12 Apr
2015
SENN2015 - International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies
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The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) organizes an International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies - SENN2015, on 12- 15 April 2015, in Helsinki, Finland.





 

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) organizes an International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies - SENN2015, on 12- 15 April 2015, in Helsinki, Finland.

The goal of the Congress is to:

  • examine and discuss safe practices in handling nanomaterials
  • to promote nanosafety at work with an emphasis on detection methods, tools and safer production processess
  • to improve the understanding of the biological basis of nanosafety

The abstract submission deadline for SENN2015 is 17 October 2014.

Should you have any questions about the SENN2015 Congress, please do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee: SENN2015@ttl.fi.

More information about the programme and practical arrangements is available at: www.ttl.fi/senn2015

22 Jan
2014
nanoSTAIR - Final Conference - Call
News Photo The final conference of the nanoSTAIR project will take place on January 22, 2014, in Brussels.



nanoSTAIR - Final Conference

The final conference of the nanoSTAIR project will take place on January 22, 2014, in Brussels.

During this event, nanoSTAIR will present a the nanoSTAIR check tool that helps researchers to disseminate and exploit the research results with standardization and the nanoSTAIR Practical Guideline.

The draft agenda is available here.

The final conference will be hosted by CEN-CENELEC.

Deadline for registration: January 16, 2014 (Registration link)

Call for paper:
A specific opportunity is given to the partners of QNANO project and the affiliated to get the support from nanoSTAIR for standardization activities. In the afternoon of January 22 conference, QNANO partners in particular will have the possibility to present their intention for standardization and get a feedback from standardization experts or find complementary resources to start standardization activities.

Thus, the nanoSTAIR consortium  invites researchers to submit a document that will be analyzed and, if agreed, commented during the final conference. Researchers will thus receive recommendations useful for the standardization strategy of their projects. We think that it is a didactic way to present the tool.

If you are interested to participate in the nanoSTAIR check, you  are invited to visit the nanoSTAIR webpage “
get support” to submit a scientific document (scientific article, paper presented in a conference, deliverable of a project..., min. 10 pages /  max. 100 pages).

Time schedule:

  • January 7, 2013: Deadline to submit a text
  • January 22, 2013: Feedback provided during the final conference, in particular for QNANO partners.

If you have any question related to standardization and nano, send an email to nanoSTAIR@eu-vri.eu.  
16 Sep
2013
NanoValid Training Workshop on Advanced Characterization of Nanomaterials
News Photo In the framework of the EU Project NanoValid (FP7), the University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon are organizing a Training Workshop in Advanced Characterization of Nanomaterials, on September 16-20, 2013.



   NanoValid Training Workshop on Advanced Characterization of Nanomaterials

In the framework of the EU Project NanoValid (FP7), the University of Zaragoza and the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon are organizing a Training Workshop in Advanced Characterization of Nanomaterials, on September 16-20, 2013.

The workshop presents an introduction to Advanced Characterization Techniques of Nanomaterials, illustrating the necessary steps for the selection and application of different techniques for analyzing nano structured materials of diverse nature. Practical lectures with real devices are envisaged, including advanced microscopy methods and spectroscopic techniques as well as other related procedures in Nanotechnology. The goal of the course is to give an introduction to the analysis methods currently in use in Materials Science, Engineering and Nanotechnology.

The workshop is dedicated to participants interested in nanotechnology and materials science:

  • Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers dealing with materials in the nanoscale.
  • Technicians interested in general technical background which require a specific training in instrumental analysis.
  • Students of master courses in materials sciences, chemical engineering or similar courses

Open poster and oral sessions are also foreseen. Participants are invited to submit their abstracts from April 1st 2013.

More information and registration in the following links: 
http://www.nanovalid.eu/index.php/events/46-nanovalid-training-workshop
http://www.qualitynano.eu/news/68/282/NanoValid-Training-Workshop.html

26 Jun
2013
2nd Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing
News Photo The 2nd Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing (SIM 2013) that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 26 to June 29, 2013.



