Activities & Projects

Sustainability & Shared Responsibility

Sustainability and Shared Responsibility are key concerns for NIA that serves those concepts through a set of Activities and Projects. This engagement of NIA is supported by the active presence of NIA at the OECD Working Party on Nanomaterials (WPN) as a lead-representative of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC). Moreover, NIA gives specific attention to a responsible development of nanotechnologies for sustainable purposes.

Activities and Projects in our objective area ‘Sustainability and Shared Responsiblity' are listed below.

This project, entitled 'Methodology for estimating, in monetary terms, the benefits of nanotechnology', 

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Nanotechnologies are capable of introducing promising applications that could impact upon our daily lives; it is through the visualisation and control of matter at the scale of a billionth of a metre that allows nanotechnologies to modify and enhance the properties of products across all industry sectors. Even though nanotechnologies have immense potential, they are only in their infancy and have yet to reach full maturity. When considering the changes they could bring, it must be asked: are nanotechnologies going to reduce the rich-poor divide, or will they have the opposite effect?

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Netzwerk NanoSilber (Nanosilver Network) consists of eleven partners in Germany who are mainly small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as collaborating research organizations, foundations and associations. The network's activities focus on the responsible development of nanosilver products, taking into account technical, economic, ecological and medical aspects.

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On 1 January 2015, the Working Party on Biotechnology (WPB) and the Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) merged into the Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT).

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In November 2006, the Royal Society, Insight Investment and the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) came together to explore the societal and economic impact of the technical, social and commercial uncertainties related to. *

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The world's largest collaborative project for the research and development of nanofluid coolants, NanoHex comprised of a consortium of 12 leading European companies and research centres,  funded by a €8.3 million Seventh Framework Programme grant, together with investment from the consortium themselves.

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