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Nanotechnology Forums

  • European Nanotechnology Gateway

    Nanoforum is a pan-European nanotechnology network funded by the European Union under the Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) to provide information on European nanotechnology efforts and support to the European nanotechnology community.

  • International Council of Nanotechnology (ICON) GoodNanoGuide

    ICON has developed the GoodNanoGuide as an on-line forum designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas on how to best handle nanoscale materials. Users have the opportunity to learn about nanotechnology, become a community member, or supply information as an expert provider.

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Nanotechnology Conferences

  • Applications of Nanotechnology for Safe and Sustainable Environmental Remediations, June 5-7, 2013, Hammond, LA.

    This is the first national workshop that provides an opportunity for representatives from the environmental remediation community, industry, academia, and government to: share their perspectives, pose questions, and develop ideas for design of good guidelines, selection criteria, and work practices to support safe and sustainable nano-enabled environmental remediation; become acquainted with other U.S. nanotechnology stakeholders, including vendors, transporters, and contractors of the remediation sites and communities; and share case studies of nano-enhanced clean up technologies, including selection criteria for alternative remediation strategies and methods, job planning, job tasks, and nanomaterial handling practices.

  • Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Workshop on Nanotechnology for Site Remediation, October 20-21, 2005, Washington, D.C.

    Meeting summary and presentations from a Workshop on Nanotechnology for Site Remediation available on the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR) website. Workshop participants included members of the academic, government, and private-sector communities. The workshop was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, EPA, and the FRTR. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, EPA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Council for Science and the Environment organized the workshop.

  • Nanotechnology and Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER), New opportunities and challenges. July 12-13, 2006. Washington, DC.

    The symposium brought together experts in the fields of law, academia, and industry to discuss the effect of nanomaterials on solid waste practices.

  • Adobe PDF LogoNanotechnology Site Remediation Workshop. September 6-7, 2006. Chicago, IL.

    EPA held a 2-day national Superfund nanotechnology site remediation conference in 2005 in Washington, DC. The conference had plenary and breakout sessions where experts in nanotechnology site remediation partook in platform presentations and panel discussions. In 2006, a second 2-day national site remediation workshop was held, jointly sponsored by the EPA Region 5 and the EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD). During the first day of the workshop, the focus was on nanomaterials applications to remediate hazardous waste sites. The focus for the second day was on environmental implications of nanomaterials.

  • Pollution Prevention through Nanotechnology Conference. September 25-26, 2007. Arlington, VA.

    The EPA invited stakeholders to attend this forum to exchange ideas and information on using nanotechnology to develop new ways to prevent pollution. Representatives from industry, academia, non-governmental organizations, and government were invited to focus on current practices and potential research areas in nanotechnology that incorporate the concept of pollution prevention in three major areas: Products - Less toxic, less polluting, and wear-resistant; Processes - More efficient and waste-reducing; and Energy and Resource Efficiency - Processes and products that use less energy and fewer raw materials because of greater efficiency. The conference featured discussions of nanotechnology life-cycle considerations and the responsible development of nanotechnology.

  • International Environmental Nanotechnology Conference: Applications and Implications, October 7-9, 2008. Chicago, IL

    Nanoscale materials present new opportunities to improve the ability to detect, monitor, control, and clean up environmental pollutants and contaminants and potential new risks to human health and the environment. This EPA conference brought together researchers and practitioners from around the world to discuss the nanotechnology applications for remediation of environmental contaminants; the implications of releasing manufactured nanoscale materials into the environment, and pollution control and nano-enabled sensing.

  • Nanotoxicology: Health & Environmental Impacts. February 27, 2009, Welwyn Garden City, UK.

    The nanotechnology industry is rapidly growing with promises of substantial benefits that will have significant global, economic and scientific impacts, applicable to a whole host of areas from engineering and electronics to environmental remediation and medical healthcare. However, at present there is growing concern over the safety of nanomaterials with respect to occupational, consumer and environmental exposures. This symposium brought together eminent scientists at the forefront of the nanotoxicology field to present their current research findings and discuss the potential impact of nanomaterials on human health and the environment. This event presented an opportunity for toxicologists, nanotechnologists, industrial members and governmental regulatory agencies to interact and discuss the latest developments in this field.

