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The most significant European nanotech forum for scientists, industrialists and policy makers took place on 21 - 23 June 2017.

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Policymaking is a complex process involving different aspects: individuals, skills, roles, interests and resources available. Public policy arises out of a fluid mixture of various interests. It consist of top-down decisions drawn up by the government, influenced by political, civil and economic opinions. It is difficult to administrate, having to disentangle under the pressure of party interests, lobbyists and public opinion.


Policy makers are essential for research and innovation (R&I) community. They are responsible to provide the right tools to researchers, experts, business innovators. Helping to create a favorable business/political environment. Ensuring that R&I really do meet a wide range of societal needs and desires means drawing upon a range of governance agendas. They play a keyrole in including Responsible Research and Innovation approach in the main R&I policies. 


Your participation in Nano2All will allow you to:

  • Understand the perceptions and concerns of others about the use of nanotechnologies
  • Develop your strategy considering the state of the art and the future impacts on nanotechnologies
  • Feel closer to the civil society to understand their needs and expectation

According to the European Commission:

“…Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an approach which implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In addition to those, RRI seeks to promote institutional change, to foster the uptake of the RRI approach by stakeholders and institutions, thus ensuring good Science Governance.

Furthermore, RRI is an important, cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020, which will be promoted throughout Horizon 2020 objectives. In many cases, inter- and transdisciplinary solutions will have to be developed, which cut across the multiple specific objectives of Horizon 2020. Within the specific objectives of programme, actions can focus on thematic elements of RRI, as well as on more integrated approaches to promote RRI uptake.

In practice, Responsible Research and Innovation is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education...”

Source: https://goo.gl/GCTCJG



  • Consider the ethics of innovation
  • Defining priorities
  • Respecting feasibility of policies
  • Identifying appropriate monitoring actions
  • Eliminating misuse of resources

Gender Equality

  • Gender-aware policies
  • Policy planning and review
  • Stimulating active debate


  • Making the process reflexive and efficient  
  • Learning from previous experiences to improve future policies
  • Designing suitable governance processes 

Open Access

  • Encouraging open access and open science
  • Ensuring clear guidelines for researchers
  • Protecting their interests and their work
  • Defining clear policies for dissemination 

Public Engagement

  • Bring your decisions closer to society
  • Involving citizens in decision-making
  • Identifying needs of specific groups
  • Working to generate a conscious society

Science Education

  • Policy Makers play a vital role in including RRI aspects of RRI
    for researchers and active citizens of the future, developing
    the most suitable enviroment 


Training materials to help informed decisions: NanoYou; NanOpinion; NanoChannels; IRRESISTIBLE project; RRI-Tools; Responsibility Navigator [+]
European Commission – policy regulation [+]
NanoDiode fact sheets [+]
RRI (leaflet) [+]
RRI for policy makers [+]

NANO2ALL flyer for Policy makers and Research funders

Responsible Research and Innovation: aligning R&I with European society

Responsible Research and Innovation: Why? What is it? with Richard Owen

The Nano2All project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement Number 685931.
This website reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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