The KNOWLEDGE NBIC project was launched in Spring 2006 with the support of the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. The project is a study of the patterns of knowledge production of four key S&T fields, namely nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science. These fields, it is claimed, are converging, hence the term 'Converging Technologies' or NBIC to describe them.
The project is coordinated by Nico Stehr, Karl Mannheim Chair for Cultural Studies at Zeppelin University and involves, in addition to the Zeppelin University team, research teams from the Universities of Warwick and Tel-Aviv, ITAS Karlsruhe, the Polish Foundation for European Scientific Cooperation and The Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences in Vienna and Paris.
The KNOWLEDGE NBIC project partners are carrying out historical and sociological analyses of the changing field of NBIC in order to explore its institutional settings and research trajectories. The project also involves charting public debates and processes surrounding the introduction of specific policies for monitoring and regulating new knowledge and technologies.