[ASC-media] ANU MEDIA ALERT - NANOTECHNOLOGY: IS THE FUTURE REALLY ALL BRIGHT?

Jane O'Dwyer jane.odwyer at anu.edu.au
Wed Aug 2 07:23:49 CEST 2006


> ANU MEDIA ALERT
> News from The Australian National University
> 
> 
> wednesday 2 august 2006
> NANOTECHNOLOGY: IS THE FUTURE REALLY ALL BRIGHT?	
> Nanotechnology is a buzz word around the globe in the race to develop
> new technologies to improve our lives, health and planet, promising to
> provide us with the means to increase food yields, improve energy
> production, diagnose and treat disease and boundless new consumer
> gadgets. 
> 
> But the question "is the future with nanotechnology all bright?" will
> be considered tomorrow in a public symposium on the Social Impact of
> Nanotechnology at The Australian National University tomorrow. 
> 
> The symposium will explore the social issues surrounding
> nanotechnology, considering the concerns raised by some political
> parties, activist groups and think tanks about its implications for
> the environment and human health. Experts from around Australia and
> overseas will participate in the forum, which is open the media.
> Highlights include:
> 
> 9.10 am - 10.40 am  Science and Society
> Professor Bruce Bimber from University of California, Santa Barbara
> will consider if nanotechnology is really different socially or
> politically from technology gone before and what kind of questions
> nanotechnology raises. Professor Chennupati Jagadish from ANU will
> discuss the opportunities and challenges for nanowires, the building
> blocks of the next generation electronics and photonics. 
> 
> 11.00 am - 12.30 pm  Ethics and Law
> Judith Jones from ANU will consider how Australia's regulatory
> frameworks and law will deal with the risks associated with emerging
> technologies. Georgia Miller from Friends of the Earth Australian will
> consider the risks of nanotoxicity and the ethical issues confronting
> us including the potential for large-scale social and economic
> disruption.
> 
> 2.10 pm -3.10 pm Social and Health Impacts
> Dr Thomas Faunce will look at the emerging issues for regulation of
> nanomedicine in Australia, including safety, efficacy and
> cost-effectiveness assessment.
>   
> 
> WHAT:	Public Symposium - The Social Impact of Nanotechnology	
> 
> WHEN: Thursday 3 August 2006, 8.45 am - 5.00 pm	
>  
> WHERE: Innovations Theatre, Building 124, Eggleston Road, The
> Australian National University
> 
> For full program http://voson.anu.edu.au/nano_flyer_prog.pdf	
> For further information or to arrange interviews: Jane O'Dwyer, 02
> 6125 5001/0416 249 231
> 
> Jane O'Dwyer
> Media Manager
> The Australian National University
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