Nanotech Database

Article Title:
European Public Advice on NanobiotechnologyFour Convergence Seminars

Godman, Marion

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 1


A convergence seminar, or a new form of public participatory activity that can be used to deal systematically with the uncertainty associated for instance with the development of an emerging technology like nanobiotechnology, has become a favored way of bringing public engagement into nanotechnology. This article looks at four Europeam convergence seminars to see how the participants in these seminars felt about nanotechnology in general and their involvement in its direction in particular. Many of the seminars came to the same conclusions, such as the societal needs that nanotechnology needed to address and that the public should absolutely be kept abreast of these developments, though it would be best for their input to be heard in the developmental stage. Differing concerns over regulation gave rise to the familiar problem of varied levels of trust in the scientists and their aims, all of which only served to underline the utility of having the public involved in this process.