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The risks and benefits of nanotechnology: a matter of perspective

Nanotechnologies are becoming a larger presence in everyday life and are viewed by governments and economic actors as a key area for development. Yet nanotechnologies remain relatively little known to the public. Starting by a presentation of the general dimensions of socially shared risk perceptions, this conference will first explore the media attention given to this issue, and its particularity in relation to other risk management issues (e.g. GMO). I will then present two studies on how a well-informed population (scientists) perceive nanotechnologies’ risks and benefits. These results will be discussed as part of the construction of interdisciplinary, where scientific communities share different perspectives around the same research object.

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