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European observatory on nanotechnologies

ObsNano_200ObservatoryNano was a European-wide observatory on nanotechnologies which brought together leading EU organisations who collectively have expertise in the technological; economic; societal/ethical; health, safety, and environmental analysis of nanotechnologies.

ObservatoryNANO ran from 2008 until 2012, co-ordinated by Dr Mark Morrison of the Institute of Nanotechnology, UK.

ObservatoryNANO's primary aim was to become an industry leading and opinion forming catalyst for nanotechnology in the EU, working to avoid the exaggerated socio-economic impact of nanotechnologies and place developments in a realistic time-frame.

ObservatoryNANO presented reliable, complete and responsible science-based and economic expert analysis, of peer-reviewed literature, patents, national funding strategies, investment trends, and markets; in combination with information derived from questionnaires, interviews and workshops with academic and industry leaders, investors, and other key stakeholders across technology sectors, in order to develop validated methodologies that will yield accurate indicators of the socio-economic impact of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

In addition ObservatoryNANO aimed to establish dialogue with decision makers and others regarding nanotechnology’s benefits and opportunities, balanced against barriers and risks, and allow them to take action to ensure that scientific and technological developments are realised as socio-economic benefits.

IOM/SAFENANO led the EHS & Risk workpackage of this project. Key findings of this workpackage have been published in Nanotoxicology.

For further information on ObservatoryNano, please visit the Cordis webpage or contact us.

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0.335 nm is the theoretical thickness of graphene.