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Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009

Funded under: FP6-NMP


Nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N) are new approaches to research and development (R&D) that concern the study of phenomena and manipulation of materials at atomic, molecular and macromolecular scales, where properties differ significantly from those at a larger scale.
Advances across a wide range of sectors are being enabled through R&D and innovation in N&N. These advances can address the needs of citizens and contribute to the Union’s competitiveness and sustainable development objectives and many of its policies including public health, employment and occupational safety and health, information society,energy,transport,security and space.
Products based on N&N are already in use and analysts expect markets to grow by hundreds of billions of euros during this decade. Europe must avoid a repeat of the European ‘paradox’ witnessed for other technologies and transform its world-class R&D in N&N into useful wealth generating products in line with the actions for growth and jobs, as outlined in the ‘Lisbon Strategy’ of the Union.
Health, safety and environmental risks that may be associated with products and applications of N&N need to be addressed upfront and throughout their life cycle.
A better dialogue between researchers,public and private decision-makers, other stakeholders, and the public is beneficial for understanding possible concerns and tackling them from the standpoints of science and of governance, and to promote informed judgement and engagement.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005, 12 pp. free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-67-05-929-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-9597-9
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