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Nanotechnology - a Key Technology for the Future of Europe

Funded under: FP6-NMP


Taking the findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Synthesis report as a starting point, and drawing on the EU documents, 'Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology' and 'Converging Technologies - Shaping the Future of European Societies', this report identifies, in relation to European strengths, where nanotechnology research should be focused over the coming decade. The goal of this research is to discover new nanotechnologies that will ameliorate, or provide sustainable alternatives to some of the human activities that are most severely affecting the ecological balance of the planet.
In order that research can be turned into applications, there has to be an opportunity for developers to make a profit. This will in turn depend on legislation / fiscal pressures driving the take-up of radical, new, planet-friendly developments, thus providing the impetus for industry to quickly bring urgently needed new products and processes to the market place. Europe has been seeking a means to unify its disparate cultures and communities. Success in safeguarding the future can only be achieved through a coherent, EU-wide vision, and if sufficient support for this vision can be gained, it may be the unifying goal that politicians makers are seeking.
This report comes with a caveat, which is that technology alone will not provide a solution to the planet¿s serious ills. The solution is down to each of us, as individuals, to take the necessary action before it is too late.

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Record Number: 6953 / Last updated on: 2005-09-01
Category: POLI