  • Nanotech 2009, Conference & Expo 2009, May 3-7, 2009, Houston, TX

    More than 250 companies, organizations and international pavilions were exhibited at the Nanotech Expo. Exhibitors included equipment manufacturers and suppliers, systems providers, finance and investment firms, research and development (R&D) companies, project developers, trade associations, and government agencies.

  • 2009 International Conference on the Environmental Implications and Applications of Nanotechnology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sponsored by U.S. EPA OSWER, U.S. EPA ORD, the University of Massachusetts, NIEHS, and others, June 9 - 11, 2009

    This conference provided a forum for scientists, regulators, and policy makers from academia, government, and industry to interact and share new knowledge on the health and environmental impacts of nanotechnology, green nanotechnology, and new environmental applications and help direct future research and regulatory needs.

  • Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Conference on Potential Environmental Benefits of Nanotechnology: Fostering Safe Innovation-Led Growth, Paris, 15-17 July 2009

    The OECD conference focused on the opportunities and the challenges associated with the use of nanoscale materials for potential environmental benefit. Participants were provided an opportunity to consider the state-of-the-art of nanotechnologies, their potential to bring environmental benefits, and potential human health and environmental safety concerns. The conference addressed sustainability and life cycle aspects in a variety of sectors in which nanotechnology has the potential to give rise to environmental benefits. The conference explored the environmental profiles of emerging nanoscale innovation with the goal of encouraging development of technologies that can result in environmental gain while addressing unintended consequences.

  • International Conference on the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (ICEIN). May 11-13, 2010. Los Angeles, CA

    The second annual ICEIN was held in Los Angeles, CA, at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). ICEIN was co-sponsored by the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) headquartered at Duke University, the University of California Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN) headquartered at UCLA, and the international partners of CEINT and UC CEIN. The conference brought together leading researchers from around the world working on nanotechnology risk assessment, nanotoxicology, ecosystem impacts, transport and transformation of nanomaterials, and nanomaterial detection.

  • California EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Nanotechnology Forums

    The DTSC has hosted various forums on nanotechnology, ranging from half-day nanotechnology symposiums to conference call presentations. Topics include "Nanotechnology for Environmental Cleanup and Pollution Control Science, Implementation, and Regulatory Issues," "Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide and Organic Sunscreen," and "NanoRegulation - Anticipating the Smallest Threats and the Largest Opportunities."

  • Nanotechnology Conference for Environmental Cleanup and Pollution Control (Science, Implementation, and Regulatory Issues). November 3, 2009. Burlingame, CA

    The Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) sponsored a symposium on nanotechnology application for groundwater remediation, surface water treatment, and pollution control. The symposium was a forum for leaders in the field of nanotechnology to discuss case studies, research findings, and regulatory issues.

  • Nanosafe 2010. November 16-18, 2010. Grenoble, France

    This conference presents major progress and future trends in the production and use of nanomaterials. Topics include: exposure assessment, characterization, detection and monitoring, nanomaterials life cycle, toxicology, environmental impact, nanoparticle release from consumer products, personal protection equipment, secure industrial production, safety parameters evaluation, and standardization, regulations.

  • Adobe PDF LogoNANOSENS2010, Nanosensors for Industrial Applications. December 2-3, 2010. Vienna, Austria

    This third NANOSENS conference focuses on the latest nanosensor developments for industrial applications. Conference topics include: heterogeneous integration, nanosensors for biomedical and environmental applications, functional layered systems, and 3D-system integration.

  • Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials: 2010. August 22-26, 2010. Clemson, South Carolina

    Engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials offer many potential socio-economic, health and environmental benefits, resulting from novel properties and behavior that materials can exhibit when manufactured at the nanoscale. While the production of nanomaterials is undergoing exponential growth, the biological effects and environmental fate and behavior of nanomaterials are relatively unknown. Nano 2010 provided a venue for presentation and discussion of current research on these issues. This was the fifth annual international meeting on this topic following the success of previous meetings held in the United Kingdom and, most recently, Nano 2009 held in Austria.

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