The Young Scientists' Nanoforum 2018 - Valletta, Malta
Following on from the first two biennial meetings, which took place in Sicily and Sweden, the 3rd NanoSafety Forum for Young Scientists took place in Valletta, Malta, on 10th-11th September 2018, under the aegis of the EU NanoSafety Cluster and ACEnano project.
The aim of the Young Scientists' Nanoforum is to provide a unique opportunity for young (students, post docs and others) and senior scientists in EU-funded, national and industrial nanosafety projects to network, promote cross-project collaboration, exchange scientific knowledge and learn from each other.
This year the event was attended by aroung 80 participants from Europe and beyond, representing a wide range of research projects and topics, including nanomaterials characterisation, environmental fate, screening technologies for nanosafety, human health and standardisation, risk assesment, data management and modelling. Over two days the attendees engaged in peer-to-peer sharing of all aspects of current nanosafety research and practice through 32 oral presentations, poster presentations, informal networking and discussions.
Day one opened with an introduction and welcome from Professor Iseult Lynch, University of Birmingham, followed by a keynote talk delivered by experienced expert Dr Mark Miller from the University of Edinburgh. The day's proceedings were structured along the following key themes:
- Understanding the toxicity mechanisms associated with nanomaterial hazard
- Human health and nanomaterials
- Physicochemical, structural and computational characterisation of nanomaterials (including safer-by-design)
- Alternative biological systems for nanomaterial hazard assessment (both in vitro and in silico)
- Risk assessment and standardisation of nanomaterials
The day was rounded off with a Conference Dinner on the beautiful Valletta Waterfront.
Day two welcomed keynote speaker and expert Dr Susana Loureiro, University of Aveiro, and provided a platform for young scientists to showcase their research in the following areas:
- Relationship of nanomaterials' physicochemical properties and toxicity
- Data modelling, handling and management
- Nanomaterials in the environment
The day culminated in with awards being presented to the best oral and poster presentations:
Best Poster Awards:
Emily Guggenheim, University of Birmingham
Microscopy methods for assessing the biological uptake and effects of ENP
Michelle Hesler, Fraunhofer IBMT
Advanced in vitro cell culture module for long-term cultivation and toxicity screening of nanomaterials
Best Oral Presentation Award
Fatima Nasser, University of Birmingham
Assessing current regulatory methods for nanomaterial toxicity testing with Daphnia magna: updating traditional methods for novel materials to accurately determine risk
Videos of the event are available on NanoSafety Cluster YouTube Channel: