UC Santa Barbara’s Center for Nanotechnology in
Society (CNS) and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) are
inviting the Santa Barbara community to attend a casual public forum
called “Nano-Meeter” to discuss China’s
role in nanotechnology R&D on Thursday, November 29, 2007 from
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara
This Nano-Meeter (formerly called “Nano
Café”) will provide an overview of China's effort
to become a world technology powerhouse through large-scale government
investment in nanotechnology and other high-tech fields. How
innovative is China's science and technology? Will China
become a world nanotech player in what is predicted to become a $3
trillion global industry?
Leading the discussion will be Rich Appelbaum, CNS
Co-Principal Investigator and Professor of Sociology, and Alec Wodtke,
UCSB Professor of Chemistry. Prof. Appelbaum recently
returned from an extensive research trip in China, where he and
graduate fellow Rachel Parker interviewed key leaders in Chinese
nanotechnology R&D. Prof. Wodtke heads a $1.5 million
U.S.-China research and training partnership established by the
National Science Foundation.
China has established itself as a global leader in
nanotechnology research and development. According to British
think tank Demos, China ranks 9th in spending on nanotechnology and
nanoscience and 3rd (after the U.S. and Japan) in nanoscience
Participants are invited to listen and participate in an
informal question-and-answer session. No science background
is required to attend and participate in the Nano-Meeter.
Nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials on a very
small scale. With it, scientists can create new technologies
to make, among other things, better and faster information systems,
energy systems, and medical devices. Nanotechnology is also,
however, an emerging science with little known about its risks and
implications. Home to CNS and CNSI, UC Santa Barbara is one
of the leading international centers for nanotechnology research.
The Nano-Meeter series is a quarterly community event
sponsored by CNS and CNSI.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free and
open to the public. Space is limited. RSVPs are
WHO: Prof. Richard Appelbaum, Co-Principal Investigator,
Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UC Santa Barbara; Prof. Alec
Wodtke, Professor of Chemistry, UC Santa Barbara
WHAT: Nano-Meeter, a free, casual evening forum to discuss
China’s role in nanotechnology research and development
WHERE: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East
Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara
WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
R.S.V.P.: [email protected];