Nanotechnology Risk Governance

  • Mihail Roco
  • Ortwin Renn
  • Alexander Jäger
Part of the International Risk Governance Council Bookseries book series (IRGC, volume 1)

The ‘White Paper on Nanotechnology Risk Governance’ is the product of a collaborate effort for which input was provided on two initial workshops in May 2005 and January 2006 and which was advised by the IRGC's Nanotechnology Working Group and a number of external experts. In addition, the results of four stakeholder surveys undertaken as part of the project in the second half of 2005 are incorporated The surveys were concerned with the role of governments, industry, research organisations and NGOs and have been published as separate volumes on the IRGC website On the same page, the full White Paper can be downloaded as well.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihail Roco
    • 1
  • Ortwin Renn
    • 2
  • Alexander Jäger
    • 3
  1. 1.National Science FoundationWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.University of StuttgartStuttgart, Germany and DIALOGIK gGmbHStuttgartGermany
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development (ZIRN)StuttgartGermany

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