Task Force Meeting for establishment of an
EC Risk Governance of Nanotechnologies

1st March 2017

Ca’Foscari Uiversity of Venice




The EC wishes the nanosafety community to develop from focusing primarily on the issues around nanomaterials risk assessment to focus on the entire risk governance aspect for nanomaterials and nano-enabled products.

Nanotechnologies innovation can only succeed if all true and perceived risks are convincingly managed. The new technology must deliver higher benefits and, at the same time, lower risks than the technologies it replaces. The nanotechnologies research community must be ready today to respond to societal expectations of tomorrow regarding management of those risks.

Therefore, the EC has asked the nanosafety cluster to establish a document to define how we can operationalize nano-risk governance including the different topics and requirements and methods to establish and support an EC nano-risk governance body.

The EC action called “The EC Risk Governance Action” was launched on November 9, 2016 at the Nanosafety Cluster meeting in Grenoble in connection with the NANOSAFE 2016 conference and is coordinated by Keld Alstrup Jensen at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), Denmark.

The deadline for the draft nanorisk governance document is December 20, 2017.

Workshop aims

  • Aligning the nanosafety cluster participants on the topic of nano risk governance
  • Definition of the key elements / steps in risk governance, with initial discussions on their state-of-art in regards to content and future requirements
  • Assign task leaders and teams to draft the descriptions of the key elements / steps in the nano-risk governance document
  • Draft a work-plan towards completion of the risk governance document by December 20, 2017.


The Workshop is free of registration fees and open to the public. To register please fill in the registration form. Due to space limitations, pre-registration for the workshop is required. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

A light lunch will be available for participants during the workshop. Travel, accommodation and other food expenses are to be covered by each participant.


  • 3 February 2017: Registration Deadline
  • 10 February 2017: Cancellation Deadline

Cancellation policy

The cancellation deadline is 10 February 2017. In case of cancellation, please contact the Local Organization by e-mail.

Workshop agenda

You can download the Workshop agenda here.

Workshop venue

The workshop will be held in the XVI century palace Ca’ Dolfin Saoneria, in Aula Magna Silvio Trentin. The room is equipped with Wi-Fi.

venice   Aula Magna

How to reach and leave Venice & the workshop venue

Please download Travel information.

Hotel Accommodation

Workshop participants can use the special conference rates arranged by the SRA Risk Forum conference. Accommodation at special rates has been blocked by the conference organizers in recommended hotels near the conference venue. Special conference rates are available for bookings in a variety of hotels within different deadlines. Rates are in Euros, per room/night and include 10% VAT and buffet breakfast. City tax is not included and its amount may vary according to the hotel category, from about 2 to 5 Euros per day.

Click here for accommodation options. 

We would like to inform you that 28 February 2017 is the last  day of the Venice Carnival and  the hotels round these dates get easily fully booked. Therefore, we would like to advise you to book your hotel accommodation as soon as possible. Kindly note some deadlines are soon about to expire and bookings after the stated deadlines will be subject to availability upon request to the chosen hotel.


For inquiries in regards to the NanoSafety Cluster Nano-Risk Governance Task force meeting

Keld Alstrup Jensen

e-mail: calibrate@nrcwe.dk

tel.: +45 3916 5302 (Denmark)

For inquiries on the Society for Risk Analysis – NanoSafety Cluster Roundtable Initiative

Danail Hristozov

e-mail: danail.hristozov@unive.it

For inquiries on the Local Organization:

Sara Alba

e-mail: sara.alba@unive.it

tel.: +39 041 234 8951(Italy)

Stella Stoycheva

e-mail: s.stoycheva@sun-fp7.eu

tel.: +39 331 762 7613 (Italy)