Public engagement with science and technology (S&T) has assumed significance in recent years particularly in the context of emerging technologies. Public engagement implies that the public, as non-experts, are an integral part of all deliberations on policy, regulation and governance of S&T. Increasing scholarly attention in science and technology studies (STS) is given to public engagement in nanotechnology (NT), arising at the intersection between science and society in both developed and developing countries. This paper discusses the role and importance of public engagement in NT; attempts to map the various initiatives as well as strategies for NT governance and identifies various challenges to be addressed for its responsible development.

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Public engagement with nanotechnology
Initiatives, strategies and challenges

Subhasis Sahoo   Science and Technology Area, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Manish Anand   Science and Technology Area, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Krishna Ravi Srinivas   Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)

Public engagement with science and technology (S&T) has assumed significance in recent years particularly in the context of emerging technologies. Public engagement implies that the public, as non-experts, are an integral part of all deliberations on policy, regulation and governance of S&T. Increasing scholarly attention in science and technology studies (STS) is given to public engagement in nanotechnology (NT), arising at the intersection between science and society in both developed and developing countries. This paper discusses the role and importance of public engagement in NT; attempts to map the various initiatives as well as strategies for NT governance and identifies various challenges to be addressed for its responsible development.

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