The EU-funded GoNano project, coordinated by DBT, strives to align future developments and applications of nanotechnology with societal needs and concerns. It does so by engaging citizens, civil society organisations, nanotech industry, researchers and policy-makers to co-create visions for nanotechnologies in Europe.
Responsible development of technology secures the future
Nanotechnologies – the purposeful engineering of matter on the atomic or molecular scale – have given rise to great expectations in recent years, unlocking new research opportunities in areas as diverse as energy, healthcare, electronics, food and construction. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible unintended consequences of particular uses of nanoscience, which raise the question of how the development, research and use of nanotechnology should be governed.
GoNano aims to demonstrate how researchers can work with publics and professional stakeholders to create novel suggestions for future nanotechnology products. The goal is to co-create concrete product suggestions within the areas of food, health and energy, illustrate new opportunities for innovation and develop policy recommendations.
GoNano aims to achieve:
Alignment with societal values and needs in the development of new nanotechnologies:
- Show-casing an early-stage state-of-the-art continuous citizen and stakeholder engagement process across Europe.
- Resulting in the development of nine concrete product suggestions for future nanotechnologies in each of the nanotechnology areas health, energy and food.
Policy recommendations and innovation partnerships in support of a responsive Research and Innovation system and co-production of knowledge:
- Consolidating a network of European Technology Platforms (ETPs), innovation networks, EU and national R&I policy-makers.
- Providing policy recommendations for strengthening responsiveness to societal needs, values and concerns.
Enhanced public understanding of nano and encourage integration of co-creation practices
The development of more lasting relations between societal stakeholders and research and innovation institutions is crucial in order to ensure the alignment of future nanotechnological developments with societal interests. GoNano activities are designed to build public understanding of nanotechnology, broaden the uptake of co-creation practices by:
- Establishing a community of citizens, consumer and interest organisations, engineers and policy-makers working as change agents for the development of responsible nanotechnology research and innovation.
- Demonstrating the added value of co-creation and stakeholder inclusion to align innovation with societal values.
- Inspire research and innovation institutions to integrate public engagement.
- To embed co-creation as part of policies governing and underpinning nanotechnologies.
- Provide nine concrete product suggestions involving nanotechnologies within health, energy and food.
- Communicate concrete suggestions and lessons learnt on co-creation and RRI processes.
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GoNano (Governing Nanotechnology through Societal Engagement) is a three-year EU project under Horizon2020, Grant Agreement no. 768622. It is coordinated by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and involves partners from nine other EU countries.
For more information on the GoNano project please contact project coordinator Lise Bitsch.