Spring 2003 Gathering

Foresight Institute Press Policy

Foresight Institute is a non-profit organization committed to the safe development of molecular nanotechnology and other emerging technologies which may be used to improve the human condition. We hold two different types of meetings each year. One is our technical conference, typically held late in the year. The other is our Senior Associate Gatherings, which are held in the spring.

Foresight works closely with journalists year-round, providing orientation, pointers to experts, and free registration to our technical conference. This conference has no restrictions with regard to publishing of the content presented at the meeting, though copyrights or trademarks must be protected. Interviews with presenters may be arranged upon request.

In contrast, the Senior Associate Gatherings are brainstorming-style meetings held for Foresight donors. These events are "off-the-record" for press coverage; we request that attendees not publish coverage of event content. (Journalists are welcome to attend, but they first join Foresight as Senior Associates and register as usual.)

It's a great place to get background, however, and many participants are happy to give interviews on the side, as long as such "on-the-record" conversations are clearly demarcated.

Reasons for this selective "off-the-record" policy include:

We've been told that press members find substantial benefit in attending without doing formal coverage — they are able to participate fully in the event, without having to continually distance themselves from the process and play the role of observer.

Members of the press are encouraged to join as full participants and as Senior Associates, registering for the Senior Associate events using the standard process.

We look forward to welcoming you into our community!

Spring 2003 Gathering