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Safety and responsible development of nanotechnology are addressed by a strong group of experts in two dedicated workshops arranged during Nanotech Northern Europe 2007, 27-29 March, in Helsinki, Finland.
The use of nanotechnology in commercial products is growing rapidly. For example, the number of Finnish companies actively utilising nanotechnology has more than doubled in just two years. The expert discussion challenges that companies face in this extremely fast pace of developmen and how important it is to take into account issues of environment, health, safety and corporate responsibility.
The two safety workshops are arranged by the European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance (ENTA), VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Spinverse Consulting, the lead organizer of Nanotech Northern Europe.
"Safety, above all else, should at the heart of nanotechnology development plans", stated Del Stark CEO of ENTA. "We must be responsible custodians of this exciting branch of science and ensure a fair framework that enables the EU to compete effectively on the world stage."
"Nanotech Northern Europe is a leading nanotechnology event in Europe and we see safety as a very important topic of the congress", Pekka Koponen, Managing Director of Spinverse said. "ENTA has a valuable role to play in the discussion on responsible nanotechnology development".
Nanotech Northern Europe is the largest Nanotechnology event in the region. Arranged now for the third time in Helsinki Finland, the congress brings together over 500 experts, industry representatives and investors from 40 countries. The parallel exhibition includes over 100 innovative companies.
Speaking at the workshops are:
Dr. Markus Pridoehl, Degussa
Degussa regards nanotechnology as an opportunity to help develop new products and efficient scientific and technological solutions, and so make essential contributions towards environmental protection, health and product quality.
Dr Terry Wilkins, NanoManufacturing Institue (NMI) University of Leeds
NMI's objective is to undertake fundamental and applied research focusing on the problems of scale-up and high throughput manufacturing of nano-enabled consumer products.
Stephan Schaller, triple innova and Nanometer developer
Nanologue's overarching objective was to help establish a common understanding concerning social, ethical and legal aspects of nanotechnology applications and to facilitate a Europe-wide dialogue among science, business and civil society about its benefits and potential impacts. The Nanometer allows researchers and product developers to carry out a brief societal assessment of nanotechnological applications prior to market release.
Christoph Meili, Die Innovationsgesellschaft
To meet new challenges, Die Innovationsgesellschaft and TÜV
SÜD have developed CENARIOS®, the first certifiable nanospecific risk management and monitoring system. The system will be implemented by mid 2007 with Buhler PARTEC.
Arto Kekki, Dekati Oy
Jyrki Heino, University of Turku
Katriina Heikkilä, Kemira Pigments Oy
Maila Puolamaa, EU Commission
Created to represent the interests of nanotechnology businesses across Europe, the European Nanotechnology Trade Alliance (ENTA) acts to bridge gaps between governments, science and industry policy makers and business. It will also openly interface with the public and watchdog organizations to ensure transparency and that new nanotechnologies are developed in a safe, and responsible manner. ENTA will become a first port of call for the media to express the industry view on nanotechnology.
Spinverse supplies consulting services to organisations ranging from start-ups to government institutions; provides seed capital and advises on later stage funding; and organises a range of events, including Nanotech Northern Europe, the largest congress and exhibition in the region.
About Nanotech Northern Europe 2007:
Nanotech Northern Europe is arranged on 27 - 29 March 2007 at the Helsinki Fair Centre, Finland.
Full program is available at: http://www.nanotech.net
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