Nanotechnologies – the purposeful engineering of matter on the atomic or molecular scale – have given rise to great expectations in recent years, unlocking new research opportunities in areas as diverse as energy, healthcare, electronics, food, and construction. At the same time, concerns have been raised about possible unintended consequences of the use of nanomaterials.
The EU-funded GoNano project enables co-creation between citizens, researchers, industry, civil society organisations, and policy makers across Europe to align future nanotechnologies with societal needs and concerns.
The goal is to co-create concrete product suggestions within the areas of food, health and energy, illustrate new opportunities for innovation and develop policy recommendations.
GoNano aims to align nanotechnologies with societal needs and values; to develop policy recommendations and in support of a responsive research and innovation system and co-production of knowledge; and to increase confidence of stakeholders that new technologies respond to societal needs and values.