BAuA Symposium 2016

On April 20th, 2016, The German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) invited to an international symposium on asbestos-like fibres from nanomaterials and other advanced materials. The goal was to initiate a transdisciplinary debate among representatives from academia, regulatory agencies, industry, and other interested parties in the governance landscape on advanced materials. It was also addressed to the members of the WHO Guideline Development Group "WHO Guidelines on Nanomaterials and Workers' Health", who held a face-to-face meeting on April 18/19, 2016, at BAuA in Dortmund.


  • The presentations given during the symposium can be downloaded via the BAuA Website:





  • Rüdiger Pipke (BAuA). WHO fibres from nanomaterials - a brief look into history
  • Elen Stokes (Cardiff School of Law and Politics). The Tortoise and the Hare - Governance challenges under conditions of scientific uncertainty
  • Thomas Gebel (BAuA). Hazards and risks from WHO fibres at the workplace
  • Andreas Lüdecke (BAuA). National Asbestos Profile - Germany 2014
  • Elisabeth Heunisch (BAuA). WHO fiber release, workplace exposure measurement and assessment
  • Asmus Meyer-Plath (BAuA). Fibrous Nano and Advanced Materials
  • Aline Reichow (BAuA). Communication and Co-operation: Trans-disciplinary approaches for a safe material design




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