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    Invite to European Seminar on Societal impacts of Nanotechnology 11 June - Last chance to register!! Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 23:31:40 +0200 From: Jim
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      Invite to European Seminar on Societal impacts of
      Nanotechnology 11 June - Last chance to register!!
      Fri, 30 May 2003 23:31:40 +0200
      Jim <jim@...>

      ** European Seminar on Nanotechnology and Converging
      Technologies being
      held on June 11th in Brussels - European Parliament.
      ***REGISTER NOW***

      On 11 June 2003 you are invited to join leading
      civil society experts as well as a cross-party group
      of MEP's for a groundbreaking conference in the
      European Parliament in Brussels to address the
      societal, ethical,
      health and environmental implications of

      Please find below the latest details of this European
      Seminar on Nanoetchnology and Converging Technologies,
      including an agenda and some background on the
      speakers. This conference is free to public, civil
      society groups, policymakers and the media however,
      due to the security
      requirements of the European parliament is essential
      that you register beforehand. If you decide that you
      would like to register please send the following
      information to jim@...:

      - your name
      - your date of birth (this is neccessary in order to
      obtain a security
      pass for the Parliament)
      - your home address (this is neccessary in order to
      obtain a security passfor the Parliament)
      - Your job title / area of work
      - any special access or language needs you have
      - contact details including email.

      About Nanotechnology:

      Nanotechnology, the manipulation of atoms and
      molecules, is set to become the defining technology of
      the new century. By rebuilding nature atom by atom and
      exploiting the properties of quantum
      are engineering novel materials and biomechanical
      devices placing unprecedented industrial power in the
      hands of some of the worlds largest companies and the

      Current global spending on nanotech (public and
      private) is in excess of US$4 billion and rising. Over
      30 national governments have now launched nanoscience
      initiatives, with Europe, USA and Japan competing for
      the lead.
      An estimated five hundred nanotech companies are
      active throughout Europe, North America and Asia
      including leading transnationals such as BASF, L�
      Oreal, Bayer, Exxon, IBM and Hewlett Packard. Their
      particles are already used in cosmetics, clothing,
      windows, sports goods and amunitions.By 2015 global
      nanotech-related sales are predicted to exceed
      $1 trillion per year (US National Science Foundation)
      with all sectors of the economy being affected - from
      electronics and computing, defence and weaponry to
      energy,agriculture, pharmaceuticals, fabrics and

      Like nuclear power, computing and genetic engineering
      before it, the ability to atomically modify matter -
      both living and non-living - will alter our societies,
      our economies and even our sense of ourselves. The
      nanotech revolution, however, is currently evolving
      quietly beneath the radar screens of government
      regulators and the public alike. No regulatory
      body has taken the lead to ensure that nanotech
      applications are safe and many of the hard questions
      have not yet been asked: Who will control
      nanotechnology? Who will determine the research agenda
      and who will benefit from nano-scale technologies?
      What mischief can synthetic nanoparticles create
      around in our ecosystem, our food supply and in our
      bodies? What happens when human-made nanoparticles are
      small enough to slip past our immune systems and enter
      living cells? What might be the socioeconomic impacts
      of this new industrial revolution? How will countries
      in the South be affected? How will the poor, excluded
      and disabled be affected? Should governments apply the
      Precautionary Principle?

      About the conference:

      On June 11, 2003 a range of parliamentarians and
      expert speakers will describe the current state of
      nanotechnology, examine its risks and
      promises and propose steps toward regulating this
      powerful new technology. Speakers at this
      groundbreaking seminar will include well known Indian
      and physicist Dr Vandana Shiva, leading UK
      toxicologist Dr Vyvyan Howard, arms control expert Dr
      Jurgen Altmann and civil society speakers from
      Greenpeace and ETC Group including Right Livelihood
      Award winner Pat Mooney. The seminar is intended for
      policy makers and civil servants
      from European institutions and national governments as
      well as for representatives of civil society and the
      media. It is sponsored by ETC Group, Greenpeace,
      Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, Genewatch UK, Clean
      Production Action and The Greens in the European

      On June 12 there will also be a smaller private
      meeting for civil society organisations only to
      discuss the implications of nanotechnology. if you
      represent a civil society group and are interested in
      attending this second day contact jim@....

      When and Where:

      Wednesday June 11th 2003 - Draft Agenda

      10.30 am - Press Conference in The European

      Room ASP 1E2 of the European Parliament, Rue Wiertz
      (Metro: Trone or Maelbeek) in Brussels. To begin at
      1.45 p.m.


      13:45 Registration at the European Parliament ASP
      building rue Wiertz,

      14:00 Welcome and introductory remarks by Dr Yves
      Pietrasanta MEP (Greens, France, Vice Chair ITRE
      committee of EP)

      PANEL I chaired by MEP Eryl McNally

      14.15 What is Nanotechnology - an overview. Hope Shand
      (ETC Group)

      14.55 Nanoparticles, nanomaterials and toxicity
      concerns - Dr Vyvyan Howard (University of Liverpool)

      15.15 The current approach of the European Union to
      Nanotechnology Research and Development - Dr Renzo
      Tomellini (European Commission - DG Research)

      15.30 Implications for the Developing World - Dr
      Vandana Shiva (Research Foundation on Science and
      Technology, India)

      15.50 Questions

      16.00 - Coffee break

      PANEL II chaired by MEP tba.

