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Enhancing dialogue on nanotechnologies and nanosciences in society at the European level (NANO DIALOGUE) - Final Activity Report

Project ID: 13544
Funded under: FP6-NMP


Engaging citizens in dialogue and discussions about emerging science and technologies has been recognized by the European Commission as a fundamental component to create the knowledge economy at the basis of the European Union's Lisbon Agenda. Science centres and museums are the natural choice of venue to begin such activities, since they offer an opportunity for a wider exchange of ideas, providing information that is generally perceived to be reliable and giving different actors a chance to meet and voice their concerns.
In the field of nanotechnology, dialogue on the risks and ethical issues is particularly relevant. In fact, while some nanotech products are already on the market, public awareness of the real economic and social potential of this technology is still low.
In this framework, Fondazione IDIS - Città della Scienza has coordinated the NanoDialogue project (Enhancing dialogue on Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences in society at European level), with funding provided by the European Commission, under the Nanotechnologies and Nanoscience program.
The "pillars" of Nanodialogue are a modular exhibition, designed for display in 8 different countries (Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden), a program of events and participatory activities in each location, and a survey of public perceptions and expectations with 800 questionnaires and a multimedia polling station at each location.
The analysis of these components has lead to a final conference, held in the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels, in order to present the results of the project to the European Commission and Parliament.

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