Industrial producers of nanomaterials, expert service providers, end-users, policy makers and regulators met at NIA’s 8th Annual Symposium, for a day of presentations, discussion and networking.

Approximately 50 delegates attended and NIA introduced the 'Projects Corner', with more than 20 innovation and safety projects within the nano community that were represented.  Scroll down for the agenda, speakers and projects.


Session 1: Nanotechnology into the Future

  • Welcome: Claire Skentelbery, Nanotechnology Industries Association
  • Nano in action - Textiles: Vera Chetty. Chief Technical Manager, Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute Ltd
  • Nano in Europe: Carlos Eduardo Lima da Cunha. Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Nano in Society: Hilary Sutcliffe. Director, SocietyInside
  • Nano in buisness: Gregor Schneider. Head of Department, RAS AG

Session 2: Regulation and standards priorities

  • View from regulators: Abderqader Sumrein, EUON
  • View from industry: Kai Paul, Consultant, Blue Frog Scientific Limited
  • Nano-standards: Denis Koltsov. Director, BREC Solutions
  • Global Regulatory Working Group: David Carlander, Director of Regulatory Affairs, NIA

Session 3: What goes around: Nano in waste

With nano-specific text emerging within regulations, waste is likely to become a focus for the future.  This session brings together research and industrial perspectives to discuss potential long-term impacts and a position for industry within policy and regulation.

  • Overview of nanowaste landscape: Tobias Walser. Managing Director, Vereala
  • Perspectives from research: Ralf Kägi. Head, Particle Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
  • Perspectives from NIA Members:  Current practise, challenges and future expectations.
  • Regulatory frameworks for waste: David Carlander. Director of Regulatory Affairs, NIA

Download the detailed agenda HERE.


Dr David Carlander - NIA Director of Regulatory Affairs

David has a PhD in clinical chemistry and started his career working within food related issues at the Swedish Ministry of Agriculture and National Food Administration.  This led to a role at the European Food Safety Authority in Italy, including the coordination of EFSA's work with nanomaterials during his 6 year position.  Since 2011, David has worked at NIA, working across REACH, agriculture and risk assessment.  He represents NIA at EU regulatory meetings, including the EC sub-group on Nanomaterials under REACH, and through NIA's stakeholder roles to ECHA and EFSA.

Dr Vera Chetty - Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) Chief Technical Manager

Vera attained a Masters Degree in Textile Engineering and PhD in Computer Simulation of Wetting and Wicking Phenomena at the Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic. Vera has many years of experience in research and development of nonwovens and technical textiles which she gained by working for numerous research institutions in several different countries. Vera’s main interest is in development of novel nonwoven products.

Dr Denis Koltsov – BREC Solutions

Denis Koltsov holds a PhD in Nanotechnology from Cambridge University. He worked as a research associate in Cambridge Nanoscience Centre before taking up lecturing position at Lancaster University in 2005 where he led nanotechnology work and outreach services. Denis is now running  the nanotechnology consulting practice, BREC Solutions limited and he is the author of several patents, numerous publication and confidential reports to stakeholders. Denis serves as expert on BSI, ISO, CEN, OECD WPN committees

Dr Kai Paul –  Blue Frog Scientific Consultant

Kai works as a consultant for Blue Frog Scientific focusing on regulatory affairs and risk assessment in the EU. Kai runs the nanomaterial news page for Blue Frog Scientific and leads their nanomaterial activities. Kai has been an invited expert to many panels and workshops for nanomaterials under EU regulation  and helped run course on risk assessment of nanomaterials. Kai holds a PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Ecotoxicology of Nanomaterials.

Gregor Schneider – RAS AG Head of Department

After working 15 years for RAS, Gregor is now heading its business Unit ‘agpure nanosilver’. Gregor is responsible for business Development and  for all regulatory aspects on the nanostructured biocide nanosilver. Gregor detains a diploma in biology from the University of Regensburg.

Hilary Sutclife – SocietyInside & TIGTech Director

Hilary Sutcliffe is the Director of SocietyInside and TIGTech, a CSO, Business, Academic partnership exploring the earning of trust in technology governance. Hilary is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics and Innovatio and serves on several advisory boards. She has a MSc in Responsibility in Business Practice from the University of Bath.

Dr Tobias Walser -   Vereala  Founder and Managing Director

Tobias founded Vereala two years ago, before that he worked in risk assessment  of chemicals with a speciality in nanomaterials for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Tobias holds a PhD in Fate and Exposure Assessment of Engineered Nanoparticles  from ETH Zurich.