Fourth Joint Symposium on Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is used as a key technology in many areas. The fourth edition of the symposium continues to focus on the opportunities and risks. At the English-speaking event on 30 and 31 May 2022, experts will present their findings on topics such as the use of nanotechnology in textiles and packaging, its application in agriculture, the effects of nanomaterials in the body and future-oriented assessment approaches. With nanotechnology, consumer protection is expanding into new scientific realms in many areas. "The question is how our body reacts to nanomaterials that may be emitted by different consumer products. Various substances can also enter our bodies via emissions from 3D printers or seeds containing elements in the nanometre spectrum, says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Luch, natural scientist and physician at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "The BfR is therefore researching a variety of projects, for example to elucidate the modes of action, to analyse complex samples or to perform grouping approaches, in order to advance health-related risk assessments of new materials." With the nanotechnology symposium, the BfR fosters a regular, interdisciplinary and interdepartmental exchange of knowledge. Together with the Fraunhofer Nanotechnology FNT thematic network, the BfR cordially invites you to attend this hybrid event. Anyone who is interested can follow the event either on site in the BfR lecture theatre in Berlin-Marienfelde or digitally via live stream. The registration deadline is 20 May 2022.
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Nanomaterials are now used in many areas of daily life, for example in cosmetic products, food packaging and numerous consumer goods. This is not always apparent to consumers. Specific labelling regulations apply to some product areas such as food and cosmetics.
Production volumes and the variety of forms are constantly increasing, which may mean an elevated and possibly novel types of health-related problems for consumers, for example when nanomaterials are released from products. There is no general answer to whether nanomaterials or products that contain them can pose health risks for consumers. Nanosafety research therefore deals with the risks of nanomaterials for human health and the environment.
About the BfR
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in Germany. The BfR advises the Federal Government and the States ('Laender') on questions of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts its own research on topics that are closely linked to its assessment tasks.