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Seminar: Prof Pythagoras Petratos, "Killing it softly: Regulation and nanotechnology"

This event is hosted by the Future of Humanity Institute and the Institute for Science and Ethics

Speaker: Professor Pythagoras Petratos, Visiting Professor, ESCP, Saïd Business School

Abstract: Nanotechnology has been characterised as the next industrial revolution. Nevertheless significant issues can constitute obstacles towards its progress. In this seminar Professor Petratos will attempt to assess the impact of regulation on nanotechnology and more particularly its commercialisation. More specifically he will focus on two principal areas. The first is the complexity and intersection of regulations. The other is the precautionary principle. After discussing possible consequences of regulation on nanotechnology, policy suggestions are presented for its successful commercialisation and advancement.

Biography: Professor Pythagoras Petratos is an economist, political scientist and engineer. He has completed postgraduate degrees at Cass Business School, City University, University of London and theUniversity of Oxford. He was awarded a PhD from the University of London in 2009. He is currently a Visiting Professor at ESCP and Teaching Associate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, as well as a Visiting Fellow at Buckingham University. He has also taught in postgraduate courses at the University of London and the Universities of Thessaly, Crete and Peloponnese. His research interests are quiet diverse with a foci on private equity, health economics, innovation and finance (especially ageing), commercialisation of technologies and particularly nanotechnology, the economics and policy of information security (defence economics), public private partnerships along with methods to finance projects and complex networks in politics and economics.

This event is part of a series:

James Martin Advanced Research Seminar Series - Michaelmas 2011

Led by Professor Julian Savulescu and Professor Nick Bostrom, these seminars provide an opportunity to discuss ethical issues surrounding the future of humanity and emerging sciences. Each presentation lasts for approximately one hour (40 minutes talk and 20 minutes discussion). Up-to date information on the programme, including abstracts and speaker bios can be found at the link below:

Event Details

11 October 2011 14:00

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Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School

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