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    Research regarding the impacts of nanoparticles on people and the environment is needed. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds projects to fill knowledge gaps and to initiate measures to identify and minimize risk.

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The 1st Nano Olympiad competition for university students at undergraduate or PhD levels will be held in Tehran, Iran from 1-9th April 2018, preceded by intensive online training and mentoring for the teams, who will submit a report on their topic (by 15th March 2018), related to the theme for this year which is Water and Sanitation.

The European Commission (via the EU NanoSafety Cluster) is holding a first round competition to determine the teams that will go forward to represent Europe.

Application must be made by 17th November 2017, by submitting your CV and a letter of motivation saying why you would like to participate, using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NanoOlympiad

Following the closing date for applications, the applicants will be organised into teams and assigned a presentation topic to work on, as the pre-selection activity. These virtual teams will then present to the European organising committee (via a webinar) on Friday 15th December, following which the final teams will be announced, and their details forwarded to the international organising committee for early January 2018, when the mentoring and online training begins.


If you have any queries, please contact Prof. Iseult Lynch (i.lynch @ bham.ac.uk) or Dr. Andrea Haase (Andrea.Haase @ bfr.bund.de).


For further information: http://nanoolympiad.org/

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Information on the sponsorship programmes of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research on nanotechnologies for humans and the environment.


Knowledge Base

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A database with important and generally understandable aspects on health and environment of applied nanomaterials as well as facts on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.


Nano Basics

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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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