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International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology

Mar 27, 2012 - Mar 28, 2012

Washington DC, U.S.

The International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology will be held on 27-28 March 2012 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.

The objective of the symposium is to systematically explore the need for and development of a methodology to assess the economic impact of nanotechnology across whole economies, factoring in many sectors and types of impact, including new and replacement products and materials, markets for raw materials, intermediate and final goods, and employment and other economic impacts.


This symposium is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in collaboration with the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).

Attendees are being invited from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and expertise, including technology leaders, key decision makers, economists, investors, policy analysts, scientists and engineers from industry, business, government, academia, and the general public.

Issues addressed will include the scope of economic impacts of nanotechnology, input and output factors, metrics for other technological assessments, and consideration of the appropriateness of these metrics for nanotechnology materials and products. Topics addressed will include the role of research funding portfolios, intellectual property frameworks, venture capital, public-private partnerships, state and local initiatives, international cooperation, and metrics such as private sector and industry investments, patents and publications, and the development of a technologically-educated workforce as metrics for nanotechnology.



BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.