With so many unknowns it is difficult to have a meaningful discussion about the future of nanotechnology. Therefore the Nanologue project team developed three contrasting plausible, realistic and coherent scenarios of Nanotechnology development in Europe based on findings from previous project phases.
Scenario 1: Disaster recovery
A lack of regulation resulted in a major accident. Public concern about nanotechnology is high and technology development is slow and catious.
Scenario 2: Now we´re talking
Strong regulation and accountability systems are in place. The technology has been shaped by societal needs and strong health and safety concerns.
Scenario 3: Powering ahead
Scientific progress has been faster than expected and nanotechnology is making a real impact, particularly in energy conversion and storage.
Nanologue: Scenarios: The future of nanotechnology. We need to talk.
Nanologue scenarios published
'The Future of Nanotechnology - We need to talk' describes three scenarios contrasting developments of Nanotechnology in Europe by 2015.
The NanoMeter, a web-based tool to carry out a brief societal assessment of nanotechnological applications, is now available online.
Results of 'Opinion' phase
'Results from a Consultation with Representatives from Research, Business and Civil Society' is online
Discuss your vision of nanotechnology with us on Oct 7th at the Deutsches Museum, Munich
Results of 'Mapping' phase
The Nanologue Mapping Study and the Nanologue Background Paper are available for download now.
What are nanotechnologies?
Nanologue has issued a document on its understanding of nanotechnologies.