Impact of the Centre on the Community

All around the world, nanotechnology is being promoted as a technological revolution that will help solve an array of problems. According to the current hype, nanotechnology promises to provide new ways of solving some of the chronic challenges, such as treating tuberculosis and malaria, making water drinkable, conserving food, and diversifying energy sources, among other hosts of applications. However, the potential risks and social implications of this new technology are not often discussed or addressed.

The overall level of awareness and capacity to address these issues remains very low, in both civil society and government and prevents these actors from playing their social roles in ensuring the public good.