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.

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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.

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.

1st Partner Assembly held in Brussels

HISENTS held its 1st Partner Assembly in Brussels on 28th October, hosted by the Brussels branch of KoWi. The meeting was attended by representatives from all HISENTS partners and the EC Project Officer, Nicolas Segebarth. The meeting provided an ideal opportunity to present the progress achieved so far to Nicolas and also discuss plans going forward. A Work Package meeting was held on the day previous in order to discuss the integration of the biological and technical requirements in more detail.

Top: Andrew Nelson, University of Leeds, talks to HISENTS consortium at 1st Partner Assembly. 2nd down: Nik Kapur, University of Leeds, leads discussions on the integration of microfluidics at Work Package meeting. 3rd down: Victor Puntes, ICN2, gives a summary of the methods they use to analyse nanoparticles. Bottom: HISENTS team photo.



HISENTS announced at 16th International Conference on Organized Molecular Films

HISENTS coordinator Andrew Nelson and researcher Didem Sanver recently attended the 16th International Conference on Organized Molecular Films, where they took the opportunity to update conference attendees on the planned work on the HISENTS project.

The ICOMF16 is the sixteenth international conference devoted to organised molecular films and nanostructures in general, and was held in Helsinki, Finland, 25-29th July 2016. Andrew and Didem presented their recent work on biphenyl insertion into lipid membranes and biomembrane-flavonoid interactions respectively, as well as introducing the HISENTS project. Didem also introduced  the current sensor set-up, which thanks to the HISENTS project the group is now working to commercialise.

Both Andrew and Didem received many questions about their work, making new scientific contacts. Colleagues were very impressed by the HISENTS vision, which provides an excellent platform for engaging in world class science as well as having a robust industrial impact. Several young scientists were keen to come to Leeds to align their work to the project and ways of funding their visits are currently being sought.

The conference was an excellent opportunity to spread word of the project as it was attended by around 170 chemists, physicists, biologists, material scientists, polymer scientists, chemical engineers and other researchers in the field of molecular thin films, nano-objects, nanostructures and bio-inspired systems.

Top: Andrew Nelson prepares to present his talk, including an introduction to HISENTS project. Bottom: Didem Sanver answers questions following her talk.

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