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Proceedings of the workshop on research projects on the safety of nanomaterials: reviewing the knowledge gaps, Brussels, 17-18 April 2008

Funded under: FP6-NMP, FP7-NMP


The "workshop on research projects on the safety of nanomaterials: reviewing the knowledge gaps" has been organised by the European Commission with a focus on increasing the interactions between researchers, improving communication of the results of research to risk assessment bodies and other interested parties, and examining the current knowledge in the area.
The agenda of the event encompassed presentations of running 6th Framework Programme (FP6) EC funded projects, some 7th Framework Programme (FP7) proposals currently under negotiation, Member States and Associated Countries funded projects, as well as a session on "closing the knowledge gaps, what do we need (yet) to know and what are the most urgent questions to be answered?" Enough space was given between the presentations for substantial discussions on all presented results and possible future activities.
Participants were mainly researchers involved in FP projects, invited representatives of different risk assessment and risk management related bodies as well as policy makers from Commission services and from other governments, international bodies and industry.
The workshop has been a very successful event for exchanging information, networking, creating new synergies and partnerships, and a "think tank" for future actions.
The meeting has allowed to all participants to "know each other" and to receive a panorama of the activities in Europe, both financed by the EU Framework Programmes and by the Member and Associated States.
During the event, knowledge gaps which should be given a high priority have been detected by the participants in the areas of toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure, and analytics.

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