The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report providing a synopsis of discussions held at its event, Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. Held on 27 March 2012 and co-hosted along with the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the symposium ‘brought together participants from the public and private sectors with expertise all along the nanotechnology value chain’.
The report notes that ‘there was a consensus among participants that more pilot initiatives and trials are needed […] to gain experience and knowledge and to aid in the development of good practices and guidelines for impact assessment’. The role of the public was also emphasised by participants, with ‘open assessments of the impacts of nanotechnology […] viewed as essential for public trust and acceptance of the technology as well as for accurate determinations of what investments are justified and under what circumstance the technology offers clear benefits to society and the economy’.
Also noted was ‘the importance of measuring the full range of the technology’s impacts’, and the question was raised as to ‘what really needs to be measured so that the field of nanotechnology can efficiently move forward […]?’
NIA supported the discussion around these topics, moderating session 2 of the symposium on Exploring the Qualitative Dimensions of the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology as well as leading parallel breakout sessions on transportation and aerospace.
Follow this link to read the full report.