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4th Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is used as a key technology in numerous areas. The consideration of opportunities and risks have been the focus of the 4th Symposium on Nanotechnology celebrated on 30th – 31st May 2022 in Berlin. During the two-day event, topics such as the use of nanotechnology in textiles and packaging, its application in agriculture, the introduction of nanomaterials into the body and future-oriented assessment approaches were presented and discussed.

This 4th Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology has been organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) together with the Fraunhofer Network Nanotechnology FNT. The hybrid event was well visited, joining 100 stakeholders from academia, industry, regulators (75 online and 25 on-site).

HARMLESS was present during the event. Rico Ledwith, from BfR, performed an oral presentation, allocated in the session “IV Safety / risk assessment of nanomaterials” on 31st May, with the title “Establishing an in vitro fibre toxicity test strategy to support risk assessment and facilitate grouping”. The presentation outlined the topic of the PhD thesis of Rico’s PhD theses, within the framework of HARMESS highlighting his research so far in following topics:

  • Selected NAM-based gap-filling driven data generation for hazard modelling with focus on high-throughput (HT)  (NAM = New Approach Methodologies)
  • Data-rich methods including use of existing data
  • NAM-driven generation of new data for nanomaterials selected for the case studies

The detailed programme can be found here.

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