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Emerging Needs

Nanotechnology must be developed in a safe and responsible manner. Ethical principles must be adhered to and potential health, safety or environmental risks scientifically studied, also in order to prepare for possible regulation. Societal impacts need to be examined and taken into account. Dialogue with the public is essential to focus attention on issues of real concern rather than "science fiction" scenarios. Research focuses principally on safety aspects of nanotechnology, outreach, road-mapping, standardisation and metrology.

1) Safety Aspects:
impart - nanoderm - nanopathology - nanosafe - nanosafe2 - nanotox - nanotransport - particle risk - polysoa

2) Socio-economic and political aspects:
atbest - crea - decide - nanobio raise - nanodialogue - nanoforum - nanologue - nanoroadmap - nanoroadsme - nano-strand - path - womeninnano

3) International Cooperation:
euroindianet - nanoforumeula

1) Safety Aspects

IMPART : The primary aim of this EU funded project is to prevent knowledge of the health and environmental implications of nanoparticles from lagging behind the technological advances by fostering communication links between numbers of regional, national and international initiatives in order to reduce duplication of effort, pool expertise and facilitate co-operation between networks. This will result in an improvement in the understanding of the potential impact of nanoparticles on human health and the environment.
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Homepage: http://www.impart-nanotox.org
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NANODERM : Todays population is increasingly exposed to ultrafine particles contained in bodycare and household products. This EU funded project aims, among other things, at gathering information on impacts on human health as well as obtaining preventive strategies.
Homepage: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~nanoderm/
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NANOPATHOLOGY : The aim of this European-wide project is to investigate the possible pathogenic role of nano-particles in human cryptogenic diseases, with the use of experimental models in vitro and in vivo.
Homepage: http://www.nanopathology.it/paginei/menu.htm
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NANOSAFE : This EU funded project aimed at finding the Industrial application of nanoparticles - as well as the chances and risks involved.
Homepage: http://www.nanosafe.org/node/270
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NANOSAFE2: The EU funded Integrated Project will establish processes to detect, track and characterise nanoparticles.
Information sheet
EU nanotechnology research: Safety keeping pace with innovation (European Commission leaflet on projects NANOSAFE and NANOTOX, July 2005)
New EU project assesses safety of nanoparticles (On: CORDIS News, 3rd May 2005)
Project summary (publishable project summary from the Description of Work)
Powerpoint presentation (by F. Schuster, CEA, May 2005)
Homepage: http://www.nanosafe.org/
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NANOTOX : This EU funded specific support action will contribute to the improvement of safety of nanoparticles by documenting potential methods of dispersal and contamination by nanoparticles and agglomerated nanocrystals.
Information sheet
EU nanotechnology research: Safety keeping pace with innovation (European Commission leaflet on projects NANOSAFE and NANOTOX, July 2005)
Nanocyl to Participate in Nanotox Project (On: Azonano, 12th July 2005)
Homepage: http://www.impart-nanotox.org
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NANOTRANSPORT : This EU projects aims at defining realistic test conditions in terms of test aerosols characteristics for use within nanotoxicology investigations. Also for the testing and certification of the efficiency of existing engineering control systems of manufacturing equipment as well as for the provision of experimental results that will be used to develop recommendations and guidelines for the European Commission.
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Homepage: http://research.dnv.com/nanotransport/

PARTICLE RISK : This EU funded project aims to acquire a data bank of some NESTP (Fullerene C60, carbon nanotubs, Corbon Black, CdTe Quantum dot and Golden Nanometric Particles) and to evaluate the Human Health Risk coming from the exposure to these materials
Particle-risk Nest Insight
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POLYSOA : This EU funded project will provide a basis to assess the risk of a new category of airborne contaminants to health as well as the importance of these polymers and the polymerization process with respect to air quality and climate change.
Homepage: http://polysoa.web.psi.ch
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2) Socio-economic and political aspects:

ATBEST : This project developed a process approach, with corresponding tools, for the management of new and emerging science and technology, where uncertainty is great, but hoped-for potential is great as well. This project builds on what has been learnt already, so as to characterize assessment approaches and corresponding tools that address the new challenges.
Atbest Net Support
Homepage: http://latts.cnrs.fr/site/p_lattsperso.php?Id=864
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CREA : The EU funded NEST project CREA analyses factors that lead to especially innovative and important research in the fields of human genetics and nanotechnology
NEST project helps design a better science policy (On: CORDIS News, 13th June 2005)
Homepage: >www.crea.server.de
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DECIDE : The EU funded project aims at involving the public in political decision making in nanotechnology with the help of the PlayDecide nanotechnology kit. Next to nanotechnology, other controversial liefescience issues discussed are: HIV-Aids, neuroscience, preimplementation genetic diagnosis, stem cells and xeno-transplantation.
PlayDecide nanotechnology kit >
Homepage: http://www.playdecide.org/decide_content.html
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NanoBio RAISE : This EU funded project aims to anticipate the societal and ethical issues likely to arise as nanobiotechnologies develop and to use the lessons from the GM debate to respond to the probable public concerns.
Advanced course on Public Communication & Applied Ethics of Nanotechnology - Learning from the GM debate (Taking place in Oxford, UK on 23 - 28 September 2007): Find all the details on a brochure and informative flyer on the project's homepage.
'Talking nano' wins 'Best forum session' price at CER2005 (On: Industrial Technologies, 17th November 2005)
Raising awareness of nano-bio-technology and its ethical issues (On: Cordis News, 10th April 2006)
Homepage: www.nanobio-raise.org
Raising awareness of nano-bio-technology and its ethical issues (In: CORDIS focus No. 266, p.13, May 2006)
Project Fact Sheet

