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FramingNano Project concludes with publication of model Governance Platform and national workshops
Apr 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

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The FramingNano Project formally concluded its work at the end of March 2010 following publication of the FramingNano governance platform and its executive summary and a series of national workshops aimed at disseminating information about the outcomes of the project and discussing possible routes forward concerning principles and proposals outlined in the governance platform with key stakeholders at national level.

In the various national workshops the need for a continuous and adaptive model of governance, such as that proposed in the governance platform, was particularly acknowledged and there was also a broad agreement that the proposed governance model provided a useful heuristic overview of the challenges facing societies in balancing the undoubted benefits of nanotechnology with the perceived but sometimes unquantifiable risks associated with increased use of manufactured nanomaterials in a globalised world.

The final FramingNano project documents, including a report describing the FramingNano governance platform, may be downloaded from this page.

The FramingNano Project Consortium would like to thank all stakeholders who have participated in the project over the past two years for their active and constructive input and for contributing to the final outcomes of the Project.

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German FramingNano Workshop, 24 March 2010, Frankfurt
Feb 05, 2010 at 02:30 PM


Event Proceedings

Click here for Workshop programme >>


Introduction >>

Achieving an effective dialogue with science, industry and regulators >>

Key regulatory developments in the field of nanotechnology >> 

Corporate self-governance and "soft law" mechanisms for nanotechnology >>  

Nanoscale Materials: a new challenge for toxicology >>  

The FramingNano Governance Platform >>  

Discussion session: taking nanotechnology governance forward in Germany >>  


Swiss National FramingNano Conference, 18 March 2010, Bern
Feb 02, 2010 at 12:06 PM


The Innovation Society, St.Gallen, is the Swiss Partner in the FramingNano Project Consortium and in charge of organising the national conference in Switzerland. We are pleased to invite you to the Swiss National FramingNano Conference in the Stade de Suisse in the vicinity of Bern on the 18th of March 2010.


The FramingNano conference aims to:

  • present the FramingNano Governance Platform to a broader audience
  • present and discuss national and international activities in nanotechnology governance (EU-Action Plan, EU-Code of Conduct, etc.)
  • discuss possible ways of implementing the Governance Platform in European countries
  • discuss synergies and measures among international stakeholders.

A detailed programme of the conference can be found here.

Target Audience

The conference is addressing representatives from national and international regulatory bodies, politics, NGOs, any interested stakeholders and the broader public. Although this is a national conference, the focus of the conference is not restricted to Switzerland and the programme includes many speakers from EU level.

The conference language is English (without interpretation).


We can only host a limited number of participants (first come, first served).

Registration deadline: The registration is open until 10th of March 2010.

Participation fee: Adults: 100 CHF / 75 € (including lunch, documentation and refreshments). An invoice will be sent to attendees prior to the conference. Student discount: 50% (student card required).

Other FramingNano National Conferences

  • United Kingdom (London): 11 February 2010
  • Czech Republic (Prague): 2 March 2010
  • The Netherlands (Amersfoort): 9 March 2010
  • Germany (Frankfurt): 24 March 2010
  • Italy (Rome): 16 March 2010 
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