This report describes the methodological approach and the outcomes of the first set of interviews with important stakeholders of the R&I value chain.
During the first part of the GoNano project about fifty stakeholders with different roles in the R&I value chain have been interviewed in order to discuss the main technological developments in food, health and energy sectors. Representatives of R&I networks, public and private research, industry, policy makers, and end-users from several different countries in Europe have been involved. The respondens were asked about the main technological developments in the three sectors, in order to highlight the potential applications with significant impact on society and the issues that could be relevant to discuss in public debates.
Interview findings include examples of applications using nanotechnologies in the sectors of food, health and energy, with particular focus on short to medium term product solutions. Both common, and sector specific issues have been identified and have been turned into future applicaitons and product scenarios. Most of them are expected to have a significant social impact, and are also aligned with acknowledged R&I priorities at policy and industrial level. These include applications of nanotechnologies for smart packaging, nano‐filtering, novel foods and plant protection products (food and agri‐food sectors), and regenerative medicine, diagnostic and assistive medical devices, targeted and personalized medical treatments (healthcare), and energy generation and storage, energy efficiency and application of the internet of things (energy).
In the report, the research priorities, product scenarios, and the needs and concerns emerged from the interviews are analyzed. Differences and similarities between the three sectors have been discussed and some cross-sectorial or general issues have been highlighted. Also, several insights to design future dialogue initiatives on nanotechnologies have been collected, regarding the methodology, the stakeholders to be engaged, the issues to debate and the goals to be pursued through societal engagement.
Read the full report here D1.3- Stakeholders engagement in nanotechnologies: areas and issues for a dialogue