Nanotechnology and the use of innovative nanomaterials are regarded as one of the most important key technologies of the 21st century. But are they only associated with opportunities for our society? Or do nanomaterials also pose risks for humans and the environment that are not yet known and can therefore hardly be assessed? And how do findings about opportunities and risks flow into society's handling of the technology? Can new forms of competence transfer help?
The NanoCompetence for Society doctoral college, which is funded by the Hans Böckler Foundation, has intensively dealt with these questions in eight doctoral projects and has now presented its results to experts and the interested public at a closing event on 18 October 2019 at the Haus der Wissenschaft. The event was attended by about 55 participants* and ended with a panel discussion with the participation of representatives from politics, science, industry and regulation. Dr. Maike Schaefer, Bremen Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing, also took part in the panel discussion. She worked as a research associate at the UFT until 2007 and made a decisive contribution to launching the UFT research focus "Environmentally Friendly Nanomaterials".
Before the very vivid short lectures of the fellows, their joint project was shown, an easily understandable and entertaining video on nanotechnologies and the topics dealt with in the college. The video can be downloaded at the following link: