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Your chance to influence nanotechnology policy

If you’re a Foresight member, you’re already helping improve nanotechnology policy, but here’s another way: apply to participate in the upcoming online course Debating Science and The Nanotechnology Debate. In the syllabus (pdf), the actual course name appears to be “Debating Science: Practical Reasoning and Nanotechnology”:

For example, what is the current state of development of nanotechnologies? How does the current reality measure up to the promises being made by its most enthusiastic backers? What kind of social impacts will nanotechnology have? What will be its impact on the global economy? How will these benefits be shared among developed and developing countries? What types of nanotechnological development pose the greatest threats to environmental and biological health? Which developments pose the greatest threat to global political stability? What types of political institutions might nanotechnology change?…

A major portion of this course will be a group project. It consists of writing a policy document summarizing the course deliberation about global climate change. This project will be tied to the final learning outcome, for students develop the relevant skills of practical reasoning in relation to social and ethical controversies. Dissenting opinions will be allowed as appendices to the document but the document as a whole must be written with clear enough conclusions to be usable by policy makers.

Think such a document will have no influence? Think again. Policymakers are busy people; they like to build on (i.e., crib from) earlier work. (Credit: Nanowerk) —Christine

6 Responses to “Your chance to influence nanotechnology policy”

  1. Armando Says:

    I signed up for the course. I am very excited for the oppertunity to learn about this.

  2. Phillip Huggan Says:

    I would really like to participate in the Nanotechnology, Climate Change and even the biotechnology courses the University of Montana is offering, but I’m not too keen on being forcibly fingerprinted at the USA border again, or on losing the price of my cheapo non-refundable bus tickets.

    It is too bad the U of Montana requires mandatory *in person* attendance for a correspondance course?! Perhaps they could set up a branch of the University on Canadian soil :)

    Nations that have the free-est borders will benefit most from Globalization-enabled nanotech productivity gains.

  3. Christine Peterson Says:

    Does the course really require students to go to Montana? If I’d known that, I wouldn’t have posted it. Very few of our readers can move to Montana to take a course. —Christine

  4. Phillip Huggan Says:

    I looked at their website and all course participants are required to be in-person for a four or five day workshop.
    http://www2.umt.edu/ethics/debating_science/workshop.html

    Missing the whole point of correspondence education/workshops if you have to be in Montana from Aug-5th to Aug 10th, no?

  5. Monty Pogoda Says:

    Interested specifically in the nanotechnology sciences. Not sure about the rest.

  6. Monty Pogoda Says:

    Interested in the cost of the course and its duration.

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