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Inspired by: FP7 » Nano becoming more widely accepted

version: 3 / updated: 2010-11-11
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Originally submitted by: Anthony Walker
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Source of inspiration

European Commission Framework Programme for RTD (FP7)

Theme/activity of inspiration

Theme 4 - Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies

Sub-theme/area of inspiration

Networked production

Optional reference/s to FP7 project/s

Use the following format: Project Acronym (Project Reference No.). Use commas if more than one project is associated to this Wild Card, for example: ALFA-BIRD (213266), SAFAR (213374), LAPCAT-II (211485)

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Nano becoming more widely accepted

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
As the public accept nanotechnology, there is less scepticism to research topics. This could allow dramatic breakthroughs in the future as the worl becomes nano-inspired.


nanotechnology, community, society, research, development, progress, future


(max. 250 characters)
As the public accept nanotechnology, there is less scepticism to research topics. This could allow dramatic breakthroughs in the future as the worl becomes nano-inspired.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 that the public is willing to accept nanotechnology research resolution of uncertainty

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

If the public continue to see the beneficial effects of nanotechnology then they will accept and respond positively to this research


please specify
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region Most important for the developed world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Comments on selection:

As the public become less sceptical there will be the opportunity for much more nanotechnology research to be carried out - much of this work may not be reported / publicised

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social The public will value the new technologies developed through nanotechnology research
Technological/Scientific nanotechnology researchers will be keen to carry out novel research in this field
Economic Industry will see opportunity in creating new nanotechnology products for profit

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
between 2015-2025 Possibility for the misuse of nanotechnology research Opportunity for the development of technologies which will benefit the population

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Continue to monitor the research which is being conducted
Academic/Research sector Continue to conuct research which will be well recieved by the public
Media Report of the postives of conducting nanotechnology research

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Techno-security, hazard & risk Could lead to the explosion of nanotechnology research

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Nanosciences, nanotech, materials & new prod. tech. muchmore nanotechnology research being conducted - nanotechnology becoming part of everyday life

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Developing and funding world-class research infrastructures Providing institutions which are capable of conduction high level nanotechnology research

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Working together to enable the research of nanotechnologies which will imporove quality of life