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Dialogue session with Italian citizens on nanotextiles & RRI

Preliminary results - dialogue in Italy - nano2all

On 5 May 2017, MUSE organised the Italian citizen dialogue on nanotechnology, whose focus was the nanotextile sector. MUSE, as a scientific museum of contemporary conception, is a privileged arena for addressing controversial science topics and for engaging citizens in discussions that help investigate their needs, concerns and values.

19 participants took part in the dialogue: 10 women and 9 men, aged between 20 and 80 years, with different social and cultural backgrounds. The group was interestingly heterogeneous and the age gap was suitable to represent different points of view.

In the framework of nanotextile, the objects created and the narratives written by citizens focused mostly on health and well-being. During the discussion of needs, concerns and values, the term health was recurrent, resulting in being the most important one. As for the concerns, participants gave more importance to social issues, like employment crisis or
discrimination, rather than to technological issues.

Read in the pdf below the preliminary results of this dialogue in the framework of the NANO2ALL project.