On March 27-28, 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in collaboration with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held an International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology. The objective of the symposium was to explore systematically the need for and development of a methodology to assess the economic impact of nanotechnology across whole economies, factoring in many sectors and types of impact, including new and replacement products and materials, markets for raw materials, intermediate and final goods, and employment and other economic impacts. Lynn L. Bergeson was on the Steering Committee and presented at the symposium. NNI has posted the following background papers:

  • Challenges for Governments in Evaluating Return on Investment from Nanotechnology and its Broader Economic Impact;
  • Finance and Investor Models in Nanotechnology;
  • The Economic Contributions of Nanotechnology to Green and Sustainable Growth; and
  • Models, Tools and Metrics Available to Assess the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology.