22 October 2021

The project NanoCommons is organising an open virtual workshop entitled “Collaborative research supported by NanoCommons transnational access” that will be held on November 9th (10:00 – 13:00h CET). The aim is to bring together all past and current SbD projects for a first knowledge exchange with specific focus on data and software platforms. Different organisations, that have already applied for Transnational Access projects with NanoCommons, will report about their experiences. This will be followed by presentations on how the learnings from these projects resulted in collaboration and interoperability concepts, which could be extended to span across different tools and platforms, and on the upcoming training activities of NanoCommons and other possible follow-ups to this workshop.

As you know, safe-by-design for nanomaterials was one of the major topics of the last calls for the Horizon 2020 framework programme with two calls (NMBP-15-2019: Safe by design, from science to regulation: metrics and main sectors and NMBP-16-2020: Safe by design, from science to regulation: multi-component nanomaterials).

Even if each project has its own specific approach to address the objectives and challenges in the calls, there are some areas where collaboration across the projects is beneficial for everyone and for the overall sustainability of all project outputs. This is where NanoCommons, as an infrastructure and community-building project, is coming into play. Besides providing specific services to individual projects, we also have the goal to bring projects together to design concepts and common approaches to allow data and tools sharing in order to prevent the further fragmentation of nanosafety data and the inadvertent creation of multiple incompatible / non-interoperable platforms for nanosafety modelling, risk assessment and safe-by-design services. Increasing the interoperability and re-usability of nanosafety tools and services is our overarching goal.

If you are part of safe-by-design project and you want to investigate how NanoCommons could support all of you, individually and as a group, participate to the event.