NanoDialogue : This EU funded specific support action aims at provoking and facilitating social dialogue between the research community, citizens and other stakeholder organisations
NanoDialogue Final Conference (Leaflet with background information and programme, 5 February 2007)
'Talking nano' wins 'Best forum session' price at CER2005 (On: Industrial Technologies, 17th November 2005)
NanoDialogue project to engage the public in a debate on nanotechnologies and nanosciences (On CORDIS News, 30th June 2005)
EU nanotechnology research: Responding to societal needs (European Commission leaflet on projects NANOLOGUE and NANO DIALOGUE, June 2005)
Homepage: www.nanodialogue.org
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NANOFORUM : Nanoforum is a pan-European nanotechnology network funded by the European Union under the Fifth Framework Programme to provide information on European nanotechnology efforts and support to the European nanotechnology community.
Homepage: http://www.nanoforum.org
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NANOLOGUE : This EU funded specific support action aims at facilitating a dialogue on the social, ethical and legal benefits and potential impacts of nanotechnology
Information sheet
Nanologue project description (Nanologue consortium, October 2006)
Towards an open dialogue on the benefits and risks of nanotechnologies (On: CORDIS News, 2nd October 2006)
Small Talk (In: Parliament Magazine by V. Türk, coordinator of Nanologue, 14th November 2005)
'Talking nano' wins 'Best forum session' price at CER2005 (On: Industrial Technologies, 17th November 2005)
First results from the project Nanologue (Presentation at EuroNanoForum2005, 5th September 2005)
EU nanotechnology research: Responding to societal needs (European Commission leaflet on projects NANOLOGUE and NANO DIALOGUE, June 2005)
Commission backs dialogue on Nanotech (On: EurActiv, 7th March 2005)
Europe-wide dialogue launched on benefits, risks and social, ethical and legal implications of nanotechnology (Nanologue press release, 2nd March 2005)
Homepage: www.nanologue.net
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NANOROADMAP : This EU funded specific support action develops nanotechnology roadmaps in the fields of materials, energy and health.
Information sheet
EU project gives insight into future of nanotechnology (On Cordis News, 5th June 2006)
EU funded project develops a roadmap for nanotechnology applications (On CORDIS News, 11th October 2005)
NanoSolutions 2005, Germany (On CORDIS News, 6th October 2005)
Homepage: www.nanoroadmap.it
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NanoRoadSME : This EU funded specific support action develops nanotechnology roadmaps in the fields of materials, energy and health and uses them to facilitate the transfer and integration of European RTD results from the nanotechnological field to SMEs.
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Project description (project description by coordinator, October 2005)
Homepage: www.nanoroad.net
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NANO-STRAND : EU funded specific support action aims at developing roadmaps for standardisation and metrology in nanotechnology
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Nanostrand looks at metrology needs in Europe
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PATH : This EU funded Coordination Action (Participatory approaches in Science and Technology') is a network of interested parties exchanging knowledge and develop future directions for public participation in science and technology issues. Case study areas are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, biodiversity conservation and nanotechnology.
Poster
Homepage: http://www.macaulay.ac.uk/serp/research/path/index.html
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WomenInNano : This EU funded project aims at allowing high-level women scientists working in Nano-science to act as Ambassadors for Women and Science in order to raise awareness of gender issues in science (more specific, in Nano-Science) and to provide 'role models' for girls and women, with a view to encouraging them to consider studies and pursue careers in scientific fields.
Homepage: http://www.ifw-dresden.de/women-in-nano/
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3) International Cooperation:

EuroIndiaNet : The EU funded INCO project aims to promote stronger collaboration between EU and Indian scientists and industrialists in the areas of the nanosciences and nanotechnologies
Nanotechnology cooperation between Europe and India , EuroIndiaNet press release,
Read about what took place at the EuroIndiaNet Workshop held on the 14th and 15th September 2006 at the Ipanema Hotel Porto
Homepage: http://www.euroindianet.info

NanoForumEULA : This EU funded specific support action aims at fostering nanotechnology research cooperation between the EU and Latin America.
NanoforumEULA workshop and fact finding mission to be held in Mexico in August 2007
Press Release on workshop and fact finding mission to be held in Mexico in August 2007
NanoForumEULA announces Research Visit Grant call (Press release NanoForumEULA, 1 February 2007)
NanoForumEULA for nanonetworking Europe and Latin America (Flyer NanoForumEULA, 1 February 2007)
EU project nanoforumEULA: Nanoforum EU Latin America
Homepage: http://www.nanoforumeula.eu

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