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Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies Conference

External Project Site: nanoequity2009.cns.ucsb.edu/
Related: Science and Technology

In November 2009, Meridian Institute provided facilitation services for a two-and-a-half day conference entitled “Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies: (Nano)technology for Equitable Development.” Held in Washington, DC, the conference was sponsored by the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Center for Nanotechnology in Society and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


The conference brought together more than 60 experts from around the world, including scientists and engineers and leaders from international NGOs, governments, and industry. Participants discussed new pathways for implementing technological solutions to problems in four interrelated areas: energy/environment, water, food security, and health. Specifically, they sought to:

  • Evaluate strengths and barriers for effective international development through technological advances—moving beyond technology transfer
  • Highlight technological advances related to nanotechnology and other emerging technologies related to energy, the environment, and healthcare technologies with potential use in development
  • Identify new models for development and for tapping the knowledge economy for economic development
  • Discuss resources, capacity building, and preparedness for technology assimilation in developing countries (linking/networking technologists and NGOs)

More information on the conference, including transcripts of presentations and webcasts of the plenary sessions, is available online.

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