      16.15 Implications of Nanotechnology for Security and
      Disarmament. Dr Juergen Altman (University of

      16.35 Are there policy lessons from previous
      technology controversies?: Nuclear, Chemicals, GMO's.
      Dr Doug Parr (Greenpeace)

      16.55 Implications of technological convergence for
      trade, economies and employment. Pat Mooney (ETC

      17.15 Questions

      17.30 Implications for Policymakers - Reflections on
      the presentations by Anders Wijkman MEP (EPP, Sweden),
      Caroline Lucas MEP (UK, Greens), Eryl McNally MEP (UK,
      Labour) and panel discussion with all speakers.

      Chaired by Caroline Lucas MEP

      18.15 pm Closing remarks by Dr Yves Pietrasanta MEP.

      About the speakers:

      Patron: Dr Yves Pietrasanta, MEP - Greens/EFA - Dr
      Pietrasanta is a
      chemist by training and also one of France�s leading
      environmentalists, founder of l� Institut Francais de
      l�Environnement (IFEN) of which he is Honorary
      President. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the
      Committee on Industry, External Trade, Research and
      Energy in the European Parliament.

      Eryl McNally, MEP - UK Labour/Socialist - Eryl Mc
      Nally is senior Vice-President of the Scientific and
      Technological Options Assessment (STOA) panel within
      the European Parliament. She is also a full member of
      the Committee for Industry, External Trade, Research
      and Energy, co-ordinator on this committee for the
      Party of European Socialists as well as substitute
      Member of the Committee for Women's Rights and Equal
      Opportunities. She takes a leading in interest on
      questions of technology, renewable energy and the
      environment within the Parliament and is President of
      the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources.

      Dr Anders Wijkman, MEP - Christian Democrats - Dr
      Wijkman is currently Vice Chairman of the Committee on
      Development and Cooperation and sits on the Committee
      for Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy. He
      is a former Secretary General of the Swedish Society
      for Nature Conservation, Swedish Red Cross and was
      Assistant UN Secretary-General, Head of Policy at the
      UN Development Programme and a member of the
      influential Club of Rome. He is a member of the
      Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.

      Dr Caroline Lucas, MEP - Greens/EFA - Dr Lucas is an
      expert in trade and development issues. She is a
      member of the Committee for Industry, External Trade,
      Research and Energy, the Environment Committee and the
      Committee for Regional Policy and Transport as well as
      Intergroups on Peace Issues and Consumer Affairs.

      Dr Renzo Tomellini is head of the unit responsible for
      Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies in the European
      Commission (DG Research) that is a priority area
      within the 6th Framework Programme. He is a person of
      contact concerning nanotechnology research in the
      European Union. A Chemist by training, he has
      deposited 4 patent applications, published some 45
      articles, drafted 4 standards on analysis and
      measurements, edited 11 books, created one newsletter
      and 2 webpages, and realised 2 films (a third one is
      currently in realisation) on science and research

      Pat Roy Mooney - ETC Group. Pat Mooney is Founder and
      Executive Director of ETC Group and past recipient of
      the Right Livelihood Award (the "alternative Nobel
      Prize"). He has written extensively on the impact of
      converging technologies on society, culture and

      Dr Vandana Shiva - Internationally renowned ecologist
      and physicist from India. Dr. Shiva is also a former
      Right Livelihood Award recipient. Dr Shiva is Founder
      and Executive Director of The Research Foundation On
      Science and Technology, which offers a Southern
      perspective on new technologies and development.

      Dr Juergen Altman - University of Dortmund. Dr Altman
      is an international expert on disarmament policy and
      the leading commentator on the implications for peace
      and security of military nanotech applications,
      present and

      Dr Vyvyan Howard - University of Liverpool. Dr Howard
      is a toxicologist and immediate past president of the
      Royal Microscopy Society (UK). He is co-editor of the
      first collection of scientific papers to address the
      toxicity of nanoparticles and a leading worldwide
      expert on the matter.

      Dr Doug Parr - Greenpeace. A chemist by training Dr
      Parr is chief scientific advisor to Greenpeace UK. He
      has had a long involvement in science and technology
      policy issues including nuclear power, chemicals
      policy and GM
      foods. He is responsible for Greenpeace�s tracking of
      nanotechnology issues.

      Hope Shand - ETC Group. Research Director and
      principal author of "The Big Down" - a recent civil
      society report providing an introduction to


      Delegates are asked to book their own accommodation
      for the duration of
      the conference. However, we are currently looking into
      affordable and
      well-situated options and will send a list of hotels
      as soon as

      We are looking forward to what will be a dynamic and
      important event in
      terms of understanding this emerging technology and
      its implications. We
      already have about half of spaces filled with
      delegates from across
      Europe and from a wide range of civil society,
      governmental and policy
      perspectives. If you know of any other individuals or
      organisations that
      you think might be interested in participating, please
      let me know, or
      feel free to forward this email.

      This event is free however it is necessary to register
      in advance.
      Please send the information mentioned at the top of
      this email in order
      to register fully. If you represent a civil society
      organization that is
      unable to
      afford travel or find accommodation in Brussels there
      is a very small
      budget available for travel assistance. Please do
      contact me for more
      information about this.

      We look forward to hearing from you.

      Rosie Harford and Jim Thomas

      European Programme, ETC Group
      (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and


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