In November 2019, the Horizon 2020 project Gov4Nano (Gov4Nano – Meeting the Needs of Nanotechnology) and the ERA-NET Partnership SAF€RA published a joint Gov4Nano-SAF€RA call on the topic of call, on the topic ‘Safety concerns and opportunities related to advanced materials and new technologies in energy production and storage‘. According to
‘[I]nsurance is the institution of governance beyond the state […]’ [R. V. Ericson, A. Doyle, and D. Barry ‘Insurance as Governance’, 2003] Based on an in-depth analysis conducted for the Gov4Nano Project, Dr Steffi Friedrichs delivered a seminar entitled ‘Nanotechnology & the Insurance Industry’ as part of the Environmental Health
The NanoFabNet, a new network for sustainable, industrial-scale nanofabrication, supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation, published a report entitled ‘Concepts & Disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology & Nanofabrication’. This report is devoted to a review of the concepts and disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology and Nanofabrication.
‘There are still open questions [surrounding nanotechnology], but that applies to many emerging risks from new technologies‘ reads one of the main conclusions of a report about ‘The Information Needs of the (Re-)Insurance Industry’ concerning the risks posed by nanotechnologies; the quote was one of the concluding remarks given by
… the promise of SynBio for the benefit of global society and industry will only be met if significant advances are achieved on the standardisation front. [The long journey towards standards for engineering biosystems, EMBO Rep (2020) e50521, https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.202050521] A joint group of of experts in synthetic biology (SynBio) and
The organisers of the ‘OECD Conference on Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture – Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation’ published ‘An overview of regulatory approaches to genome editing in agriculture’. The article summarises the OECD Conference session on ‘Regulatory Aspects of Genome Editing’, during which government representatives from six different
The long-awaited ‘Meeting Report of the OECD Conference on “Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture—Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation”’ of the seminal OECD Conference, held on the 28. – 29. June 2018 has now been published (Transgenic Research, August 2019, Volume 28, Issue 3–4, pp 419–463; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11248-019-00154-1). The Conference brought together policy makers,
‘Policy Considerations Regarding Genome Editing’ (DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.05.005) have now been published in the latest ‘online now’-edition of Trends in Biotechnology. Summarising the policy discussions during the seminal OECD Conference, held on the 28. – 29. June 2018, this scientific article highlights the manifold arguments for and against more stringent regulations of genome
On the 8. October 2018, the 3rd edition of the established “Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety – Risks, Regulation, and Management” was officially launched in Washington DC, USA, containing a preface by AcumenIST Steffi Friedrichs.
This in-depth “Trend-Analysis of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies for Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT)” analyses policies pertaining to nanotechnology and biotechnology over the past 30 to 40 years: it specifically studies and identifies their character (i.e. the questions (a) “Does a policy aim to push a technology (‘technology-push’) or to pull research towards a specific application (‘application-pull’)?” and (b) “Is a policy focused on one technology field only or is it applicable to a wide range of technologies?”).
This report brings together the latest available patenting and bibliometric activity data on biotechnology, nanotechnology and related emerging and converging technologies.
The authors, on behalf of the OECD and its expert working groups, re-confirmed indicators and measurement methodology for the multidisciplinary and partially overlapping technologies with a view to establishing uniquely accurate and relevant datasets.
The report provides a summary of trends and developments in biotechnology and nanotechnology over the last 20 to 25 years, based on the longitudinal analyses of patents.
In addition, an experimental indicator, which aims to identify trends and developments of research areas of biotechnology and nanotechnology, was introduced: publication titles of the two technology fields were analysed using a text-mining approach, and an overlay map of the most often use keyword co-occurrences was created, in order to visualise the developments over time in each research area.
Gene editing techniques are a major advance that could have major benefits across the domains of human health, sustainability and the economy that go beyond incremental advances of past biotechnologies. There are, however, significant policy challenges at the national and international level related to the governance of gene editing. These issues were addressed at a Workshop held in Ottawa, Canada, on September 29-30, 2016.
Agreement on a harmonised application of clear statistical definitions of technologies is pertinent to the delineation of technology fields both with regard to each other and within the context of wider economic developments.
This document represents a review of hitherto used statistical definitions of biotechnology and nanotechnology, and provides recommendations for the application of these definitions for statistical purposes.
This OECD landmark publication examines the opportunities and challenges, for business and government, associated with technologies bringing about the “next production revolution”.
Within the variety of influential technologies analysed in the report, Dr Steffi Friedrichs explores the role that nanotechnologies will play: in a Chapter entitled “Tapping nanotechnology’s potential to shape the next production revolution”, she explains that “[n]anotechnology has the potential to enable further innovations and establish new market sectors in the near future.”
After more than 4 years of hard work, we are proud to share and fine-tune our results in 🟠Harmonisation & Standardisation, 🟠Risk Governance Portal and Tools, 🟠FAIR data, and 🟠Organisation of Risk Governance. Thank you, #NMBP13, @Gov...Read More
A great honour to have contributed to the @SIPRIorg Biorisk Expert Workshop to establish a 'biosafety and biosecurity culture' within the global scientific community. https://t.co/fo2gMTPFS9Read More
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A great honour and delight to join HRH Princess Astrid of Belgium, representative of His Majesty the King, and Ministers HE Hadja Lahbib, HE Jan Jambon and HE Pascal Smet on the Belgian Economic Mission to Japan. #BEmissionJPN https://t.co/nDNgxSJkCTRead More
@NanoFabNet1 and @AcumenIst are delighted to meet so many young and enthusiastic nano- and micro-technologists at InterNanoPoland 2022 (). This year's R&I highlights include #graphene, #nanocomposites, #3Dprinting and sustainable (edible (?)) #ba...Read More
@AcumenIst is honoured to represent the newly incorporated @NanoFabNet1 at the 2nd AGM & 1st Birthday of the @EURAMET AdvanceManu EMN - Birthday celebrations as we are taking #AdvancedManufacturing & #Metrology in Europe from strength to stre...Read More
It was a great honour and pleasure to give the opening keynote presentation at this year's @KESintl Conference on Sustainable Design & Manufacturing and Sustainability in Energy & Buildings, in Split. We welcome our new friends and colleagues...Read More