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Sustainable Nanotechnology School - first edition

Understanding Environmental, Health and Safety Implications of Nanomaterials
to Foster
their Sustainable Applications

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



Ca' Foscari Challenge School
Leitat Technological Center
Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization
The REACH Centre

Supporting projects

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 (MN).
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, and journal club aims to build an integrative understanding of them. The school is organized in the frame of the major EU FP7 projects SUN , MARINA and GUIDEnano and is strongly supported by the US Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization.
The school will highlight the best practices and approaches for physicochemical characterization, applications, (eco)toxicity testing, exposure, risk,and lifecycle assessment of nanotechnologies and will provide guidelines on how to provide education in these areas. 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, risk assessment and educational aspects of nanotechnology.

Steering Committee

  • Antonio Marcomini, University Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy)
  • Danail Hristozov, University Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy)
  • Lang Tran, Institute for Occupational Health (Edinburgh, UK)
  • Matteo Dalla Valle , The REACH Centre (Lancaster, UK)
  • Socorro Vázquez-Campos, LEITAT Technological Center (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Amro Satti, LEITAT Technological Center (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Barbara Karn, US EPA (Washington DC, USA)
  • Omowunmi Sadik,State University of New York at Binghamton (New York, USA)

Invited speakers

International experts from Europe and the United States will be invited. Detailed programme willbe announced soon.

School programme and course organization

The school programme will focus on five main subjects:

  • Physicochemical properties & biological/environmental interactions of MN
  • Risk and Life Cycle Impact Assessment of MN
  • Safe-by-Design nanomanufacturing
  • Sustainable applications of nanotechnologies
  • Teaching nano sustainability and ethics

Each speaker will hold a lesson, followed by a discussion. The final programme will be provided in a few weeks.
During the Journal Club, the class will be divided in two groups on the basis of most preferred subjects.

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 desclaimer by email. The registration is completed after you have send the privacy desclaimer, duly filled in, and a copy of the payment confirmation from your bank to corsi.challengeschool@unive.it.

Registration fee

The registrationfees 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

Discounted price (*)

Industries & Governmental Agencies

1200 €

1080 €


900 €

810 €

PhD students and Post-Doc & MD personnel

600 €

540 €

(*) Early registration discount of 10%


  • 30 September 2014: Early Registration Deadline (Discount of 10%)
  • 14 November 2014: Registration Deadline


The cancellation deadline is 30 November 2014. In case of cancellation, immediately contact the School Administrative Office (corsi.challengeschool@unive.it). If the notice is received before November 30 2014, the whole 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.


Technical and administrative secretariat:

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


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

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