NanoDiode will establish ‘user committees’, bringing together small groups of researchers, industry and users (such as patient organisations, environmental NGOs or trade unions) around specific, near-to-market research projects with the aim to consider the context of use of the technologies under development.
User committees present an opportunity to actively involve stakeholders at the midstream, i.e. at the level of concrete research decisions. They aim to ‘modulate’ the flow of ongoing research decisions. By enabling constructive dialogue on the various interests and visions regarding research directions, they seek to generate socially robust outcomes of nanotechnology research.
NanoDiode partners will organise user committees in France, Italy, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands in the period 2014 – 2015.