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.