Industrial Innovation Liaison (i2L) (WGE sub-group)

Chair: Andreas Falk

Co-chair: Simon Clavaguera


The name of this working group is “Industrial Innovation Liaison (i2L)” and it is part in the NanoSafety Cluster as well as in the European Pilot Production Network as a cross-linking working group. This group is bringing together all nano-safety relevant experts from pilot-line/production projects, hence, real-life and application-oriented nanosafety and safe by design expertise.

WG aims and objectives

Bringing together nanosafety experts currently working in pilot-and innovation-led projects in the “Industrial Innovation Liaison (i2L)”-WG will:
  • Maximise the synergies between ongoing pilot line projects that are dealing with key aspects of nanosafety including toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, safe-by-design strategies, risk assessment and standardisation, and development of nano-related safety guidance.
  • Focus on the needs of industry by creating broad-reaching strategies across the sectors that industrial partners involved in the projects are dealing with.
  • Generate high added value by focussing the WG specifically on the synergies gained through discussion on project findings, and how these can be translated to other sectors and/or other pilot line projects with the aim of creating general safety guidance.
  • Create a common framework for the implementation of the "safe-by-design" concept in the development of new pilot plants, throughout their life cycle (from the cradle to the grave), as well as a guideline for industrial implementation.
  • Contribute to bridging the existing gap between nanosafety research, research into technology  development, and industry, by promoting a two-way communication channel to facilitate the understanding of the real industrial needs (EPPN-side) and promote the industrial implementation of
    solutions developed by the NSC.
  • Create a platform for sharing results obtained during field measurements in different worker exposure scenarios to be further able to compare existing and proposed risk assessment and remediation  strategies.
  • Pool together and share non-confidential data/information related to the conditions of use, risk  management measures and exposure data throughout the life cycle of engineered nanomaterials, in order to provide inputs for practical and cost-effective risk management, common safety guidelines (e.g. nano2go, etc.), and safe-by-design strategies.


Progress and Outcomes to date


Expected impact

  • Bring the NSC research community closer together by establishing links and communication between the different WGs (especially to ensure the connection with Hazard, Exposure and Risk WGs) of the NSC, as well as cross-linking with EPPN.
  • Create a discussion platform to review the state-of-the-art procedure for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of nano-enabled materials/products in order to improve efficiency and to avoid duplication efforts across different projects.