On the occasion of the NanoCommons Final Conference, the nanosafety community came together for NanoWeek 2022, which took place in Limassol, Cyprus from 20-24 June 2022. Led by the NanoCommons project, DIAGONAL and 17 other currently running nanosafety projects joined forces and supported organizing the event.
Projects participating in NanoWeek2022
The conference theme was Evolution of nanosafety and materials sustainability as we transition into Horizon Europe, including the following topics:
* Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design of (nano-enabled) products & processes
* New modeling methodologies and nanoinformatics approaches
* Data Management – Databases – FAIR data
* Nanomaterials go advanced – emerging challenges and foresight
* Emerging “hot” topics in nanosafety
The Scientific Committee responsible for setting the programme and reviewing the abstracts comprised a group of experts from the H2020 projects that constitute the EU NanoSafety Cluster and was led by the NanoCommons Coordinator, Professor Iseult Lynch. Dr. Juan Antonio Tamayo Ramos, DIAGONAL Coordinator, and Susanne Resch (BNN) represented DIAGONAL on the Scientific Committee.
The hybrid event was very well visited with 250 attendees from the international nanosafety community interested in the breadth of activities compiled by the conference – from the Young Nanosafety Scientists speed dating (which was a massive highlight for all participants), to the technical sessions, panel discussion and poster session, to the training events, the EU-US CoRs meeting, the NanoInChi meeting and a joint EU NanoSafety Cluster meeting. Next to that, many projects held their consortium meetings on the final day.
One of the highlights of the NanoWeek2022 was the outdoor poster session with food and drinks in the amazing conference location, next to the beach.
DIAGONAL at NanoWeek
The DIAGONAL project was well represented during NanoWeek 2022. Stepping in for Patricia Farias, Andreas Stingl gave an oral presentation entitled, “Towards safety and sustainability in scalable production of semiconducting nanoand non-nanomaterials: Zinc oxide – a case study” (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6793572).
At the Poster Pitch session, Amaia Soto presented her poster “Nanosized copper-based catalyst for automotive: physicochemical characterization” (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6772583) and James Ede presented “Life-Cycle Risk Assessment of Graphene Functional Fabrics” (DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.6786748).
On Friday, 24 June, DIAGONAL then held its Consortium Meeting on site, parallel to several other project meetings. It was held in a hybrid format with roughly 35 participants attending in person and 15 online.
NMBP-16 Ambassadors meeting
Furthermore, on June 20th, the three NMBP-16 projects (DIAGONAL, HARMLESS, SUNSHINE) held a NMBP-16 Ambassadors meeting in a hybrid format, as reported here, where we were able to get to know each other for the first time in person, align their work, exchange information with each other and define the future interactions between the three projects.
After such a long time in online meetings, it was fantastic to meet so many from the community in person again and have some offline discussions. All-in-all, the conference was wonderful and we made great memories including some midnight-swimming in the sea before going to bed.
For more information about the conference, visit the NanoCommons website.
View social media posts from the conference using the hashtags #NanoWeek and #NanoWeek2022 on Twitter and LinkedIn!
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