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Nanotechnology Think Tank in The Netherlands

Arthur ten Wolde*

STT Netherlands Study Center for Technology Trends
This is an abstract for a poster to be presented at the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology. The full paper is available at

The Netherlands Study Center for Technology Trends (STT) has started a two-year constructive technology assessment of Nanotechnology in the fall of 1996. The subject is a logical continuation of our Microsystem technology study that was concluded in 1994. The project organization consists of a steering committee (chairman: David N. Reinhoudt, Laboratory for Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Twente), an international advisory board (including George Whitesides) and four task forces: Molecular nanotechnology, Nanoparticles and nanostructured (hybrid) materials, Top-down nanotechnology and Nanoprobes.

Together, about 60 experts from university and industry with backgrounds in biology, chemistry and physics form an impressive multidisciplinary think tank. After a series of meetings - network formation! - each task force will write a chapter of 40-50 pages for a book of about 250 pages, on the technology, market opportunities and societal needs such as sustainability and health. STT aims at a research, development and demonstration agenda for the industry, government and universities. The outcomes will be presented on a seminar in 1998.

*Corresponding Address:
Arthur ten Wolde, STT Netherlands Study Center for Technology Trends
P.O. Box 30424, 2500 GK, The Hague, The Netherlands
telephone: +31 70 3919855, fax: +31 70 3616185
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