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Development of a Platform for Deliberative Processes on Nanotechnology in the European Consumer Market

Objective

The main idea behind this Support action is to develop a platform for deliberative processes on Nano-science and Nano-technology (NS&T) in the European consumer market. Nanotechnology products are now reaching the consumer markets within a large number of branches. During the last year, the number of consumer products using nanotechnology has more than doubled, from 212 to 475. Clothing and cosmetics top the inventory at 77 and 75 products, respectively. We will concentrate on deliberative processes concerning human and environmental safety, ethical and moral dilemmas, and perceptions of risks and responsibilities as revealed through a focus on the market interfaces across the value chain of consumer goods. Consumers, citizens and their organisations could be the most important stakeholders in the diffusion process of nano-products in Europe and beyond. The main goal is to evaluate and stimulate the deliberate dialogue, and give scientific support to the stakeholders responsible for this dialogue. We will • Evaluate selected deliberative processes in Europe, both at the EU and national level. These evaluations will have a general NS&T perspective, with special focus on consumption • Identify the needs and interest of relevant stakeholders along this value chain, especially focusing on producers, consumers, NGOs and the civil society. • Develop a deliberative and science based platform for a stakeholder dialogue in Europe and beyond in this area. The main elements of the platform are: o a) the content, o b) the participants, o c) the physical and technical solutions and arenas and - at last o d) the responsibility for a permanent platform. • Formulate Recommendation for research and political actions. The work packages of the project will more or less mirror this structure. We will combine desk research, qualitative interviews and workshops to meet the challenges of these objectives.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/political policy/civil society
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA-SA - Support actions

Coordinator

STATENS INSTITUTT FOR FORBRUKSFORSKNING
Address
Sandakerveien 24 C, Building B
0405 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 113 622
Administrative Contact
Berit Fjeldheim (Ms.)

Participants (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 91 262
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Chantrey (Ms.)
INSTITUT FUR OKOLOGISCHE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 86 983
Address
Potsdamer Strasse 105
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marion Wiegand (Ms.)
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 73 448
Address
Universite Caddesi N 27, Orta Mahalle
34956 Tuzla Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tosun Terzioglu (Prof.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 88 856
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
STRATEGIC DESIGN SCENARIOS SPRL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 82 830
Address
Rue Des Nigelles 1
1170 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francois Jégou (Mr.)
KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 62 854
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Zsuzsanna Gabor (Ms.)