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July 3, 2024

NNI and NNCO Will Hold July 24 Workshop on “Responsible Development, Social Science, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative”

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) are convening a July 24, 2024, workshop, “Responsible Development, Social Science, and the National Nanotechnology Initiative: A Workshop to Explore Past and Future Intersections.” According to NNI, the workshop will bring together federal experts in nanotechnology with social scientists with expertise on specific tools and frameworks relevant to the responsible development of emerging technologies. The agenda includes a presentation about the recently released “Blueprint for the Use of Social and Behavioral Science to Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking,” introductions to key nanotechnology case studies by federal experts, and flash talks by social scientists. According to NNI the workshop will promote brainstorming new intersections between social science and nanotechnology research and development with the goals of (1) integrating social science into future visions of interdisciplinary research, development, and training, and (2) reinvigorating networks that connect the NNI to the social science community. Virtual participation is available, but NNI notes that online attendees will not be able to contribute to small group discussions in the afternoon session. Questions may be collected from online participants to inform the meeting.