Nanotechnology is science and engineering that involves the study and application of extremely small things (measured in nanometers). Nanotechnologies are widely used in every day products and will surely play a big role also in our future. The use of nanotechnologies, however, has raised concerns on potential health risks, environmental hazards and wider social and ethical issues regarding their possible unforeseen long-term consequences. As a response to this, a new approach has been adopted, called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). RRI implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses, third sector organisations, and others) work together in order to better align both the research and innovation processes and their outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society.
NANO2ALL applies this approach and will work together with different societal groups to discuss important issues which arise from the use of nanotechnologies. This will help design an innovation agenda with innovation trajectories that are most likely to result in nanotechnology applications that are socially acceptable. In addition, it will also help define actions that are required to enhance societal engagement in nanotechnologies. NANO2ALL will also collect and share knowledge, tools and best practices of RRI to facilitate and motivate a wider use of RRI in nanotechnologies.
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