Curated Reports and other Useful Documents

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Outreach to Newcomers and Societal Engagement in Industrial Technologies

Reports of the Horizon 2020 Advisory Group on Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing (NMBP)
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Involvement of civil society actors in nanotechnology: creating productive spaces for interaction

Involvement of civil society actors in nanotechnology: creating productive spaces for interaction
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What if we could design better technologies through dialogue?

While we often worry about the acceptance of technology in the face of real and potential public opposition, there are frequently gaps between how regulators, developers and experts conceptualise acceptance and opposition. Here, we examine some prominent conceptualisations and suggest that, rather than responding to public opposition with information campaigns designed to transform citizens into acceptors, strategies for managing public acceptability should include meaningful dialogues that aim to create better technologies, which are not only acceptable to citizens, but can even be actively supported by them.
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Ten lessons for a nanodialogue - How to be deadly serious and still have serious fun

Nanotechnology holds the promise of great advances. At the same time, it raises many legal, social and ethical questions. Dealing with these issues in good time will require public engagement and dialogue, which, however, are by no means easy to arrange. The Dutch Rathenau Institute has ten lessons to offer the government for initiating a nanodialogue.
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Governing nanosafety in Austria – Striving for neutrality in the NanoTrust project

New and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and advanced materials are characterized by manifold areas of application and high uncertainty, making the anticipation of effects difficult. Since 2007, the Austrian technology assessment project “NanoTrust” is dedicated to assisting policy-makers in issues surrounding the safety of nanotechnology applications.
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The societal incubator - A tool for responsible innovation in industry

Year: 2018

This document provides a short synopsis of the societal incubator concept elaborated and experiemented by the Rathenau Instituut. The idea of the societal incubator is inspired by the practice of the business incubator and it aims to provide a protected space in which various interested parties can learn about the societal opportunities and conditions for innovation in a timely manner.

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S.NET Newsletter, February 2017

Year: 2017
This Newsletter includes a highlight related to the S.NET 2016 conference, where an interactive session on Responsible Research and Innovation and effective dialogue approaches took place, contributing to set the agenda for NANO2ALL dialogues.
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Outcomes of the 'VI World Materials Summit'

Year: 2017
Strasbourg 2017 Declaration on Materials Innovation for the global circular economy and sustainable society | 'VI World Materials Summit' at Council of Europe, Strasbourg, 20th-21st November, 2017
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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Transport

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of transport. Transport is defined here as a sector based on vehicles for transporting people and/or goods via the air, rail, road, water and space, and is here divided into two main areas, vehicles and infrastructure.




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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Photonics

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the environment of nanotechnology in the context of photonics, e.g. where nanotechnology enhances photonics and vice versa.                                                                

 

 

 

 

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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Manufacturing

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of manufacturing. It gives an overview of policies and programmes for nanotechnology manufacturing in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment. 




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NanoData Landscape Compilation - ICT

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of information and communication technologies (ICT). It gives an overview of policies and programmes for nanotechnology and ICT in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment.




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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Health

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the environment of nanotechnology in the context of Health. It gives an overview of policies and programmes for nanotechnology and health in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment.




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NanoData Landscape Compilation ' Environment

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the status of nanotechnology in the context of the environment. It gives an overview of relevant policies and programmes in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment.




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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Construction

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the status of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of construction. It gives an overview of relevant policies and programmes in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment.
 

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NanoData Landscape Compilation - Energy

Year: 2017

This report offers a snapshot of the environment for nanotechnology in the context of energy sustainability. It gives an overview of relevant policies and programmes in the EU (and wider), publications, patenting, research & innovation, industry, products and markets, and the wider environment.

