NNI Nanoinformatics Conference


November 15, 2023
In-person, Washington, D.C.

Register for the conference here.

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the U.S. Government’s National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), invites you to participate in the NNI’s Nanoinformatics Conference.

Nanoinformatics, the organization, processing, and communication of nanoscale data, is an important subset of informatics science. The NNI has organized this Nanoinformatics Conference to support greater interdisciplinary and international connections within the informatics community. While significant NNI efforts have been focused on environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) data, nanoinformatics has broader impacts, advancing materials discovery, optimizing fabrication techniques, and facilitating applications in fields as diverse as biomedicine, microelectronics, and environmental sustainability, among others. The conference will highlight some of the lessons learned, as well as opportunities and challenges for leveraging data across multiple scales and disciplines. The NNI anticipates that the techniques, tools, and approaches to address the complexity of nanoscale data may provide breakthrough perspectives and new collaborations to tackle pressing environmental and societal challenges.

The Nanoinformatics Conference precedes the annual workshop of the NanoEHS CORs. This workshop will provide an opportunity for the vibrant nanosafety research community to share perspectives on emerging research trends and to connect to efforts beyond the United States and the European Union. The public is invited to attend this two-day workshop. Topics at both the conference and the workshop will complement the NNI’s efforts to update its 2011 EHS Research Strategy. Register for the U.S.-EU NanoEHS CORs Workshop here.

Co-hosted by INFRAMES

Conference Summary



Time (EST) Topic Speaker
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome and Overview Jaleesia Amos (Duke University) and Holly Mortensen (U.S. EPA)
9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Informatics in Your World: An Introduction to the “What” and “Why” of Informatics Stacey Harper (Oregon State University)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Informatics in the “Year of Open Science Chris Marcum (Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget)
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break  
10:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Where are we Today? Progress and Next Steps

Jaleesia Amos (Duke University) and Holly Mortensen (U.S. EPA)
  The EU-U.S. Nanoinformatics Roadmap 2030 Fred Klaessig (Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems)
  FAIR Data Standards for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology Thomas Exner (Seven Past Nine)
  The U.S. Government’s Consortia on Enhancing Interoperability of NanoEHS Data Holly Mortensen (U.S. EPA)
  Nanoinformatics for Safety and Sustainability: The EU Experience and Lessons Learned Vladimir Lobaskin (University College Dublin)
12:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch  
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Closing the Gap in Informatics and Modeling Needs for Robust (Nanotechnology) Risk Assessment  
  Data Standards: Conducting Interlaboratory Studies Kenneth Flores (Arizona State University)

Data standards: Semantic Web Applications (RDF): Integrating Adverse Outcome Pathways with Other Databases 

Marvin Martens (Maastricht University)
  Progress towards a Nano-specific International Chemical Identifier (InChI) Iseult Lynch (University of Birmingham and INFRAMES Project)
3 p.m – 3:30 p.m.

Discussion: Deepening the Connections between the Nanosafety and Informatics Communities

Moderators: Annie Jarabek (U.S. EPA) and Luisa Russell (NIH)
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Break  
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Discussion (continued) Moderators: Annie Jarabek (U.S. EPA) and 
Luisa Russell (NIH)
4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Adjournment  


Christopher Steven Marcum, Ph.D., F.G.S.A. (he/him/they/them)
Senior Statistician and Senior Science Policy Analyst, White House Office of Management and Budget
His portfolio focuses on data access, science policy, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. Immediately, prior to his current role, Dr. Marcum served in the Biden-Harris Administration as the Assistant Director for Open Science and Data Policy in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Dr. Marcum oversaw transformative science policies in his OSTP portfolio that led to the 2022 OSTP Public Access Memo, the 2023 Federal Scientific Integrity Framework, and the White House declaring 2023 as a Year of Open Science. Dr. Marcum received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.


Jaleesia Amos
Duke University

Thomas Exner
Seven Past Nine

Kenneth Flores
Arizona State University

Stacey Harper
Oregon State University

Annie Jarabek

Fred Klaessig
Pennsylvania Nano Bio Systems

Vladimir Lobaskin
University College Dublin

Iseult Lynch
University of Birmingham

Marvin Martens
Maastricht University

Holly Mortensen

Luisa Russell


NNCO conducts public engagement on behalf of the NNI, provides technical and administrative support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) subcommittee, and acts as the Federal government point of contact for the U.S.-EU NanoEHS CORs.

For further information, contact:

Rhema Bjorkland

Jaleesia Amos
Duke University

Holly Mortensen