Under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2021, this 2021 edition of the EuroNanoForum addressed, during the two days of the conference (5-6 May 2021), Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials as the key elements to guarantee the functioning, long term durability, safety, and environmental compatibility of many devices, machinery, and services, highlighting the fundamental role of advanced materials for the transition to greener technologies, and a more sustainable future, making a significant contribution to the ambitious goals set by the European Green Deal. Furthermore, the role of nano-enabled industries in the drive towards a green and resilient Europe was also enhanced.
The EuroNanoForum 2021 gathered a total of 3640 participants from over 140 countries, providing thousands of opportunities for networking and collaboration through almost 200 scientific posters, 17 exhibitors, five satellite events, and several hours of sessions about topics that the European Nanotechnology community is now even more empowered to intervene upon.
NanoPAT was well represented on the EuroNanoForum 2021. Blanca Suárez Merino (from NanoPAT partner TEMASOL), in her role of Director of Regulatory Affairs at NIA, was moderating session 6 on Day 1 on “Market access of nanomaterials: Regulations, Standards, Characterisation”. The session was well attended with over 200 participants and key issues such as relevance of novel testing strategies, key end points for safety assessment, pace of validation of novel guidelines, and quality of data were broadly discussed during the session. Even if the achievements of past and current international initiatives were fully recognised, discussions were geared towards finding solutions to the time line of protocol validations. As became clear during the session, NanoPAT, in their efforts to standardise real time quality control solutions in nanotechnologies, is fully aligned with the needs from regulatory bodies regarding standardisation, supporting also fast market access of novel industrial solutions.
In parallel, colleagues from BRAVE Analytics and from the University of Potsdam/PDW Analytics presented their technologies (OptoFluidic Force Induction (OF2i) and Photon Density Wave spectroscopy (PDW), respectively) in their poster sessions.