Fostering EU–US cooperation in Nanosafety and SynBio – a Knowledge exchange and priority setting workshop

5 - 6 March 2019


The BILAT USA 4.0 project is organizing an international knowledge exchange and priority setting workshop on Fostering EU – US cooperation in Nanosafety and SynBio.


The objective of this workshop is to identify potential collaboration priorities in Nanosafety and SynBio research thematics for Horizon Europe, the next European Framework Program for Research and Innovation, in order to boost STI collaboration activities in the area, and to foster knowledge exchanges between the Nanosafety and SynBio communities. The event also aims to discuss and strengthen cooperation between the EU and the USA for the development of standards in synthetic biology, as part of the ongoing Coordination and Support Action BIOROBOOST.


Research programmes on nanotechnologies both in the US and Europe devote a considerable part to hazard and exposure assessment and safe-by-design work. Cooperation between these efforts has existed for years, in the shape of seven Communities of Research with annual meetings, and ought to continue and extend. Synthetic Biology opens new fields, also with significant safety concerns, where global cooperation is a must.


Two different communities (Nano and SynBio) will be brought together to address governance and safety issues, and exchange knowledge and practices developed by the nanotechnologies field. The very interactive format including a knowledge exchange camp will allow the questions of the SynBio community to feed the discussion and new potential solutions to be mutually identified among the two communities and benefit all.




Date: Tuesday March 5, 2019 and Wednesday March 6, 2019

Location: Harvard University

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