Nanotechnologies: Where should they take us? Have your say


RiskCartography is an internet-based tool to map and visualize controversies. It has been developed by the Munich Institute for Social and Sustainability Research and the Environment Science Center of the Augsburg University in cooperation with the software company SouCon. The map is made of three sections: 1. “Protagonists” who are participating in the controversy with their own arguments and statements to different issues (e.g., NGOs, industry, and government); 2.”Things”: selected nanoscale substances or things that are discussed very intensely whether they are harmful or not.  For some substances (nanosilver, titanium dioxide, carbon nano tubes, carbon black) there is further information as well as a so called "substance story"; 3.”Matters of concerns” that focus on specific issues, questions or problems that are still unresolved. Thus these matters of concern are discussed from different perspectives and they are characterized by plenty of different arguments and statements from many protagonists. In this overview there are shown the most prominent issues and matters of concern dealing with risks of nanoscale materials. All information are available in English and German


MACOSPOL is a joint research enterprise that gathers scholars in science, technology and society across Europe. Its goal is to devise a collaborative platform to help students, professionals and citizens in mapping out scientific and technical controversies.


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About nanopinion

  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
  • Dialogue is facilitated online and in outreach events in 30 countries presenting different participatory formats.
  • To promote an informed debate, we also run a strong press & social media campaign and offer a repository with more than 150 resources.
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