2nd Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing

The Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, and the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon kindly invite you to participate at the 2nd Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 26 to June 29, 2013.
The Conference aims to provide a major international forum for academics, researchers and industrial partners to exchange ideas in the field of sustainable intelligent manufacturing and related topics. The conference expects to foster networking and collaboration among participants to advance the knowledge and identify major trends in the field.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Computer-aided green manufacturing
    • Eco-design and eco-innovation
    • Design for climate change 
    • Inclusive design
    • e-Manufacturing
    • Green manufacturing
    • Sustainable construction for the built environment
    • Green supply chain management
    • Green transportation
    • Renewable energy
    • Sustainable power engineering and renewable energy technologies
    • Reuse, remanufacturing, disassembly and recycling techniques
    • Sustainable packaging solutions
    • Smart manufacturing
    • Reverse logistics and product recovery
    • Smart and sustainable materials
    • Life-cycle engineering and assessment
    • Energy efficiency in manufacturing
    • Smart design for sustainability
    • Sustainable technology innovation
    • Sustainable factory planning and scheduling
    • Sustainable business models
    • Zero-waste production
    • Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings
    • Resource Efficient Cities

SIM conference is being organized to be a high quality conference and an outstanding board of Scientific Committee members to ensure a high academic standard of published papers. 

Important Dates:

 Abstract Submission Deadline

 15 December 2012

 Notification of Acceptance

  7 January 2013

 Full manuscript submission

 18 February 2013

 Camera ready paper

  4 March 2013

Papers will be blind peer-reviewed. Accepted and presented papers will be included in an ISBN conference proceedings book. Selected papers will also be published in special issues from journals.

Submission Procedure
Authors are invited to submit an abstract of 200-500 words in one or more of the areas identified above, outlining the major content and conclusions. Accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full papers.

Please submit your abstract at:
http://sim.ipleiria.pt/callforabstracts/

If you need any further information, please visit the Conference website at http://sim.ipleiria.pt for detailed information.

 

18 Jun
2013
EuroNanoForum 2013
News Photo EuroNanoForum 2013 will take place 18-20 June 2013 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland.



EuroNanoForum 2013 

EuroNanoForum 2013 will take place 18-20 June 2013 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland.

EuroNanoForum 2013 focuses on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies, exploiting its potential for new applications and taking them further from enabling technologies to end products. It will also introduce the industry to new innovations for growth opportunities.

With Horizon2020 beginning in 2014, the conference will also show how nanotechnologies fit into the new structure within Europe’s key priority areas of excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.

Registration link: http://www.euronanoforum2013.eu/registration/

nanoSTAIR will be present through the participation of project partners, a poster, an overview leaflet and a leaflet on the semantic analysis tool.


 

21 Mar
2013
OECD - Current developments in delegations on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials
News Photo OECD has recently published a report on "Current Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials - Tour de Table at the 10th Meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials".



  OECD - Current developments in delegations on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials

OECD has recently published a report on "Current Developments on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials - Tour de Table at the 10th Meeting of the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials".

This report can be downloaded on the OECD website under the section dedicated to "Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials":
http://www.oecd.org/env/ehs/nanosafety/publicationsintheseriesonthesafetyofmanufacturednanomaterials.htm

 

15 Nov
2012
Nanosafe 2012
News Photo The NANOSAFE project will organize the next edition of the International Conference on Safe production and use of nanomaterials Nanosafe 2012 on November 13-15, 2012, in Grenoble (France).



NANOSAFE 2012

The NANOSAFE project will organize the next edition of the International Conference on Safe production and use of nanomaterials Nanosafe 2012 on November 13-15, 2012, in Grenoble (France).

Following the successful outcome of the past International Conference on Safe production and use of nanomaterials Nanosafe 2010 that took place in Grenoble (France), the Organizing Committee has decided that the next edition will take place in MINATEC again in November 2012.

