On May 4, 2011, research institute RTI International will host a policy forum entitled, "Nanotechnology: The Huge Challenge of Regulating Tiny Technologies." The forum will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, where experts will discuss the issues and concerns regarding the difficulties faced by agencies in drafting federal regulation and trying to keep pace with the rate of evolution in some areas in the field of nanotechnology. The forum will address regulations and public policies "needed to maximize the benefits of this emerging technology while minimizing the risks in order to encourage further development, scientific exploration, and responsible commercialization of this technology."


Participants include:



James "Jim" Trainham, PhD, Vice President, Strategic Energy Programs, RTI International


Jim Alwood, Toxic Substances Control Act Nanotechnology Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Cole Matson, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology at Duke University

Michele Ostraat, PhD, Senior Director, Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering, RTI International

Sally Tinkle, PhD, Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office


Please visit the forum’s website for more information: