Edition 2018 under preparation, Archamps, France



How can industrial innovation in nanotechnologies be reconciled with the legitimate concerns of citizens regarding environmental protection and public health? SaferNanoDesign will familiarize early-stage researchers and postgraduate students (2nd year Master/PhD) with risk evaluation using computational methods of modeling and simulation relevant to nanomaterials.




An intensive one-week specialist school, SaferNanoDesign familiarises post-graduate students and early-career scientists with risk evaluation in a business context, using computational methods of modelling and simulation relevant to nanomaterials. Participants are exposed to and gain hands-on experience of the analytical tools and methodologies required to meet the challenge of the ecodesign of nanomaterial enabled technology.



SaferNanoDesign uses a dynamic, three-tier approach, involving:

  • Lectures and presentations

  • Practical sessions based on complex problem solving around a specific case-study

  • Interdisciplinary group work on the development of an entrepreneurial innovation project.

The programme is delivered by international experts from leading European and American universities as well as research centres, industry and regulatory bodies. The working language of the school is English.  

Throughout the week, participants are confronted with the multiple challenges for developing innovative, reliable, economically viable products that are also environment friendly and respectful of public health. Their mastery of these complex challenges will be established and tested through the development of a comprehensive business case for a new nanomaterial-enabled technology.  



Learning outcomes

By the end of SaferNanoDesign, students will have gained:

  • An in-depth insight into the design of nanomaterials with specific and innovative industrial applications but which are safe for humans and the environment.

  • Practical experience of exposure assessment and the development of predictive risk analysis based on modelling of the life cycle, from the production to the end of life, of nano enabled products in the environment.

  • Theoretical and practical understanding of nanomaterial reactivity and transformation in the environment.

  • Knowledge of the different types of assays available to assess the impact of nanomaterial exposure at different levels (environment, organism, cell, molecule …).

  • Knowledge of how to obtain and analyse “omics” data to perform gene ontology and pathway analysis. They will also become familiar with predictive toxicology via the adverse outcome pathways (AOP) and Effectopedia tool.

  • An understanding of the challenges and opportunities of marketing nano-based products for an SME.

  • An understanding of the process of translating an innovation project into an entrepreneurial venture. 



Organised by:

- LabEx SERENADE (A*MIDEX project, funded by the «Investissements d’Avenir», a French Government programme managed by the ANR - French National Research Agency)

- Université Grenoble-Alpes  

- ESI (European Scientific Institute)