Risk Perception and Communication in Nanotechnology Stakeholder Engagement

Saturday, 15 February 2014
Columbus AB (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Barbara Harthorn , University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Equitable participation challenges engagement leaders to embrace diverse audiences and viewpoints in new technology assessment. Nanotechnology stakeholder engagement poses significant challenges. Public awareness about nano remains low despite escalating use, industry safe handling practices are uneven, and scientistsí risk perception varies across applications. This talk discusses challenges and successes in multiple stakeholder engagements at two national centers in California.