The research program of the Centre
The Centre carries out researches and activities on nanotechnology impacts in the following areas:
The centre is focusing on the following research issues:
- risk and impact assessment of nanotechnology
- sociological research of the scientific field of nanotechnology
- media study of nanotechnology representations
- comparative legal analysis of nanotechnology regulation
- aspects concerning informed consent
- ethical implications and the precautionary principle
- The Centre organises outreach and science communication activieties and events related to the nanotechnology field.
- The Centre is also part of international networking partnerships, in particular with other research centers active in Eastern and Central Europe.
Nanotech, Ethics and Society
With the goal of deepening the knowledge of the relationship between nanotechnologies and society, the Centre aims at studying both scientific community internal dynamics and public-experts relationship.
The following researches will be conducted:
- Analysis of the nanotechnology research field
The aim of this study will be that of design a map of nanotechnology research areas and, at the same time, of foresighting possible alternative developments in the nanotechnology fields.
- Analysis of media coverage of nanotechnologies
Rethorical and argumentative analysis of nanotechnologies' social representations in the media and quali-quantitative analysis of media coverage of nanotechnologies.
For further information about the ethical and social area of research contact: Simone Arnaldi.
Nanotech and Law
The analysis of the legal impact of nanotechnologies aims at deepening in a comparative approach the main legal implications of nanotechnologies in the sector of human health.
This research will have the following goals
- To map the features of nanotechnology regulation across different countries
- To discuss in a critical way the precautionary principle
- To determine which regulatory principles can fit best with critical issues posed by biomedical nanotechnology products
Within these objectives, the following aspects will be particularly relevant:
- The relationship between innovation and regulatory standards
- Informed consent in technological field
- Intellectual propriety in the nanotechnology field
- Tort law
For further information about the law research area contact Giorgia Guerra or Daniele Ruggiu.
Outreach and Science Communication Activities
Besides carrying out research activities, the Centre's mission is to strengthen the collaboration with the local institutions in the Rovigo and Veneto area.
Within these objectives, the Centre will organise public understanding of science initiatives addressing schools and, more generally, the broader public.
In the current year the following activities are foreseen:
- Organization of an exhibition on the social implications of nanotechnologies
- The organization of sessions of PlayDecide, an innovative instrument to let people discuss on policy implications of scientific issues.
For further information about outreach and science communication activities of the Centre contact us.
Besides outreach and science communication activities, CIGA organizes scientific conferences and seminars to favour the sharing of knowledge and experiences concerning the study of nanotechnology and society.