The domain of nano science and nanotechnology has witnessed large-scale engagements from both developing and developed nations. This emerging technology due to its complexity, wide applicability and transformative nature needs to be understood holistically and by looking at the all the facets that it embodies. Therefore various dimensions that range from developments across national and international platforms, capacity building initiatives and challenges, opportunities for aiding socio-economic development to multidimensional risk and regulatory imperatives as well as science and society interfaces need to be addressed. This might ensure that policies for the sustainable development of nanotechnology are developed as the technology evolves.
In the following backdrop, the Science and Technology Area of TERI in 2007, began a three year project on Capability, governance, and nanotechnology developments: a focus on India to examine various aspects of developing country capability needed to (i) respond to nanotechnology (NT) challenges, (ii) engage with NT developments and debates, and (iii) help establish an innovative governance framework.
Although the project had a focus on India, it had a strong component on global developments and debates. It adopted a research-cum-stakeholder oriented approach to identifying and addressing concerns around nanotechnology development in India, with each feeding into another.
Drawing from a mix of methods, including multi-stakeholder dialogues, cross sectional surveys, key interviews, desk reviews, focus group discussions, the TERI project involved research on a range of issues relating to capability, innovation, developments, risks, regulation and governance.
Nano News Flash
During the project's first stakeholder meeting and roundtable discussion organized by TERI on October 8th, 2007, it emerged that there is a large information gap with respect to developments taking place in nanotechnology in India. In response to this, TERI developed the Nano Newsflash, a monthly news service, containing the latest news and developments in this sector in India.
To read the latest updates on national nanotechnology scenario, click here.
Conference on Issues
of Capability and Governance in Nanotechnology Developments
22-23 April 2010