Integrative Analysis of the State of Knowledge Regarding Health and Environmental Risks of Nanotechnology

Despite broad application in everyday products and materials, safety and security issues of nanotechnologies have hardly been the subject of research to this day. The NanoTrust project has been ongoing since 2007 and represents a publicly accessible information platform aiming to identify the most pressing issues.

Nanotechnology promises new or improved materials and products, e.g. in medicine, cosmetics, optics, or construction. In order to ensure the safe and sustainable development of nanotechnologies, NanoTrust collects, analyses and communicates the current state of knowledge on possible health and environmental risks for decision-makers and the interested public, thus contributing to the organisation of an exchange of knowledge.

The field of nanotechnology is gaining momentum in the context of the development of technology. However, aspects of safety and security have not been sufficiently explored yet to be able to predict the potential risks and dangers involved. At the same time, the public debate has steered towards a critical view, and could easily take a turn towards the negative implications involved.

In light of our experience with genetic engineering in agriculture, we need to have a forward-looking nanotechnology policy that builds upon deep and well-prepared analyses. Thus, there is a great need for more research about, and communication of, the subject.

Within NanoTrust 5 accompanying research on approaches to the regulation of nanotechnologies, as well as the security and risk research of the innovation area of the so-called “advanced materials”, is conducted. An important task includes the dissemination of research results within the framework of scientific technology assessment, as well as the critical reflection of the national and international regulatory activities and feedback to the relevant Austrian actors.

For the first time in Austria, these important aspects of technology development are being investigated in a systematic way rather than on the level of individual R&D projects. We aim at making transparent possible gaps in research and identifying the most pressing issues that need to be addressed. The findings will also have national relevance, as project-coordinator André Gazsó has recently been made chair of the Nano Information Commission of the Austrian Ministery of Health.

Further Information

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Former NanoTrust researchers: Daniela Fuchs, Julia Haslinger, Ulrich Fiedeler, Myrtill Simkó


NanoTrust Dossiers – Results of the project "NanoTrust"

The team of the project NanoTrust offers on an irregular basis “Dossiers”, approximately three to six page summaries of the state of knowledge on current issues in the existing nano debate in an accessible language, but on a firm scientific base.

The NanoTrust Dossiers are published in german and english language and can be visited at EPUB.OEAW.



Within the framework of the project NanoTrust, we organise events of different kinds from conferences to special workshops; NanoTrust also contributes to conferences by third parties by organising special sessions.


currently no events




  • Riedlinger, D. (2020). Wie nachhaltig ist Nano?. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from
  • Ille C. Gebeshuber,, Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Bio-inspired and Biomimetic Nanomaterials (NanoTrust-Dossier No 054 - July 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-054en
  • Greßler Sabine,, Rose, G., Gazsó, A., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Titandioxid als Lebensmittelzusatzstoff (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 055 - Mai 2020) (p. 7). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-055
  • Ille C. Gebeshuber,, Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Bio-Inspirierte und Biomimetische Nanomaterialien (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 054 - April 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-054
  • Orti, F., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Environment, Health and Safety Research Projects in Horizon 2020 (NanoTrust dossier No. 053en – March 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-053en
  • Pavlicek, A., Rose, G., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Nanoregister: Länderspezifische Lösungen der Nanoregulierung (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 051 – März 2020) (p. 8). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-051
  • Ortis, F., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Environment, Health und Safety Forschungsprojekte in Horizon 2020 (NanoTrust Dossier Nr. 053 - März 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-053
  • Greßler, S., Prenner, S., Kurz, A., Resch Susanne,, Pavlicek, A., & Part, F. (2020). Polymer Nanocomposites - Additives, properties, applications, environmental aspects (NanoTrust-Dossier No. 052 – February 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-052en
  • Greßler, S., Prenner, S., Kurz, A., Resch Susanne,, Pavlicek, A., & Part, F. (2019). Polymer-Nanokomposite - Additive, Eigenschaften, Anwendungen, Umweltaspekte (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 052 – November 2019) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-052
  • Pavlicek, A., Rose, G., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Nano-registries: Country-specific Solutions for Nano-regulation (NanoTrust dossier No. 051en – June 2019) (p. 8). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-051en
  • Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Safe-by-Design – The Early Integration of Safety Aspects in Innovation Processes (NanoTrust dossier No. 050en – May 2019) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-050en
  • Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Safe-by-Design – Die frühe Integration von Sicherheit in Innovationsprozesse (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 050 – April 2019) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-050
  • Gazso, A., Rose, G. E., Pavlicek, A., & Gressler, S. (2019). Regulating Nanotechnological Applications for Food Contact Materials. European Journal Of Risk Regulation, 10, 219-226. doi:10.1017/err.2019.9
  • Rose, G., & Gazsó, A. (2019). Governing nanosafety in Austria – Striving for neutrality in the NanoTrust project. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 23-31. doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2018.06.024
  • Greßler, S., Part, F., Gazsó, A., & Huber-Humer, M. (2018). Nanotechnological Applications for Food Contact Materials (NanoTrust dossier No. 049en – July 2018) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-049en
  • Greßler, S., Part, F., Gazsó, A., & Huber-Humer, M. (2017). Nanotechnologische Anwendungen für Lebensmittelkontaktmaterialien (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 049 – November 2017) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-049
  • Bayer, T. (2017). 10 Jahre NanoTrust. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from
  • Bayer, T. (2017). 10 Jahre NanoTrust – Interview mit André Gazsó. Wien: ITA. Retrieved from
  • Haslinger, J., & Fuchs, D. (2017). Strategien zur Risikokommunikation bei Nanotechnologien (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 048 – Juni 2017) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-048
  • Gazsó, A. (2017). Nanomaterialien und Technikfolgenabschätzung – Instrumente des gesellschaftlichen Umgangs mit Nanomaterialien in Österreich. Österreichische Wasser- Und Abfallwirtschaft, 18-24. doi:10.1007/s00506-016-0355-y

