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Posted: October 30, 2008
NanoImpactNet - for a healthy environment in a future with nanotechnology
(Nanowerk News) NanoImpactNet - the European Network on the Health and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials - is a four-year European Commission sponsored, FP7 coordination project. NanoImpactNet will create a scientific basis for ensuring the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and will support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe.
NanoImpactNet’s first Integrating Conference will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 23-27 2009.
The call for abstracts is open on the following topics:
In-vitro and in-vivo nanotoxicology
Uptake routes and translocation of nanomaterials
Occupational health and safety of nanomaterials
In-vitro and in-vivo eco-nanotoxicology
Environmental dispersal of nanomaterials
Effects of nanomaterials on ecosystems
Generation and characterisation of nanomaterials
Laboratory protocols for nanomaterials (e.g. handling and dispersing)
Risk and impact assessment strategies
Life-cycle of nanomaterial-containing products
Strategies to make industrial data available
Risk communication and management
Communication about nano-research with stakeholders
The Integrating Conference on Wednesday and Thursday is part of a week of NanoImpactNet events. Monday, March 23, is devoted to a training school on “Handling Protocols and Toxicological Testing Strategies”. A workshop on “Protocols for Assessing Biological Hazards” will take place on Tuesday, March 24. On Friday, March 27, there are dual workshops on “Strategies to Assess Occupational Health Effects” and “Strategies for making Industrial Data Available”.
NanoImpactNet is the European network on the health and
environmental impact of nanomaterials. It is a platform for
exchange about research ideas and to bring together
scientists, industry, policy makers and civil society to
ensure the safe and responsible development of
NanoImpactNet is part of the European Commission’s
commitment* to define a robust European strategy on
nanotechnology which includes health, safety and
environmental issues. Launched in April 2008, this
multidisciplinary network’s objective is to create a scientific
basis to support the definition of regulatory measures and the
implementation of legislation across the EU.
NanoImpactNet is first and foremost a network and a
platform for exchange about research ideas. It consists of 24
partner institutes and over 300 members. By coordinating
research between European scientists from over 20 countries,
NanoImpactNet will help to harmonise methodologies and
communicate results, initially across Europe, but later
worldwide, boosting international cooperation.
The numerous NanoImpactNet workshops provide
opportunities to share and discuss state-of-the-art knowledge
on nanoimpact research. They will identify knowledge gaps,
define strategies to address these gaps and train research
staff and students.
NanoImpactNet embraces strong two-way communication to
ensure open and efficient dissemination of information to all
stakeholders. Whilst representing the scientific community’s
findings it will continue to obtain input on the needs and
concerns of other parties. With the European Commission’s
support guaranteed until 2012 NanoImpactNet will be the
focal point for the exchange of information between
researchers, industry and civil society in Europe.