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The UK Nanotechnologies Strategy was published on 18th March 2010 – Download the strategy here (accessible pdf – 2MB) or read the strategy at the bottom of this page.
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The UK Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great Opportunities was launched on 18th March 2010 and can be downloaded below.This Strategy sets out how Government will take action to ensure that everyone in the UK can safely benefit from the societal and economic opportunities that these technologies offer, whilst addressing the challenges that they might present.
Some key actions included in the Strategy are:
* Government Chief Scientific Advisers to review coordination of nanotechnologies research across Government including research on safety issues
* A new website to keep the public informed about Government work on nanotechnologies
*A new Nanotechnologies Collaboration Group to facilitate ongoing communication and collaboration between Government, academia, industry and other interested parties
*A new Ministerially led Nanotechnologies Leadership Group to address barriers to commercial growth in this area
*Government to explore a new industry reporting scheme with a broader scope covering nanomaterials as well as products containing them.
The Strategy was informed by the evidence gathering exercise Nanotechnologies: Influence and Inform the UK Strategy , which ran from July 2009-October 2009 on this website. The data collected was analysed and considered during the development of the UK Nanotechnologies Strategy: Small Technologies, Great Opportunities. Full summaries can be downloaded in PDF format, and very brief summaries can be found to each question on the cross-cutting theme and sector pages on this website. In addition, the SWOT analyses have all been updated based on the feedback we received.
What are Nanotechnologies?
“Nano” means one thousand millionth of a unit. Nanomaterials are usually considered to be those typically in the range of 1 to 100 nanometres. At the nanoscale, materials often have very different properties from their everyday equivalent, for example, they may be stronger or more chemically reactive or they may have different optical, electrical or magnetic behaviours. Nanotechnologies aim to exploit these different properties to create novel structures, devices and systems.
Content of the site
Alongside the UK Nanotechnologies Strategy, the website sets out five overarching themes identified for the evidence gathering exercise (anticipating opportunities and concerns; business and innovation climate; managing risks and uncertainties; measurement and standards; and public and stakeholder dialogue). For each of these themes we have given a snapshot of the current situation and our perception of the UK‚Äôs strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
If you have any comments or queries about this website, the evidence gathering exercise or the UK Nanotechnologies Strategy, please contact us at email@example.com.