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03: The Risks and Opportunities of Nanotechnology

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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

Dr. Elke ANKLAM

Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Ispra

Scientist (Organic Chemistry), University of Hamburg, Germany Postdoktorand (Synthetic Chemistry), University of Strasbourg, France Scientific Officer (Radiation Chemistry), Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin, Germany Professor (Food Chemistry and Chemistry), Applied University of Fulda, Germany Scientific Officer (Food Analysis), Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC-JRC), Italy Head of Unit, EC-JRC, Italy Deputy Director, EC-JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Belgium
1981-1985
1985-1986
1986-1989
1989-1991
1991-1998
1998-2002
2002-2006

BA MA LLM Chiara GIOVANNINI

Research and Innovation Manager, ANEC - European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, Brussels

Association of European Radios (AER), Brussels
1999-2000
 sinde 2002 Research and Innovation Manager, ANEC - European Association for the Co-ordination of Consumer Representation in Standardisation, Brussels

Dr. Hubert BRÜCKL

Head, Business Unit "Nano Systems"', Department Health & Environment, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Vienna

Experimental Ph.D. in physics at the University of Regensburg Postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Darmstadt Head of a research group at the IFW in Dresden Senior scientist at the University of Bielefeld Associate Professor at the University of Bielefeld
1992
1992-1994
1994-1998
1998-2004
2004-2005

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