Call for greater ‘strategic materials’ foresight

A new whitepaper entitled ‘Simply no Substitute? Assessing and Enabling Realistic Potential Alternatives to Key Strategic Materials in Critical Technologies’ has been released by Cientifica, together with Material Value Consultancy and a senior editor of journal Nature Materials. It highlights increasing consideration of the potential for rare earth metals and other critical materials to limit …

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Dialogue on nanotechnology and energy futures

In early June I attended an innovative dialogue in Brisbane that brought together the public, scientists and other ‘informants’ (of which I was one) that was organised by the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRT). The dialogue is one of many being conducted for a new community engagement project that …

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