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Nanotechnology: Training Of Experts in Safety

Nanotechnology: Training Of Experts in Safety

Objective

Life Sciences and Nano Sciences interact today mainly in two areas: in the evaluation of accidental health and environmental effects derived from engineered nanomaterials, and in development and biological/clinical evaluation of nanoparticles with intended biological effects for application in medicine and biotechnology. It is essential for producers, distributors, consumers and regulators that the safety of products containing nanomaterials can be certified with reliable, validated assays. Research efforts are under way to establish suitable test methods and to understand mechanisms potentially leading to a detrimental impact of nanomaterials on human health and on the environment. However, this important field still urgently lacks sufficient trained personnel. The ITN “Nanotechnology: Training Of Experts in Safety” (NanoTOES) will establish a network of research projects working towards the refinement and standardisation of existing methods, will develop novel assays, and will during this process provide interdisciplinary training to Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) working at the intersection of biosciences and nanosciences. A suite of methods developed and validated in the NanoTOES project shall have utility in characterising the biological effects of nanomaterials, including their impact on the environment, and will add significantly to our understanding of the biological actions of nanomaterials and their resultant effects on human health and the environment. Equally, the influence of biological entities (molecules, cells, tissues) on the properties of nanomaterials will be investigated. This aspect is crucial to understanding the properties of nanomaterials in organisms and in the environment, but nevertheless this issue has been so far not sufficiently explored. These timely and novel studies will address the pressing need for such trained personnel, and enable European science in this area to remain globally competitive.
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Coordinator

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG

Address

Kapitelgasse 4-6
5020 Salzburg

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 544 262

Administrative Contact

Albert Duschl (Prof.)

Participants (11)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 249 319

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 230 816

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 264 591

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 281 684

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 278 246

INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 247 262

INSTITUTE OF EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE - HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 223 620

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 234 780

AvantiCell Science Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 238 118

GRIMM AEROSOL TECHNIK Gmbh & Co KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 230 816

BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 230 816

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264506

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    28 February 2015

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 254 330

  • EU contribution

    € 3 254 330

Coordinated by:

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG

Austria