The Press: A big discussion about small things

Radio presenter Kim Hill will be hosting a panel discussion, to be held in Canterbury, in which nanotechnology experts will discuss what it is, what its benefits and downsides are, and whether New Zealand is set to be a net winner or loser.

The experts on the panel are: Hans van der Voorn, Georgia Miller, Dr Shaun Hendy, Dr Sally Gaw, Dr Jamie Ataria, and Lynne Waterson.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“It is claimed that nanotechnology has the potential to solve the world’s energy needs, to cure cancer, and to eliminate poverty. If New Zealand businesses could harness new nanotechnologies in a way that gives a competitive edge, the knowledge economy could become a reality.

“However there are also claims that nanotechnology may cause significant health, environment and social issues. These events are intended to generate some discussion around the subject and to give people information, so that they can make up their own minds.””