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1st ‘Nano in Belgium’ Workshop

The FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, the FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue and the FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy would like to kindly invite interested parties to the 1st ‘Nano in Belgium’ Workshop. The focus of this event is on the current and future nano-research, therefore representatives from various Belgian research institutes, universities and industries are highly encouraged to actively participate  by either oral or poster presentation.

The main goal of the Workshop is to improve networking between scientists, industry and regulators in Belgium, and hence improve Belgian participation in the new ‘nano’ research and regulatory developments at European level. The authorities plan to organize the ‘Nano in Belgium’ event on an annual basis. We hope that this platform will improve mutual collaboration and strengthen competitiveness of the BE researchers at international level.

Researchers from universities, public and private research centers are invited to submit a 200-words abstract and indicate their preference for an oral or a poster presentation, with their complete affiliation.


Session 1: BE Nano-registry

9:05 – 9:25 Introduction to Belgian Nano-registry (C. Gorrebeeck, FPS Health)
9:25 – 9:35 Workers safety in the context of BE Nano-registry (L. Wouters, FPS Employment)
9:35 – 9:55 Coffee break
9:55 – 10:15 Lessons learned from the French nano-registry (S. Paultre, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France)
10:15 – 10:35 Dutch exposure registration for working with nanomaterials (K. Le Blansch , Bureau KLB, The Netherlands)
10:35 - 11:20  Q&As

Session 2: Measurement at the nanoscale

11:20 – 11:40 Results and evaluation of the BE Intercomparison (J. Pétry, FPS Economy)
11:40 – 12:00 Quality of the measurement at the nanoscale : what does it mean,  why do we need it and how do we do it?  (H.Pirée, FPS Economy)
12:00 – 13:30 Walking lunch and poster session

Session 3A: Nano Research in Belgium

13:30 – 13:50  Exposure to nanomaterials defining the influence of nanoparticles aggregation/agglomeration on toxicity (Belspo call)
13:50 – 14:10  Nanomaterials in articles: inventory, characterization and estimation of exposure via air (H. Reynders, Flemish Government, Department of Environment, Nature and Energy)
14:10 – 14:30 NANO Global Risk Assessment (E. Bouhoulle, ISSEP)
14:30 – 14:50 Nanomaterials and human health in Brussels (D. Lison, Louvain Centre for Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology)
14:50 - 15:10 Overview of on-going and future EU projects (G. Katalagarianakis, EU Commission, DG Research and Innovation)
15:10 – 15:40 Coffee break

Session 3B: Nano Research in Belgium (Research & Development)

15:40 – 18: 30 Accepted oral presentations
18:30 Closing of the meeting

- deadline for oral and poster presentations: 21 September 2015
- deadline for  registration:  1 October 2015

Organizing committee:
For FPS Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment:
Dr. Agnieszka Dobrak – Van Berlo
Dr. Carine Gorrebeeck
For FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue:
Dr. Linda Wouters
Greet Van Meulder
For FPS Economy, SMEs, Self-Employed and Energy:
Dr. Ir. Jasmine Petry
Dr. Ir. Miruna Dobre

Contact :
Practical information

22 October 2015 9:00 – 18:30

Room Storck
FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue
Ernest Blerotstreet 1
1070 Brussels


Participation is free of charge but required.
E-mail for the registration :
Information to provide : registration form
Deadline for the registration : 1 October 2015