How big is nanotechnology for Europe?
Commission launches an open consultation
Commission is launching a wide consultation on its Communication
“Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology” in
which it proposed an integrated and responsible approach
for developing nanosciences and nanotechnologies in
Europe. All interested people are encouraged to take
part by directly writing to the Commission (email@example.com)
by the 30th September 2004 or via an on-line questionnaire
(http://www.nanoforum.org). This consultation will help
to shape future initiatives in Europe, always with an
eye on applications and implications at global level.
Nanotechnology is anticipated as the possible key for
a next industrial revolution.
“Europe must build upon the solid knowledge base that
it has developed through research in nanosciences and
nanotechnologies and translate this into useful and
commercially viable products and services. At the same
time we must play a proactive role for ensuring its
safe and responsible development and use, also at global
level.” European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin
said. “It now important to gather the views of all stakeholders
in order to help prepare effective and efficient future
initiatives at European level.”
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is a new approach to research and development
for controlling the fundamental structure and behaviour
of matter at the level of atoms and molecules. Applications
are emerging in many different areas such as health
care, information technologies, materials sciences,
manufacturing, instrumentation, energy, security or
space. Nanotechnology has great potential for improving
our quality of life, the competitiveness of European
industry and sustainable development.
Putting nanotechnology on the agenda
Nanotechnology has been high on the political agenda
since the publication of the Commission’s Communication.
Discussions were initiated already in the European Council
under the Irish Presidency, are continuing under the
Dutch Presidency and will be concluded later this year.
An “Action Plan” will follow. The Communication has
been downloaded over 5,000 times from the Commission’s
website (http://www.cordis.lu/nanotechnology). It is
now crucial to obtain the views of a wide range of stakeholders
and interested people.
How do I take part?
A dedicated email box (firstname.lastname@example.org)
was set-up in order to collect responses. In the meantime,
the European Union-funded thematic network “Nanoforum”
(http://www.nanoforum.org) has launched a structured
online survey. This takes about 15 minutes to complete
and addresses a wide range of issues related to the
Communication. Based upon the outcome of this survey,
a report will be prepared, published and freely downloadable.
Nanoforum is a thematic network funded by the European
Union, aiming to promote and raise the standard of nanotechnology
activities throughout Europe. Nanoforum provides extensive
information, organises several initiatives and produces
studies. It is coordinated by the Institute of Nanotechnology
(UK) and includes VDI Technologiezentrum (DE), CEA-LETI
(FR), CMP Cientifica (ES), Nordic Nanotech (DK) and
Malsch TechnoValuation (NL).
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