NANOPINION – Monitoring public opinion on Nanotechnology in Europe
Nanopinion monitors public opinions on nanotechnology and engages the general public in debate on potential risks and benefits of nanotechnologies
The main objectives of Nanopinion are to:
• engage the public in nanotechnologies by establishing a dialogue about nanotechnologies between researchers and the public, using both formal and informal communication channels (surveys, social media, street labs, and various other events in science centres)
• monitor European citizens' and consumers' attitudes towards nanotechnology applications
• build an online portal to inform the general public on nanotechnology and current nanotechnology research
• produce policy recommendations on nanotechnology education and public attitudes regarding research, regulation and social implications of nanotechnologies.
• identify best practices for outreach and communication of nanotechnologies to the public
The specific target groups of Nanopinion are students and teachers. The consortium also aims to explore ways to connect nanotechnology subjects to school curricula and produce educational materials for teaching and learning about nanotechnology in secondary schools.
Country: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, United Kingdom
Coordinator: Centre for Social Innovation, Austria, www.zsi.at
- ORT, Israel/
- European Schoolnet, Belgium
- The British Council
- Association Européenne des expositions scientifiques, techniques et industrielles
- Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
- Fundacio Privada Parc Cientific de Barcelona, Spain
- Filosoficky ustav AV CR, v.v.i., Czech republic
- Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung, Germany
- Lietuvos mokiniu informavimo ir technines kurybos centras, Lithuania
- Guardian News and Media Ltd, UK
- Unidad Editorial Informacion General, S.L., Spain
- Courier International SA, France
- Ticonuno SRL, Italy
- IL Sole 24 Ore Spa, Italy
- Brightman Almagor Zohar & Co
- Jonathan William Turney, UK
Target groups: general public, parents, policy makers, secondary school students, teachers
Topic: Nanotechnology, Education, Other
Start year: 2012
End year: 2014
Contact person: Ilse Marschalek email@example.com, Yoel Rothschild yoelrot (at) mapa.ort.org.il
Nanopinion is a follow-up on the experience and results of previous projects, namely Nanochannels. The data gathered by the project forms a knowledge base of Nanopinion.
The project aims to serve as an access bridge between FP7 and FP8 and provide the European Commission with insights for policy framing concerning nanotechnology.
Nanopinion plans to develop three educational modules (20 hours of study each), with strong visual and interactive component. The teaching modules will cover:
1. Basic knowledge, properties of nanotechnology
2. Nanotechnology applications, products and everyday life
3. Ethical, legal and societal aspects of nanotechnology research and applications.
Each module includes:
• Learning objectives, quick educational guide and learning roadmap
• Teaching aids (presentations, cards, worksheets, etc.)
• Tests (pre- and post-) and exercises needed for evaluating the learning outcome
• Additional materials, references to external sources and suggested further reading.
The project also produces video podcasts covering current research projects on nanotechnology:
• a video featuring a current research project
• a video showing nanoscience students performing a scientific experiment.
A discussion game based on a proven format will also be carried out, connecting face-to-face debate with online materials available on the project website.