New materials and products, as for instance products containing manufactured nano-materials, do not enter the market without processes of standardization. Standardization procedures are set up to guarantee the safety and quality of new products, to facilitate innovation and trade, and to enable efficiency and compatibility. They likewise contribute to shaping processes of research, production, and release of materials into the environment in a significant way. This workshop seeks to explore the roles of and the interests behind standardization in the nano-field. In particular, we will discuss in how far and in which ways standardization may contribute to the common good. This includes a discussion of the goals and mechanisms of standardization, of standards as either facilitating or restricting tools, and of their diversity-enhancing or diversity-reducing effects. The workshop provides an interdisciplinary setting in which scholars from economics, ethics, law, social and political sciences will investigate these issues.
Location: University of Vienna

09:45 Welcome Address
10:00 Angela Kallhoff (Vienna) Standardization: Implicitly Normative Orders?
10:30 Henk de Vries (Rotterdam) Standardisation: Enabler for Innovation
11:15 Knut Blind (Berlin) Research and Standardization in Nanotechnology
14:00 Fern Wickson (Tromsø) Are International Standards for Nanosafety Research Responsible?
14:45 Thomas Jaeger (Vienna) Standardization as a Necessary Nuisance: Functioning and Pitfalls from a Legal Perspective
16:00 Karsten Fischer (Munich) Common Good and Civic Spirit: Political Key Concepts in Past and Present
16:45 Discussion
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Venue: University of Vienna, Department of Philosophy (Neues Institutsgebäude, NIG), Seminar Room 3B, 3rd floor, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien
Organization: Angela Kallhoff and Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg (Research Platform Nano-Norms-Nature, University of Vienna) in collaboration with Iris Eisenberger (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

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