www.espgg.org/), Paris.

Israel

Download the detailed descriptions of the national dialogue event and participants’ specific recommendations for change inIsrael (in English (link) and in Hebrew (link))

 

 

Dialogue events organised by: Bloomfield Science Museum (http://www.mada.org.il/en), Jerusalem

Italy

Download the detailed descriptions of the national dialogue event and participants’ specific recommendations for change in Italy (in English (link) and in Italian (link))

 

Poland

Download the detailed descriptions of the national dialogue event and participants’ specific recommendations for change in Poland (in English (link) and in Polish (link))

Dialogue events organised by: Bialystok University of Technology (https://pb.edu.pl/en/), Białystok

Spain

Download the detailed descriptions of the national dialogue event and participants’ specific recommendations for change in Spain (in English (link) and in Spanish (link))

 

Dialogue events organised by: ICN2 – Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (https://icn2.cat/en/outreach/nano2all), Barcelona

Sweden

Download the resulting Responsible Innovation Agenda complete with detailed descriptions of the national dialogue events and participants’ specific recommendations for change (in English (link) and in Swedish (link))

 

Dialogue events organised by: Innovatum Science Center (https://www.innovatum.se/projekt/nano2all/), Tröllhattan

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