Stakeholder Perspectives on the Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology (R3 Workshop)

September 10th, 2013 to September 11th, 2013

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The 2013 NNI Workshop on the Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology took place on September 10-11, 2013 and gathered stakeholders from industry, labor, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations, to discuss the assessment, management, and communication of potential risks associated with the use of nanomaterials.

The Plenary Sessions featured perspectives from various communities on their approach to risk-based decisions. Representatives from the Research, Regulatory, Nanomanufacturing, Small Business, Financial Risk, NGO and Other Public communities participated in Breakout Sessions on both days. The breakout sessions on Day 1 focused on the “Types of Decisions” from the perspective of various communities in their approach to Occupational Risk Analysis, Commercial Product Life Cycle, and Environmental Life Cycle. The breakout sessions on Day 2 centered on the “Decision Makers” by gathering inputs from each community. Roundtable Discussions with representation from Emerging Businesses, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Public Risk Perception and Communication groups also took place on Day 2 of the workshop.

The NNI sincerely thanks all those who contributed to the planning, program content, viewed via webcast, and or participated in-person. Archived copies of the plenary presentations and discussion sessions are available in PDF version below, and in video format using the following link: Other workshop documents are also posted below.

Plenary Presentations (Day 1)

Welcome, NNI Overview, and Charge to Participants

Altaf Carim, OSTP

The Next Steps in Risk Management of Nanomaterials: A Perspective from Industry

Stephen Gibbons, Brewer Science, Inc.

A Perspective from the Consumer Community

Michael Hansen, Consumer Union

A Labor Perspective on the Assessment and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology

Darius Sivin, UAW

The Role of Standards in Addressing Issues Relating to Risk

Ajit Jillavenkatesa

Assessment and Management of Nano Risk: A Regulatory Perspective

Timothy Malloy

A Greenscreen™ Hazard Assessment Approach for Nanomaterials – Case Study of Nanosilver

Jennifer Sass

Recap of Day 1 and Instructions for Day 2

Igor Linkov, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, DOD


Keynote Presentations (Day 2)

Risk Analysis

Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon University

Nanotechnology Multi-Stakeholder Risk Perception: Implication for Risk Analysis, Management, and Communication

Barbara Herr Harthorn, University of California, Santa Barbara


Extended Agenda

Participants List

Supplementary Information (Abstracts & Bios)


Theoretical Vignette


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