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The Time for Nano project was funded within the FP7-NMP programme in the period 2009 – 2011. The aim was to engage science centre visitors, especially young people, with the benefits and risks related to nanoscale research, engineering and technology, and to collect opinions and feedback from the participants. The project develops targeted informal education products: an interactive nano-kit for student groups, containing small exhibits, experiments with nano-objects and materials and role/team game cards; the organisation of a video web contest each year for youngsters with an artistic approach that favours personal expression; nano-days, featuring debates and events for the public in the partner science centres to interest and involve young people in nanotechnology themes.

Science centers in Italy, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Poland and Turkey organized events with demonstrations, experiments, games, meetings and discussions about nanotechnology. Students from high schools in these countries participated in the Time for Nano video contest, a competition to produce the creative videos on the dilemmas posed by nanotechnology. The video contest was hosted on YouTube and Vimeo: http://www.youtube.com/user/timefornano.

The project website is no longer available, but a project description can be found here: http://www.ecsite.eu/activities_and_resources/projects/time-nano (external link, last accessed 28 March 2014).