Nanotechnology Applications and Implications

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


December 07, 2005 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


2:00 – 2:05 Welcome by Birgit Woetzl, swissnex
2:05 – 2:10 Welcome by Dr. Wasiq Bokhari, Quantum Insight, Conference Chair
2:10 – 2:35 Overview of Nanotechnology in the US, Clayton Teague, Director, National Nanotechnology Co-ordination Office, USA (Invited)

Session I : Lessons from the Past and Current Public Perceptions
2:35 – 2:55 Risks and Chances of Emerging Technologies, Annabelle Hett, SwissRe, Switzerland
2:55 – 3:15 Nano between hype, hope and hysteria – how to deal with public perception, Christoph Meili, Society of Innovation, Switzerland
3:15 – 3:30 Break

Session II : Review Talks on Recent Studies of Nanoparticles and Nanotubes
3:30 – 4:00 Nanoparticles for Medical Applications: From Imaging To Gene Therapy, Heinrich Hofmann, Powder Technology Laboratory, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (20 min talk; 10 min Q&A;)
4:00 – 4:30 Review Talk about conducted and completed nanotube studies, Viki Colvin, Rice University (20 min talk; 10 min Q&A;)
4:30 – 5:00 Coffee and tea break

Session III : Perspectives from Industry and Regulatory Bodies

5:00 – 6:00 Panel Discussion (40 min + 20 min Q&A;), with

– Robert Haas, Staff Toxicologist, California EPA
– Margarethe Hofmann, Consultant and President, Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology
– John Balbus, Program Director, Environmental Defense
– Christine Petersen, Foresight Institute
– Moderator: Anthony Waitz, Quantum Insight

Evening Reception (for conference participants only)
6:00 – 7:00 Refreshments and Networking
7:00 – 8:00 Presentations followed by networking

Historical and present overview of nano related activities in Switzerland and their actual and future impact in the marketplace by Karl Knop, CSEM

Evening Keynote Speaker : Peter Vettiger, CSEM/University of Neuchâtel and IBM Research, Zurich, Switzerland
” Probe Array Technology” – Nanotechnology for Ultra-Dense Data Storage and Life Sciences Applications

9:00 Session closed by Conference Chair


Photograph: Myleen Hollero