 

 

 

 

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In-Depth Report: Assessing the environmental safety of manufactured nanomaterials

Year: 2017
This In-depth Report provides a summary of current scientific progress of the techniques and methods to assess nanomaterial safety, particularly in relation to the environment. The aim is to present the most promising strategies and most significant challenges of nanomaterial characterisation, exposure, fate and behaviour, ecotoxicological hazard and risk assessment, and examples and case studies of both the scientific developments and the knowledge gaps.
image: Report on the PROSO expert workshop "Contemporary experiences with societal engagement under the terms of RRI"

Report on the PROSO expert workshop "Contemporary experiences with societal engagement under the terms of RRI"

Year: 2016
This is a report on the expert workshop 'Contemporary experiences with societal engagement under the terms of RRI' organized in the PROSO project (www.proso-project.eu). The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how societal engagement should be (re)conceptualized in the context of RRI. Specifically, the workshop aimed to specify the basic requirements for societal engagement under the terms of RRI, learn from current experiences with societal engagement under RRI in Europe, and draw comparisons to other approaches of participation in S&T governance.
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Regulatory research for effective risk assessment

Year: 2016

 

This report was written as result of the NanoDiode project activities and is a summary of current issues in risk assessment of nanomaterials that interfere in the current risk assessment methodologies and need a thorough reflection to make these fit for nano.

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Responsible Innovation in the context of the KARIM project. A guiding document for SMEs and Policy-Makers

Year: 2015

This manual sets out to provide an introduction to the foundations of the emerging concept of responsible innovation and a practical guide for implementing such an approach within a project. Although mainly aimed at those supporting innovation, it can also be easily used by any small and medium-sized enterprise wishing to take the first steps in implementing a responsible innovation process and assimilate the main concepts surrounding the corresponding strategy. This document was produced within KARIM Interreg IVB project by Paris Region Entreprises and its partners. This report was downloaded from: www.rri-tools.eu

 

 

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Just a Cog in the Machine? The Individual Responsibility of Researchers in Nanotechnology is a Duty to Collectivize

Year: 2015

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) provides a framework for judging the ethical qualities of innovation processes, however guidance for researchers on how to implement such practices is limited. Exploring RRI in the context of nanotechnology, this paper examines how the dispersed and interdisciplinary nature of the nanotechnology field somewhat hampers the abilities of individual researchers to control the innovation process. The ad-hoc nature of the field of nanotechnology, with its fluid boundaries and elusive membership, has thus far failed to establish a strong collective agent, such as a professional organization, through which researchers could collectively steer technological development in light of social and environmental needs. In this case, individual researchers cannot innovate responsibly purely by themselves, but there is also no structural framework to ensure that responsible development of nanotechnologies takes place. We argue that, in such a case, individual researchers have a duty to collectivize. In short, researchers in situations where it is challenging for individual agents to achieve the goals of RRI are compelled to develop organizations to facilitate RRI. In this paper we establish and discuss the criteria under which individual researchers have this duty to collectivize.

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Public hysteria about technology - where's the evidence?

Year: 2014

It's a widely held view that the public is anti-technology. Attitudes are often described as 'hysterical', 'irrational' and 'emotional'. This week the media reports the European Science Chief, Anne Glover as saying antipathy to GM 'a form of madness'! Some policy makers, scientists and business people have suggested that the public's fear of technology is holding back science, slowing innovation, preventing technologies from reaching their potential. But what if that's not true? What if an incorrect perception of public views of technology is leading policy makers and businesses to make erroneous judgements about innovation pathways? What if they themselves are negatively affecting the development of specific technologies and applications in response to a public attitude that isn't the reality for the vast majority of people and in anticipation of a backlash that looks unlikely to materialise?

There will always be disagreement about policy directions, it is the nature of a democracy, it happens in every area of life, and will never go away. But as Ann Glover says on BBC Radio 4 programme The Life Scientific her job is to provide evidence on science to help policy makers. It appears to me that policy makers should consider and respond to the evidence on public attitudes to contentious areas of science more carefully, rather than rely on their perceptions of what the public thinks to shape their approach.

This brief paper explores why the evidence points to the public having a much more thoughtful and nuanced view of technology than is generally perceived and begins to explore how research and innovation can be better aligned with public's values, views and behaviours.

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Towards a sustainable and responsible development of Nanotechnologies

Year: 2013

Nanotechologies are one of the most important technological innovation of the 21st century and could improve the quality of our life. Materia can be manipulated at the nanoscale thanks to its own physical and chemical properties at this level, and the potential applications are considered endless. The development of nanotechnologies deals with material science, medicine, renewable energy, electronics and communication, cosmetics and chemical, construction and may have a great impact on a wide range of industries through the creation of new jobs, the change of citizens' way of life and the contribution to economic growth. However, nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials are not completely safe. The production and use of these revolutionary innovations could release free engineered nanoparticles on environment with many risks for humans and animals. People don't know exactly what nanotechnologies are and what could be the risks for their health. Institutions, scientists and industries must reply to many questions and issues linked to these technologies in order to achieve a sustainable and responsible development of Nanotechnologies.

