Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard

Dr. Andrew Maynard is Chief Science Advisor to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, and Science Advisor to the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  An established scientist and experienced communicator, he is well known for his work on exploring, crafting and implementing effective approaches to developing new emerging technologies safely.

Andrew has testified before the U.S. Congress on nanotechnology policy on numerous occasions, is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Challenges of Emerging Technologies, and has previously served on the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group of the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has been a member of panels convened by the National Academies of Science and The Council of Canadian Academies, and is an executive committee member of the International Council On Nanotechnology (ICON).  Andrew was previously a member of the federal government Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) subcommittee of the US National Science and Technology Council, and was co-chair of the Nanotechnology Health and Environment Implications (NEHI) working group of NSET.

Andrew has published over one hundred scientific papers, reports and articles.  He frequently appears in print and on television and radio, and writes regularly for a broad audience on science and society at  He is on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals, and a member of the advisory board of Chemical & Engineering News.  Andrew’s research interests include aerosol dynamics, occupational health, emerging technologies, innovations in risk management, science policy and science engagement.   In the past he has led research teams at the U.K. Health and Safety Executive and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.  He continues to collaborate with researchers, policy makers and others around the world.

Dr. Andrew Maynard is a graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK, and has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

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2020 Science is the creation of Andrew Maynard - a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. Andrew spends his time obsessing over effective science communication; the responsible development and use of emerging technologies; and how understanding risk can help inform smart decisions.  

As well as writing a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology, He posts regularly here at "2020 Science", and on Twitter as @2020science.  He also produces short, entertaining, and (hopefully) informative videos on understanding health risks on his YouTube channel Risk Bites


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