ATPS Collaborates with Maastricht University to host a workshop on Nanotechnologies for Kenya’s Development
The African Technology Policy Studies Network, in Collaboration with the Maastricht University of Netherlands have organised a two day workshop on Nanotechnologies for Kenya’s Development: Questions of Knowledge Brokerage and Risk Governance. The workshop, which will be on 12th and 13th December 2011 aims to investigate how Kenya can control its own nanotechnologies and Nano science to benefit its own development agenda and is specifically aimed at addressing the following:
Which forms of stakeholder participation or knowledge brokerage can help to realize this?
What regulatory and political institutions can be used or developed to assure a balancing of risks and benefits of this new scientific development?
How can Kenya learn from Indian and European experiences, and how can India and Europe learn from Kenyan experience?
The workshop is part of the Nanotechnologies for development in India, Kenya and the Netherlands—Towards a framework for democratic governance of risks in developing countries Program being implemented by the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and Maastricht University (UM), The Netherlands, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and several Indian partners in the research project (Nano-Dev: http://www.nano-dev.org/ ; 2010-2014). The program is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The workshop will present comparative insights from India and the Netherlands to stimulate the discussions on an African and Kenyan approach to these questions. This workshop is timed mid-term in the Nano-Dev project: the researchers will present preliminary results, and also hope to learn form Kenyan experts.
Posted on Thursday 8th December, 2011