Second meeting of the Working Party on Nanotechnology
The Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) convened at its second meeting 13-16 November 2007 in Paris to finalize work programs for the different projects and move forward especially with the work on statistics and indicators and impacts of nanotechnology on companies and business environments.
The meeting was preceded with a kick-off workshop for the work on nanotechnology indicators and statistics. The workshop considered the present availability of, as well as challenges and opportunities for developing further, such indicators and statistics. Although market forecasts, overviews of R&D expenditures, publications and patent analyses have been done there is still a clear lack of internationally comparable and validated indicators and statistics to monitor nanotechnology developments for policy needs.
The workshop gathered experts for presentations on topics ranging from past experiences with biotechnology measurement, pilot company surveys, human resources in nanotechnology and the use publication and patent data. The workshop program and the presentations are available below:
The work on impacts on companies and business environments will start in February 2008 through company case studies in a broad range of countries and nanotechnology application areas. Based on literature overviews, company case study evidence and a policy questionnaire this work is expected to provide key insights into specificities of nanotechnology innovation and policy requirements.
The work on outreach and public engagement will follow in March 2008 while a survey on science, technology and innovation policies in nanotechnology is underway to highlight similarities, differences and policy challenges across countries. These activities will feed into an informed dialogue on the responsible development and commercialisation of nanotechnology.
The second meeting of the WPN also considered the contribution that nanotechnology can make for better and more affordable access to clean water as a key global challenge (presentation by Mr. Mark Shannon). Presently a new, sixth, project of the WPN is in the launching phase to address potentials and barriers of nanotechnology in this context.