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Public engagement and regulation of emerging technologies

Steven Hill Research Councils UK Strategy Unit

Public engagement with leading edge research is a central component in developing effective regulation of emerging technologies

Summary
‡ Role of public engagement with research ‡ RCUK strategy for public engagement ‡ Public dialogue: implications for regulation ‡ The key challenge

Research at the heart of innovation

NESTA, 2009 The Innovation Index

Engagement at the heart of research?

Demos, 2003 See-through Science

RCUK strategy for public engagement with research
‡ Recognise and respond to public views ‡ Inspire young people ‡ Support researchers

RCUK strategy for public engagement with research
‡ Recognise and respond to public views ‡ Inspire young people ‡ Support researchers

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Images generated by nanotechnology projects funded through the Research Councils

RCUK strategy for public engagement with research
‡ Recognise and respond to public views ‡ Inspire young people ‡ Support researchers

Dialogue on emerging technologies

Effective regulation is a recurring theme«

«and identifies key issues for regulation
‡ International ‡ Driven by technology, application and impact
± Is it reversible? ± Is it controllable?

‡ Equity of benefit

The key challenge

Regulation

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Public engagement