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Posted: January 10, 2008
NISE NanoDays 2008
(Nanowerk News) NISE (the Nanoscale Informal Science Eductaion) Net has identified March 29–April 6, 2008, as the dates for NanoDays, a week of community-based educational outreach events to raise public awareness of nanoscale science and engineering. NISE Net will provide basic materials and facilitation to support the planning of these events in local communities across the United States. The events will be coordinated locally by some combination of museums, research centers, and other community partners. If your institution doesn't already have museum or research partners, we can help you find them.
NISE is hoping that your organization will be interested in coordinating a NanoDays event, whether or not you have previous experience with nano public outreach activities. We picture that your event will reflect the unique nano resources and interests of your community, so there are lots of possibilities. One community might hold a public forum at the local museum to discuss the environmental implications of nanotechnology applications; another might hold an "open house" at the local nano research center. Our materials will include dozens of ideas for possible activities, and suggestions about how to implement them.
NISE is posting this preliminary announcement to get you to save these dates and to begin thinking about how you might want to participate. In the coming weeks, we will begin to develop materials to support your planning and NanoDays activities. These materials (a printed planning workbook, supplies and instructions for several nano activities, marketing materials, and background resources about nano) will be available as a kit in December. Most of the materials will also be available online. We hope to hold workshops to assist local planners at the fall MRS meeting in Boston and at the NISE Net Annual Meeting in November, 2008.
If your organization is interested in holding a nano event during this period, please email email@example.com, so we can add you to our planning mailing list. If you have ideas about how your organization might want to be involved with the overall coordination or preparation of the nano week, please let us know that, too.