Posted in | News | Nanoethics | Nanobusiness

Nanotechnology Research In The UK To Be Driven By New Nanotech Task Force

The UK’s Nanotechnology Task Force, convened by the University of Surrey, launched on 25 June 2007 with a conference to discuss the future of nanotechnology in the UK

The Task Force has been created in response to concern over the Government’s failure to develop a coherent strategy for funding nanotechnology research. This, the Task Force considers, is vital to the proper development of the science and technology in the UK. The current absence of a coordinated approach to investing in UK nanotechnology is, the Task Force believes, contributing to the UK relinquishing technological leadership to other developed economies.

By encouraging communication (and collaboration) between industry, Government and academia, the group aims to identify specific areas of the science and technology in which the UK can be a world leader. Funding of research, the Task Force argues, should then be channelled to harness the UK’s innovation and creativity of scientists in order to help the country gain a competitive advantage.

Founded by leading scientists across the UK and chaired by Dr Ian Gibson MP, the Task Force has also been established to encourage informed public debate about nanotechnology, promote its benefits and address concerns over issues such as safety and ethics.

The official launch is part of the Task Forces’ conference ‘Nanotechnology – is Britain Leading the Way?’. The event, featuring speakers including Nobel Prize winner Professor Sir Harry Kroto FRS, will focus on examining specific areas of opportunity for nanotechnology in the UK, including health, sustainable energy, economy and sports.

Founding Task Force member, Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, commented: "The innovative work of UK scientists and technologists has demonstrated the case for the widespread potential benefits which nanotechnology can offer to society and industry. What is now needed is a coordinated effort supported by strategic funding from the Government, to turn this potential into real benefits. We hope the Task Force can help deliver this."

Dr Ian Gibson MP said: "Nanotechnology will be the next Industrial Revolution, but if the UK wants to be a major part of it, the Government needs to demonstrate its commitment to science. The work of the Task Force will help direct the focus of research and there is no better place than the 2012 Olympics to showcase the benefits of nanotechnology and incorporate it into the exciting renovation in East London."

The Nanotechnology Task Force, sponsored by the University of Surrey, has been established to encourage open and well-informed public debate about the use and the potential of nanotechnology in the UK. The Task Force aims to promote the economic, social and environmental benefits of nanotechnology, while addressing concerns about safety and ethics. The Task Force intends to focus political attention more clearly on policies and infrastructures necessary to facilitate the development of nanosciences. In particular, it will present the case both for increased financial support and the importance of a coherent, centralised strategy for supporting nanotechnology in the UK.

The Task Force is made up of the UK’s leading scientists and is chaired by Dr Ian Gibson, MP. The founding members are:

  • Chair: Dr Ian Gibson MP, Member of Parliament for Norwich North
  • Professor S. R. P. Silva, Director of the Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey
  • James Wilsdon, Head of Science and Innovation at Demos
  • Dr Charles Tahan, National Science Foundation Distinguished Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Richard Jones, Department of Physics and Astronomy at Sheffield University
  • Professor W I Milne, Cambridge University Engineering Department
  • Professor Geoffrey Hunt, Professor of Ethics and Global Policies, University of Surrey
  • Sebastian Sethe, Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics, University of Sheffield

Tell Us What You Think

Do you have a review, update or anything you would like to add to this news story?

Leave your feedback
Your comment type

While we only use edited and approved content for Azthena answers, it may on occasions provide incorrect responses. Please confirm any data provided with the related suppliers or authors. We do not provide medical advice, if you search for medical information you must always consult a medical professional before acting on any information provided.

Your questions, but not your email details will be shared with OpenAI and retained for 30 days in accordance with their privacy principles.

Please do not ask questions that use sensitive or confidential information.

Read the full Terms & Conditions.