Findings from observatoryNANO – the European Observatory on Nanotechnologies
D. Stark, M. Morrison
Institute of Nanotechnology, UK
Keywords: scientific, technological, economic, societal/ethical, health, safety, and environmental analysis of nanotechnologies
Abstract:The observatoryNANO FP7 project, co-coordinated by the Institute of Nanotechnology, was established to provide governmental, industrial, and financial decision-makers with reliable, complete and responsible science-based and economic expert analysis, across technology sectors when considering the rapidly changing fields of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. This 4 M€ Support Action, funded for four years, includes 16 partners from 10 European States will collate and analyse data regarding scientific and technological trends (including peer-reviewed publications, patents, roadmaps, published company data) in key industry sectors such as: Aerospace, Automotive, & Transport; Agrifood; Materials; Construction; Energy; Environment; ICT; Health, Medicine, & Nanobio; Security; and Textiles. The scientific and technological and economic analysis on economic realities and expectations (including market analysis and economic performance, public and private funding strategies) will be further supported by the assessment of ethical and societal issues, impacts on health, environment and safety, as well as regulation, standardization, and legislative issues. Benefits and opportunities, balanced against barriers and risks will also be explored. The final goal of the observatoryNANO project is to establish a permanent European Observatory on Nanotechnologies, to provide ongoing, independent support to decision-makers. This presentation will cover key findings of the project to date.