2nd annual symposium of ObservatoryNano, 22-23 June 2010, Minatec (Grenoble, France)
This symposium gave an overview of the development perspectives of nanotechnologies of various economic sectors, both from the technological and economic point of view. It also presented the ethical, EHS, regulation and standart concerns of nanotechnologies. This event gave also the opportunity to learn more about this project, whose OMNT is a partner.
This event took place during the Minatec Crossroads event, in Grenoble during the week from 21st to 24th June. More information on the web site: www.minatec-crossroads.com.
About the ObservatoryNano project:
Nanotechnology is a complex and rapidly changing field, which is often difficult to assess in terms of opportunities, challenges and risks. The observatoryNANO project is funded by the EC for 4 years under FP7 to address this. It is assessing all aspects of the value chain from basic research to market applications in terms of scientific, technological and socio-economic developments and prospects. At the same time it is assessing ethical and societal aspects; potential environment, health and safety issues; and developments in regulations and standards.
The project employs a combination of literature review; trend analysis of patents and peer-reviewed publications; and engagement with experts from different fields through interviews, workshops, and questionnaires. In addition, the project is supporting research and industry through the development of a toolkit for ethical reflection; support material for corporate social responsibility; and a 'NanoMeter' tool for companies to assess wider issues associated with product development. Finally, the observatoryNANO has established a Governing Board, including representatives from European government agencies, industry, NGOs and academia, to advise and support its future activities.This symposium, organised each year, aims at presenting the result of these review activities, through presentations by the partners as well as invited international experts.