HISENTS Consortium Meeting – Barcelona

The 6th partner assembly of the HISENTS project was hosted by the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Barcelona from 6th  – 8th March 2019. The meeting kicked off with a lecture by Prof. Andrew Nelson to students on the aspects of safety by design. Following this each partner reported their progress, and plans after the end of the project.

Industrial Technologies 2018 – Vienna

HISENTS partners from University of Leeds, Fraunhofer IBMT, STUBA, NILU

and Tyndall attended the INDTECH 2018 conference held at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna, Austria from 29-31 October. The event combined keynote presentations, talks, a matchmaking event and exhibitions. It provided an excellent opportunity to meet experts from industry, academia and policy to exchange information and to strengthen collaboration. INDTECH2018 anticipated 1,100 participants from more than 30 countries in Europe and across the globe. At Stand 1 in the conference hall, together with our colleagues at the NIA, HISENTS presented a high impact display of our technology, including the portable demonstrator unit developed at Fraunhofer IBMT, presented by Thorsten Knoll.


The stand at the NIA booth.
Thorsten Knoll discussing the demonstrator unit.
The portable demonstrator unit conveniently fits inside a suitcase.












The stand was popular with attendees, many inquired about the technology demonstrator presented by Fraunhofer. An animation was presented along with the demonstrator to break down the technology quickly to passers-by. Our colleagues from Tyndall, NILU and STUBA were all on-hand to answer any technical questions.

Our colleagues displaying the HISENTS technology. From left: Vladimir Ogourtsov (UCC Tyndall), Maria Dusinska (NILU), Thorsten Knoll (Fraunhofer IBMT), Karen Steenson (University of Leeds).

HISENTS demonstrator unit animation


5th Consortium Meeting – Bratislava

34 members of the HISENTS consortium gathered at the Biomedicine Centre SAS (BCMSAS) in Bratislava, Slovakia on the 13-14 September 2018. Each consortium partner reported on their progress since the last meeting in April. The group discussed the aims for the following 6 months of the project, and offered their thoughts on each of the partners work. We are happy to report that all the partners in attendance are making excellent progress in their work.

NanoSafe Conference – Abstract Deadline 29 June

Organized every two years in Grenoble since 2008, nanoSAFE conference is intended for sharing latest research results on health and safety issues related to nanomaterials and beyond for a socially responsible approach.
​​​​The Sixth International Conference nanoSAFE 2018 will be held from 5th to 9th November 2018 in Minatec-Grenoble, France.​

HISENTS would like to encourage members and interested parties to submit abstracts for this conference, or attend.


3rd Nanosafety Forum for Young Scientists, Valetta, Malta, 10-11 September 2018

On behalf of the EU NanoSafety Cluster and the Horizon 2020 ACEnano project, the HISENTS project is proud to advertise the 3rd Nanosafety Forum for Young Scientists held in Valetta, Malta from 10 – 11 September 2018. The event is a follow-up of the first two meetings, which took place in Syracuse, Sicily and Visby, Sweden. Nicola William of the HISENTS Project is part of the organising and scientific committees.

The event is an open forum for young (students, post docs and others) and senior scientists working in EU-funded, national and industrial nanosafety projects. The Forum will also offer everyone the opportunity to network, promote cross-project collaboration, exchange scientific knowledge and learn from each other.
The Forum will consist of both oral and poster presentations, which will allow Young Scientists showcase their work and express fresh ideas. At the same time, keynote talks by experienced experts will also take place, on matters of high scientific interest for the wider NanoSafety community.
The deadline for abstract submission is 27th of April 2018, and the interested Young Researchers will be notified via email on the acceptance of their abstract by 20th June 2018.

The event page with further information, including registration and abstract submission, can be found here.

HISENTS Stakeholder Workshop

The HISENTS project on nanoparticle toxicity screening is now in the midway stage of its research. At this stage the consortium seeks to report on the work undertaken thus far and discuss with stakeholders about needs and new approaches in nano safety screening.


HISENTS project partners reported on research from the EU funded HISENTS project to external stakeholders who offered insights into their needs and ideas for HISENTS Technology. An open discussion session for participants offered ideas of opportunities for HISENTS in the future, and will be instrumental in shaping elements of the project. This workshops main focus was on nanomaterials, but also other topics such as water quality and microplastics were discussed.
Barry Hardy Talk

The objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Facilitate communication between the research consortium and commercial partners.
  • Give an up-to-date review of the state of the art in nano safety assessment and screening techniques.
  • Discuss the vision of use for developed technologies.
  • Find out what the problems are in industry and discuss if our technology can address these problems.
  • Discuss how to adapt our current setup or how to design commercially viable approaches.
  • Develop approaches for bridging the gap between the academic work and an industrial product.
  • Transfer invaluable information between both parties in discovering new tools for screening nanoparticles or chemicals.
  • Discuss the path for technologies from research towards industry.
  • Allow stakeholders to present their needs and “wishes” for new technologies.
  • Find answers to the questions: (I) What would the perfect nanosafety platform look like? (II) What information would stakeholders require from the platform? (III) What is the perfect setup of a high-throughput screening tool for risk assessment?
  • Discuss the future and state of the art of “Human-on-chip” instruments.
  • Receive feedback on our current HISENTS concept and platform for further work in the future of both this project and beyond.

HISENTS MealHISENTS Group Stakeholder

The agenda, and a technical note regarding HISENTS can be downloaded at the following links:

2nd Partner Assembly, Wien, May 2017

The HISENTS 2nd Partner Assembly was held on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of May at TU Wien. 23 attendees participated in the review and overview of the activities of the HISENTS Project.

Each work package leader presented an overview of progress on scientific / technical work packages, including achievements since 1st April 2016 and plans for the next 6 months. Following the work package updates was a tour of the Microfluidics lab at the Faculty of Technical Chemistry.

WP4 and WP5 Meeting, Slovenská technická univerzita v Bratislave, Bratislava

A technical meeting took place at the Slovenská technická univerzita v Bratislave to discuss the working packages of the HISENTS Project. The meeting included talks from the work package members regarding the development of new tools and models. Following the talks a discussion ensued between the project partners.

ENF 2017, Euro Nano Forum, Malta, 21-23 June 2017

The HISENTS team from UNIVLEEDS, along with colleagues from FHG represented the project on an exhibition stand, with the Nanotechnologies Industry Association, at EuroNanoForum 2017. EuroNanoForum 2017 is a European Commission supported Conference that focuses on the commercialisation of nanotechnologies, exploiting its potential for new applications and taking them further from enabling technologies to end products, whilst introducing industry to new innovations for growth opportunities. The project was presented in a specifically designed poster and flyers were distributed.

HISENTS Management Team
The HISENTS Coordination Team and Display in Exhibition, ENF 2017.
HISENTS Exhibition Stand.

6th International Symposium on Food Packaging, Barcelona, Spain, 16-18 November 2016


Peter Šimon of the Department of Physical Chemistry at the Slovak University of Technology gave the talk – Nanotoxicity and the migration of nanoparticles from packaging to food, at the 6th International Symposium on Food Packaging. The talk addressed the advent of nanotechnologies in food packaging as they are mechanically and chemically superior to traditional materials in many ways. However there is little data on the migration of Nanoparticles from the packaging to the food, this talk formed a lecture on how the Nanoparticles from polymer packaging to food could proceed and how the extent could be predicted. The results of this study indicate that this application of nanotechnology may not carry any significant risk of NPs exposure for a consumer.