 Topics

 
  1. Exposure assessment
  2. Detection and identification
  3. Toxicology
  4. Environmental interactions
  5. Nanomaterials release 
  6. Protection technology 
  7. Industrial production
  8. Life Cycle Analysis
  9. Ethics and societal issues
  10. Commercial equipement
  11. Risk management for OHS experts
  12. Regulation for nano products: REACH-US
    policies on nanoparticles in consumer products
 

Programme

The three-day programme for this conference will comprise:

  • Invited plenary lectures:
    G. Oberdörster (U. ROCHESTER), D. Pui (U. MINNESOTA), D. Brouwer (TNO), T. Nhuyen (NIST), F. Schuster (CEA), B. Nowack (EMPA), R. Muir (NANEUM). D. Bernard (ARKEMA), J. Rose (CEREGE), C. Engeman (UCSB) A. Grobe (U. STUTTGART). A. Grinbaum (CEA), F. Roure (FRENCH MINISTRY FOR ECONOMY, FINANCE AND INDUSTRY), A. Kishimoto (AIST, RISS), C. Emond (U. MONTREAL), L. Golanski (CEA), O. Witschger (INRS), E. Drais (INRS), P. SCHULTE (NIOSH/CDC), M. Puolamaa (European Commisssion, Brussels).
  • Selected oral contributions
  • Posters sessions
  • Panel discussions: Governance/ Toxicology/ The opinion of the civil society regarding nanomaterials
  • Exhibition of equipments related to safe production and use of nanomaterials
  • Satellite meeting:TRIMATEC

 Call for papers (Deadline for abstracts: August 30, 2012)

Papers will be presented in oral and poster sessions.
To submit a paper, please go at the following link:
http://www.nanosafe.org/scripts/home/publigen/content/templates/show.asp?P=134&L=EN&ITEMID=57

25 Oct
2012
EU-US Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts - A Joint Workshop 2012
News Photo The "EU-U.S. Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts - A Joint Workshop2012" will take place on 25–26 October 2012 in Helsinki.



"EU-U.S. Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts - A Joint Workshop2012" 

The "EU-U.S. Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts - A Joint Workshop2012" will take place on 25–26 October 2012 in Helsinki.

The Workshop is organized by the European Union (European Commission / NanoSafety Cluster) and the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), and it is hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (local organizer). The purpose of this second Joint Workshop between the European Union (EU) and the U.S. is to further promote and deepen the EU-U.S. collaboration on nanosafety research. The aim is also to continue developing the Communities of Research (CoR) and to bring them to a concrete level of organization and activity. This Joint Workshop is aimed at administrators and policy makers, decision makers and scientists from the EU and the U.S.

For more information:
http://us-eu.org/

Programme and registration:
http://www.ttl.fi/partner/nanoehs_workshop/Sivut/default.aspx

24 Oct
2012
NANOfutures: Integrated Research and Industrial Roadmap for European Nanotechnology
News Photo The NANOfutures project has recently published the Integrated Research and Industrial Roadmap for European Nanotechnology



  NANOfutures: Integrated Research and Industrial Roadmap for European Nanotechnology
 

The NANOfutures project has recently published the Integrated Research and Industrial Roadmap for European Nanotechnology.

The roadmap focuses on a 7 nano-enabled value chains and the set of target markets and final products. It includes actions to address industrial needs and research and innovation challenges for the successful development of safe and sustainable nano-enabled products aiming to:

- Deliver a focused implementation plan up to 2020 within a longer term horizon of actions (>2025);
- Address European cross-cutting key nodes in terms of cross-sectorial research, technology and innovation issues;
- Cover broad socio-economic challenges to the implementation and commercialisation of sustainable and safe nanotechnology enabled solutions;
- Have a market-driven value chain approach with a set of tech and non-tech actions along the identified value chains.

This roadmap represents an open working document, developed within the European Coordination and Support Action NANOfutures (contract number NMP4-CA-2010-266789). This document will be further developed with all NANOfutures Platform members and other stakeholders from the Nano related Community who would like to contribute. In this sense, an open on-line consultation will be opened soon.

Link for downloading the roadmap:
http://www.nanofutures.info/sites/default/files/NANOfutures_Roadmap%20july%202012_0.pdf
12 Oct
2012
JRC Reference Report - Review of measurement methods for nanoparticle sizing
News Photo The JRC has just released a reference report on the "Requirements on measurements for the implementation of the European Commission definition of the term 'nanomaterial'".



