February 2014
PWMTG Seminar Series

Understanding Societal Aspects of Emerging Energy Technologies
February 27, 4:00 pm, Chemistry D215 - Open to everyone.

Barbara Herr Harthorn
Professor of Anthropology
Director, Nanoscale Science & Engineering Center: Center for Nanotechnology in Society University of California at Santa Barbara ,USA

The US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) has funded an unprecedented wave of societal research early in the research and development (R&D) phase, including that of the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB. In her talk, anthropologist Harthorn will draw on her group’s collaborative research on public and expert views on nanotechnologies for energy and health to describe US and UK publics’ emergent views of nanotechnologies’ risks and benefits. The work links public perceptions to imagined technological futures but also to prospects envisioned for equitable development and a range of other societal rather than purely technical issues. The research demonstrates that responsible governance is an essential component of public acceptance of new technologies, and the talk addresses current and possible future pathways for incorporating public views and concerns in the governance and regulation of new nanotechnologies.

April 2014
PWMTG Seminar Series - Prof. Mike Jones (University of Bristol), April 15, 2014 (tentative).  Title TBA. Open to everyone.

May 2014
2014 Symposium and Workshop, May 31-June 1, 2014.  Location TBA.  By invitation only.