European research on the societal and risk aspects of nanotechnology - a status report

Nanotechnology is regarded as a key technology of the 21st century, and national funding programs command substantial support. However, recent experience with nuclear power and biotechnology has shown that modern technologies are not necessarily very popular. Rather, they can give rise to controversies over negative effects on health and the environment. Therefore, it is important to look the societal embedding, and the potential to trigger controversies, of new key technologies at an early point in time. In several countries, investigations into aspects of risk, societal and ethical issues have been conducted; the European Commission, too, explicitly called for "the incorporation of the societal dimension". So far, Austria has seen few such efforts; this short project, as a first step, aimed at summarising the European discussion on risk and the societal aspects of nanotechnology.

This study has been commissioned by BMVIT. Practically at the same time, the study NanoGesund – Gesundheitsrisiken der Nanotechnologie [health risks of nano technology], financed by BMWA and Zukunftsfonds Steiermark, has been carried out by NANONET Styria under the direction of Dr. Sinner (Joanneum Research). For both projects, NanoGesund and our project, common recommendations have been drafted. Some of the recommendations were put into practice in a new ITA project from autumn 2007 onwards.

Publikationen

Publikationen

  • Nentwich, M. (2007). Nanotechnologie auf dem Prüfstand der Technikfolgenabschätzung, 2. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL0907.pdf#2
  • Gazsó, A. (2007). Risikogovernance der Nanotechnologien: Der internationale Stand, 7-8. Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-newsletter/NL1207.pdf#7
  • Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Schiemer, F. (Eds.). (2007). nano - Chancen und Risiken aktueller Technologien. nano - Chancen und Risiken aktueller Technologien (p. 246). Wien: Springer.
  • SCENIHR (Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks),. (2007). Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on Human Health. Retrieved from http://ec.europa.eu/health/ph_risk/committees/04_scenihr/docs/scenihr_o_007.pdf
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Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

Konferenzbeiträge/Vorträge

  • 13/12/2007 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    NanoTrust: An initiative to monitor health and environmental risks
    Meeting of the Scientific Technological Advisory Board of the Austrian Nano Initiative
    Other Lecture
  • 28/11/2007 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Technology Assessment - A short Introduction
    Lehrveranstaltung der TU-Wien
    Other Lecture
  • 28/11/2007 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Assessment
    Lehrveranstaltung der TU-Wien
    Other Lecture
  • 22/11/2007 , Paris
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies in Austria
    Nano-Science and Nano-Technology: Risks and Benefits for Health and Environment
    Other Lecture
  • 16/10/2007 , St. Pölten
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologie: Chancen und Risiken
    Seminar: "Nanotechnologie in Physik und Chemie"
    Other Lecture
  • 14/06/2007 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen: 
    Sicherheitsansprüche an neue Technologien am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie. Europäische Sicherheit im Wandel der Zeit, oder wie zukunftsfähig ist Europa?
    8. Internationale Europakonferenz
    Other Invited Lecture
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Duration

01/2006 - 05/2006

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