2016 US-EU Communities of Research nanoEHS Scrimmage
An interactive event structured to spark collaborations, sanity checks, and new ideas
The 5th annual face to face workshop for the U.S –E.U. nanoEHS Communities of Research (CORs) will be held this coming June 6th and 7th 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. This workshop will bring together the U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR), which are a platform for scientists to develop a shared repertoire of protocols and methods to overcome research gaps and barriers and to address environmental, health, and safety questions about nanomaterials. The goal of this workshop is to publicize progress towards COR goals and objectives, clarify and communicate future plans, share best practices, and identify areas of cross-Community collaboration.
One day of the workshop will feature a COR-led NanoEHS Scrimmage in which the communities will participate in an interactive competition, collectively responding to a hypothetical spill of a nanotechnology-enabled product. This event will be structured to foster interdisciplinary cross-COR interactions, and will also explore the interactions between the synthesized COR knowledge and potential questions of other stakeholder groups outside of the CORs. Its purpose is not to develop policy recommendations or to focus on emergency response plans, but to use the constraints of the hypothetical scenario to spark collaborations, sanity checks, and new ideas that might support broader reflection on the impact of nanoEHS research and provide insight for the future direction of individual COR efforts.
Resources for participants
This nanoEHS Scrimmage event will enlist two sets of teams to compete in scientifically addressing hypothetical scenarios involving nanoscale pesticides. One will examine a nanoscale silver pesticidal product and one a nanoscale copper pesticidal product. There are many similarities in terms of their metallic nature and probable modes of action, and both have a reasonable body of literature to support the respective spill scenarios.
NanoEHS Scrimmage will be part of The 2016 U.S.-EU: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts joint workshop. The Workshop will bring together the U.S.- EU Communities of Research (CORs), which serve as a platform for U.S. and EU scientists to share information on nanoEHS research. This is the 5th event in a series of joint nanoEHS workshops organized by the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative and the European Commission.