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”

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).

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.

EC JRC publish assessment of collected information concerning experience with the nanomaterial definition

Date: Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published the second part of its report ‘Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term nanomaterial’, which focuses on the ‘Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition’.

The report provides the JRC assessment of feedback on the experiences of stakeholders with the EC nanomaterial definition, published in 2011 (EC Recommendation 2011/696/EU). The report is a follow-up report of the previous JRC report, which compiled feedback collected by JRC in 2013 and early 2014, partly through a dedicated survey. Based on the current report, JRC will prepare a set of recommendations for the revision of the EC nanomaterial definition, as part of the review process foreseen in the 2011 EC Recommendation.

Click here to access the report in full [pdf].

Source: EC JRC