Friday, February 29, 2008

Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology: A Workshop for Reporters

UW announcement on
nano workshop for journalists:
The Big Picture on Small Things:
Exploring nanotechnology’s benefits and risks when communicating with the public

When: July 20–22, 2008

Where: University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI

Nanotechnology is everywhere today in consumer products, emerging medicines and scientific research. Which advances will change our lives the most? What role will regulation play as the field develops? And how can journalists best convey both the promise and potential risks of this emerging technology?

Journalists interested in exploring these and other questions about nanotechnology’s larger issues are invited to apply for a two-and-a-half day course in Madison, Wisconsin:

Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology: A Workshop for Reporters.

Sponsored by the UW–Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the program will consist of seminars, panel presentations, laboratory tours, hands-on activities and a trip to a local nanotech startup company.

Anticipated speakers and topics include:

• Environmental impacts of nanotechnology: The EPA perspective

• Media’s role in forming public opinion on emerging technologies

• Consumer health benefits and risks

• Occupational safety and nanotechnology

• Regulating nanotechnology at the state level

Attendees will be chosen on a competitive basis. Each will receive a fellowship, covering all travel and lodging expenses, through the support of the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.

To apply, send a cover letter, résumé or CV, and writing sample to

For more information: Visit


Anonymous said...

Bummer...I wish this conference was made available to a wider audience. I'm a grad student at Brown thinking about writing a dissertation on nanotechnology and this would be a perfect conference for me to attend.

pett said...

i'm interesting topic consumer health benefits and risks,last year i'm will work on the thesis