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Andrew Maynard

Director, Risk Science Center at University of Michigan

Andrew Maynard directs the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. His research and expertise covers the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, innovative approaches to addressing emergent risks, communicating about science and risk to diverse audiences. He has worked extensively in the field of nanotechnology, and was one of the early leaders of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative. His work also extends to other areas of emerging technology such as synthetic biology and geoengineering, although he is particularly interested in innovation trends that don't fall into neat categories.

Maynard writes and speaks widely on technology innovation, and has testified before congressional committees on a number of occasions. He's also served on National Academy panels and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology. As a Professor of Environmental Health Science, Maynard teaches Risk Assessment, Science Communication, and Environmental Health Policy. He also teaches Entrepreneurial Ethics, as part of the University of Michigan Master of Entrepreneurship program.

More broadly, Maynard is active in exploring new approaches to science and risk communication, and is the creator of the YouTube channel Risk Bites.