Learn more about the research, education and outreach programs that comprise CNS-ASU's activity.

Our third annual Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies was held January 3-11, 2015. Check back in August for a call for applications to Winter School 2016.

CNS-ASU Director David Guston is founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Responsible Innovation which will publish research and reviews related to the role of responsibility in the research and development process.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI) is housed at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU (CNS-ASU).

Science and Society is a signature focus area for ASU, which emphasizes linking science and technology to social needs.


The world’s largest center for research on the societal aspects of nanotechnology


CNS-ASU conducts two major research programs: Real-Time Technology Assessments (RTTA) and Thematic Research Clusters (TRC).


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Following ASU's student-focused spirit, CNS-ASU offers educational projects and opportunities for all student levels.


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CNS-ASU attempts to effect change outside of academia by bringing nanotechnology education to the general public.

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