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


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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  • 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
  • Greßler, S., & Gazsó, A. (2016). Oberflächenmodifizierte Nanopartikel – Teil II: Verwendung in Kosmetika und im Lebensmittelbereich, gesundheitliche Aspekte, Regulierungsfragen (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 047 – Mai 2016) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-047
  • Greßler, S., & Gazsó, A. (2016). Oberflächenmodifizierte Nanopartikel – Teil I: Arten der Modifikation, Herstellung, Verwendung (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 046 – Mai 2016) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-046
  • Gazsó, A., & Fuchs, D. (2016). Nano Risk Governance. Extending the Limits of Regulatory Approaches through Expert Dialogues. (C. Scherz, Michalek, T., Hennen, L., Hebáková, L., Hahn, J., & Seitz, S., Eds.). Prague: Technology Centre ASCR. Retrieved from
  • Gazsó, A., Fuchs, D., Greßler, S., Gruber, I., Part, F., & Huber-Humer, M. (2015). Environmentally Relevant Aspects of Nanomaterials in Products at the End-of-life Phase, 6, 638-645.
  • Fuchs, D., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Nano Risk Governance: The Austrian Case, 11, 569-576.
  • Riedlinger, D. (2015). Wohin mit dem Nano-Müll. Retrieved from
  • Fuchs, D. (2015). Green nano: Positive environmental effects through the use of nanotechnology (NanoTrust dossier No. 045en – May 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-045en
  • Fuchs, D. (2015). Green nano: Anwendungen der Nanotechnologie mit positiven Umwelteffekten (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 045 – Mai 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-045
  • Part, F., Greßler, S., Huber-Humer, M., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Environmentally relevant aspects of nanomaterials at the end-of-life phase – Part II: Waste recycling and disposal (NanoTrust dossier No. 044en – April 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-044en
  • Part, F., Greßler, S., Huber-Humer, M., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Umweltrelevante Aspekte von Nanomaterialien am Ende der Nutzungsphase – Teil II: Abfallverwertung und -entsorgung (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 044 – April 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-044
  • Part, F., Greßler, S., Huber-Humer, M., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Environmentally relevant aspects of nanomaterials at the end of the use phase – Part I: Wastewater and sewage sludge (NanoTrust dossier No. 043en – February 2015) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-043en
  • Part, F., Greßler, S., Huber-Humer, M., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Umweltrelevante Aspekte von Nanomaterialien am Ende der Nutzungsphase – Teil I: Abwässer und Klärschlamm (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 043 – Februar 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-043
  • Fuchs, D., & Gazsó, A. (2015). Why the public perception of risks is to be taken seriously: The special case of nanotechnology (NanoTrust dossier No. 042en – February 2015) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-042en
  • Gazsó, A. (2014). The Honest Broker – Fünf Jahre Politikberatung im Projekt "NanoTrust". In S. Bellucci, Bröchler, S., Decker, M., Nentwich, M., Rey, L., & Sotoudeh, M. (Eds.), Technikfolgenabschätzung im politischen System. Zwischen Konfliktbewältigung und Technologiegestaltung (pp. 145-150). Berlin: Edition Sigma.
  • Fuchs, D., & Gazsó, A. (2014). Warum die öffentliche Wahrnehmung von Risiken ernst zu nehmen ist – der spezielle Fall der Nanotechnologie (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 042 – Dezember 2014) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-042
  • Greßler, S., & Gazsó, A. (2014). Nano-Konsumprodukte in Österreich – Aktualisierung und Adaptierung der NanoTrust-Datenbank (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 041 – November 2014) (p. 5). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-041
  • Riedlinger, D. (2014). Spannungsfeld Forschung und Politik. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from
  • Greßler, S., Part, F., & Gazsó, A. (2014). "Nano-Abfall": Produkte mit Nanomaterialien am Ende ihres Lebenszyklus (NanoTrust-Dossier Nr. 040 – August 2014) (p. 6). Wien. doi:/10.1553/ita-nt-040

Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 25/02/2019 , Traiskirchen
    André Gazsó: 
    Einführung in die Risikoanalyse im Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement
    SKKM - Staatliches Krisen- und Katastrophenmanagement Modul 4 "Risikoanalyse"
  • 18/02/2019 , Potsdam
    Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    Neutralität in nanosafety governance
    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • 18/02/2019 , Potsdam
    André Gazsó: 
    Innovation, Safety and Sustainability – Governance of Emerging Risks
    ITA-IASS meeting "Nachhaltige Innovation"
  • 26/11/2018 , Berlin
    André Gazsó: 
    Innovation, Safety and Sustainability – Governance of Emerging Risks
    Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • 29/10/2018 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Risikogovernance in Österreich
    2nd EU-Asia Dialogue on Nanosafety
  • 23/10/2018 , Potsdam
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanorisk Governance
    Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • 26/06/2018 , Leoben
    André Gazsó: 
    Innovation und Sicherheit
    Seminar Sicherheitsanforderungen an AM Prozesse mit Pulverhandling
  • 11/06/2018 , Wien
    André Gazsó,  Gloria Elisabeth Rose: 
    Neutralität als aktive TA-Tätigkeit in Österreichs nano-Risikogovernance-Netzwerken
    TA'18: Technikfolgenabschätzung und Normativität – An welchen Werten orientiert sich TA?
  • 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'


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)