Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies

OECD Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Tech (BNCT)

OECD Working Party on Bio-, Nano- and Converging Tech (BNCT)

Responsible Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, and Converging Technologies

The Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT) is focused on policy issues in emerging technology fields related to bio, nano and converging technologies. It aims to contribute original policy analysis and messages to the global community, and to make ground-breaking proposals to policy makers.

Policy issues of interest to the BNCT range across topics as diverse as research and technological development, innovation and commercialisation, standards and regulations, best practice policy formulation and implementation, ethical, legal and social issues, public engagement, education, skills and training, organisation of research, and measurement and evaluation methods and tools. In particular, the BNCT will advise upon emerging policy issues related to the responsible development of biotechnology, nanotechnology and converging technologies, and assist Member countries in understanding and managing the changing nature of research, development and innovation.

The BNCT’s work programme for the next two years will focus on the following areas:

  • Measurement & Impact
  • Emerging Technologies for Health
  • Bio-Production

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6th BNCT Meeting 30 Nov - 1 Dec 2017

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Submitted by David Winickoff on November 15, 2017 - 9:53am

Dear BNCT Delegates,

We look forward to welcoming you to Paris on November 30 for the 6th meeting of the BNCT Working Party. The meeting represents a kind of watershed: a meeting of past, present and future. Our Working Party has released seven reports since the last meeting, in broad range of areas including bioeconomy, microbiome, marine biotechnology, neurotechnology and statistics. We will strategise about what we can do to heighten the impact of this work. We will discuss ways to strengthen current projects and lay out the future programme of the Working Party. See you soon!