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What have we learned from public engagement?

By csep - Posted on 13 May 2010

TitleWhat have we learned from public engagement?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsJones, Richard
JournalNature Nanotechnology
Start Page262
Date Published05/2007
Type of ArticleEditorial
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1748-3387

In this article, the chair of the United Kingdom's Nanotechnology Engagement Group reflects on some of the main lessons learned from the public engagement experiments done from 2004-2007 by this organization. Some of the main obstacles faced in these kinds of projects come from the rather abstract concepts of what nanotechnology is, and what its future applications and risks may be, as well as the difficulty in seeing how public engagement can influence science policy. Though it can be hard for public engagement exercise to come to a substantial conclusion, these experiments offer valuable experiences to the scientists and members of the public who take part.