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 22/11/2017 , Graz
    André Gazsó,  Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    NanoTrust – Nano Uncertainty & Risk Governance
    nanoFIS – 3rd International Conference 'Functional Integrated nano Systems'
  • 14/09/2017 , Beijing
    André Gazsó: 
    Nano Risk Governance Approaches and the NanoTrust Project at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IC CAS)
  • 13/09/2017 , Shanghai
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanosafety and regulatory approaches
    Nano-Science & Technology Research Center, Shanghai University
  • 24/08/2017 , Bangkok
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    Sustainability and Innovation: the pursuit of sustainable technology development regarding nanotechnology
    KMUTT Workshop
  • 24/08/2017 , Thonburi
    André Gazsó: 
    Nano Risk Governance & NanoTrust Project
    KMUTT – OEAW Nanotech Workshop on “Nanotechnology for Sustainability”
  • 22/08/2017 , Johor Baru
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnology education on sustainability
    Asian Nanoforum Annual Meeting
  • 18/05/2017 , Cork
    André Gazsó,  Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    Nano Risk Governance: participatory processes as part of early stage risk assessment and the role of TA
    3rd European Technology Assessment Conference
  • 15/05/2017 , Brussels
    André Gazsó: 
    Rethinking Policy Assessment in the Age of Convergence and the Next Production Revolution – Workshop 1: Technology Foresight
    OECD Working Party on Bio, Nano and Converging Technologies
  • 16/02/2017 , Linz
    André Gazsó,  Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    NanoTrust: Nano Uncertainty & Risk Governance
    First Austrian Science Coordination Workshop for In Vitro & In Silico Approaches to Safety Assessment of Chemicals and Environmental Media
  • 16/02/2017 , Tokyo
    André Gazsó: 
    Report Working Group Education: The Asian Nanoforum Campus 2016 in Krems & Vienna, Austria
    Asian Nanofroum Strategic Meeting
  • 28/09/2016 , Singapore
    André Gazsó: 
    Summary on Session 'Lessons from fibrous and mineral particles for nanoparticle risk management and governance'
    International Particle Toxicology Conference
  • 13/09/2016 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Technikfolgenabschätzung von High-Tech-Produkten
    Tagung 'Der Umgang mit High-Tech-Produkten in der Abfallwirtschaft'
  • 13/07/2016 , Goyang
    André Gazsó: 
    Asian Nanotech Campus (ANC2016) in Austria
    13th Asia Nano Forum Summit Meeting
  • 12/07/2016 , Sejong
    André Gazsó: 
    The Institute of Technology Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 01/06/2016 , München
    André Gazsó: 
    NanoMIA – Nanomaterialien in Abfällen. Evaluierung von Regelungen und Verfahren zum Nachweis von Nanomaterialien in Abfallströmen
    Expertenworkshop 'Entsorgung nanohaltiger Abfälle'
  • 07/11/2015 , Trento
    André Gazsó,  Daniela Fuchs: 
    Anticipating and handling risks: nano risk governance in Austria
    Anticipation 2015
  • 16/09/2015 , Havanna
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanosafety – Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies
    5th International Seminar on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
  • 15/09/2015 , Havanna
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanomaterial-Containing Products at the End of Their Life Cycle
    5th International Seminar on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies
  • 04/08/2015 , Singapore
    André Gazsó: 
    NanoTrust – Nano Risk Governance: Extending the Limits of Regulatory Approaches through Expert Dialogues
    5th Molecular Materials Meeting
  • 01/06/2015 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Anticipatory governance nano
    TA15-Konferenz „Zukunft – Macht – Technik“