This launch issue is introduced by Georgios Katalagarianakis and Nicolas Segebarth from the European Commission DG for Research and Innovation and brings you news items and articles from NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) projects, updates and highlights from the NSC's eight Working Groups, details of new publications, training events, conferences, and research opportunities. It also contains special features from within and outwith the NSC community.
The NSC Newsletter link will be sent out quarterly to over 70,000 people, targeting all NSC project partners and relevant stakeholder groups across the globe, including researchers, industrialists, policy-makers, regulatory and standardisation bodies, SMEs and NGOs, and the wider general public.
If you have an item for inclusion in our next issue, we welcome news updates, research highlights, opinion articles, and features on issues of interest to the wider nanosafety community. Suggestions for content and any feedback can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last but not least, the response to the call for contributions has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who has taken time to compile and submit items for inclusion and to those who have supported the production of this first issue. On behalf of NSC WG7 Dissemination, we hope you all enjoy reading it.
About the NanoSafety Cluster
The NanoSafety Cluster is an EC initiative to maximise the synergies between the past, ongoing and future FP7 nanosafety projects. Each of these projects addresses key aspects of nanosafety, including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, risk assessment, standardisation, and mechanisms of interaction. There are currently almost 40 such projects, with new ones including ENanoMapper, NanoGUIDE, and MODERN taking lead roles in the NSC.
To improve coordination and communication between the large body of partners, there are now eight Working Groups. Regular meetings in person and online ensure that there are growing synergies between projects and project partners so that resources can be shared, duplication of effort can be avoided, and new developments can be expedited.