GoNano: Governing Nanotechnologies through Societal Engagement

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.

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.

OsloMet is leader of Work Package 1 (Turning lessons into action), however we will be involved in all work packages of the GoNano-project!

Both SIFO and AFI has broad experience with European projects over the last 15-20 years, and have been involved with ELSA and RRI research on governance of new and emerging technologies, with a particular focus nanotechnologies since 2006. Although the institutes have been involved in a variety of projects, it is the dynamics between the different actors, including consumers, that are one specific dimension that distinguishes our competences.

Partners

De Proeffabriek, The Netherlands, Technology Centre CAS, Czech Republic, University of Twente, The Netherlands, Italian Association for Industry Research, Italy, Institute of Technology Assessment, Austria, Center for International Environmental Law, Switzerland, The European Institute of Women’s Health, Ireland, RMIT Europe, Spain.