How can you make contact with the former NanoFATE research consortium and benefit from exchange of experience? Address requests to coordinator Claus Svendsen in care of firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone + 44 1491 692371.
NanoFATE included open training workshops benefitting researchers and PhD students from both within and outside NanoFATE. Hands-on sessions provided a common understanding of the methodology and technical limitations across the multiple disciplines involved in NanoFATE. The first Open Training Workshop was held in Aveiro, Portugal in January 2011.
Throughout the project lifetime, NanoFATE engaged with key scientists in national, European and international projects on nanosafety. We have sought to share knowledge and experience to ensure that NanoFATE provides unique and novel aspects that are not already included in funded programs.
On the European level, the NanoFATE team played a full and active part within the newly inaugurated NanoSafety Cluster. This is a network of experts that are involved in (EU) projects focused on the health and safety aspects of nanotechnology. As well as linking with research in other EU projects (ENNSATOX, NanoReTox, NanoPolyTox, NanoSustain, NanoLYSE, QualityNano, MARINA, NanoVALID and NanoTOES) through the EU wide NanoSafety Cluster initiative, NanoFate benefited from the data and expertise produced as part of the OECD PROSPEcT: Ecotoxicology Test Protocols for Representative Nanomaterials Programme. Finally, NanoFATE also enjoyed close collaboration with the UK-US project TINE (Transatlantic Īnitiative for Nanotechnolgy and the Ēnvironment). This is an extensive program of regulatory--based acute and chronic testing that is being conducted across a range of countries. With combined industrial and governmental support, TINE generated an extensive set of toxicity data included by NanoFATE within the assessment of patterns of toxicity of ENPs.
In the EU, the majority of research is still funded nationally (for example, by the end of 2009 the UK Environmental Nanoscience Initiative had supported almost 9 million Euros of work on nanoparticle fate and effects in the environment). Partners in NanoFATE have been extensively involved in national research initiatives focusing on specific theoretical aspects of ENP safety. While none of these targeted national projects mobilises the scale of expertise that was assembled within NanoFATE, our scientists monitored activities in relevant projects and fostered data exchange where appropriate.
On the international stage, there was scrutiny of nanosafety regulatory issues during the lifetime of NanoFATE. Learn about the stakeholder positioning on the 2012 EU 2nd Regulatory Review of Nanomaterials from our NanoFATE Travel Report (January 2013 workshop in Brussels), "sit in" on an Expert workshop of the OECD WPNM (Dec. 2013 Travel Report) and consult our Regulators' stakeholder page and associated downloads.
There has been as well extensive international investment in nanosafety and nanotoxicology. The UK government and US-EPA undertook a collaborative program on environmental nanoscience for 2010-2015. Also in the USA, the National Science Foundation recognises nanotechnology, and specifically nanosafety, as a research priority. In NanoFATE we built collaborative links in many countries with researchers who are significant players in the nanotechnology and nanosafety area. The Advisory Board played a key role in helping the NanoFATE consortium stay in touch with these initiatives worldwide.
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