Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

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The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies was established in 2005 as a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts.[1] The Project was intended to address the social, political, and public safety aspects of nanotechnology. It intended in particular to look for research and policy gaps and opportunities in knowledge and regulatory processes, and to develop strategies for closing them. The project worked with multiple U.S. and foreign governments and organizations.

The project's stated goal was "to inform the debate and to create an active public and policy dialogue. It was not an advocate either for, or against, particular nanotechnologies. Rather, the Project sought to ensure that as these technologies are developed, potential human health and environmental risks were anticipated, properly understood, and effectively managed."[2]


They have produced many publications on the various aspects of nanotechnology policy. One of the notable reports is on Managing the Effects of Nanotechnology[4], written by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies in 2006.[3] They also maintain several online databases including the widely cited consumer products inventory, the Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Implications: An inventory of current research[4][5][6] as well as a series of PEN Reports[|permanent dead link|dead link}}]. Their work has also been published in academic journals such as Nature Nanotechnology.[7]

A major activity of the Project was testimony on public forums.[8][9][7]


  • David Rejeski, director, also the Director of the Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center, an initiative designed to facilitate long-term thinking and planning in the public sector.
  • Todd Kuiken, Policy Associate
  • Eleonore Pauwels, Visiting Scholar

The Advisory Board included Linda J. Fisher, Vice President and Chief sustainability officer at DuPont, Margaret A. Hamburg M.D., Vice President for Biological Programs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief of Science magazine and president emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Emeritus, at Stanford University, John Ryan is Director of the Bionanotechnology IRC at Oxford University, and Stan Williams, senior fellow and director of quantum science research at Hewlett-Packard.


  1. – Mission
  2. About The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
  3. Canadian Embassy Science and Technology News, Jan-Feb 2006 "S&T; News from the United States: January - February 2006". Archived from the original on 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  5. "Southern Compass", Southern Growth Policies Board, 2005
  6. "Nanocosmetics Alarm Safety Advocates" by Michelle Chen, The New Standard, Oct.12, 2006. [1]
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Former White House science advisor warns that nanotechnology's potential threatened" [2]
  8. “Environmental and Safety Impacts of Nanotechnology: What Research is Needed?” Testimony of David Rejeski, US House of Representatives, Nov 17, 2005 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-30. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  9. Hearing on:“Developments in Nanotechnology” Testimony of: Dr. J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Senior Advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Feb. 15, 2006 [3]

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