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SABYDOMA @ nanoSAFE 2020 Conference

The first digital nanoSAFE conference took place this year from 16th to 23rd November 2020.

The conference was surrounded by 2 satellite days organised by the NanoSafety Cluster: the Educational Day (on November 16th) and the Training Day (on November 23rd).

The Educational Day was designed as guidance for the entire NanoSafety community, including young researchers, to highlight how individual research projects fit as a puzzle piece into the wider picture, depicting the overall strategy behind the NanoSafe(ty).

The Training Day was divided in two sessions: One giving hands-on training on Nanosafety Tools and models provided by several NSC projects and a second one on NanoSafety Stakeholder engagement, Diplomacy, Regulation and Risk Governance.

SABYDOMA was represented through the conference, especially during the Educational Day, where our coordinator, Andrew Nelson from the University of Leeds, gave a talk on Session 6 “Elements of SbD for sustainable development & innovation” introducing the Safety by Design concept: from philosophy to application, highlighting the origin of SABYDOMA in the outcomes of the EU H2020 HISENTS project, which built a high-throughput flow through platform for screening nanomaterials using multiple sensor elements, and showing SABYDOMA’s main objective of developing a new methodology to address the Safety by Design challenge as a Control System Problem, coupling screening to design, i.e. the screening at the point of production feeds back to modify the design of nanomaterials.

Andrew Nelson, as chair of the Working Group E of the NanoSafety Cluster “Safety by Design, Innovation and Sustainability”, also presented the ongoing activities and plans that the four EU H2020 NMBP-15 projects (SABYDOMA, SAbyNA, ASINA, SbD4Nano) together with the EU H2020 NMBP-12 project NanoFabNet have, related to formulate a co-ordinated high level Safety by Design, innovation and sustainability strategy leading into Horizon Europe, and to develop a join stakeholder engagement strategy to maximize the feedback required by each project. Further plans include the incorporation of 2 new NMBP-16 projects starting in 2021 to the WG E, and to launch a coordination action with a group of experts from each of the projects to agree on the decision-making strategy for the implementation of the SbD concept by industry.

On Tuesday (November 17th), Andrew Nelson presented, as part of the Session 4a “Hazard assessment”, his paper “Heterogeneous Rate Constant for Silica Nanoparticle Adsorption on Phospholipid Monolayers”, about the adsorption rate measured using the unique technology developed in two EU framework projects ENNSATOX and HISENTS.

On Wednesday (November 18th), Andrew Nelson presented, as part of the Session 5 “Safe-by-Design & Eco-conception as Innovation Drivers”, his paper “Building a High Throughput Flow-Through Nanoscreener: Application to Safety by Design”, highlighting the work carried out in the HISENTS project, about how the vision of building a flow through multi-modular screening platform replaced the traditional well-plate screener. The link between the HISENTS project (closed in 2019) and the SABYDOMA project (started in April 2020) are two (of the three) demonstrators developed to TRL4 which form the core technology underlining the Safety by Design project SABYDOMA.