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The Impact, Lessons Learned and International Perspective for Nanotechnology to 2020

Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020

Washington, DC | Posted on November 17th, 2010

There is an accelerating and non-uniform process of discoveries and innovations leading at times to emerging areas of science and technology such as nanotechnology around the year 2000. Only ten years after proposing a new definition and a long-term vision, nanotechnology also has become a socio-economic initiative in all developed countries and in many developing countries. A global science and societal endeavor has been initiated by the long-term nanotechnology R&D vision formulated in the 1999 report "Nanotechnology Research Direction: Vision for the next ten years" adopted as an official document of the National Science and Technology Council and published by Springer in 2000.

A new report, "Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020" outlines the foundational knowledge and infrastructure development in the last decade, the current ~$15 billion in R&D programs underpinning about $250 billion of products incorporating nanoscale components in the world in 2009, and the likely evolution towards a general purpose technology by 2020. The study includes opinions of leading experts from over 35 countries and brainstorming meetings hosted by the Word Technology Evaluation Center (WTEC) in 2010 in Chicago, Hamburg, Tokyo, Singapore and Arlington, VA. The full report will be made available at:

Dr. Mihail (Mike) Roco will cover the reasons for establishing the National Nanotechnology Initiative and other national programs around the world, the main outcomes after ten years, the governance aspects including the nanotechnology EHS and ELSI issues, what has worked, what has not, and most importantly how we prepare now for the future.

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What: Release of a new report,"Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020" (Eds. M. Roco, C. Mirkin and M. Hersam), Springer, 2010.

When: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 PM

(Light lunch available at 12:00 noon)

Who: Mihail C. Roco,founding chair of the National Science and Technology Council's subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET), and Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology at the National Science Foundation
David Rejeski, Moderator, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor Conference Room. The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC;


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About Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was launched in 2005 by the Wilson Center and The Pew Charitable Trusts. It is a partnership dedicated to helping business, governments, and the public anticipate and manage the possible health and environmental implications of nanotechnology. To learn more, visit

About Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the ability to measure, see, manipulate and manufacture things usually between 1 and 100 nanometers. A nanometer is one billionth of a meter; a human hair is roughly 100,000 nanometers wide.

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