NIA Annual Symposium

NIA's 9th Annual Symposium, moved online for 2020 to discuss key drivers behind commercial development of nanotechnologies, advanced materials and network across sectors and countries for the development of your business and research.  Sessions were discussion-driven and all participants were  able to take an active role around the topics included.


10:00 -11:30 Session 1 

Advancing Nano - what does the future hold? (Closed)

  • Nano in Policy and Advanced Materials - Blanca Suarez, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Nanotechnology Industries Association
  • High ambitions for sustainability in Horizon Europe: creating a pathway for nanomaterials -  Aleksandra Małyska, Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Advancing methods for nano characterisation and assessment - Hubert Rauscher, Principal Administrator and Scientific Officer, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

12:00 - 13:30 Session 2 

Market access frameworks - the business and science of nanoforms (Closed)

  • Implementing REACH Annex amendments; The industrial experience – Neil Hunt, Managing Regulatory Specialist, Yordas and Kai Paul, Senior Consultant at Blue Frog Scientific
  • Framework for grouping nanomaterials for risk assessment, including read-across – The GRACIOUS project  - Professor Vicki Stone, Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering Heriot-Watt University
  • The ECETOC NanoApp to support justification of NanoForm (NF) sets - Olivier De Matos, Secretary General, ECETOC & Wendel Wohlleben, Senior Principle Scientist, BASF 

13:30 -14:00 Breakout sessions

  • Session A: The Gracious framework. Talk directly with Vicki on details and applications of the Framework
  • Session B: The ECETOC NanoApp: Talk directly with Olivier and Wendel regarding use and fit to REACH guidelines

14:00 - 15:30 Session 3

Commercial drivers for nanomaterials (Open)

NIA Members discuss the key short and long term drivers for economic development of nanomaterials.  From the immediate impact of covid on operations, through to long term market drivers for nanomaterials and the bottlenecks that influence investment and decision making from producers and users.