Public Participation in Nanotechnology Workshop Report

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: NNI/ NSET
Publication Date: Apr. 19 2012

Description:

This document is the report of the NNI Workshop on Public Participation in Nanotechnology held in May
2006. The workshop was sponsored by the NSET Subcommittee and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
as part of long-range planning efforts for the NNI, guided by thoughtful concern for the opinions and benefit
of the American people. The recommendations of the public participation workshop provided guidance to
the NSET Subcommittee and its Nanotechnology Public Engagement and Communications (NPEC) Working
Group in the development of NNI strategic plans, and they continue to serve as a reference point for ongoing
public participation activities related to the NNI. Some information in the body of the report was updated
through 2008; the preface includes some additional updates through early 2012; however, the main content
dates from 2006.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the authors
and workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Government or the
authors’ parent institutions. This report is not a consensus document but rather is intended to reflect the
diverse views, expertise, and deliberations of the workshop participants.

The report was designed, assembled, and edited by NNCO staff.


Nanotechnology Fact

The NNI community extends beyond the Federal Government and includes grantees, students, companies, technical and professional societies, foundations, and others engaged in nanotechnology research and development. This vibrant community exists in large part as a result of the efforts of the NNI agencies over the past two decades. With the expansion of scientific knowledge in nanotechnology, formal and informal collaborations have developed among researchers across a diverse range of fields and countries. These interactions and collaborations have been and continue to be facilitated by agency activities including public–private partnerships, research centers, and networks. In addition to providing fabrication, characterization, and testing capabilities, the NNI’s physical infrastructure also provides a place for researchers, industry, and ideas to mix, further expanding the community. This community has broken down the traditional disciplinary boundaries and laid the foundation for interdisciplinary discovery, which is increasingly vital to research as fields converge.

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