Frequently Asked Questions about Nanotechnology
Q: How is the Commission promoting dialogue between citizens and stakeholders on nanotechnologies?
A: The Commission considers that effective two-way dialogue is indispensable for emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies. Public trust in and acceptance of nanotechnologies are crucial for the long-term development. The Commission and a number of the Member States have also actively promoted multi-stakeholder dialogues on nanotechnologies, and numerous other outreach activities. These events have involved, depending on the special themes of the conferences, participation of public authorities, scientists, industry associations, consumers, environment and other non-governmental organisations. Furthermore these activities complement and are coordinated with various other activities at Member State level and by international organisations. Nevertheless, surveys have indicated that European public is not yet sufficiently aware of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. However, these surveys also show that public confidence in European public authorities ability to ensure good governance for nanotechnology is higher in Europe than elsewhere.