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OECD - Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

Year: 2013

This report presents the findings of a survey on national or regional government policy and/or national and regional research programmes supporting the responsible development of nanotechnology. This document was downloaded from: www.oecd.org

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Planning Guide for Public Engagement and Outreach in Nanotechnology, OECD 2012

Year: 2012

The guide is intended to assist policy makers, public engagement strategists and practitioners. The guide may also be of assistance to industry, industry bodies and others engaged in communicating about nanotechnology with the public. This guide comprises eight key points for consideration to assist when planning public engagement activities. It also contains a set of tables with questions to guide the policy maker through the process of developing a public engagement activity. The questions address topics including, for example, the type of activity, the nature of the participants, the purpose of the activity, resources required and monitoring and evaluation of the activity.

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Technology Sector Evaluation: Health, Medicine & Nanobio, by ObservatoryNano

Year: 2011

Nanotechnology has found applications in many industries. Nanomedicine has grown as a discipline in itself and the development of novel structures and advances in nanomaterials is fuelling growth and innovation in the area. The potential of nanotechnology in medicine has been recognised, and a significant amount of funding has been provided to the sector. The number of conferences taking place around the globe on nanotechnology in medicine is an indicator of the interest and potential offered by nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Cancer Nanotechnology Plan by the National Cancer Institute in US and the European Technology Platform Nanomedicine have set out plans for the future research activities needed in the area. A roadmap project which sets out the timeframe for nanomedicine applications has been supported by the European Commission (EC). Several other projects relating to nanomedicine have been funded by the EC 6th and 7th Framework programmes. Many national and pan-European networks also exist, with the aim of bringing together stakeholders to discuss and share information. Nanomednet in the UK, Nanoned in Netherlands, the Spanish nanomedicine platform, CC-NanoBioTech in Germany, and the European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine (CLINAM) are examples of such networks which aim to bridge the gap between different groups including scientists, industry, clinicians, investors and policy makers.

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Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020

Year: 2011
This report outlines the foundational knowledge and infrastructure development achieved by nanotechnology in the last decade and explores the potentials of the U.S. and global nanotechnology enterprise to 2020 and beyond. It aims to redefine the research and development goals for nanoscale science and engineering integration, and to establish nanotechnology as a general purpose technology in the next decade. The vision for the future of nanotechnology presented here draws on scientific insights from U.S. experts in the field, examinations of lessons learned, and international perspectives shared by participants from 35 countries in 5 international brainstorming meetings hosted or co-hosted by the principal authors of this report.The report was peer reviewed and received input from various stakeholders' public comments at the website http://wtec.org/nano2/. It aims to provide decision makers in academia, industry, and government with a nanotechnology community perspective of productive and responsible paths forward for nanotechnology research and development.
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Ethical and Societal Aspects of Nanotechnology Enabled ICT and Security Technologies, by ObservatoryNano

Year: 2011

In this report, public debates and literature on ethical and societal aspects of nanotechnology in ICT and security, and civil?military dual use aspects of nanotechnology are discussed. The main aim is to identify new or persistent issues in these debates that merit the attention of policy makers responsible for nanotechnology in Europe. Another aim is to raise awareness of these issues among the partners in the ObservatoryNano project responsible for reports on technical and economic trends in two of the ten technology sectors covered by the ObservatoryNano: ICT and security.

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Engaging the Public in Nano: Key Concepts in Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology, NISE Network, 2011

Year: 2011

It's important for everyone to be informed about nanotechnology, because it will be a significant part of our future. Like all technologies, any given nanotechnology has costs, risks, and benefits. Since nanotechnologies are still developing, we can influence what they are and how they're used. We all have a role in determining how these new technologies will play out in our future.

In this document you can find a guide on nanotechnologies, explaining key concepts in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Take a look and download it here.

