• Enlarge the Nano- Marine ecotoxicology community at both European and International level (USA, Japan, others) which should include all scientific expertises from synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, oceanography to biochemistry and molecular biology. Also perspectives from other aquatic environments (freshwater/brackish environments) will be relevant.
• Important connection with human toxicologists is needed and in particular with those studying well recognized biological targets of nanomaterials as immune system. A close connection with the ITF was made during the 2011 Lausanne meeting with an active participation of two marine ecotoxicologists to the ITF symposium (Valeria Matranga and Laura Canesi). See WG2 subgroup Immunosafety Task Force.
• A multidisciplinary approach is highly recommended based on the essential contributions of environmental chemistry, physic, geology/geochemistry and oceanography.
• Constant coordination with similar initiatives worldwide is mandatory.
• An internet platform will be important in order to get visibility and build up connections with similar initiatives.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
• contact us for volunteering to take lead/action in any of the above activities or to propose more (expected any time).
• send in your own specific assay proposals (end 2011).
• please suggest specific dissemination actions towards the Nanomaterials Marine Ecotoxicology community (end 2011).
• contribute your brief reports (meetings, congresses) regarding advancements and news on marine or general aquatic ecotoxicology of nanomaterials (expected any time)