Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment

Innovative industries for smart growth

The organisation team of the European conference "INDustrial TECHnologies 2018 - Innovative industries for smart growth" (INDTECH2018) welcomes you to Vienna from 30-31 October, 2018. INDTECH2018, an event of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will combine keynote presentations, talks, a matchmaking event and exhibitions. It provides an excellent opportunity to meet experts from industry, academia and policy to exchange information and to strengthen collaboration. INDTECH2018 is anticipating 1000 participants from more than 40 countries in Europe and across the globe. 

Registration is free of charge. 

Find out more on the conference website: https://www.indtech2018.eu/ 



NanoFASE AGM Autumn 2018

The NanoFASE Annual General Meeting will take place from 15-18 October, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The consortium partners are meeting together to review and maximize the impact of the project as the NanoFASE project approaches the final stage.


Third NanoSafety Forum for Young Scientists

The EU NanoSafety Cluster and the Horizon 2020 ACEnano  are organizing the 3rd NanoSafety Forum for Young Scientists. The event is a follow-up of the first two meetings, which took place in Syracuse, Sicily and Visby, Sweden, and will take place in Valletta, Malta, on 10th an 11th September 2018.

The event is an open forum for young (students, post docs and others) and senior scientists working in EU-funded, national and industrial nanosafety projects. The Forum will also offer everyone the opportunity to network, promote cross-project collaboration, exchange scientific knowledge and learn from each other.

The Forum will consist of both oral and poster presentations, which will allow Young Scientists showcase their work and express fresh ideas. At the same time, keynote talks by experienced experts will also take place, on matters of high scientific interest for the wider NanoSafety community.

Information on the registration process can be found here.

An optional DLS course, organised by ACEnano and Malvern is also available between 11-13 September 2018. For further information and  expression of interest please contact Sophie Briffa (BriffaSM@bham.ac.uk)

For registration inquiries, please contact Thomas (Tom) Carney (T.Carney@bham.ac.uk).

For any other inquiries, please contact Sophie Briffa (BriffaSM@bham.ac.uk).

Event's website: https://www.nanosafetycluster.eu/nsc-meetings/3rd-nanosafety-forum-for-young-scientists-malta-2018.html



This year's edition of the Interanational Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials (ICEENN) will take place from 5 to 8 September 2018 at Duke University, Durhan, NC.

As the leading international conference on environmental nanoscience, the ICEENN 2018 is being held in partnership with CEINT. ICEENN brings together researchers, regulators and industry to discuss recent advances in our understanding of the fate and behavior of nanomaterials, their applications in the environmental and the key issues relating to maintaining the economic and social benefits of nanotechnology.

Deadlines, registration and more information available via the official event website: https://ceint.duke.edu/news-events/conference/nano2018


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)

NanoFASE 30th Month Consortium Meeting

NanoFASE consortium partners are coming together for the 30 month Consortium Meeting for the review and planning of the project. It will be one of the biggest gatherings of our project partners to discuss and maximize the impact of the project, with sessions developing our Clickable Framework, model integration, scenarios and case studies, mesocosm experiments, and more. The meeting will be taking place at the Royal Olympic Hotel, 28-34 Athanasiou Diakou Street, 117 43 Athens, Greece. Following on from the NanoFASE Meeting, we will host the Nano Safety Cluster Meeting at the same venue.

Contact: Christine Balmer (cbalmer@ceh.ac.uk) Lee Walker (leew@ceh.ac.uk)

Credit: Yair Haklai; Licensing: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

Airborne ENM: Measurements, Implications and Modelling

A NanoFASE Open Training Workshop

NanoFASE WP6 Carmen Nickel (IUTA) welcomes you to this free open workshop where knowledge gaps are identified and some of them filled! Project scientists Astrid Manders (TNO) and Bruno Debray (INERIS) will be teaching alongside Carmen and others. Learn about conducting field campaigns, solving measurement problems, and modelling environmental behaviour and effects of nanomaterials in air.

Day 1: Release, Environmental Concentration/Exposure and Modelling
Day 2: Transformation of ENM in the atmosphere and effects on the atmosphere

Venue: CENIDE - Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen

Questions to nickel@iuta.de


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.

Nanomaterials: Industrial Workshop on Safe-by-Design


"Nanomaterials: Industrial Workshop on Safe-by-Design" will take place from 24-25 April 2017 in Bilbao, Spain. The event is jointly organized by NanoFase, NanoMILE, NanoReg2, forSafeNano, caLIBRAte and NANOGENTOOLS.

A number of H2020 funded projects are working on various aspects of the Safe-by-Design (SbD) concept and all rely upon industry to understand its meaning and how to use the tools being developed in these projects. Within this event, disseminating this knowledge to a wider audience will help in the acceptance and uptake of SbD by companies and will also allow the projects to learn more about stakeholder needs.

Learn more from the event's brochure.




