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The planned Telephone Seminars have been indefinitely postponed while Foresight considers alternative ways of involving Foresight members in discussions of nanotechnology. This page is retained for archival purposes only. Foresight thanks those who responded to the Telephone Seminar Survey.



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What are Foresight Institute Telephone Seminars?

Much like a talk radio program, telephone seminars are increasing in popularity as a convenient and cost-effective means for organizations to provide education to their members and to the general public. They are affordable and offer quality and up-to-date information. Telephone seminars can come to your home or office, or wherever you happen to have a phone. You pay one site license fee -- invite colleagues and interested individuals to listen with you. On the day of the seminar, call the toll-free number that will be provided with your registration confirmation, and enjoy the seminar.

Interact with presenters: a portion of every program is set aside so that you can ask questions of the speakers.

Each seminar participant will receive an informational packet on the discussion topic with background on the speakers along with the call instructions.

The initiation of this program has been delayed so that more Foresight members have a chance to take advantage of it. In the interim, tell us your opinions on topics for the seminars.


Seminar 1-Date to be Announced Soon

Dr. K. Eric Drexler and Dr. Ralph Merkle
Technical discussion of molecular nanotechnology:

design, modeling, and manufacture of systems that can inexpensively fabricate essentially any product that can be specified in atomic detail.

9:00-11:00 pm Eastern (U.S. Time Zones)
8.00-10:00 pm Central
7:00-9:00 pm Mountain
6:00-8:00 pm Pacific

Dr. Ralph Merkle's current research interest at Xerox PARC is molecular manufacturing. He is the executive editor of the journal Nanotechnology, which publishes a broad range of articles both on molecular manufacturing and nano-scale research, and will chair the Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.

Dr. Eric Drexler is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. He has authored a series of journal articles on nanotechnology and three books, including Engines of Creation and his most recent book, Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing and Computation, which describes the principles and mechanisms of molecular nanotechnology. He lectures on nanotechnology to a wide variety of technical and business audiences.


Seminar 2-Date to be Announced Soon

Christine Peterson and Gayle Pergamit
Discussion of nanotechnology-related career options and goals:

How to choose a career path? Personal and investment opportunities in nanotechnology.

9:00-11:00 pm Eastern (U.S. Time Zones)
8:00-10:00 pm Central
7:00-9:00 pm Mountain
6:00-8:00 pm Pacific

Chris Peterson is the Executive Director of Foresight and was editor of the Foresight Update from 1986-95. She lectures and gives interviews on nanotechnology, including guidance on nanotechnological careers.

Gayle Pergamit is principal of Venture Acceleration, consulting in start-up business strategy and executive and technical recruiting. She is a writer, editor and lecturer including speaking at Foresight conferences and Senior Associate meetings.


Telephone Seminar Survey to rank topics for seminars

Rank topics according to your interest level, let us know which seminars you might want to participate in, and suggest topics you would like to see addressed.


Telephone Seminar Registration Form:

(this link will be available as soon as firm dates are set)


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