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2021 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop: Charting the Path Forward

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January 11–13, 2021
Daily runtime: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET


Over the past 20 years, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has supported nanotechnology discovery, development, and deployment, and has nurtured the strong ecosystem that exists today. Building on this foundation, nanoscience will underpin a wide range of advanced technologies and enable solutions to challenges into the future. As the NNI enters its third decade, conversations at this workshop will identify effective mechanisms to advance research and development, strategies for communication, and priority topics to shape future directions.

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Outlining the Vision

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11:00 a.m. Welcome and Program Overview
11:15 a.m. Panel – World-Class R&D
12:45 p.m. Break
1:15 p.m. Panel – The Nanotechnology Development Pathway
2:50 p.m. Day 1 Wrap-Up
3:00 p.m. Day 1 Concludes


Laying the Groundwork

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11:00 a.m. Welcome
11:05 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Sangeeta Bhatia (MIT)
11:30 a.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions
  Research & Development
Physical & Cyber Infrastructure
Education & Workforce Development
Responsible Development
1:00 p.m. Break
1:30 p.m. Panel – Synthesizing Breakout Discussions
3:00 p.m. Day 2 Concludes

DAY 3 

Ensuring Success

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11:00 a.m. Welcome
11:05 a.m. Panel – Measuring Impact
1:05 p.m. Break 
1:35 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University)
2:00 p.m. Closing Discussion
2:20 p.m. Day 3 Concludes