Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

Nanosafety Cluster Meeting

The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) is an open platform for dialogue and exchange to maximise the synergies between European-level projects addressing the safety of materials and technologies enabled by the use of nanoparticles. The NSC working groups (WG) and task forces (TF) focus on toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation, communication and training.

In coordination with NanoFase consortium meeting (19-21 March 2018), the next EU NanoSafety Cluster Scientific Meeting will be held on 22-23 March 2018 at the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens, Greece. The meeting will start at 09:00 on Thursday 22 March and is focussed on the Mid-term review of scientific advances by FP7 and H2020 projects. These scientific review and discussion sessions end at 13:00 on Friday 23 March. After lunch, there will be WG and TF break-out sessions as well as a meeting of the Greek NanoSafety Platform. The meeting is open to all, as are the evening social and cultural activities. If you cannot attend the Athens meeting in person, live streaming is available on Thursday morning 22 March via www.nanosafetycluster.eu.

Contactс: Anastasios (Tassos) Papadiamantis (A.Papadiamantis@bham.ac.uk) or Thomas (Tom) Carney (T.Carney@bham.ac.uk)

EuroNanoForum 2017

EuroNanoForum 2017will take place from 21 to 23 June 2017, in Valetta, Mlata and will focus on how nano and materials technologies can strengthen competitiveness across all European industries.

The discussion will also extend to framework conditions such as education, standards, regulations, IPR and safety issues, as well as entrepreneurship and industrial policy. The programme will include sessions on finance and funding through European and National programmes, in particular Horizon 2020, smart specialisation and public-private partnership initiatives.

Find out more on the conference website: http://euronanoforum2017.eu/

2nd Open meeting on Standardisation for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

Nanotechnology is one of six Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) in the current European industrial policy. An extensive European mandate M461 for developing standards on nanotechnology-related topics is under way.

In the frame of the M461 mandate, a second Open Meeting on (Standardisation for) Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials is organised by CEN/TC 352 "Nanotechnologies" in collaboration with CEN CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC), the European Commission (EC). The meeting will take place on the 20th of June 2017 in Malta.

The aim of the Meeting is to present progress of the work within mandate M461. The main CEN Technical Committees (TC) involved (TC 352 on Nanotechnologies, TC 195 on Air filters for general air cleaning, and TC 137 on Assessment of workplace exposure to chemical and biological agents), will show and explain their preliminary results. Poster sessions on standards under preparation will allow a direct dialogue between participants and experts.

Also a Round Table will be organized with practitioners, researchers and policy makers on e.g.:

- The role of standardisation in the acquisition of reliable nanomaterial data and in the curation of data into interoperable nanomaterial databases.

- How to anticipate and address risks raised by nanotechnologies?

- Needs for standardization in the framework of EMPIR or Horizon 2020.

- Applications of nanomaterials in control technology including nanofiber filters

- Application of control technologies in nanomaterial manufacturing plants

The discussion will also be focused on the overview of Research projects and their impact to the Standardization activities.

Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment will be addressed in collaboration with EC representatives.

The steering and organising committees are finalizing the programme and the venue in Malta, but we already invite you to save the date for this one-day meeting and circulate this document to your entire network.

This conference is open to everyone who registers in advance, and participation is free of charge. You will be informed when the registration starts. 


SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting

The SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting will be held in Brussels, Belgium, from 7–11 May 2017. 

SETAC Europe Brussels is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities for those interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry. Between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries, provides a unique networking opportunity and a chance for cross-collaboration long after the closing session.

SETAC Europe is one of five Geographic Units (GU) of the global Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in Europe, and to support activities of SETAC in the Middle East and Russia. As a Geographic Unit we share the mission of SETAC.

SETAC Europe is dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impacts of stressors, chemicals, and technology on the environment. The Society also provides an open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing. SETAC Europe is incorporated in Belgium as a not-for-profit organisation. The society is governed according its articles of association and by-laws. SETAC Europe maintains its administrative office in Brussels, Belgium.

NanoImpact Conference

The NanoImpact Conference will take place on Monte Verità in Southern Switzerland, March 12-17, 2017.

The last 10 years saw an enormous growth in nanosafety funding and published research. Answers are now demanded whether these new materials represent a novel threat to humans and the environment and whether nanomaterials need to be assessed differently and more stringent than conventional materials. The overall goal of the planned conference will be to integrate the scientific knowledge available about nanomaterial exposure, fate, effects and risks in the environment. 

The deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2016. The meeting will be limited to 120 people in total.

All relevant information about the conference can be found on the conference website: www.empa.ch/nanoimpact


Fifth International Conference NANOSAFE 2016

The Fifth International Conference NANOSAFE 2016 will be held from 7th to 10th November 2016 in Minatec-Grenoble, France.

The three-day programme for this conference will include: 

  • Invited plenary lectures:  D. Chen (U.VIRGINIA, USA), C. Asbach (IUTA,GE), W. Wohlleben (BASF, DE), B. Gilbert (Berkeley, USA), M. Ricaud (INRS, FR), G. Oberdörster (U.ROCHESTER,USA), D. Pui (U.MINNESOTA, USA), D. Bernard (CEA, FR), P. Boisseau (CEA, FR), B. Nowack (EMPA, CH), J. Rose (CEREGE, FR), R. De Thoury (ALCEN, FR), M. Wiesner (Duke University, CEINT, USA), C. Emond (U. MONTREAL, CA), S. Friedrichs (OECD,FR)
  • Selected oral contributions
  • Posters sessions
  • Panel discussions: Responsible Development with NGOs / Urban particles mitigation : what is reasonably possible / Nanomedicine : Benefit-Risk
  • Exhibition of equipment : measurement, containment, protection, etc.
  • Satellite meetings: NanoID, Guidenano, Serenade, NanoStreeM, NanoMet, NanoSafety Cluster

Call for papers

All accepted abstracts will be submitted online and published in a "Book of Abstract" Papers will be presented in oral and poster sessions. Full paper will be published after their review in an open access journal.

Deadline for abstract submission : July 5th, 2016

Notification of acceptance : September 15th, 2016

To register and for more information, please visit the official conference webpage.

International Summer School: Nanoscience Meets Metrology


The SETNanoMetro project  organizes an international summer school "Nanoscience Meets Metrology: Synthesis, Characterization, Testing and Applications of Validated Nanoparticles" to take place form 4th to 9th September 2016 in Torino, Italy.

According to European Commission important challenges at European level are related to the establishment of validated method and instrumentation for detection, characterization and analysis of nanoparticles.

In this frame the SETNanoMetro project (started in 2013 and grouping 16 European partners) aims to move from the current trial and error approach toward the development of well-defined and controlled protocols for the production of NPs and to the establishment of correct metrological traceability chain in order to ensure the reliability of the results. To this scope the set-up of standardized experimental procedures is also needed for the characterization of individual NPs and films resulting from their assembly/aggregation, as well as of standardized rules for the evaluation of NPs and films performances in a variety of possible application fields, ranging from environment and energy to health.

Find more information on the SENanoMetro event's list and in the event's flyer.

International Nanotechnology Conference & Expo

Nanotech-2016 is a gathering of researchers, leading scientists, engineers and technology developers in nanotechnology to exchange information on their latest research and innovation. The event will take place from 4-6 April 2016 in Baltimore, MD, USA. Nanotech-2016 covers all the topics in nanotechnology.

It is an excellent event for students to meet and discuss with lead researchers. The conference provides a unique opportunity to discover innovation in the area of nanotechnology and new business developments.

More information: http://nanotech.madridge.com/

Second NanoDefine Synergy Workshop with NSC projects

Our sister project NanoDefine will organize a Second Synergy Workshop with other relevant Nanosafety Cluster (NSC) projects, to further strengthen and update the process of synchronization and integration of latest research and method developments on nanomaterial characterisation, quantification and detection.

This dissemination event will take place on the 2nd of February 2016 in Brussels and will be a follow-up of the 1st NSC synergy workshop we had in Copenhagen on 6th June 2014. Main objectives will be to learn from each other, identify common synergies and overlaps related to new standards and reference materials,share expertise, experience and knowledge, identify bottlenecks and gaps, and discuss protocols tested in other projects, to finally maximise the impact and minimise duplication of our work. Invited participants include project coordinators and representatives, such as from NANoREG + NANoREG II, NanoSolutions, NanoMile and SUN, but all projects, organisations or individuals are welcome, who could contribute to and benefit from this workshop.

For more contact and information: events@nanodefine.eu