Education and knowledge and information transfer in Nanotechnology is still inconsistent: At academic level, a huge and still increasing number of courses and master programs called “Nanotechnology” exist. The diversity of the contents is as large as the field of Nanotechnology itself. Therefore it is very difficult for students to choose the optimal course. It is also obvious that Nanotechnology is used as a marketing instrument to enlarge the enrolment of students. To educate students correctly in the field of Nanotechnology, a strong first education in natural science; engineering or biotechnology/ biology is necessary for the basic understanding of processes and functions. Nanotechnology can only be a specialization of master programs or the topic of doctoral schools. An interdisciplinary education in a BS/MS cycle is not possible or will stay on a very superficial level. For the education of future collaborators in regulatory authorities or as patent officers, postgraduated courses have to be installed encompassing different domains of Nanotechnology (Nanotechnology in electronics, Nanotechnology in bioengineering...).
In the public area, Nanotechnology has a two edged image: key to the future technology
toxicity of nanoparticles. It will be the task of each researcher in this field to use well established communication channels to inform the public in an objective manner.