Nanotechnology and the Environment | Wilson Center

Nanotechnology and the Environment

5th floor conference room

Following on the footsteps of Bill Joy's now famous Wired article (Why the Future Doesn't Need Us), a number of people and organizations have begun to raise serious questions about the potential social and environmental impacts of nanotechnology. A recent piece by the ETC Group (No Small Matter! Nanotech Particles Penetrate Living Cells and Accumulate in Animal Organs) has received significant coverage in the popular press. How much do we know about the environmental impacts of nanotechnonly? Who is looking at these issues and who should be? How do we separate science from pseudoscience and hype? And what can we do to ensure that the public and policy-makers do not become so fearful of nanotechnology's risks that they reject or restrict its promise?

1:30---Welcome and Introductions

David Rejeski, Director, Foresight and Governance Project, Wilson Center

1:40---Nanotechnology and the Environment Avoiding the 'Wow' to 'Yuck' Trajectory

Vicki Colvin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
Rice University

2:20---Lessons from the GMO and Frankenfood Debate Building Public Trust in New Technology & Science

Julia A. Moore
Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center