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.



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  • Fiedeler, U. (2008). Technology Assessment of Nanotechnology: Problems and Methods in Assessing Emerging Technologies. In E. Fisher, Selin, C., & Wetmore, .J. (Eds.), Excavating Futures of Nanotechnology: The Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society (pp. 241-264). Springer.
  • Simko, M., Fiedeler, U., Gazsó, A., & Nentwich, M. (2008). Einfluss von Nanopartikeln auf zelluläre Funktionen (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 007) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-007
  • Gazsó, A., Fiedeler, U., Nentwich, M., Raab, C., & Simko, M. (2008). Herstellungsverfahren von Nanopartikeln und Nanomaterialien (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 006) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 4). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-006
  • Fiedeler, U. (2008). Parlamente und Nanotechnologie im European Open Science Forum. Ita-Newsletter September 2008, 12 f.Retrieved from
  • Fiedeler, U., Gazsó, A., Simkó, M., & Nentwich, M. (2008). NanoTrust - Ein österreichisches Projekt zu möglichen Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken der Nanotechnologie. Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie Und Praxis, 72-74. Retrieved from
  • Fiedeler, U. (2008). Using Nanotechnology for the Substitution of Hazardous Chemical Substances: Challenges of Definition and Measurement. Journal Of Industrial Ecology, 12, 307-315. Retrieved from
  • Nentwich, M., Gazsó, A., Simkó, M., & Fiedeler, U. (2008). Nano-Trust-Dossiers: Transparenz für die Nano-Risikoforschung. Ita-Newsletter, 11. Retrieved from
  • Nentwich, M. (2008). ist online. Ita-Newsletter, 12. Retrieved from
  • Nentwich, M., Fiedeler, U., Gazsó, A., & Simkó, M. (2008). NanoTrust. Ein Beitrag zum Umgang mit möglichen Gesundheits- und Umweltrisiken sowie gesellschaftlichen Aspekten der Nanotechnologien (NanoTrust 1. Zwischenbericht) (p. 40). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-pb-c21
  • Fiedeler, U., Simkó, M., Gazsó, A., & Nentwich, M. (2008). Zur Definition der Nanotechnologie (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 001) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 4). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-001
  • Raab, C., Simkó, M., Gazsó, A., Fiedeler, U., & Nentwich, M. (2008). Was sind synthetische Nanopartikel? (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 002) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 3). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-002
  • Simkó, M., Nentwich, M., Gazsó, A., & Fiedeler, U. (2008). Wie kommen Nanopartikel in den menschlichen Körper und was verursachen sie dort? (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 003) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 4). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-003
  • Greßler, S., Gazsó, A., Simkó, M., Nentwich, M., & Fiedeler, U. (2008). Nanopartikel und nanostrukturierte Materialien in der Lebensmittelindustrie (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 004) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-004
  • Gazsó, A., Fiedeler, U., Simkó, M., & Nentwich, M. (2008). Umwelt- und Gesundheitsauswirkungen von Nanopartikeln - EU-Projekte im 6. Rahmenprogramm (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 005) (NanoTrust-Dossiers) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ITA-nt-005
  • Ahlborn, A., Bridges, J., de Seze, R., Hillert, L., Juutilainen, J., Mattsson, M. -O., Neubauer, G., Schüz, J., Simkó, M., & Bromen, K. (2008). Possible effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health - opinion of the scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health Risks (SCENIHR). Toxicology, 248 ff.Retrieved from
  • Fiedeler, U. (2008). Nanotechnologie und Lebensmittel, 6-7. Retrieved from
  • Nentwich, M. (2007). Nanotechnologie auf dem Prüfstand der Technikfolgenabschätzung, 2. Retrieved from
  • Gazsó, A. (2007). Risikogovernance der Nanotechnologien: Der internationale Stand, 7-8. Retrieved from
  • Gazsó, A., Greßler, S., & Schiemer, F. (Eds.). (2007). nano - Chancen und Risiken aktueller Technologien. nano - Chancen und Risiken aktueller Technologien (p. 246). Wien: Springer.
  • SCENIHR (Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks),. (2007). Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on Human Health. Retrieved from

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 19/01/2038 , online
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    2bdel - Nano-EHS Projekte in Horizon 2020 und dem deutschsprachigem Raum – Statusbericht 2020
    nanoEHS Workshop
  • 19/01/2038 , online
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose,  Anna Pavlicek: 
    2bdel - Bridging Sustainability and Innovation in Nanotechnology Governance
    4th EU-Asia Dialogue
  • 16/11/2020 , online
    Anna Pavlicek: 
    Comparison of national nano-registries calls for EU-wide harmonisation
  • 04/11/2020 , Wien
    André Gazsó,  Anna Pavlicek: 
  • 19/10/2020 , Wien (online)
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    Nano-EHS Projekte in Horizon 2020 und dem deutschsprachigen Raum – Statusbericht 2020
    Nano-EHS Workshop
  • 19/10/2020 , Wien (online)
    Anna Pavlicek: 
    Ergebnisse der ExpertInnenbefragung zu zukünftig relevanten Nano-EHS Forschungsthemen
    Nano-EHS Workshop
  • 07/10/2020 , Wien (online)
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose,  Anna Pavlicek: 
    Bridging Sustainability and Innovation in Nanotechnology Governance
    “From discussions to implementation”
  • 13/03/2020 , Wien
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose,  Anna Pavlicek: 
    2. Sitzung des Plenums der Österreichischen Nanoinformationskommission
  • 10/03/2020 , Wien
    Ulrike Bechtold,  Daniela Fuchs: 
    Von Partizipation zu Co-Creation: „Lessons learned“ aus der Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung in den Debatten rund um Nanotechnologien.
    12. Nanotrust-Tagung “Advanced Materials – Materials for the Future – Emerging issues”
  • 10/03/2020 , Wien
    André Gazsó,  Gloria Elisabeth Rose,  Anna Pavlicek: 
    Advanced Materials - Materials for the Future - Emerging Issues.
    12. Nanotrust-Tagung “Advanced Materials – Materials for the Future – Emerging issues”
  • 09/03/2020 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Advanced Materials & Emerging Issues
    ESG Think Tank (NanoSyn
  • 17/12/2019 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Emerging Risk Governance
    Rail Cargo Safety Board Meeting
  • 28/11/2019 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Umgang mit neuen Technologien am Beispiel von Innovativen Materialien und Produkten
    Österreichischer Städtebundtag
  • 19/11/2019 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Antrittsrede zum Vorsitz der Österreichischen Nanoinformationskommission
    1. Sitzung des Plenums der Österreichischen Nanoinformationskommission
  • 15/11/2019 , Brno
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanosafety and Risk Governance
    Nanotechnology - Risk and Safety
  • 15/09/2019 , Graz
    André Gazsó: 
    Risikoanalyse im Staatlichen Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement
    Austrian Disaster Research Days
  • 05/09/2019 , Shanghai
    André Gazsó: 
    Technology Assessment of Advanced Nanomaterials and their Role in Circular Economy.
    2019 International Roundtable of NanoScience and NanoTechnology
  • 19/08/2019 , Traiskirchen
    André Gazsó: 
    Risikoanalyse im Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement
    SKKM - Staatliches Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement Modul 4 "Risikoanalyse"
  • 18/06/2019 , Vienna
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanosafety Research
    1st Joint Gov4Nano-SAFERA workshop Vienna
  • 28/02/2019 , Traiskirchen
    André Gazsó: 
    Emerging Risks
    SKKM - Staatliches Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement Modul 4 "Risikoanalyse"


10/2017 - 09/2020

Project team



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)