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October 20th, 2009

A new era of responsible innovation

Nanoscience could transform many aspects of our lives over the next century. But that promise doesn't come without risk. Richard Owen considers how we can ensure exciting new areas are explored responsibly.

I'm convinced there is a way to link innovation with responsibility more efficiently, to make it more anticipatory. And I've been struck by how willing and open the people I have worked with at NERC, EPSRC and ESRC have been to consider these approaches. Maybe there is a silver lining in the black cloud of the recent financial chaos; maybe we are learning that responsible innovation is sustainable innovation, that it's a good thing, and that a commitment to it will help build resilient and responsible economies. Maybe Barack Obama was right, maybe we are about to enter a new era of responsibility. I hope so.


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