Activities & Projects

Innovation, Economics & S&T Policy

Activities and Projects in Innovation, Economics and S&T Policy address NIA's Mission Statement: at the heart of this lies the NIA's participation in the OECD Working Party on Manufacture Nanomaterials (OECD WPMN) and the OECD Working Party on Nanomaterials (OECD WPN) as a lead-representative of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC).

The wide variety of work conducted in collaboration with the OECD is supported by NIA's own Activities and Projects, such as its investigation into the so-called 'NanoGap' (The Role of Nanotechnologies in the Divide between the developing and the developed World), and its study of Economic Indicators and Statistics for nanotechnologies, and aligns the work programme with other projects that support the identification, forecasting and roadmapping of unique areas of competitive advantage using nanotechnologies (e.g. ValueNano (Methodology for estimating, in monetary Terms, the Benefits of Nanotechnology) and Nano2Market (Best Practices for IPR and Technology Transfer in Nanotechnology Developments)).  

Practical application of analyses and studies is demonstrated in project such as NanoHex (Transforming the Future of Heat Management), which leverages NIA's in-depth experience in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and thus secures the innovation and commercialisation of safe and responsible nanotechnologies through NIA's 'midstream' engagement in the nanotechnology 'innovation value chain'.

NIA's Activties and Projects furthermore take the lead in supporting the wider employability and job skills of future nanotechnologists through projects like INGENIOUS(Public Communication & Applied Ethics of Nanotechnology)NanoEIS (Nanotechnology Education for Industry and Society), and NanoDIODE (Developing innovative Outreach and Dialogue on responsible Nanotechnologies in EU Civil Society).

 

Net Market Fluidics is a market approach project for tackling the bottlenecks preventing the deployment of micro and nanofluidics in Europe. Fluidics are characterized by a broad number of research groups and enterprises developing knowledge and technology for many diverse application fields. 

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Stakeholder engagement and dialogue are essential to the responsible development of nanotechnologies in Europe. The European FP7 project NanoDiode, launched in July 2013 for a period of three years, establishes an innovative, coordinated programme for outreach and dialogue throughout Europe to support the effective governance of nanotechnologies. The project integrates vital engagement activities along the innovation value chain: at the level of research policy, research & development (R&D), and the diffusion of nanotechnology innovations in society.

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Nanotechnologies are one of the key enabling technologies which are considered to be of systemic importance for the innovative capacity of a wide range of industries and the economy as a whole.

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This project, entitled 'Methodology for estimating, in monetary terms, the benefits of nanotechnology', 

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Economic indicators and statistics form the backbone of any measurement, but when it comes to measuring innovation, the schools of thoughts are divided: What are the most relevant and reliable indicators and metrics to assess the development of a specific technology not only within its wide range of applications, but also against another technology?

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Nanotechnologies are capable of introducing promising applications that could impact upon our daily lives; it is through the visualisation and control of matter at the scale of a billionth of a metre that allows nanotechnologies to modify and enhance the properties of products across all industry sectors. Even though nanotechnologies have immense potential, they are only in their infancy and have yet to reach full maturity. When considering the changes they could bring, it must be asked: are nanotechnologies going to reduce the rich-poor divide, or will they have the opposite effect?

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The OECD Working Party of Manufactured Nanomaterials (OECD WPMN), established in 2006 under the OECD Chemicals Committee, focuses on issues related to nanomaterials impacting human and environmental health and safety; it comprises both governmental delegates from those ministries and agencies, which are responsible for the human and environmental health and policies and regulation, as w

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On 1 January 2015, the Working Party on Biotechnology (WPB) and the Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) merged into the Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT).

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NanoEIS looks to evaluate how nanotechnology education has been integrated into secondary schools and universities, how cooperation between different partner institutions is implemented, and in which ways industrial and non-industrial (social) employers have been involved. NanoEIS will make, based on a thorough assessment of employer needs, recommendations for curriculum contents as well as for best practice strategies to implement them.

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The Advanced Workshop Course in Public Communication and Applied Ethics for Nanotechnologists was held from the 22nd until the 27th March 2009 at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, UK.

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