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Join us in the Nanosafety Training School: From Basic Science To Risk Governance

Join us in the Nanosafety Training School: From Basic Science To Risk Governance

The training school will take place on 21-27 March 2021 in San Servolo island, in Venice, Italy.

The School week will include a variety of hands-on sessions aimed to transfer state-of-the-art knowledge on a variety of topics from key experts to the new generation of nano-environmental, health and safety, and biomedicine professionals, using interprofessional education.

About the School

This year the Venice Nano Training School celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The School will feature keynote speeches, hands-on sessions and a dedicated Young Scientist Forum Day (22nd March) during which early career researchers (PhD students, PhD candidates and Post-Docs) will have the opportunity to present their work.

The School week will include a variety of hands-on sessions aimed to transfer state-of-the-art knowledge on a variety of topics from key experts to the new generation of nano-environmental, health and safety, and biomedicine professionals, using interprofessional education.

A variety of networking activities (a special 10th anniversary welcome cocktail, social event and a social dinner) will enable plenty of time and opportunities for you to widen your network and foster academic exchange.

Become part of an interactive, exciting week and enrich your knowledge by developing multidisciplinary expertise!

 

Who should attend?

  • Early-stage researchers
  • PhD students and Post-Docs
  • Senior researchers
  • Industry
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Medical Personnel
  • Anyone interested in Safe Nanotechnology, Risk Assessment and Nano-Medicine

School Topics

  • Hazard to Human Health & Environment
  • Fate & Exposure Assessment
  • Nanomedicine: from the lab to the market
  • Modelling
  • Grouping & Read Across Approaches
  • Risk Governance

Draft School Agenda

A draft version of the school agenda is available HERE.

 

More Information about the Young Scientist Forum Day

Early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their work in the form of oral and poster presentations. You can choose between the following themes:

State of the art approaches and challenges towards nanomaterial characterisation
Strategies towards testing ENM toxicology (human and environmental)
Modelling approaches towards ENM toxicology
Risk assessment and legal regulation of ENM
Approaches towards defining human and environmental exposure to EN

 

School Location

The training school will take place in San Servolo (Venice, Italy).

 

School Certificates

Each participant will be given a Certificate of attendance upon request.

 

Further information and updates available here. 

 

Contacts

Scientific enquiries:

Danail Hristozov, GreenDecision (Italy) | danail.hristozov@greendecision.eu

Stella Stoycheva, Yordas Group (UK) | s.stoycheva@yordasgroup.com

Susanne Resch, BioNanoNet (Austria) | susanne.resch@bionanonet.at

Logistics, local support and administration:

Paola Basso, GreenDecision (Italy) | management@greendecision.eu

 

Sponsors

GreenDecision (Venice, IT)

Institute of Occupational Medicine (Edinburgh, UK)

Yordas Group (Forchheim, DE)

Warrant Hub S.p.A (Casalecchio di Reno, IT)

BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Graz, AT)

NC3RS (London, UK)

Aarhus University (Aarhus, DK)

RIVM (Utrecht, NL)

NILU (Kjeller, NO)

These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 760928 (BIORIMA), No 814401 (Gov4Nano), No 760840 (GRACIOUS), No 814426 (NanoInformaTIX), No 814530 (NANORIGO), No 760813 (PATROLS), and No 814425 (RiskGONE).

 

 

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Webinar recording: identifying health hazards with AOPs – watch it anytime!

Webinar recording: identifying health hazards with AOPs – watch it anytime!

On 5th June, RiskGONE held its second webinar, attended by more than 40 participants. This time project partners focused the discussion on how to use Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOPs), a risk-assessment method, to analyse the possible hazards nanomaterials can pose to human health.

Experts from KU Leuven (Belgium), the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health (Croatia) and the QSAR lab (Poland) explained how they are applying this method to tracing nanomaterials risks.

AOPs could help researchers find negative effects from nanomaterials more efficiently, and reduce the need for animal testing. So, how do AOPs work in practice? The idea behind is that researchers create pathways that link a first event observable at molecular level with subsequent effects in the human body and the final problems they can pose to human health, which can be as serious as cancer, neurodegeneration or decreased fertility.

These pathways are living documents that can be accessed online through the AOP Wiki website and be modified as fresh evidence reveals new or different effects of nanomaterials in human health. The AOPs system is a tool launched by the OECD in 2012 to systematically assess toxicological risks in chemicals. Researchers in the RiskGONE project propose using these AOPs to map possible hazards in using nanomaterials too.

Eager to know more? We have recorded the webinar for you! Simply click on the links below to watch the webinar sections of your interest:

 

Access all the presentation slides from speakers here. 

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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)
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RiskGONE, Gov4Nano & NANORIGO actively involved in International Particle Toxicology Conference

RiskGONE together with NANORIGO and Gov4Nano participated in the 12th International Particle Toxicology Conference, which took place on 11-13 September in Salzburg, Austria, bringing together 135 stakeholders from across the world.

Focusing on the challenges of translating knowledge from particle safety research into regulation and legislation, the conference was of particular interest to the three EU H2020 projects working together to effectively improve risk governance of nanomaterials.

During the conference’s poster session both the close collaboration of RiskGONE with Gov4Nano and NANORIGO as well as specific details of the RiskGONE project were presented.

The International Particle Toxicology Conference also gave place to the 1st International Young Scientist Forum. The event allowed young scientists working in all fields in the broader area of particle and fibre toxicology to come together, discuss state-of-the-art developments, broaden their scientific knowledge & advance their research. DECHEMA, partner of the RiskGONE consortium, was involved in the organisation and part of the scientific committee.

A general trend transpiring from the discussions was that interesting research in the field of expositions of humans to particles are being conducted in real-life settings such as airports, trains and harbours. In addition, it was found that research on security of engineered particles is slightly decreasing – a development which attests to the importance of improved risk governance of nanomaterials and therefore the relevance of the main objective of the three NMBP-13 projects RiskGONE, Gov4Nano and NANORIGO.
The next edition of the conference is foreseen to take place at the University of New Mexico in 2022.

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.