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.

 

Announcement:

  • currently no events

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Publications

Publications

  • 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 http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/pacita/pacita-2015-conference-proceedings.pdf
  • 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 http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/wohin-mit-dem-nano-muell
  • 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 http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungs-news/spannungsfeld-forschung-und-politik
  • 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

  • 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