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New training video – Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR)

New training video – Quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR)

In a new training material for RiskGone, a neural network provides an overview of QSAR models and how they can be used. QSAR models define the relationship between the variance in molecular structures and the variance in a modelled biological activity for a group of sufficiently similar compounds. Models can be used to obtain missing data describing the physical chemical properties or activity of compounds. They can predict the modelled activity for untested chemicals without the necessity of providing experiments. The advantages of QSAR methods include a reduction in the cost of products on the market, a reduction of time needed to conduct experiments, a reduction of the need for experimental research using animals, and a reduction in waste caused by experiments.

Watch the presentation to find out more! 

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New training video – Ethics of Nanomedicine – Lecture by Dr Ineke Malsch, RiskGone partner 

On 17 March 2022, Ineke Malsch discussed Ethics of Nanomedicine during the course on ethics of biomedical research organised by the VISION project. Nanomedicine is applied in e.g., mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, and enables digital twins, organ on chip and wearables. Introducing nanomaterials in the body raises nanosafety issues. Ethical issues are e.g., related to freedom, equality, data protection and biosecurity. Researchers should contribute to Responsible Research and Innovation, Dr Malsch explained during the session. The principles inclusiveness, anticipation, openness and responsiveness are leading. The preparation of the lecture was supported by the RiskGONE project.

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Nanosafety Training School: Towards Safe and Sustainable by Design Advanced (Nano)Materials

Nanosafety Training School: Towards Safe and Sustainable by Design Advanced (Nano)Materials

The School aims to transfer state-of-the-art knowledge on a variety of topics from key experts to the new generation of professionals working in the areas of safety and sustainability of advanced (nano)materials. To this end, the School will deliver keynote lectures and will engage the participants in interprofessional training by means of roleplay and hands-on training exercises. The programme will balance experimental and modelling approaches in each of the School topics listed below.

The school will take place in the historic centre of Venice, Italy from 15 – 20 May 2022. It is hosted by the company GreenDecision in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 project SUNSHINE and is co-organised and substantially contributed by the Horizon 2020 projects ASINA, SbD4Nano, SABYDOMA, SAbyNA, DIAGONAL, HARMLESS, NanoInformaTIX, NanoSolveIT, Gov4Nano, NanoRIGO, RiskGONE, NanoCommons, CHARISMA and the US Duke-led INFRAMES initiative.

Join our school to gain more knowledge and multidisciplinary expertise!

Who should attend?

  • PhD Students and Postdocs

  • Senior Researchers

  • Industry Practitioners

  • Regulators

  • Policy Makers

  • Civil Society representatives

  • Anyone else interested in the Safety and Sustainability of Advanced Materials


  • Transition from Safe-by-Design to Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design of advanced (nano)materials: a historical perspective and current policy landscape

  • What they are: Physicochemical identity – Intrinsic and extrinsic properties affecting release, biodistribution, environmental fate, exposure, human and environmental toxicity

  • What they are: Lifecycle release and transformations

  • Where they go: Environmental fate, human biodistribution and exposure

  • What they do: Human and environmental toxicity

  • Similarity assessment, grouping and read-across approaches

  • Risk assessment and management

  • FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data management and data quality assessment

  • Risk governance


  • Gain in-depth interdisciplinary understanding of key topics pertaining to the safety and sustainability of advanced materials

  • Engage in a dialogue with peers and key experts

  • Benefit from a variety of additional networking opportunities such as a boat trip in the Venetian Lagoon and a social dinner

Draft School Agenda

A draft version of the agenda is available HERE.


To register for the School, please fill in the registration form HERE.

The School attendance is free of charge. The number of attendees to be accepted is limited to 70.

The registration will open 1 March 2022. Registration Deadline: 15 April 2022.

School Location 

The core School programme will take place in the historic Auditorium Santa Margherita Venice, Italy.


Scientific enquiries:

Danail Hristozov, GreenDecision (IT) |

Organisation, logistics, local support and administration:

Stefania Melandri, Warrant Hub (IT) |

Paola Basso, GreenDecision (IT) |

Stella Stoycheva, Yordas Group (DE) |

Cathrin Cailliau, Yordas Group (DE) |

School Certificates

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon successful completion of the School.

School Committees

Scientific Committee

  • Danail Hristozov, GreenDecision (Venice, IT) & Emerge (Sofia, BG)

  • Lang Tran, Institute of Occupational Medicine (Edinburgh, UK)

  • Antonio Marcomini, University Ca’Foscari (Venice, IT)

  • Miguel A. Bañares,  Spanish National Research Council (Madrid, ES)

  • Anna Costa, Italian National Research Council (Rome, IT)

  • Tobias Stöger, Helmholtz Zentrum (München, DE)

  • Otmar Schmid, Helmholtz Zentrum (München, DE)

  • Martin Himly, University of Salzburg (Salzburg, AT)

  • Carlos Fito, Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje Transporte y Logística (Valencia, ES)

  • Andrew Nelson, University of Leeds (Leeds, UK)

  • Elisa Moschini, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (Luxembourg, LU)

  • Socorro Vázquez-Campos, Leitat Technological Center (Barcelona, ES)

  • Mark Wiesner, CEINT, Duke University (Durham, US)

Organising Committee

  • Stefania Melandri, Warrant Group S.p.A. (Casalecchio di Reno, IT)

  • Stella Stoycheva, Yordas Group (Forchheim, DE)

  • Susanne Resch, BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft (Graz, AT)

  • Paola Basso, GreenDecision (Venice, IT)

  • Lisa Pizzol, GreenDecision (Venice, IT)

  • Cathrin Cailliau, Yordas Group (Forchheim, DE)

  • Hildegard Luhmann, European Research Services GmbH (Münster, DE)

  • Elisa Giubilato, GreenDecision (Venice, IT)

Organising projects

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  • GreenDecision (Venice, IT)

  • Yordas Group (Forchheim, DE)

  • Warrant Hub S.p.A. (Casalecchio di Reno, IT)

  • BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Graz, AT)

  • Emerge (Sofia, BG)

Contributing Projects

These projects have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952924 (SUNSHINE), No 862444 (ASINA), No 952921 (CHARISMA), No 953152 (DIAGONAL), No 953183 (HARMLESS), No 814426 (NanoInformaTIX), No 862296 (SABYDOMA), No 862419 (SAbyNA), No 862195 (SbD4Nano), No 814401 (Gov4Nano), No 731032 (NanoCommons), No 814530 (NANORIGO), No 814572 (NanoSolveIT), No 814425 (RISKGONE).