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Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 387–391 | Cite as

Public perception of nanotechnology

  • Regula Valérie BurriEmail author
  • Sergio Bellucci
Perspectives

Abstract

While several studies on the public opinion of nanotechnology have pointed to a rather enthusiastic U.S. public, the public uptake of nanotechnology in Europe is more contained. The results of the Swiss publifocus on nanotechnology reveal a pragmatic attitude of citizens toward the emerging technologies, thus confirming what has been identified as a “balanced approach” in the NanoJury UK.

Keywords

Nanotechnology Nanoscience Citizens Focus groups Upstream engagement Public attitudes Societal implications 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Collegium HelveticumETH & University of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment (TA-Swiss)BerneSwitzerland

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