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While CNS-ASU has no physical science or engineering experimental facilities as such, it has created a nexus of exciting, cutting-edge inquiry that has drawn large numbers of scholars, many of them international, to visit and collaborate with us in a variety of roles.
Since beginning operation in Oct 2005, CNS-ASU has hosted numerous visitors including eighty-three international scholars, students, and policy practitioners from more than twenty countries. Over the course of its four workshops, the STIR project has worked with dozens of students, faculty and policy practitioners from over a dozen countries. Visits from international scholars vary in length of stay, ranging from a few days to several months, but in nearly every case the visitor provided a lecture or seminar on his or her work related to nanotechnology in society and met intensively with CNS-ASU researchers. [embed relevant video]
These activities and capacities have enabled CNS-ASU to become increasingly involved in arranging and participating in international events that take place outside of our physical space proper and that extend the reach and vibrancy of our network of partners and collaborators.
The Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI) was created to accelerate the formation of a community of scholars and practitioners who, despite divides in geography and political culture, will create a common concept of responsible innovation for research, training and outreach – and in doing so contribute to the governance of emerging technologies under conditions dominated by high uncertainty, high stakes and challenging questions of novelty. VIRI is supported by the National Science Foundation under collective agreement #1257246 and is housed at CNS-ASU.