International Symposium for Nanosafety: Social, Environmental and Health Impacts (17-18 November 2014, Nanyang Technology University, Singapore)

The Nanotechnology revolution has brought enormous promises to improve many aspects of our lives. As a result, we have witnessed over recent years the infiltration of nanomaterials into our everyday lives, especially through their incorporation into a wide range of consumer products. While it is exciting that nanomaterials have the potential to advance technologies significantly, there are also genuine concerns over the potential undesirable effects that nanomaterials could bring. In order that efforts in harnessing the potential of nanomaterials not be derailed, it is key that we accelerate our fundamental understanding of the impact of nanomaterials on our lives across social, environmental and health perspectives.

This symposium therefore aimed to bring together a critical group of local and international experts from academia, industries and government agencies to share and discuss current understanding of the field, and to initiate a collective effort in dealing with an issue that is of national interest.

During the Symposium, nanOsing was officially launched.


The symposium resulted in a peer-review position paper, which was published in the journal Nanotoxicology (direct link to article, published in OpenAccess).

NanotechItaly 2014

26 – 27 November 28, 2014

NanotechItaly is to be held on 26th- 28th November 2014 in Venice, Italy. The event, organized by AIRI/Nanotec IT, Veneto Nanotech, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) e Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), aims to showcase, with the contribution of specialists coming from industry and academia, how nanotechnologies, together with the other KETs, can sustain a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) assuring a competitive advantage to a variety of industries, relevant to EU and National economy.

The event will cover a variety of topic areas, including:

  • Healthcare & Wellbeing;
  • Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials;
  • Smart Manufacturing;
  • Bio-Based Industry; and
  • Space Related Applications.

Further information, including registration details, are available here.

NIA Symposium: Nano-Regulation and Policy

19 November 2014

The Nanotechnology Industries Association are hosting a symposium titled ‘Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve’ on the 19th of November, 2014.

The event aims to present on a variety of topics currently being discussed worldwide, including:

  • Nano- specific modification of the REACH Annexes;
  • Review of the EC recommended definition of the term ‘nanomaterial’;
  • National mandatory reporting schemes; and
  • Transparency and public engagement.

Further information regariding the event is available here.

Nanosafe 2014

18 – 20 November 2014

The Nanosafe 2014 event is to be held from 18th-20th November 2014 in Grenoble, France. The three day conference will involve plenary lectures, poster presentations, panel discussions on ‘responsible development/risk and benefits for the environment’, and an ‘exhibition of equipment related to safe production and use of nanomaterials’.

The event aims to cover a range of topics, including:
  • New application of nanomaterials;
  • Industrial production and prevention;
  • Environmental interactions of nanomaterials;
  • Industrial production and prevention;
  • Risk management;
  • Nanoresponsible development.
Companies and organisations will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the conference, offering an ideal platform to showcase new nano-enabled products and technologies.
Further information can be found on the website.