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August 14, 2020

EC Will Hold Virtual Workshop on Safe and Sustainable Smart Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD) will jointly organize a virtual “Workshop on Safe and Sustainable Smart Nanomaterials” on September 9-10, 2020.  The workshop is focused on smart (responsive, multi-functional) nanomaterials, as such or embedded in products, that are developed for application in industrial sectors such as agriculture, food, packaging, and cosmetics.  The program is structured in four sessions of presentations, each followed by a dedicated breakout session:

  • Session 1, “Designing Smart Nanomaterials,” will be entirely dedicated to developers;
  • Session 2, “From Safe-by-Design to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design,” will give the floor to experts on assessing safety and sustainability of nanotechnology, to illustrate and discuss challenges with smart nanomaterials;
  • In Session 3, “Regulatory Preparedness,” regulators will present the legislative context and some initiatives concerning smart nanomaterials; and
  • Session 4, “How to shift towards a more sustainable path? Implications of the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability,” will be dedicated to consult the priority areas of Sustainable-by-Design in view of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s (EU) next framework program for research and innovation.

The conference is open to experts from authorities, research organizations, and industry.  Registration is required.