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Posted: Oct 31, 2016
Bringing nano environmental health and safety assessment to the wider discussion on risk governance of key enabling technologies
(Nanowerk News) The EU FP7 Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN) Project is coming to its end in March 2017. The project has designed its final events to serve as an effective platform to communicate the main results achieved in its course within the Nanosafety community and bridge them to a wider audience addressing the emerging risks of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs).
The series of events include the New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment: A joint conference organized by NANOSOLUTIONS, SUN, NanoMILE, GUIDEnano and eNanoMapper to be held on 7 – 9 February 2017 in Malaga, Spain, the SUN-CaLIBRAte Stakeholders workshop to be held on 28 February – 1 March 2017 in Venice, Italy and the SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies to be held on 1- 3 March in Venice, Italy.
Jointly organized by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and the SUN Project, the SRA Policy Forum will address current efforts put towards refining the risk governance of emerging technologies through the integration of traditional risk analytic tools alongside considerations of social and economic concerns. The parallel sessions will be organized in 4 tracks: Risk analysis of engineered nanomaterials along product lifecycle, Risks and benefits of emerging technologies used in medical applications, Challenges of governing SynBio and Biotech, and Methods and tools for risk governance.
The SRA Policy Forum has announced its speakers and preliminary Programme. Confirmed speakers include:
Keld Alstrup Jensen (National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark)
Elke Anklam (European Commission, Belgium)
Adam Arkin (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Phil Demokritou (Harvard University, USA)
Gerard Escher (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
Lisa Friedersdor (National Nanotechnology Initiative, USA)
James Lambert (President, Society for Risk Analysis, USA)
Andre Nel (The University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
Bernd Nowack (EMPA, Switzerland)
Ortwin Renn (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Vicki Stone (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
Theo Vermeire (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands)
Wendel Wohlleben (BASF, Germany)
The New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment (NMSA) conference aims at presenting the main results achieved in the course of the organizing projects fostering a discussion about their impact in the nanosafety field and possibilities for future research programmes. The conference welcomes consortium partners, as well as representatives from other EU projects, industry, government, civil society and media. Accordingly, the conference topics include: Hazard assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products, Exposure assessment along the life cycle of nano-enabled products, Risk assessment & management, Systems biology approaches in nanosafety, Categorization & grouping of nanomaterials, Nanosafety infrastructure, Safe by design. The NMSA conference key note speakers include:
Harri Alenius (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Antonio Marcomini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Wendel Wohlleben (BASF, Germany)
Danail Hristozov (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Eva Valsami-Jones (University of Birmingham, UK)
Socorro Vázquez-Campos (LEITAT Technological Center, Spain)
Barry Hardy (Douglas Connect GmbH, Switzerland)
Egon Willighagen (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
Nina Jeliazkova (IDEAconsult Ltd., Bulgaria)
Haralambos Sarimveis (The National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
During the SUN-caLIBRAte Stakeholder workshop the final version of the SUN user-friendly, software-based Decision Support System (SUNDS) for managing the environmental, economic and social impacts of nanotechnologies will be presented and discussed with its end users: industries, regulators and insurance sector representatives. The results from the discussion will be used as a foundation of the development of the caLIBRAte’s Risk Governance framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of MN and MN-enabled products.
The SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies and the New Tools and Approaches for Nanomaterial Safety Assessment conference are now open for registration. Abstracts for the SRA Policy Forum can be submitted till 15th November 2016.