Anna Pavlicek, MSc MSc, has been employed at ITA since July 2017. She is currently also working on nanotechnology projects at the Institute of Waste Management and the Institute of Synthetic Bioarchitectures at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

She is currently involved in the ongoing ITA projects NanoTrust and Nanostandards.


Anna Pavlicek studied Biology with a focus on Zoology at the University of Vienna (MSc) and Technical Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology at the FH Technikum Wien (MSc). She is currently completing her PhD studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). Her research focuses on issues from the "Environmental Health and Safety" area of nanotechnologies as well as "Nano-Risk-Governance".


From 2014 to 2016 Anna Pavlicek worked as a lab technician at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) in Klosterneuburg. She took part in international research projects on Genetic Modified Organisms (GMOs). Subsequently she decided to attend a six-months FEMtech internship at the Unit for Environmental Resources & Technologies of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). She focused on methods and research on the reduction of CO2 through its use as resource material.

Her second FEMtech internship in 2017 led her to the ITA where she was involved in the projects NanoTrust and SafeNanoKap. Since April 2018, she has been working as a scientific employee at ITA on various projects, looking at safety and regulatory issues and relevant social issues around nanotechnologies.

She is currently working on the NanoTrust project, mainly concerned with the state of knowledge on potential health and environmental risks of nanotechnology, knowledge communication and cultivating a nano governance network. The project is dedicated to assisting policy-makers in issues surrounding the safety of nanotechnology applications, representing a continuous accompanying process capable of addressing new arising issues as the technology matures and the regulatory situation changes over time.

Within the NanoStandard project the aims is to intensify the communication between the standardisation bodies and the Austrian nano expertise in order to obtain clear ideas on which goals Austria and Austrian representatives can pursue in international nano standardisation.

Within the SolarCircle project (BOKU) she is engaged in the discussion of the material flow of a future-oriented solar cell technology. It aims to identify concepts and associated materials in the context of solar cell technology in order to provide a basis for decision-making for future developments.

Past projects include the SafeNanoKap project, which examined the applicability of the safe-by-design concept in context of development of nanomaterials and –products, the NanoADD project (BOKU), dedicated to examining the role of "Advanced Nanocomposites" in the circular economy of plastics and their impact on the recyclability of the products.




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