One of the most important goals of the project will be to begin training workers with a high level of knowledge in an area, nanosafety, that will be necessary for the future of European industry, and that will ensure its competitiveness in many sectors: automotive, textile, packaging products, construction/building and transportation products, decoration interior and exterior, air purification, decontamination, etc.

Forthcoming Events

Training Events

Winter School: Safety of carbon nanomaterials
Expected celebration place & dates: Universidad de Burgos (Spain), November 2017

Summer School: Biophysical and multidisciplinary frontier techniques to assess Nanosafety
Expected celebration place & dates: University of Birmingham (United Kingdom), June 2018

Summer School: Advanced Genomics and proteomics methods to predict long term Nanotoxicity
Expected celebration place & dates: Università del Piemonte Orientale -Vercelli Novara Alessandria, UPO (Italy), June 2019

Past Events

Conference Series: “Engineered nanomaterial interactions with ecological exudates - potential for impact on complex ecosystem signalling pathways”. Dr. Iseult Lynch

Aula Romeros – Universidad de Burgos, Jan 29th 2016, 11:30 h

Abstract: Nanoparticles (NPs) have a high surface energy that they seek to lower by binding to available biomolecules from their surroundings such as components of product formulations, proteins or lipids in living systems, natural organic matter (NOM) components of water or soil or potentially exuded and secreted biomolecules in complex ecosystems. Formation of a protein corona around NPs is a ubiquitous phenomenon that occurs instantaneously upon contact with available macromolecules. Most research to date has focussed on the interactions of NPs with blood proteins (human or animal sera) or lung surfactant proteins, to correlate corona composition with NP uptake and impacts on living systems. Environmental interactions research has focussed on NP-NOM interactions, assessing the impact of the humic substances on particle stability / bioavailability. Much less work has investigated the potential for NPs to bind the exuded biomolecules central to much of the plant and microorganism world, where secretion of biomolecules can be a defensive response to repel insect attack, or an offensive habit to repel other incompatible or competitive species.

Speaker: Dr. Iseult Lynch, University of Birmingham.
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Nanosciences (University of Birmingham). She has a very broad overview of all aspects of nanomaterials safety assessment and the dissemination requirements of different stakeholders, having served as theme editor for the Materials and classification section of the NanoSafety Cluster Vision 2015-2025 research roadmap (published June 2013). Prior to University of Brimingham, she was strategic research manager at the Centre for BioNano Interactions in University College Dublin, where she was instrumental in the development and implementation of the QualityNano research infrastructure.

Conference Series: “An integrative biology approach to nanomaterial effect assessment: a case study in marine molluscs”. Dr. Francesco Dondero

Aula Romeros – Universidad de Burgos, Jan 29th 2016, 12:30 h

Abstract: Nowadays the rapid increase in production and use of Engineered Nanomaterials (ENMs) is posing concerns on potential environmental hazard and risk. Therefore, the understanding of environmental fate, ecotoxicity and mechanism of action of ENMs is a high-priority task to safeguard ecosystems but also to support a safe-by-design approach from the industry.

Speaker: Senior Scientist at Department of Science and Technological Innovation (DiSIT), University of Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria, Italy. He has a broad experience in ecotoxicology: toxicity testing, data modeling, risk assessment, kinetics and toxico-dynamics of pollutants. He has more than 50 papers as author or co-author in international journals (H-index, 19), focusing recently on the environmental effects and risk of NMs. He is member of the Nanosafety Cluster and has contributed to the European booklet “Nanosafety in Europe 2015-2025: Towards Safe and Sustainable Nanomat. and Nanotech. Innovations”, which includes state of the art (SOA) and guidelines for future.