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

About Rene von Schomberg

Dr. Dr.phil. RENE VON SCHOMBERG is a philosopher and a STS specialist. He is currently Guest Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt. 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 has been with the European Commission since 1998, where he is now leading a team on Open Science. He is author/co-editor of 14 books, and establishing a global resource on Responsible Innovation. In july 2019, the 'International Handbook on Responsible Innovation. A global rescource' was published. The book brings together the work of 60 leading authors from all over the world. He is running a blog:
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