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Webinar on nanotechnology risk-assessment method AOP – register now!

Webinar on nanotechnology risk-assessment method AOP – register now!

Nanotechnologies have useful applications, but do present risks, such as toxicity or flammability under some conditions. The RiskGONE project is researching on how to assess hazards using Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs), a risk-assessment method used to analyse how biological events may lead to adverse effects.

Using AOPs is common for assessing hazards posed by chemicals, but not yet for nanomaterials. Therefore, RiskGONE researchers work to adapt this kind of methods to be used in testing risks in new nano-based technologies.

Are you a nanomaterial student, or an engineer? Just interested in these developments? RiskGONE experts are holding a webinar on 5 June at 12.30pm (Brussels Time). They will go in detail on how to use AOPs to assess risks in new nanotechnology applications.

On the programme:

  • Introduction of the AOP together with brief description of OECD-sponsored AOP Knowledge base (AOP-KB), by Dr. Ivana Vinković Vrček, Analytical Toxicology and Mineral Metabolism Unit, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb (Croatia).
  • Overview of a systematic literature search summarizing existing AOPs for nanomaterials, as performed in riskGONE project and examples on how to generate a testable hypothesis for AO of nanomaterials from chemical AOPs, by Prof. Peter Hoet and Mr. Sivakumar Murugadoss, Laboratory of Toxicology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium).
  • Introduction and discussion over the concept of quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR), by Dr. Karolina Jagiello, QSAR lab, Gdańsk (Poland)
  • Open discussion

Registrations are open to everyone! To attend, just fill in this form.

 

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Webinar recording – your chance to catch up anytime!

Webinar recording – your chance to catch up anytime!

Our first webinar brought together the expertise of leading RiskGONE project partners in order to explain how we go about our mission to improve risk governance of engineered nanomaterials and how interested stakeholders can get involved.

We have recorded the webinar for you so that you can get back to it anytime. Simply click on the links below to watch the webinar sections of your interest!

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One year into our work – face to face meeting in Iceland

One year into our work – face to face meeting in Iceland

The 3rd RiskGONE project meeting took place in Reykjavik, Iceland on 6-7 February. The face to face meeting with representatives of all consortium partners marked one year of activity since the project kicked off in January 2019.

Looking back at the project’s first year, partners came together to advance in their efforts to provide solid procedures for science-based risk governance of nanomaterials. The meeting was organised together with two other H2020 projects: the infrastructure project NanoCOMMONS and NMBP14 project NanoSolveIT.

RiskGONE partners shared updates on their risk governance research and their approach to risk-benefit analysis which will shape the design of the Risk Governance Council to be established. In addition the current state of tools for nanomaterials risk assessment were presented. The tools are being developed based on characterisation of ENMs and human and eco-toxicological hazard assessment in order to identify with better certainty the environmental and human health impacts of a number of nanomaterials. The results of tests using these tools will then be integrated into the work of the European Risk Governance Council.

The meeting hosted the second edition of a joint workshop on Data Management, Adverse Outcome Pathways and Dissemination organised by RiskGONE together with NanoCOMMONS and NanoSolveIT.

Getting together all partners and work package leaders also served to discuss the harmonisation of ongoing activities with H2020 projects NANORIGO and Gov4Nano, together with which RiskGONE is working to build a robust, long-term Risk Governance Framework and Council to guide the safe and transparent governance of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs).

Would you like to find out more about where the RiskGONE project stands and hear updates from project partners directly? Listen in to our webinar on 19 March – you can register here.

Are you searching for answers or would like to find out more about our activities? Our public forum is open for all of you and enables you to ask questions and engage with other interested stakeholders.

Stay up to date on our activities, have a regular looks at our news and follow us on LinkedIn.

 

About the Project
RiskGONE is an EU H2020 project aiming at providing solid procedures for science-based risk governance of nanomaterials, based on a clear understanding of risks and risk management practices.

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Reading recommendation: Nanoregulation along the product life cycle

Reading recommendation: Nanoregulation along the product life cycle

Are you interested in staying up to date regarding scientific publications relevant to the field of nanomaterials and our work for better risk governance? We are happy to share an article of interest with you! Take a look at “Nanoregulation along the product life cycle in the EU, Switzerland, Thailand, the USA, and intergovernmental organisations, and its compatibility with WTO law” published in Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry.

The main finding of the article is that regulating nanosafety and labelling of nanoproducts is most probably compatible with World Trade Organisation law.

The RiskGONE partners will share interesting publications with you on a regular basis. Visit our resource area and take a look at our website updates and LinkedIn channel to stay up to date.

About the Project

RiskGONE is an EU H2020 project aiming at providing solid procedures for science-based risk governance of nanomaterials, based on a clear understanding of risks and risk management practices.

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RiskGONE coordinator hosts training for project partners on different assays

RiskGONE coordinator hosts training for project partners on different assays

The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), coordinator of RiskGONE, hosted a training workshop at its premises in Kjeller, Norway, from 17-20 February. Project partners were trained on different assays for use with engineered nanomaterials which will be part of the Round Robin exercise and testing later in the project.

The training was targeted at those project partners who will work to deliver more efficient and reliable human hazard and environmental risk assessment safety testing strategies in order to improve risk decision making tools for nanomaterials.

Analysis of results from Comet Assay

The training week focused on the Comet Assay (CA), Colony Forming Efficiency (CFE) and Alamar Blue (AB) assay. The CA is a genotoxicity test, CFE and AB are cytotoxicity tests. Besides the transfer of knowledge, the aim of the training week was the harmonization of the procedures among the different laboratories.

The partners participating to the training were Swansea University, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Bergen. Alongside the training activities, this week has been an occasion for the partners to discuss and plan future activities.

This training workshop is the first in a series of trainings to be organised as part of RiskGONE. The training material which was developed will be shared among all project partners and might also form the basis of teaching and training material to be used beyond the project course.

About the Project

RiskGONE is an EU H2020 project aiming at providing solid procedures for science-based risk governance of nanomaterials, based on a clear understanding of risks and risk management practices.

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Register for our webinar: RiskGONE Project – Governance of Nanomaterials in the EU

Register for our webinar: RiskGONE Project – Governance of Nanomaterials in the EU

Be part of our 1st webinar and find out more about RiskGONE!
Partners leading on different activities of RiskGONE will talk about the project itself, its visions and ambitions as well as about the possibilities for YOU to interact with us and actively influence the future governance of nanomaterials in the EU and worldwide!

Time and Date:
Round 1 – 19 March 2020, 12.30-13:15 CET
Round 2 – 30 March 2020, 15.00-15:45 CET

Registration (free of charge): https://dechema.typeform.com/to/YeIlmO

Agenda:

  • Welcome (Michael Neaves, ECOS)
  • The RiskGONE Project (Eleonora Longhin, NILU)
    • Project Background
    • Aims and Objectives
    • NMBP-13 Cooperation
  • RiskGONEs approach towards a Risk Governance Council and Framework (Panagiotis Isigonis, UNIVE)
  • Risk Assessment and Decision-making Tools (Tomasso Serchi, LIST)
  • Q&A
  • Getting involved in RiskGone! (Michael Neaves, ECOS)