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

Depending on the shape, the application, or the components, nanomaterials may be called by a variety of different names, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanofilms, nanoshells, nanospheres, nanowires, nanoclays, nanoconcrete, nanopolymers, and much more. Other nanomaterials have distinct qualities that have led researchers to call them by other non-nano prefix names, such as quantum dots or graphene. Generally speaking, nanomaterials are objects with one or more dimension at the nanoscale. Efforts to standardize these words are currently underway, for example, by the International Organization for Standardization. For more information, visit the Standards page.

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