1647 Bridging Nanoscience and Society: The Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Friday, February 19, 2010: 2:30 PM
Room 1B (San Diego Convention Center)
David H. Guston , Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) is a Nano-scale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).  It implements an agenda of “real-time technology assessment” (RTTA) in pursuit of a strategic vision of the “anticipatory governance” of nanotechnologies. To achieve this vision, CNS-ASU unifies research programs not only across several universities but also across three critical, component activities: foresight (of plausible future scenarios), integration (of social science and humanities research with nano-scale science and engineering), and engagement (of publics in deliberations). CNS-ASU also performs educational and training activities as well as public outreach and informal science education.  This presentation will discuss in detail some of these CNS-ASU programs that are dedicated to "walking the talk" of strong science-society relations.