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


Final conference of the COST Action ES1205: Engineered nanomaterials from wastewater treatment & stormwatEr to Rivers

As a final activity the COST Action ES1205: Transfer of engineered nano-materials from wastewater treatment & storm-water to rivers (http://www.es1205.eu) is holding a dedicated conference, taking place on 7 & 8 February 2017 in the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

The meet-ing delivers a platform to present the available knowledge in the field. It is going to make visible issues under discussion and those to be addressed in the future. The topics mirror the activities of the Action in its four years run time. Contributions from the network as well as from outside the network are welcome. 

Find out more in the conference flyer attached below.


spICP-MS: data analysis training Workshop


The spICP-MS: data analysis, hands-on training workshop will be held in Wageningen, The Netherlands from 10 to 12 January 2017. Two days workshops (day 1: lectures, day 2: computer exercises) will be supported by optional hands-on training on the ICP-MS instruments (PE Nexion 350D and Thermo iCapQ).  The workshop will focus on handling and analysis of single particle ICP-MS data, analysis strengths and limitations. The spICP-MS data will be analysed with the help of RIKILT SPC (Excel based single particle ICP-MS calculation spreadsheet) and Nanocount software.

Audience: PhDs, Postdocs, researchers on nanocharacterization. The number of participants is limited to 50 for the lectures, and 10 for the on hands-on training (20 in case of particularly high interest).

Dr Chady Stephan (Perkin Elmer)
Dr Geert Cornelis (Swedish Agricultural University)
Dr Andreas Gondikas (Univeristy of Vienna)

Tuesday: Lectures on single particle ICP-MS data analysis and application of the spICP-MS technique to the environmental(and ecotoxicological) studies.
Wednesday: spICP-MS data handling and analysis with RIKILT SPC and Nanocount software.
Thursday (optional): sample preparation and analysis by spICP-MS, including information about the Syngistic Nano application

Science based support for regulation of Manufactured Nanomaterials

"Science based support for regulation of Manufactured Nanomaterials" is a joint scientific conference of ProSafe & OECD. The event will take place from 29 Nov to 1 Dec 2016 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris, France.

ProSafe aims to coordinate and strengthen existing and new initiatives in the field of nanosafety with emphasis on the regulatory context.
OECD's Programme on Manufactured Nanomaterials is focused on policy and regulatory aspects related to human health and environmental safety, which amongst other things means the development of instruments for safety assessment.
The ProSafe-OECD conference will discuss the results from European funded projects on nanosafety, as well as the results from the OECD's activities on nanosafety and their regulatory relevance.
This event will also be the final conference of EU FP7 project NANoREG.
The conference will support an effective implementation of existing risk assessment frameworks for manufactured nanomaterials underpinned by relevant regulatory findings from current research on nanosafety.
The outcomes and recommendations of the conference aims at providing further scientific advice on risk assessment throughout the supply chain and highlight policy areas for further consideration by regulatory bodies.
The conference will include platform presentations of the relevant research initiatives, followed by breakout discussions on the regulatory relevant areas of concern including physicochemical identification and characterization, exposure, fate and kinetics, ecological and health effects as well as testing and assessment strategies. All breakout sessions will be chaired by experts involved in the relevant research initiatives.


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.

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.

2016 ICEENN Conference

The 2016 International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials (ICEENN) will take place from 10 to 18 Augist 2016 in Golden, Colorado, US and registration and abstract submission is now open. The abstract submission deadline is April 18th. To find out more about the meeting, register, submit an abstract, and book accommodation and social activities please visit the conference website at:


This conference brings together participants from academia, industry, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to present and discuss current research findings on environmental health and safety aspects of nanotechnology. The conference format is that of plenary oral presentations and poster sessions. Sessions are planned to cover topics that include:

• Advancements in nanomaterial analysis methods

• Surface chemistry of nanomaterials in complex matrices

• Release from consumer products and environmental fate

• In vivo and in vitro toxicology of nanomaterials

• Applications of nanomaterials in environment and health

• Environmental issues of production-scale nanotech

• Social and regulatory considerations of nanotechnology

A 2-day pre-conference workshop on nanoparticle characterization will precede the meeting. 


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/

Hands-on workshop on nano safety assessment

The Hands-on workshop on nano safety assessment will take place on 10 February 2016 at the Technology Park, Basel, Switzerland. This joint event willbring together inputs and approaches from several EU NMP projects (e.g. eNanoMapper, NanoFASE, GUIDEnano, SUN)


  1. To work through nanotechnology safety examples and exercises using existing data resources and modelling tools;
  2. To use information in support of nanotechnology risk assessment goals and to discuss current results;
  3. To discuss the role of harmonisation and ontology in the use of multiple modelling and assessment tools applied to nano safety.


The workshop will focus on specific cases and practical examples in which the group will work through modelling, analysis and assessment exercises, and discuss the results.


To find out more about the event, please click here.



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