On October 10, 2023, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will host a symposium entitled “Enabling the Nanotechnology Revolution: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act” at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Experts will address the importance of nanotechnology in microelectronics, optics, advanced polymers, quantum engineering, medicine, education, manufacturing, and more. Discussions will also focus on the environmental, health, and safety implications of nanomaterials, as well as the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) community’s efforts around inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.
According to NNCO, the symposium will be a full-day in-person event with a networking reception afterward. The symposium will include three keynotes and five panels that will each dive into the state of nanotechnology research, commercialization, infrastructure, workforce, and responsible development. In addition, policymakers will discuss how the NNI and the legislation that authorized it came to be, describe the impact of the NNI, and envision the future of nanotechnology and the NNI. Registration is now open.