The GoNano Online Conference 

Responsiveness to Societal Needs and Values in Nanotechnologies and Beyond 

Session 1 | 29 October 2020 at 1-4 PM CET
Strengthening inclusive co-creation moving towards HorizonEurope, 

Session 2 | 5 November 2020 at 1-4 PM CET 
How to co-create – experiences and tools,

Session 3 | 12 November 2020 at 1-4 PM CET 
Practicing societal engagement in research and innovation,


During the last 3 years, the GoNano project (Governing nanotechnologies through societal engagement) established a co-creation methodology to show how engagement of citizens and stakeholders could increase responsiveness to societal needs and values in nanotechnology. Pilots in three countries (NL, CZ and ES) focused on future applications in the health, food and energy sectors.

In this conference, we want to present:

  • Experiences with increasing responsiveness to societal needs and values in research and innovation.
  • Testimonials from participants in the pilots. We will hear from citizens, industry and research organisations.
  • Policy recommendations to increase motivation and opportunities for researchers and innovators to work with societal stakeholders and citizens in early stages of innovation.
  • Training materials for researchers to set up co-creation projects and living lab environments.
  • Discussion on the potential of including reflection on the role of gender, diversity and culture in innovation processes and projects.

The GoNano project

Nanotechnologies – the purposeful engineering of matter on the atomic or molecular scale – have given rise to great expectations in recent years, unlocking new research opportunities in areas as diverse as energy, healthcare, electronics, food, and construction. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible unintended consequences of the use of nanomaterials.

The EU-funded GoNano project enables co-creation between citizens, researchers, industry, civil society organisations, and policy makers across Europe to align future nanotechnologies with societal needs and concerns.