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Annual Report 4 on Ethical and Societal Aspects, ObservatoryNano WP4

Year: 2011
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Toolkit for Ethical Reflection and Communication, by ObservatoryNano

Year: 2010

The ethical debate on nanotechnology is large and tangled. It is often unclear what the right questions in this debate are, nor whether these questions are specific to nanotechnology in comparison with other emerging technologies. This Toolkit for ethical reflection and communication does not claim to provide a definitive picture of all options in the ethical debate on nanotechnology. Its aim is more modest: we wish to provide the reader with means to frame his own vision of the debate and to sharpen ethical awareness of the parties involved in the
development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. We hope that this will foster the dialogue between philosophy, science, industry, and society. The toolkit does not replace academic research on the subject'. It is our firm conviction that those who think about nanosciences and
nanotechnologies are better equipped to do so with a notion of philosophical ethics. This is because the views elaborated over centuries can enable the construction of an argument to respond to new problems and because philosophical reflection itself will suggest new lines of
questioning.

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Reconfiguring Responsibility, Deepening Debate on Nanotechnology

Year: 2010

We need to open up the politics of responsible development. Nanotechnology is currently a focus for much excitement and anxiety, and the notion of 'responsible development', with its emphasis on safe and beneficial innovation, lies at the heart of current thinking on its governance. But what does responsible development mean in practice? And how can the development of new technologies be infused with the values of democracy and public participation? This report argues that, if responsible development is to succeed in opening up public debate on nanotechnology, it needs to be substantially rethought.

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Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Impacts | Technology Sector Evaluation: Energy by ObservatoryNano

Year: 2010

The EHS analysis of the energy sector considers nanomaterials outlined within the context of their application and provides a summary of what is known in relation to potential exposure to the material in question. The analysis further outlines some key EHS considerations and basic guidance for those developing or using the technologies outlined within the report.

For all of those nanoparticles identified as having potential EHS impact, toxicological knowledge is still emerging, although based on what is known to date a reasonable approximation of potential hazard may be made. The key common knowledge gap across all nanoparticles however is the lack of exposure measurements for the scenarios and applications in question. As the ObservatoryNANO Project progresses, it is expected that these knowledge gaps will be addressed (at least in part) and thus that later EHS reports will be able to reach more resolute conclusions on the risks posed by those nanomaterials in consideration.

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Citizens' Responsibility for Nanotechnology

Year: 2010

This document includes the presentation of Ineke Malsch (MALSCH) used during the interview at the Internet TV programme NanoAlerta: www.nanotecnologiadoavesso.org

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A new integrated approach to the responsible development of nanotechnologies, by Framing Nano

Year: 2010

This document is the final report of the FramingNano FP7 research project and contains the final proposal of the FramingNano Governance Platform which has been elaborated and refined during the project.

This report includes inputs and comments on the draft Governance Platform gathered during a restricted Expert Workshop and an International Conference, as well as additional detailed background information on the project methodology. The principal basis for the proposed Governance Platform derives from a two-stage Delphi consultation among interested nanotechnology stakeholders, the outcomes of a dialogue of a multi-stakeholder workshop. The conclusions and recommendations in this document represent the result of the entire research of the FramingNano project and the opinion of the FramingNano project consortium.

In the opening chapter of this report ('The FramingNano Governance Platform') the proposal for a Governance Platform is presented, which was the objective of the FramingNano project. In the following two chapters, 'Outlining the Problem of Nano Governance' and 'Stakeholder Opinions on Nano Governance', some of the research results which have been gained throughout the project on nanotechnology governance are reported in detail.

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Mapping study on regulation and governance of nanotechnologies, by Framing Nano

Year: 2009

The objective of this report is to provide a picture of recent developments regarding regulation and governance of NS&T in Europe and worldwide, to identify relevant NS&T stakeholder organisations and to make an assessment of this information to prepare the ground for the  following phases of the FramingNano project, i.e. the consultative process among stakeholders and the definition of a Governance Plan for the responsible development of NS&T.

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The future of nanotechnology: We need to talk

Year: 2006

This report was published by the Nanologue project that supported dialogue on the social, ethical and legal implications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. The document presents the main Nanologue findings, provides a very short introduction to some of the risks and opportunities presented by nanotechnology, explores three possible futures in the development of nanotechnology and discusses how dialogue can be used as part of a process to ensure that society maximises the benefits from nanotechnologies and minimises the risks.

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Ethical and social issues in nanobiotechnologies

Year: 2006