The purpose of the NanoMeter is to identify opportunities and risks of applica-tions enabled by nanotechnologies that are still under development. The Nano-Meter does not require specific knowledge; it is based on what you, the user, already know.
The aim is to secure R&D investments by highlighting those aspects of the appli-cation where public acceptance – and hence market success – could possibly be improved.
The assessment process is simple and efficient. It works like this:
- Start from a nanotechnology-enabled product, ingredient or application cur-rently under development
- Answer questions that guide you through relevant opportunity and risk areas
- Read short explanations if needed
- Follow links to dig deeper into relevant issues
- View and save your condensed results as a PDF-document
- Share your findings and perception with colleagues or partners
At the end of September 2010 a set of 20 questions covering EHS, user benefits and acceptance, regulatory and societal aspects, product responsibility as well as stakeholder engagement will be available online.
Please contact Stephan Schaller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information or to receive notifications on important NanoMeter updates.
Who can use the NanoMeter
All persons involved in …
- Researching on,
- Examining, or
Nanotechnology-enabled applications. In particular, the NanoMeter addresses all applications that make use of nanomaterials, including nano-objects (such as particles or rods) and nanostructured materials.
Who should use the NanoMeter
The primary target group of the NanoMeter are researchers and developers of applications that involve nanotechnologies. To deliver meaningful results, there should be a clear vision of how the future product may look like.
For users aiming to get an overview of relevant ethical, legal or societal aspects the questions can be downloaded as non-interactive PDF file
How to make the most out of it
- Be honest! The results will only prove helpful if truthfully completed.
- Explain why! Fill in the comment field for each question. This assessment provides a rough rating scale. It requires supplementing comments to docu-ment your rationale for a fruitful discussion.
- Involve! In areas where you are lacking experience and knowledge consult others to fill the gaps. The NanoMeter can
- Stimulate the internal discussion of relevant societal aspects or
- Demonstrate awareness for societal topics to an external audience (e.g. when applying for public R&D funding).
- Discuss! The strength of the NanoMeter is that it makes tacit knowledge ex-plicit. Discussing results in a multi-disciplinary team contributes to sharing knowledge and perceptions among colleagues.
- Repeat! Whenever new information and knowledge occurs it will be fruitful to reiterate the process and discussion on critical aspects.
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