Nanopublic - Nanotechnologies and society interdisciplinary platform UNIL-EPFL

Overview | Domains | Collaborations


  • Nanopublic, starded April 1st 2006, is a platform for dialogue and transdisciplinary investigation between the swiss nanotechnology stakeholders : researchers in physical sciences, biomedicine and social sciences, firms, policy makers, NGOs and citizens.

  • Nanopublic is supported by a research team from the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences (IST) which covers the following fields of expertise : social studies of science and technology, science policy, law, geography, philosophy, industrial ecology, material science, physics, medicine, toxicology and biology.

  • Nanopublic collaborates with projects following similar objectives in Switzerland and abroad.




  • Workshops gathering the actors of nanotechnologies -researchers in the fields of nanotechnologies and social sciences, engineers, representatives from private companies and NGOs- to debate different topics : research and innovation policies, governance, risk assessment and management, socio-economic and cultural issues.

  • Public conferences and workshops.

  • Fieldwork investigations in laboratories and private companies in order to identify which kind of "imaginaries" and visions of the society are shaping the research agenda in nanosciences and nanotechnology.

  • Implementation of a computerized documentary platform in order to map, at a large scale, the strategies of the actors as well as public debates concerning socio-economic and cultural issues; in collaboration with the project Dia-Logos.



NanoImpactNet - European Network on the Health and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials

NanoImpactNet is a multidisciplinary European network on the health and environmental impact of nanomaterials. NanoImpactNet will create a scientific basis to ensure the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and will support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe.

It focuses on a strong two-way communication to ensure efficient dissemination of information to stakeholders and the European Commission, while at the same time obtaining input from the stakeholders about their needs and concerns.

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Ethos - Interdisciplinary Ethics Unit of the University of Lausanne

Ethos promotes new approaches of interdisciplinary research and dialogue in ethics, in the fields of human, natural and biomedical sciences.

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École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology (CCMX)