CNS Symposium 2015 – Singapore perspective on Urban Air Quality and Public Health

In the modern urban society human life and activities are greatly influenced by the quality of air we breathe. The negative impact of air pollution on human and environmental health has far reaching consequences on the international relationships, business, urban activities and travel. Understanding different dimensions of the problem for strategizing risk mitigation measures warrants integration of expertise from environmental monitoring, toxicology, public health, and social sciences. It is with this intention that Centre for Sustainable Nanotechnology, Nanyang Polytechnic  is hosting a symposium titled “Singapore Perspective on Urban Air Quality and Public Health”. This symposium brought together experts to discuss current understanding and new developments in this field. The topics ranged from environmental monitoring, particle collection and characterisation, disease conditions related to poor air quality and innovations for mitigating exposure and risk; with the overall aim to understand aspects of air pollution relevant to Singapore environment and identify affordable solutions to mitigate the health risk.

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Launch of nanOsing

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The nanOsing collaboration was launched this week (18th November) at the International Workshop on nanosafety organised by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

nanOsing is a multidisciplinary collaboration of prominent leading research and consultancy groups in Singapore. nanOsing is dedicated to developing and applying world class multidisciplinary science for the assessment of health and environmental risks of nanotechnology in Singapore within the innovation chain. Through these activities, nanOsing will support the development of nanotechnology based processes, materials and products.

nanOsing also aims to support knowledge and capability building on nanomaterial risk issues in Singapore which will complement Singapore’s expertise in nanotechnology innovation.

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IOM Singapore’s Prof Rob Aitken, one of the co-ordinators of nanOsing said “the launch of nanOsing brings a great opportunity for Singapore to establish itself as a leading regional centre for safe innovation in nanotechnology based products. I am looking forward to help to realize this ambition”