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National Science Foundation: wgn06-0124

National Science Foundation: wgn06-0124

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“SURVEY ON NANOTECHNOLOGYGOVERNANCE”
PART A: THE ROLE OFGOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL RISK GOVERNANCE COUNCIL
SURVEY ONNANOTECHNOLOGYGOVERNANCE
Volume A. The Role of Government
IRGC WORKING GROUP ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
Chair: M.C. Roco, Member IRGC; P.M.: E. Litten
Geneva, December 2005Date ofsurvey request: July 2005
 
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“SURVEY ON NANOTECHNOLOGYGOVERNANCE”
PART A: THE ROLE OFGOVERNMENT
Onthe cover page: A viral molecular motor, composed of RNA and a protein connector, drives DNA through a channel within a cell.Courtesy of Purdue UniversityThe International Risk Governance Councilis a Private Foundation established under Articles 80 and thereafter of theSwiss Civil Code.© international risk governance council, geneva, january2006International Risk Governance Council7-9 Chemin de Balexert, ChâtelaineCH-1219 Geneva, SwitzerlandTel +41 (0)22 795 1730Fax +41 (0)22 795 1739www.irgc.org
IRGC Working Group on Nanotechnologyworking paper no. 1
DisclaimerThe contents of this workingpaper have been peer reviewed by the respondents to the IRGC ‘Survey onNanotechnology Governance: the role of government’ and the IRGC Nanotechnology Working Group. The IRGC doesnot accept responsibility for the validity of the opinions expressed within this report, which are a reflection of theopinions of the survey respondents and not of IRGC itself.
 
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CONTENTS OVERVIEW
1.BACKGROUND..............................................................................................................52.LIST OF SURVEY PARTICIPANTS................................................................................63.WHAT ARE THE MAIN FINDINGS?...............................................................................7Summary of current governance strategies..................................................................7Recommended governance strategies.........................................................................84.RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTSTRATEGY...........................................................9Overall research and development strategy.................................................................9Research focus fundamentals and applications......................................................11Research focus -risks...............................................................................................125.REGULATIONS FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY................................................................136.CURRENT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES IN PLACE................................................137.COOPERATION...........................................................................................................14International cooperation...........................................................................................14Coooperation amongst policymakers.........................................................................15Cooperation with NGOs.............................................................................................16Co-operation with research organisations..................................................................16Cooperation with industry..........................................................................................17Cooperation with the public........................................................................................178.RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RISK GOVERNANCE.....................................................17Risk Research recommendations..............................................................................18Stakeholder Engagement recommendations.............................................................18Risk communication recommendations......................................................................19Governance approaches............................................................................................199.REFERENCES.............................................................................................................2210.ANNEXES....................................................................................................................23Annex A About the IRGC........................................................................................23Annex B A definition of ‘risk governance’................................................................24Annex C Acknowledgements..................................................................................24Annex D Tables with detailed survey results...........................................................25Annex E Questionnaires.........................................................................................33Questionnaire answers from Canada...................................................................33Questionnaire answers from Chinese Taipei........................................................40

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