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Oct 10, 2017

NSC Steering Group face-to-face Meeting & Data Harmonisation Workshop

The EU NanoSafety Cluster Steering Group face-to-face meeting will take place on Wednesday October 18th at the University of Birmingham Brussels Office and will be followed by a worksop on Data Harmonisation, which is co-organised with the European Chemicals Agency.

Category: Cluster Meetings
Posted by: Anastasios.Papadiamantis

NSC meeting & ECHA data harmonisation workshop

18/19 October 2017 (Brussels)

Location: UoB Brussels office, 22-28 Avenue d’Auderghem/Oudergemselaan 
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium 

The meeting will comprise of two parts: a regular NSC face to face meeting in the morning of the first day, followed by the NSC workshop on data harmonisation. The workshop will aim to bring together EU coordinators of current, recently completed and newly starting projects and other interested parties including ECHA to discuss nanosafety data. The afternoon of the first day will have project presentations on strategies (past, present, future) for data capture, storage and archiving and data formats, followed by open discussions to understand what barriers may exist in data harmonisation.

The 2nd day will involve an introduction of the consensus view from the first day, followed by a presentation from ECHA on what is expected/needed for the EUON and workshop sessions discussing the main databases currently available and how their data can be harmonised across database capture systems (including consideration of SOPs), followed by discussion on database ontology harmonisation and requirements for transfer to the EUON. The aim of the workshop will be to increase the NSC community’s ability to pool data, enhance data sharing and collaborations within the NSC and facilitate future data import into ECHA’s EUON.

To register for the face-to-face meeting, Data Harmonisation Workshop or both please follow this link.


Wednesday 18 October 2017

10:30 – 11:00

Registration and Coffee

11:00 – 11:30

Welcome and NSC status update

Éva Valsami-Jones: Welcome & introduction

11:30 – 11:45

EC perspective

George Katalagarianakis

11.45 – 12:00

Survey of action plan 2017

Flemming Cassee

12:00 – 12:45

NSC Task Force presentations

  • Damjana Drobne: nanoTiO2 task force
  • Claire Skentelbery: definition of Safe-by-Design task force
  • Thomas Exner: sustainability task force
  • Wouter Fransman: data exposure and management task force
  • TBC: Andrew Nelson: ENM/protein membrane interactions task force

12.45 – 13:00

US-EU nanoinformatics roadmap*

Andrea Haase

13:00 – 14:00


Wednesday 18 October 2017 (Continued)


Aims of workshop

NSC coordination team


Individual projects database structure presentations:

  • Completed projects legacy
  • NanoMILE (Iseult Lynch)
  • NanoSolutions (Peter Ritchie)
  • Bioinformatics (Roland Grafström)
  • SUN (Danail Hristozov)
  • GuideNano (Soco Vázquez-Campos)
  • eNanoMapper (Thomas Exner)
  • NANoREG (Thomas Exner)
  • Ongoing projects plans
  • OpenRiskNet (Thomas Exner)
  • ACEnano (Thomas Exner)
  • NANOREG2 (Nina Jeliazkova)
  • CaLIBRAte (Martine Bakker)
  • EC4SafeNano (Anthony Bochan)
  • NECOMADA (Neville Slack)
  • EU-US Data Harmonisation initiative: CEINT NanoInformatics Knowledge Commons (Camille de Garidel)
  • NanoFASE (A. Papadiamantis)
  • Newly starting projects plans
  • NanoCommons (Iseult Lynch)
  • GRACIOUS (Danail Hristozov, Nina Jeliazkova)
  • PATROLS (Peter Ritchie)


Coffee Break


Open discussion on barriers to harmonisation



Consensus proposal

NSC coordination team 

Thursday 19 October 2017

8.30 – 9.00 am

Registration and Coffee

9.00 – 10.00

Summary of previous days consensus

NSC coordination team


The EUON: collaboration with the NSC

General aims and future of the observatory, how the EUON plans to use data from research projects. Nanomaterials registration and description in a regulatory context.

Abdel Sumrein, ECHA


Breakout sessions: parallel sessions chaired by NSC coordination team member

Practical examples, considerations of individual descriptors, role of SOPs

Number of breakouts TBC, each group chaired by coordination team member, to facilitate discussions; ECHA team likely to “float” between groups.

12.30 - 13.30




Breakout sessions: parallel sessions chaired by NSC coordination team member

Roundtable group discussions of data formats, opportunities and difficulties in data harmonisation

As above


Breakout session reports back

10 minutes per group



Concluding remarks and decisions for way forward

NSC coordination team/ECHA


* The latest draft of the nanoinformatics roadmap can be accessed by clicking this link.