Ethics and Society

Links to sources of information on ethical and societal issues linked to nanomaterials


European Union (EU) and non-EU countries in Europe


EU - NanoDiode: "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."

Germany - Initiative nanoTruck - "The mobile information campaign on nanotechnology "nanoTruck – Meeting Place Nanoworlds" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) is aiming to get nanotechnology out of the laboratory to bring it directly to the people. It wants to provide the public with more information about the benefits and potential risks of nanotechnology at an early stage, promote their ideas and to show new perspectives for a successful career in an exciting and promising area of technology."

Switzerland Infonano - "InfoNano is the central federal information platform for nanotechnology. The Federal Offices of Public Health, for the Environment and for Agriculture, the Commission for Technology and Innovation, Swissmedic and the State Secretariats for Economic Affairs as well as for Education and Research are involved in the website. InfoNano provides information about the opportunities and risks associated with nanotechnology and synthetic nanomaterials. It is aimed at promoting the dialogue among administrative, economic, research and societal stakeholders."


American Continent


U.S.A.Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) - "CNS-ASU is the largest center for research, education and outreach on the societal aspects of nanotechnology in the world. CNS-ASU develops programs that integrate academic and societal concerns in order to better understand how to govern new technologies, from their birth in the laboratory to their entrance into the mainstream."

U.S.A.University of California Center for Nanotechnology in Society - "The NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB serves as a national research and education center, a network hub among researchers and educators concerned with societal issues concerning nanotechnologies, and a resource base for studying these issues in the US and abroad."

U.S.A. -  The Nanoethics Group - "Based at Cal Poly State University (San Luis Obispo), The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan organization that studies the ethical and societal implications of nanotechnology.  We also engage the public as well as collaborate with nanotech ventures and research institutes on related issues and initiatives."


International Organisations


United Nations (UN) - The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR): Nanotechnology and Manufactured Nanomaterials - "UNITAR is embarking with our partner OECD, within the framework of the IOMC to raise awareness in countries about this new topic - including what the implications for developing and transition countries will be as nano-based or nano-containing products are traded across borders, into jurisdictions where there is little or no capacity to address them."