Building bridges between specialists on computational and empirical risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials

Project summary

The project is aimed at creating a worldwide network of research partnerships, including various types of research organizations from EU and third countries, with different profiles (computational and empirical risk assessors), focused on the development of new tools for computational risk assessment of engineered nanoparticles (NPs). The mobility plan, supported by the electronic communication tools will create a platform for sharing knowledge and overcoming the fragmentation of scientific efforts in this novel and high priority research field. This is important, because extensively developing nanotechnology might create a significant risk for humans and the environment.

5 high quality EU partners (4 of which have been already collaborating) will start working together with 7 top-class institutions from abroad:

  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA)
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Nanotoxicity, NSF excellence center (USA)
  • Ohio State University (USA)
  • National Academy of Science of Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (China)
  • Jadavpur University (India)

NanoBRIDGES participants are authors of pioneering works in the project area.

We are going to build 3 metaphoric bridges across the problems limiting risk assessment for NPs: Bridge I: Collaboration between developers of computational and empirical methods for risk assessment. Bridge II: Exchanging ideas developed simultaneously by different groups of similar profiles (e.g., computational – computational). Bridge III: Coordination of regulatory efforts worldwide in the area of nanorisk assessment.


University of Gdansk
Faculty of Chemistry
ul. Wita Stwosza 63
80-952 Gdansk

European Commision