Nanotechnology and public debate

I joined an international colloquium on the topic organized by the university of Brussels.(ULB)
4 April 2011

On the menue Philippe Busquin, former Research commissioner of the European Commission and Goran Hermeren, president of the European Group of Ethics (2002-2011), among other.

there is significant agreement that
Huge knowledge gaps concerning risks of nano particles
Not sufficient knowledge on which risk identification methodologies to develop

My main point: we need procedures in place to assess the quality of knowledge available to policy makers to agree on reasonable decisions in terms of risk management, but also on assessing the hype( although fading at the moment) around promising tech and thereby counting on availability of enormous research funds
PROGRAMME:

http://dev.ulb.ac.be/philo/crib/nano/programme.html

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About renevonschomberg

Dr. Dr.phil. RENE VON SCHOMBERG is a science and technologies studies specialist and a philosopher. He holds Ph.D's from the University of Twente (NL) (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and is employed by the European Commission. He is author/co-editor of 14 books. His current major project is to develop ideas and policies to drive innovations towards the grand challenges of our time.
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