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Emerging technologies and social change

27 January 2009

The third Royal Society and Science Council of Japan (RS-SCJ) joint workshop was held at the Royal Society in London on 22-23 September 2008. This third workshop briefly looked at latest developments in nanotechnology in the UK and Japan, noting progress toward assessing health and environment effects and understanding public views. The focus then shifted onto science and innovation strategies in the two countries and considered how new technologies drive social innovation and change. Four case studies were explored: synthetic biology, developments in computer networks, quality of life technologies and patient monitoring devices. Delegates discussed the governance of new and emerging technologies and strategies to develop the different forms of human resource required to support innovation.

View a report on the first Royal Society -Science Council of Japan workshop on potential health, environmental and societal impacts of nanotechnologies.

View a report on the second RS-SCJ workshop on the potential impacts of nanotechnologies is here