Workshop Proceedings-- U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop (Dec 2-3, 2013)

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NNI Publications and Reports
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative & European Commission
Publication Date: Feb. 6 2015

Description:

This is the workshop report for the third in an annual series of U.S.–EU nanoEHS workshops. The purpose of this third joint workshop was to further deepen and promote EU-U.S. collaboration on nanotechnology-related environment, health, and safety (nanoEHS) research. Additionally, the aim was to publicize progress toward Community of Research (COR) goals and objectives, clarify and communicate future plans, share best practices, and identify areas of cross-Community collaboration.

The 2013 U.S.–EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts joint workshop was held on December 2–3, 2013, at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. The workshop was organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and the European Commission. Approximately 115 participants attended the meeting in person, and over a third of the attendees travelled from Europe. An additional 15 participants joined by phone. Attendees included scientists, policy makers, regulators, administrators, and authorities from the European Union and the United States.


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