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Edgar Zayago Lau
The Latin American Nanotechnology and Society Network (ReLANS) arose from the desire to discuss the role of nanotechnologies in development. This theme, which is under wide debate in the United States, in Europe and in many other countries, has begun to have a presence in Latin America. Various countries in Latin America depend upon public financing for nanotechnology research. Bilateral agreements also exist between countries of the region and with countries and organizations in the rest of the world.
ReLANS intends to create a forum for discussion and exchange of information that follows the process of nanotechnology development in Latin America. To that end, ReLANS will establish links and collaboration agreements with academic institutions, governments and society, intending to examine and evaluate the political, economic, social, legal, ethical and environmental implications of nanotechnologies that are domestically developed, and/or in collaboration with foreign center and institutions, and imported goods that contain nanocomponents.