 JRC Reference Report - Review of measurement methods for nanoparticle sizing

The JRC (authors Gert Roebben, Francois Rossi, Douglas Gilliland, Neil Gibson, Christoph Klein, Luigi Calzolai and I) has just released a reference report on the "Requirements on measurements for the implementation of the European Commission definition of the term 'nanomaterial'".

A JRC report, published today, presents an in-depth review of methods available to measure the size of nanoparticles. Following the adoption of the definition of the term 'nanomaterial' in October 2011, it identifies relevant measurement methods and key challenges for measuring nanoparticle size in the regulatory context. The report underlines that no single measurement method can be used for all materials to determine if each of them falls within the regulatory definition. Different methods will be required depending on the material under investigation.  

The report gives an overview of the capabilities of currently available measurement methods, including techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and centrifugal liquid sedimentation, among others. It also identifies measurement issues that remain to be solved.

The conclusions highlight the practical challenges of measuring materials with widely varying properties. None of the currently available methods can determine whether all kinds of potential nanomaterials meet the regulatory definition or not. Therefore, a proper combination of measurement methods is required. The reliability of each of the measurement methods used in such combined, tiered approaches will need to be thoroughly checked in dedicated method validation studies.

Please follow this link to the JRC website containing the press release and the link for downloading the report:
http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/jrc/index.cfm?id=1410&obj_id=15310&dt_code=NWS&lang=en&ori=MOR

12 Oct
2012
NanoTrail: E2835 standard defining Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
News Photo ASTM published E2835 standard defining Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis




 NanoTrail: E2835 standard defining Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis

In the last NanoTrail, the good news that the American Society for Testing Materials, or ASTM, had published a new standard: E2834 - Standard Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) has been reported on.

The ASTM standard details the application of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) to the measurement of particle size distributions for suspended particles from ~10nm to the onset of sedimentation.

The Standard is available from ASTM at http://www.astm.org/Standards/E2834.htm
21 Jun
2012
Survey: How relevant is your project to provide inputs to standardization in the field of nanomaterials ?
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In relation with the initiative developed by NanoDevice, NanoFutures, ETPIS, NanoSafety Cluster and with the support of CEN TC 352 Nanotechnologies, you are invited to take part in this survey and provide information about inputs of your project for standardization by June 30, 2012. The objective of the survey is to identify projects able to contribute on similar topics and then build clusters for further standardization activities.

http://www.nanodevice.eu-vri.eu/Survey_Run.aspx?ID=301 





In relation with the initiative developed by NanoDevice, NanoFutures, ETPIS, NanoSafety Cluster and with the support of CEN TC 352 Nanotechnologies, you are invited to take part in this survey and provide information about inputs of your project for standardization by June 30, 2012. The objective of the survey is to identify projects able to contribute on similar topics and then build clusters for further standardization activities.

http://www.nanodevice.eu-vri.eu/Survey_Run.aspx?ID=301 

24 May
2012
Occupational Nanosafety Workshop
News Photo Tecnalia is pleased to announce the Workshop “MANAGING OCCUPATIONAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH NANOMATERIALS” taking place on 24th May 2012 at Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao (Spain).



Managing occupational risks associated with nanomaterials

Tecnalia is pleased to announce the Workshop “MANAGING OCCUPATIONAL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH NANOMATERIALS” taking place on 24th May 2012 at Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao (Spain).

 

 

The Workshop is organised by TECNALIA and the University of the Basque Country in the framework of the 10th International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention (ORP2012) and under the umbrella of the European Project SCAFFOLD.

The Workshop focuses on the industrial needs of companies and aims to provide a practical overview of the results of current research in the field of management of exposure to nanomaterials. The ultimate objective of the Workshop is to provide companies a set of skills that enable them - with the available evidence - proper management of the nano-risks.

