The Dutch Experience of Technology Assessment of Nanotechnology


Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 11:30am to 1:00pm


Event Details

This talk will discuss how the Dutch R&D consortium NanoNed’s Technology Assessment (TA) Program can be seen as an indication of general changes in how new science and technology are pursued.

Dr. van Lente will present the history of the TA program, and discuss the innovative work that was done on Constructive TA of emerging nanotechnology developments and on aspects of embedding of nanotechnology in society.

One achievement is the provision of tools and approaches to help make the co-evolution of technology and society more reflexive. He will also briefly outline its successor program, TA NanoNextNL, in place since 2011.


Harro van Lente is Socrates Professor of Philosophy of Sustainable Development at Maastricht University and Associate Professor of Innovation Studies at Utrecht University. Currently, he is Program Director of Technology Assessment of the NanoNextNL, the leading Dutch research consortium in nanotechnology.

Event poster

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