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Seeking Participants: Ecotoxicity Workshop March 2015

Posted By Jeff A. Steevens, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Implementing Environmentally-Relevant Exposures for Improved Interpretation of Laboratory Toxicology Studies of Manufactured and Engineered Nanomaterials (M&ENMs)

 

The University of California - Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) is planning a workshop focusing on ecotoxicity. The organizers are seeking around 35 participants from academia, industry, regulatory, and NGO to meet for 2 days.

 

Background: A number of academic colleagues have used estimates of environmental releases to define “environmentally relevant” or “environmentally realistic” concentrations to be used in ecotoxicity testing. This has even led some colleagues to recommend rejecting manuscripts during the peer review process. Their intent, of course, is for science to inform the risk assessment process by emphasizing realistic test conditions. What is realistic, what is informative and how the two relate to current laboratory practice lie at the heart of the workshop. In a critical review article published this summer in Environmental Science & Technology by Holden et al., members of the organizing committee provided an overview of concentrations used in laboratory settings relative to estimated concentrations from computer modeling.

 

The workshop is intended to bring these threads together for a focused discussion in the expectation that we can arrive at some conclusions that speak to the current state-of-the-art in these sub-disciplines. A position or opinion paper is a likely outcome.

 

Apply:  If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please provide a brief description of your relevant experience and brief CV to Bruce Vigon at bruce.vigon@setac.org

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Student and Young Professionals Travel Award for Nanorisk Analysis II Workshop, September 15-16, Washington DC

Posted By Jeff A. Steevens, Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Call for Posters & Student and Young Professionals Travel Awards for Nano Risk Analysis II: A Workshop to Explore How a Multiple Models Approach Can Advance Risk Analysis of Nanoscale Materials.

 

 ** Deadline extended to August 1st, 2014**

September 15-16, 2014 • Washington, D.C. 

Got BIG research on NANOmaterials? Come share your interesting work with experts from around the globe at the Society for Risk Analysis Nano Risk Analysis II workshop!


About the Workshop


The Nano Risk Analysis II workshop seeks to elaborate shared strengths and gaps in support of a Weight of Evidence (WOE) approach relying on Alternative Testing Strategy (ATS) to inform context–specific decisions about risk from exposure to novel nanoscale materials.  The goal is to inform the development of guidance for ATS use in overall approaches to those decisions. As such, suitable topics for poster presentations include research on high-throughput techniques, in vitro cell based and cell free assays, WOE or strength-of-evidence approaches to assessing exposure and risk, decision-analytic approaches, regulatory approaches, and challenges to applying ATS for nanoscale materials. We are open to a range of topics related to Alternative Testing Strategies, so please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your topic.


This competition will provide several graduate students and young professionals (i.e., individuals who completed their degree within 5-years) with $500 in travel assistance to attend the Nano Risk Analysis II Workshop. Details at: http://srananoworkshop.org/travel-awards.html

 

 

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