NanoDiode: Developing Innovative Outreach and Dialogue on responsible nanotechnologies in EU civil society


The NanoDiode project (2013 - 2016) is a coordinated programme for outreach and dialogue across Europe to support the effective governance of nanotechnologies.

Building on previous experience from past nanotechnology projects (both European and national), the goal is to develop new strategies for outreach and dialogue at all levels of science policy, research and development and education.

Education in secondary schools is one of the focus areas of the project. The plan is to review and evaluate nanotechnology education in Europe and identify best practices, which will then be implemented in science classes throughout Europe.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom

Coordinator: IVAM UVA, The Netherlands,

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: education authorities, policy makers, researchers, teachers

Topic: Materials science, Nanotechnology, Education, Other

Start year: 2013

End year: 2016


Contact person: Dan Schuurbiers, Responsible Innovation Collective, daan (at)

NanoDiode combines ‘upstream’ public engagement (through dialogue that integrates societal needs, ideas and expectations into the policy debate) with ‘midstream’ engagement (by organising innovation workshops at the level of R&D practices) and ‘downstream’ strategies for communication, outreach, education and training.

The project is funded by the FP7 programme, but it also looks ahead towards the new Horizon 2020 programme. It will take up the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and provide feedback to nanotechnology policy debates, including outreach and dialogue.

The project aims to develop its own educational activities based on the experience and results of previous projects in nanotechnology education. The materials are then implemented in a series of workshops, for both teachers and students.

In addition, NanoDiode will also create a YouTube channel with short videos on nanotechnology research and its ethical and social dimensions, featuring a diverse range of scientists, policy-makers, industry representatives and consumers.


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