Nanotechnologies comprise a range of technologies that use materials on an incredibly small scale. One nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre. Materials on this small scale display properties different from “bigger” particles (eg: greater reactivity and mobility in the human body) and are increasingly being used to create new products or applications, such as antibacterial socks or transparent sunscreen creams.
Because of these different properties, nanotechnologies and nanomaterials are increasingly seen as drivers of economic growth. Most countries and trading blocks are developing and funding research and innovation programmes to ensure the commercial success of nanotechnologies. Nanoscience and the nanotechnologies are progressing very rapidly. However, like other new technologies, nanomaterials at the same time raise concerns about their potential risks, in particular for workers, consumers and the environment. The international community is debating the potential safety aspects of nanomaterials in fora such as the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. Since 2005, the European Union has undertaken a proactive approach to nanotechnologies, by funding several research projects and initiating a number of regulatory developments.
This seminar has a dual focus: on the one hand, to explain what nanotechnologies and nanomaterials are and what are their risks and benefits; on the other hand to provide students with the tools that will enable them to understand how to address these risks and benefits and therefore to assess whether what all the actors involved, ranging from researchers to policy-makers and businesses, are doing is right in their opinion.
Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Ispra|
Research and Innovation Manager, ANEC - European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, Brussels|
Head, Business Unit "Nano Systems"', Department Health & Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna||
Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Ispra
|1985-1986|| Postdoktorand (Synthetic Chemistry), University of Strasbourg, France|
|1986-1989|| Scientific Officer (Radiation Chemistry), Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin, Germany|
|1989-1991|| Professor (Food Chemistry and Chemistry), Applied University of Fulda, Germany|
|1991-1998|| Scientific Officer (Food Analysis), Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC), Italy|
|1998-2002|| Head of Unit, EC-JRC, Italy|
|2002-2006|| Deputy Director, EC-JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Belgium|
|since 2006|| Director of the EC-JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Italy|
Research and Innovation Manager, ANEC - European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, Brussels
|2000-2002|| Responsable Adjointe Permanence, Federation Romande des Consommateurs (FRC), Lausanne|
| ||sinde 2002 Research and Innovation Manager, ANEC - European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, Brussels|
Head, Business Unit "Nano Systems"', Department Health & Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna
|1992-1994|| Postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Darmstadt|
|1994-1998|| Head of a research group at the IFW in Dresden|
|1998-2004|| Senior scientist at the University of Bielefeld|
|2004-2005|| Associate Professor at the University of Bielefeld|
|seit 2005|| Head of Business Unit "Nano Systems" at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna|