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

If you would like to be informed about the latest NanoTrust activities and publications, you can subscribe to the NanoTrust Newsletter here: NanoTrust Newsletter (German)

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

Dossiers

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.

Events

Events

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.

 

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Publications

Publications

  • Pavlicek, A., Part, F., Rose, G. E., Praetorius, A., Miernicki, M., Gazso, A., Huber-Humer, M., & Gressler, S. (2021). A European nano-registry as a reliable database for quantitative risk assessment of nanomaterials? A comparison of national approaches. Nano Impact, 21, _. doi:10.1016/j.impact2020.100276
  • Greßler, S., Rose, G., Gazsó, A., & Pavlicek, A. (2020). Titanium Dioxide as a Food Additive (NanoTrust-Dossier No 055en - December 2020) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-055en
  • Riedlinger, D. (2020). Wie nachhaltig ist Nano?. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/single-veranstaltungen/wie-nachhaltig-ist-nano/
  • Ille C. Gebeshuber,, Rose, G., Pavlicek, A., & Gazsó, A. (2020). Bio-inspired and Biomimetic Nanomaterials (NanoTrust-Dossier No 054en - 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 https://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/10-jahre-nanotrust/
  • Bayer, T. (2017). 10 Jahre NanoTrust – Interview mit André Gazsó. Wien: ITA. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/238937032

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 19/07/2008 , Barcelona
    Michael Nentwich,  André Gazsó,  Ulrich Fiedeler,  Myrtill Simkó: 
    The NanoTrust Project - A part of Austrians approach to Risk Governance of Nanotechnology
    ESOF (2008)
  • 08/07/2008 , Bilthoven
    André Gazsó,  Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Presentation of the Project "NanoTrust"
    Informal Workshop at the RIVM
  • 23/06/2008 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologien und Technikfolgenabschätzung - Das Projekt NanoTrust
    Seminar "Aktuelles aus Umwelt- und Ressourcenmanagement"
  • 28/05/2008 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Governance von Nanotechnologie - Das österreichische Projekt NanoTrust als Beispiel
    TA08/NTA3
  • 26/05/2008 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Nanowissenschaften - Der Beitrag der Technikfolgenabschätzung
    NanoDialogue / Reihe "small is beautiful"
  • 15/04/2008 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    NanoTrust - Clearing House zu möglichen Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken und gesellschaftlichen Aspekten der Nanotechnologie
    Ausschreibungsstart der österr. NANO-Initiative 2008
  • 31/03/2008 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Risiko-Governance der Nanotechnologien in Österreich - Das Projekt NanoTrust
    NANO-Technologie - Chance und Risiko ("Umweltberatung")
  • 13/12/2007 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    NanoTrust: An initiative to monitor health and environmental risks
    Meeting of the Scientific Technological Advisory Board of the Austrian Nano Initiative
  • 28/11/2007 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Technology Assessment - A short Introduction
    Lehrveranstaltung der TU-Wien
  • 28/11/2007 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Assessment
    Lehrveranstaltung der TU-Wien
  • 22/11/2007 , Paris
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies in Austria
    Nano-Science and Nano-Technology: Risks and Benefits for Health and Environment
  • 16/10/2007 , St. Pölten
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologie: Chancen und Risiken
    Seminar: "Nanotechnologie in Physik und Chemie"
  • 14/06/2007 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen: 
    Sicherheitsansprüche an neue Technologien am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie. Europäische Sicherheit im Wandel der Zeit, oder wie zukunftsfähig ist Europa?
    8. Internationale Europakonferenz

Duration

10/2017 - 09/2020

Project team

Links

Links

The following collection contains links to national and international research institutions on nanotechnology, accompanying research and risk management. It focuses von Austrian organizations working on and providing informations on a variety of risk aspects and risk governance.

Austrian Workers' Compensation Board (dt. AUVA)

BioNanoNet GmbH

Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (dt. BfR)

Chamber of Labour (dt. BAK) 

Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (dt. BMASK) 

Federal Ministry of Health (dt. BMG)

Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (dt. BMLFUW)

Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (dt. BMVIT)

Federal Ministry of Science and Research (dt. BMWF)

The Innovation Society

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (dt. ITAS)

The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (dt. FFG)

NanoinformationsPortal (german only)

Austrian Society for Toxicology (dt.+en. ASTOX)

Environmental Agency Austria (dt. UBA)

Austrian Economic Chambers (dt. WKO)

Centre for Technology Assessment (dt. TA-SWISS)

 

Funding