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European Activities in the Field of Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects (ELSA) and Governance of Nanotechnology
This publication summarizes European activities in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) and governance of nanotechnology. This political and societal dimension of nanotechnology research is gaining importance the more nanotechnology enters the public focus, e.g. by successful product development or new research results on potential risks. ELSA of nanotechnology offer important insights to the interested public by helping to identify expectations and concerns and at the same time they are important for policy makers for responding to these needs in terms of good governance of research, including risk governance.