A major workshop to examine "Nanotechnology: Revolutionary Opportunities and Societal Implications" will be held on 31 January and 1 February 2002 in Lecce, Italy. The workshop is being jointly sponsored by the European Community and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and is the first event in a program of joint nanotechnology activities announced in December 2001.
The workshop will examine a broad array of potential socioecomomic impacts of nanotechnology. It follows and will build on the results of a similar workshop held in the U.S. in September 2000. A detailed description of the workshop program and schedule can be found on the NSF website.