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Published on 30 September 2020


Progress in elucidating the environmental behavior of nanomaterials

Mark Wiesner – Tuesday 17th of November 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
Director of the NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) at Duke University, Durham, USA

Mark R. Wiesner holds the James B. Duke Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University. He serves as Director of the NSF Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT). His work has focused on applications of emerging nanomaterials to membrane science and water treatment and an examination of the fate, transport, and effects of nanomaterials in the environment. Wiesner is a musician (electric and double bass), a 2004 de Fermat Laureate, the 2011 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015.


Reducing the burden of testing nanomaterial safety via grouping and read-across - The GRACIOUS Framework

          1. Vicki Stone  – Thursday 19th of November 14:00 – 15:00 CEST
            Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

          2. Vicki Stone is also an Honorary Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.  Vicki is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  She was the holder of the Royal Society of Chemistries Toxicology Award (2015-16) and the Editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology ( for 6 years (2006-2011). Vicki has also published over 165 publications pertaining to particle toxicology over the last 25 years.  Between 2015 and 2018 Vicki was recognised by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) as one of the top 1% of all researchers in the world for the most cited publications in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  

            Vicki is currently involved in three new large EU funded projects 

GRACIOUS (for which Vicki is coordinator) will generate a framework for streamlining the risk assessment by facilitating grouping and read-across of nanomaterials.  PATROLS will generate advanced alternative models for assessing the hazards of nanomaterials to humans and other species.  BIORIMA will generate a risk assessment framework for nanomedicines.  Other current funding includes UK Research Councils (BBSRC and NC3Rs) and industry (Byk/Altana).