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Posted: September 2, 2009

How deep will nanotechnology's impact be?

(Nanowerk News) How deep will nanotechnology's impact be? Decide for yourself at the launch of the DEEPEN project's agenda-setting report at the Residence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, September 28, 2009.
DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies) is a three-year research project funded by the European Commission.
The DEEPEN project is Europe’s leading research partnership for integrated understanding of the ethical challenges posed by emerging nanotechnologies in real world circumstances, and their implications for civil society, for governance, and for scientific practice.
The project is coordinated by the Institute for Hazard and Risk Research (IHRR) at Durham University. The project team includes researchers based at Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany), the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and the University of Twente (Netherlands).
Over the past three years, the DEEPEN project has explored the ethical challenges posed by emerging nanotechnologies. What is unusual is that this has happened in real world circumstances – involving members of the public, nanoscience and industry across the EU to levels not previously attempted, and moving beyond a sole focus on risk. As a result, DEEPEN has revealed the widest ever range of implications and challenges for society, government, and science.
The project team would like you to discover and debate these issues with them and other key stakeholders at the launch of the DEEPEN project final report. The launch will be held in Brussels on September 28 from 10 a.m. onwards.
Speakers will include Professor Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Professor Alan Irwin, Professor Phil Macnaghten, Professor Alfred Nordmann, and Professor Arie Rip.
RSVP to Richard Hayhurst at richard@hayhurstmedia.com. Participation is free but places must be reserved in advance.
Source: Durham University

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