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Sustainable Nanotechnology School - first edition

Understanding Environmental, Health and Safety Implications of Nanomaterials to Foster

Sustainable Applications of Nanotechnologies: Experimental and Modeling Approaches

University Ca' Foscari Venice (Italy)
Sunday 11th - Friday 16th January 2015



Ca' Foscari Challenge School
Leitat Technological Center
The REACH Centre

Supporting projects

EU FP7 Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN)
EU FP7 Sustainable Nanotechnologies (SUN)

School purpose

The achievement of safe nanoproducts requires an understanding of the properties, biological interactions, fate, risks and environmental impacts of manufactured nanomaterials. An understanding of both experimental and modeling approaches is essential to formulate strategies to systematically address knowledge gaps in the environmental and human health impacts of manufactured nanomaterials.
The 1st Sustainable Nanotechnology School aims to impart training on the state-of-the-art knowledge in these areas. The course is structured to balance breadth and depth in these diverse topics, as well as build an integrative understanding of them. The school is organized in the frame of the major EU FP7 projects SUN, MODENA and GUIDEnano.
The School will highlight the best practices and approaches for physicochemical characterization, (eco)toxicity testing, exposure, risk, lifecycle assessment of nanotechnologies, stakeholder perspectives and ethical  issues in nanotechnology. It will provide an interactive learning environment and direct access to key experts from Europe and the United States.

Target audience

The 1st Sustainable Nanotechnology School is especially designed for personnel from research and academic institutions as well as from industry, governmental agencies and hospital departments. The School is aimed at senior researchers, young scientists, PhD students and in fact anyone dealing with nanosciences, nanotechnologies and risk assessment of nanotechnology.

Organizing Committee

  • Antonio Marcomini, University Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy)
  • Danail Hristozov, University Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy)
  • Lang Tran, Institute for Occupational Health (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Judith Friesl, The REACH Centre (Lancaster, UK)
  • Socorro Vázquez-Campos, LEITAT Technological Center (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Amro Satti, LEITAT Technological Center (Barcelona, Spain)

Invited speakers

International experts from Europe and the United States has been invited. Download the detailed programme (currently being updated).

School programme and course organization

The school programme will focus on six main subjects:

  • (Eco)toxicological Risk Assessment
  • Exposure Assessment and Monitoring
  • Life Cycle Impact Assessment of nanomaterials
  • Safe-by-Design nanomanufacturing
  • Industrial and Regulatory Perspectives on Nanotechnology
  • Ethical issues in nanotechnology

Each speaker will hold a lesson, followed by a discussion. All school materials will be provided one week before the school starts.

School certificates

Each participant will be given a Certificate of Attendance on successful completion of the School.
It is possible for participants to test theirknowledge by choosing to take a written test. In this case, a certificate of performance will be delivered.

School registration and payment

To register to the school, please fill in the registration form. After you have submitted the form, you will receive a registration confirmation including the payment details and a privacy disclaimer by email. The registration is completed after you have send the privacy disclaimer, duly filled in, and a copy of the payment confirmation from your bank to corsi.challengeschool@unive.it.

Registration fee

The registration fees include: School participation, course materials (slides, reference papers, journal club articles), welcome cocktail, lunches, coffee breaks, a social event and a social dinner. Hotel booking and dinners are not included.


Full price
(VAT included)

Discounted price (*)
(VAT included)

Industries & Governmental Agencies

1200 €

1080 €


900 €

810 €

PhD students and Post-Docs from participating projects

600 €

540 €

Other PhD students and Post-Docs

700 €

630 €

(*) Early registration discount of 10%


  • 30 September 2014: Early Registration Deadline (Discount of 10%)
  • 31 October 2014: Registration Deadline


The cancellation deadline is 21 November 2014, after which date the fees paid will not be returned. In case of cancellation, immediately contact the School Administrative Office (corsi.challengeschool@unive.it). If the notice is received before November 21 2014, 90% of the fee will be refunded.

School location

The 1st edition of the school will take place in Venice (Italy). The lectures will be held at a historical auditorium Santa Margherita, which is located in the heart of the city.The main lecture room is equipped with Wi-Fi.


How to reach and leave Venice & the School venue

Please download the Travel Guidance.


Rooms at special rates are available for the School participants. Please contact Ca' Foscari Challenge School (contact information below) for more information.


Technical and administrative secretariat:

Ca' Foscari Challenge School
Elisabetta Beda
e-mail: corsi.challengeschool@unive.it
tel.: +39 041 234 6858 - 6853
fax: +39 041 234 6941


Vrishali Subramanian
e-mail: vrishali.subramanian@unive.it
tel.: +39 041 234 8920

Sara Alba
e-mail: sara.alba@unive.it
tel.: +39 041 234 8951

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