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.
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.