Data curation efforts are important, both in helping to promote innovation and successful regulation of nanotechnology. In their recent article, Robinson et al., (2016) identify that with the increasing use of nanotechnology, "the curation of nanomaterial data into electronic resources is crucial to [realize] the potential of nanotechnology to deliver benefits to society whilst having acceptable impacts upon human health and the environment". However, to be useful, curated data needs to be both (1) complete and (2) of high quality. Entitled "How should the completeness and quality of curated nanomaterial data be evaluated?" the authors explore the importance of data quality and completeness in databases, a survey of existing approaches for data assessment, and highlight the challenge of assessing data in general, and for nanomaterials in particular. Their discussion includes “physico-chemical characterisation requirements for nanomaterials, interference of nanomaterials with nano-toxicology assays”, as well as “broader issues such as minimum information checklists, toxicology data quality schemes and computational approaches that facilitate evaluation of the completeness and quality of (curated) data.” Finally, the authors conclude with specific recommendations from their review on best practices for assuring data completeness and quality in curated nanomaterial data. The article is available free of charge from Nanoscale.
NanoTEC for Smart Communities
Meeting Date: October 23-24, 2018
Location: Toronto, Canada
Join Dr. Jo Anne Shatkin for the NanoTEC for Smart Communities conference as she participates in the “Health-Toxicology” panel discussion.
Safe and ethical deployment has been a prime consideration since the emergence of nanotechnology as a cross-sectoral enabling technology. While materials properties change drastically with particle size below 100 nm, so can the material’s potential toxicity. While Canada is well equipped with state-of-the-art materials characterization facilities thanks to the CFI, do we have the appropriate tools to assess toxicity of materials? Can we thus support industry appropriately in commercializing their products while responding to government regulations? What is needed to address these issues?
7th Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization Conference 2018 (SNO)
Meeting Date: November 8-10, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
The 2018 SNO conference talks will feature applications, effects and implications, analytical methods, and lifecycle aspects of nanomaterials within each system that contribute to sustainability. For more information or to register, please visit the 2018 SNO conference website.
Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry
Meeting Date: November 8, 2018
Location: North Carolina, USA
The Water 2.0 Conference: Digitally Connecting the Water Industry will focus on the use of data analytics, software, cyber security for water utilities and industrial water users. Participants will include water and energy industry authorities, utilities professionals and representatives from the EPA. Register to attend today!
SRA 2018 Annual Meeting
Meeting Date: December 2-6, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Join SRA for the 2018 Annual Meeting to discuss and share ideas about risk analysis with risk enthusiasts from around the world! Attendees of the SRA annual meetings are scientists and practitioner who are trained in multiple disciplines and work with a variety of different organization types. More information can be found by visiting SRA's event page.
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date! The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this event will be: "Development and Resilience". More information to come.