On Monday, March 3, the European NanoBusiness Association (ENA) will brief the European Parliament on nanotechnology. Founded in 2002 by leading players in European nanotechnology, the ENA is a Brussels based non profit organization "dedicated to promoting a strong and competitive European nanotechnology based industry".
Their presentation is titled Explaining the science - Identifying the issues. The speaker panel includes:
- Professor Mark Welland (Director, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Nanotechnology, University of Cambridge)
- Dr K. Eijkel (Director Nanotechnology Institute Mesa and Technical University Twente)
- Professor Wolfgang Heckl (Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich)
- Ms Fiona Fox (Science Media Centre, London)
- Dr Renzo Tomellini (EC Nanotechnology Programme)
- Mr Tim Harper (European Nanotechnology Business Association)
- Dr Julia King (The Institute of Physics, London)
To their credit, the ENA appears to have kept an open mind about both the potential benefits and the possible risks of exponential general-purpose molecular manufacturing -- unlike their US counterparts, the NanoBusiness Alliance. CRN expects that the ENA briefing for the European Parliament will be reasonably balanced. We look forward to hearing a report about it from our friend Tim Harper, one of the presenters.