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The President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to discuss a review of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative in an open meeting on March 12. The review is congressionally mandated by 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act to be conducted every two years. This is the first PCAST review of the NNI to take place under the Obama administration.
The next PCAST meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2010. Registration for this meeting is now closed. A link to the live webcast of the meeting will be available March 12, 2010.
Federal Register Notice
At each meeting, there will be a public comment session. To be considered for the public speaker list at a PCAST meeting, interested parties should register to speak when registration becomes available on this web site. Phone call or e-mail reservations will not be accepted.
To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period not to exceed 30 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 35 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the participants and public at the meeting.
Although written comments are accepted until the date of the meeting, written comments should be submitted to PCAST at least two weeks prior to each meeting date so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to the meeting for their consideration. To submit comments, please visit Connect with PCAST (www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pcast/connect).
Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST web site.
Future PCAST meetings are tentatively scheduled for the following dates:
May 20-21, 2010
July 15-16, 2010
September 1-2, 2010
November 3-4, 2010
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