Nano safety initiatives team up for greater impact
Following on from the launch of two key projects of the EU’s NanoSafety Cluster: NanoValid and MARINA, which kicked off at the end of 2011 with a joint budget of €18.6 million, close collaboration continues to be vital to ensure optimum outcome and cost benefit to the European citizen. The aims of the two large-scale integrated projects are aligned and focus on the development of reference methods and materials for life cycle analysis, exposure, hazard identification, and risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials.
In this early phase, the key component of collaboration lies in sharing information and physical samples of the key nanomaterials and nanoparticles under investigation in each project. As the project progresses the exchange of experimental results and expert discussion between partners will become increasingly important. The projects will also have a common dissemination and exploitation strategy and interaction with the EU’s NanoSafety Cluster.
Two key collaborative meetings have now been scheduled to maximise opportunities for a more intensive alliance and greater impact . The first of these focuses on the selected materials used so far by both projects, looking ahead to identifying the foci of further testing and cross validation as well as benchmarking and establishing protocols. The second meeting, scheduled for October, will examine exposure issues encountered by researchers in both of the projects.
Rudolf Reuther of NanoValid explains the significance of the two projects;
‘Both MARINA and NanoValid individually own the critical expertise and resources to trigger real scientific step changes in the development of reference methods and materials to reliably manage exposure and possible risks of engineered nanomaterials. As a result the cooperation of the two EU FP7 “flagship” projects will have an enormous impact on the integration of the European nanosafety research landscape and drive forward the establishment of a special risk culture to support real future technical break-through, exciting new technical innovations and the sustainability of nanomaterials along their whole life cycle.’
Both projects will run for four years (2011-2015). NanoValid is coordinated by Dr Rudolf Reuther (Nordmiljö AB) with a consortium of 29 partners, and MARINA is coordinated by Dr Lang Tran (Institute of Occupational Medicine) and involves a total of 47 partners.
NanoSafety Cluster: www.nanosafetycluster.eu
NanoValid Project Co-ordinator: Dr Rudolf Reuther, Rudolf.firstname.lastname@example.org
NanoValid Dissemination Contact: Lesley Tobin, Lesley.email@example.com
MARINA Project Co-ordinator: Dr Lang Tran, firstname.lastname@example.org
MARINA Dissemination Contacts: Dr Yves Sicard, email@example.com; Vanessa Gaultier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: NanoValid /...
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