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.

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