School Programme

SAFERNANO DESIGN & LAW TIMETABLE 2018 (download here)

 

PROGRAMME COORDINATOR : Prof. Philippe Sabatier

 

MODULE 1:  ADVANCED METHODS IN NANOSAFETY

Prof. Laurent Charlet - Université Grenoble-Alpes

How can the environmental and health impacts of nanomaterials be determined using a life-cycle assessment approach?

This module explores:

  1. the intrinsic properties of nanomaterials, in particular surface reactivity and its importance in industrial applications;

  2. nanoparticle interactions and transformation in the environment. The specific reactivity and toxicological effects of nanoparticles on living organisms are studied by life-cycle approach;

  3. the different types of assays available to assess the environmental impactof nano exposure at varying levels (environment, organism, cell, molecule etc.);

  4. how to obtain and analyse omics data to perform gene ontology and pathway analysis, to become familiar with predictive toxicology via the Adverse Outcome Pathways and Effectopedia tools;

  5. how to assess environmental impacts of nanomaterials using predictive modelling database and sensors, and to develop nanomaterials and nanoproducts using a safer-by-design approach.

Upon completing this module, participants will have a broad view of current and future nanotoxicology practice and will have acquired knowledge on how to assess, predict and monitor the biological risks associated to nanomaterial exposure.

 

MODULE 2:  BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - INNOVATION - ENTREPRENEURSHIP*

Prof. Gonzalo Leon Serrano - Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

What are the unmet needs? which innovations to promote? what business to create?

This module enables participants to become familiar with:

  1. Creative and Design Thinking;

  2. Innovation labs and incubators as key steps on the road to creating a start-up;

  3. Pushing innovative ideas in multidisciplinary teams and translating them into value-creation;

  4. Business Models and Intellectual Property.

and offers a unique opportunity to benefit from:

  1. coaching by expert pitch trainers;

  2. discussing ideas with young entrepreneurs.

 

MODULE 3:  LAW & GUIDANCE

Ilise Feitshans, JD, ScM, DIR - Fellow in International Law of Nanotechnology

How can law protect the benefits of nanotechnology while minimizing risk to public health?

Bringing together key actors in law and science through "Global Health Diplomacy” has been proven to solve public health problems.

This module examines Global Health Diplomacy with regard to:

  1. Legal definitions of nanotechnology,

  2. Nuts and bolts implemention of international laws about nanotechnology; including consumers’ and workers’ “Right to Know",

  3. Why commerce needs these laws.

 Upon completing this module, students will have greater understanding of regulatory frameworks for addressing unquantifiable risks to public health.

 

FINAL PITCHING EVENT

This session is organised as a competitive platform for the best innovation projects* with the opportunity of further development for the most promising teams via the EIT Accelerator and CERN KT Group IdeaSquare. Throughout the last day, participants will present their ideas and business plans in front of a panel of business experts, who will provide direct feedback.

 

*INNOVATION PROJECTS

The application form includes a section where candidates should provide a 50 to 200-word outline of an innovative idea or project related to nanomaterials. This idea/project could be selected to serve as the basis for a group project in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship component of the school.

The idea or project moght be expressed for example in terms of:

  • unmet societal needs which could benefit from the development of nano-enabled products or services;

  • the (re)deployment of an existing nanomaterial or nanotechnology in an innovative product or service;

  • currently unavailable but potentially marketable products or services involving nanomaterials and/or nanotechnology