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

  • 28/09/2010 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Mensch und Technik
    Pressegespräch Telekom Austria Group
  • 16/09/2010 , Wageningen
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Cells meet electromagnetic fields: Cell type and redox status dependent effects
    EMF symposium 'Low frequency electromagnetic field exposure and modulation of cellular functions'
  • 29/06/2010 , Linz
    André Gazsó: 
    Wie geht man gesellschaftlich mit Neuerungen und unbekannten Risiken um?
    Fachtagung "Nanotechnologie — Chance oder Risiko?"
  • 01/06/2010 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Der Beitrag der Philosophie für die Technikfolgenabschätzung der Nanotechnologie
    TA'10 – Die Ethisierung der Technik und ihre Folgen für die Technikfolgenabschätzung
  • 26/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Governance of Nanotechnology — Coterie or new level of engagement
    Science and Governance: Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • 22/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Introduction to Nanotechnology — From the perspective of Technology Assessment (Student class: Contemporary Global Controversies)
    School of Politics and Global Studies at ASU
  • 13/04/2010 , Phoenix
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    The NanoTrust Project — A contribution to Austria´s Approach to Risk Governance of Nanotechnology
    CNS Occasional Speaker
  • 08/04/2010 , Krems
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Nanoparticles: Biological effects and approaches to risk assessment
    Fachvorträge des Instituts Biotechnologie
  • 18/02/2010 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Aktionspläne und Konsumentenschutz
    Regulierung von Nanomaterialien — Verantwortlicher Umgang mit verbrauchernahen Produkten
  • 10/12/2009 , Wien
    Ulrich Fiedeler: 
    Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Nanotechnologie
  • 12/11/2009 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanotechnologie und Vorsorgeprinzip - Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit neuen Technologien
    Nanotechnologie im Lichte der aktuellen Diskussion zu REACH und CLP
  • 11/11/2009 , Gleisdorf
    André Gazsó: 
    Der gesellschaftliche Umgang mit neuen Technologien am Beispiel der Nanotechnologie
    Vortrag am BG/BRG Gleisdorf
  • 10/11/2009 , Wien
    André Gazsó: 
    Das Projekt NanoTrust - Ein Beitrag zur Risikoregulierung der Nanotechnologien in Österreich
    3. Internationaler Behördendialog
  • 09/11/2009 , Wien
    Michael Nentwich: 
    Statement am Podium: "Wirkung von Nanotechnologie. Wirtschaftlicher Fortschritt und neue Märkte im Spannungsfeld der Technologiefolgenabschätzung"
    Nano. Wissenschaft. Wirtschaft. Wirkung 09 (NANO Initiative)
  • 29/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies - The Austrian Project "NanoTrust"
    Seminar on Nanotechnology in Health and Medicine
  • 28/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Nanomaterial: Risk, Health and Safety
    Forum Nanotechnology: Evolution of Knowledge to Market
  • 28/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    André Gazsó: 
    Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies
    NANOtech Malaysia 2009
  • 27/10/2009 , Kuala Lumpur
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Nano meets cells: The interaction between engineered nanoparticles and living matter
    Nanotech Malaysia 2009
  • 14/10/2009 , Leipzig
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    Fifty hertz extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field causes changes in redox status in human Mono Mac 6 cells
    19th Annual Conference of the DGfZ
  • 02/10/2009 , Wien
    Myrtill Simkó: 
    The interaction between engineered nanoparticles and living matter
    25th Annual Conference of the Society of Minerals and Trace Elements (GMS)


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)