The BNN Annual Forum & Networking event took place on 10th of September 2019 at the premises of the University of Salzburg attracting about 40 participants.
The BioNanoNet Annual Forum was opened with a welcome speech given by the Vice Rector for Research, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Fatima Ferreira. The meeting was scientifically started with three keynote lectures from the host organization University of Salzburg: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Albert Duschl from the Department of Biosciences & Research Centre ACBN gave a presentation on how allergy, cancer and BioNano fit together, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing from the Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials & ACBN Research Centre talked about chemical design of multifunctional oxide nanoparticles and last but not least Assoc. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Weiss from the Department of Biosciences spoke about nanoparticle formulations for skin vaccination.
The lectures were followed by presentations of the new BioNanoNet members ACIB GmbH - Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology (Austria), FLUIGENT Deutschland GmbH (Germany) and the Unit of Process Control and Informatics of the National Technical University of Athens (Greece).
Furthermore, BioNanoNet presented the updated strategy of the network, defining the core competences of BNN to support members and projects, as well as the areas and strategic goals for the years 2019-2024. As the European research & innovation strategies are opening new fields for science, research and innovation, it is a continuous challenge for the network and our members to keep pace with changing environment and conditions for our work. The strategy shall ensure that BNN is continuously a strong partner for our members and in projects.
The contribution of the EU-H2020 Infrastructures project NanoCommons, was highlighted under the Area “Data & Sustainability”. By means of the Transnational Access (TA) activities, the users (nanosafety Researchers from industry, academia and regulatory bodies) get access to the state-of-the-art of NanoCommons expertise free of charge and take advantage of the NanoCommons services, facilities and knowledge to advance their work, solve problems and take their research to the next level: innovative solutions for data mining, harmonisation, utilisation and re-utilisation, including incorporation of a range of modelling and decision support tools that require organised high-quality datasets on which to run, provided via an Open Access, federated Knowledge Commons platform.
For more details about the projects and the TAs, please consult the website of the project.
Supported by the presented competences and expertise of the new members, the networking part of the event enabled establishing new contacts for future cooperation.
The continuous growth of the network enables expanding the thematic horizon of BioNanoNet to the benefit of our members and thus supporting research and development activities in different branches. If you are interested to join BNN, please contact us (email@example.com ).
Thank you especially to Prof. Dr. Albert Duschl for being a great host!
from the left: DI Erwin Kubista (JOANNEUM RESEARCH), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nicola Hüsing (University of Salzburg, Department Chemistry and Physics of Materials & ACBN Research Centre), Assoc. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Weiss (University of Salzburg, Department of Biosciences), Vice Rector for Research, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Fatima Ferreira (University of Salzburg), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Albert Duschl (Department of Biosciences & Research Centre ACBN, University of Salzburg), Andreas Falk, MSc (CEO BioNanoNet).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement number 731032 (NanoCommons Project).