The Workshop will include technical presentations from very well known speakers from the different disciplines involved in occupational nanosafety (USA, France, Finland, Spain); experiences in industry, a round table with involved stakeholders (Industry, Administration, Prevention Services, Research Organisations, Certification Bodies) and finally, a demonstration session  to show equipments and devices for exposure measurement. Due to the international nature of the event, the language of the Workshop will be in English. There will be a simultaneous translation system to facilitate the participation of industry and other interested organizations.

The programme is available here.

For further information and registration, please use the following link:
http://www.tecnalia.com/en/divisions/industry-transport/industrial-systems/events/risks-associated-with-nanomaterials.htm

 

19 Dec
2011
CFS Audit closed
News Photo Audit reports for projects:
*NANODEVICE
- Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-Use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air
*
Alfa-Bird
- Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
* iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!).



Audit reports for projects
  • NANODEVICE - Novel Concepts, Methods, and Technologies for the Production of Portable, Easy-to-Use Devices for the Measurement and Analysis of Airborne Engineered Nanoparticles in Workplace Air
  • Alfa-Bird - Alternative Fuels and Biofuels for Aircraft Development
  • iNTeg-Risk - Early Recognition, Monitoring and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related Risks)
formally accepted and approved by the European Commission (with less than 0.05 % adjustment needed!)
18 Oct
2011
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PRESS RELEASE - What is a nanomaterial?
News Photo What is a nanomaterial? European Commission brings a common definition of a nanomaterial, the definition will be now applied in all EU-VRi/R-tech projects dealing with nanotechnology (iNTeg-Risk, MUST, PARTICOAT, Nanodevice…)



 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION - PRESS RELEASE

What is a "nanomaterial"? European Commission breaks new ground with a common definition

Brussels, 18 October 2011 – "Nanomaterials" are materials whose main constituents have a dimension of between 1 and 100 billionth of a metre, according to a recommendation adopted by the European Commission today. The announcement marks an important step towards greater protection for citizens, clearly defining which materials need special treatment in specific legislation.

European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: "I am happy to say that the EU is the first to come forward with a cross-cutting designation of nanomaterials to be used for all regulatory purposes. We have come up with a solid definition based on scientific input and a broad consultation. Industry needs a clear coherent regulatory framework in this important economic sector, and consumers deserve accurate information about these substances. It is an important step towards addressing any possible risks for the environment and human health, while ensuring that this new technology can live up to its potential."


Nanomaterials are already being used in hundreds of applications and consumer products ranging from toothpaste to batteries, paints and clothing. Developing these innovative substances is an important driver for European competitiveness, and they have significant potential for progress in areas like medicine, environmental protection and energy efficiency. But as uncertainties remain about the risks they pose, a clear definition is needed to ensure that the appropriate chemical safety rules apply. The definition will help all stakeholders including industry associations, as it brings coherence to the variety of definitions that are currently in use in different sectors. The definition will be reviewed in 2014 in the light of technical and scientific progress.


The recommendation also delivers on a commitment made in 2009 to the European Parliament to issue a single definition that is broadly applicable to all EU legislation concerned by nanomaterials.


The definition adopted today is based on an approach considering the size of the constituent particles of a material, rather than hazard or risk. The wording describes a nanomaterial as "a natural, incidental or manufactured material containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for 50% or more of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm – 100 nm."


The definition is based on scientific advice from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC). A draft version of the definition was subject to a public consultation.


Background

Nanomaterials are currently governed by a variety of legislative instruments at EU and national level. However, definitions have been developed on a case-by-case basis and vary across sectors, creating unnecessary burdens for industry and hampering public debate about risks and benefits of these substances. This recommendation gives EU legislators a legal reference for nanomaterials, when adopting new or implementing existing legislation.

The experience of the first registration deadline (30 November 2010) under REACH, the EU's overarching chemicals policy, showed that companies needed more clarity about their obligations with regard to nanomaterials. REACH has a key role to play in generating information about the properties of nanomaterials as chemical substances. With the adopted definition it will be easier for companies to assess their registration dossiers and determine exactly when they should consider their products as nanomaterials.


Further information:
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/nanotech/index.htm
MEMO/11/704


Contacts:
Joe Hennon (+32 2 295 35 93)
Monica Westeren (+32 2 299 18 30)