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The Board received 13 million Danish Krones (approximately 2 million Euros) from the Parliament in 2008. According to its legislative mandate, the DBT’s task is to organise independent technology assessments, carry out all-round assessments of the potentials and consequences of technology, initiate activities relating to public enlightenment education and communication, and advise the Danish Parliament and government. The main purpose is to give critical advice to public authorities on problematic science and technological questions.
In many of the other cases presented in this book we will find reference to the Danish model. The DBT has taken the result from this process into other similar processes, such as the stakeholders’ conference. This is also an important positive factor with the way DBT has organised public discussion on nanotechnology. The resources used in this process were very limited. Three hours may be too little for a deliberative process within this area. It has created an arena for deliberative processes, but it has not taken full advantage of this opportunity.
The point of departure for this specific initiative was the view that nanoscience and nanotechnology were about to break through © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC 33 34 Citizens’ Nano Conference in Denmark as important new scientific developments, while they were still unknown to most citizens. Further, the DBT emphasised that nanotechnology and nanoscience was a relatively broad concept that covered a variety of technologies. Finally, both the technology’s positive potentials and its possible risks were to a large degree unknown to citizens, political authorities, and stakeholders at the time, and apparently also to the scientific community.