Impact of Nanomaterials on the Biosphere: Balancing Societal Benefit and Assessed Risk to Human Biology and Ecosystems

An ECI Conference

Sept 4-7,2017
Maryborough Hotel
Cork, Ireland

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About This Conference


In the last three decades, there has been a surge in the application of nanotechnologies  to a wide range of human endeavor.  Increasing commercialization of solid-state particulate material of nano-scale dimension (nanoparticles) in a growing inventory of biomedical, electronic device-manufacturing, agricultural and common consumer products has brought many advantages to every-day life. However, their unique properties—such as nanosize and high surface reactivity,— seized upon or carefully engineered to render their use so advantageous for many applications may also  increase their toxicity to the environment and confer toxicity to humans (through inhalation, ingestion or dermal routes) in the course of their synthesis, use and disposal. Thus, there is a concomitant need to understand and quantify the occupational health, public safety and environmental implications of these now ubiquitous material forms.

Nanoparticulates are not only sourced from a variety of familiar naturally-occurring forms (e.g. carbon black, graphite, talc, clays, diatoms and geological silicas, TiO2 and ZnO powders) but increasingly engineered from targeted materials systems using novel processing routes whose nanoscale products (e.g. carbon-based materials, including  nanotubes, fullerenes and grapheme as well as rare-earth oxide particulates, nano-silver, nano-gold, metal oxides,  and a variety of nanoscale ceramic and polymeric drug-delivery particles) have not been systematically—or in many cases, never—evaluated for toxic responses.  At issue is toxicity to human health and to a wide range of natural and agricultural environments.   Due to the enormous number of permutations of nanoparticle shape, dimensions, composition, and surface chemistry, only a fundamental understanding of the critical biological interactions with such particulates can permit a realistic, practical assessment of the risks associated with the wide range of possible product types.

This conference aims to bring together professionals across many disciplines, including medicine, environment, engineering and industry, who are concerned with not only the beneficial uses of nanomaterials, but also the potential health and ecological consequences of the increasing prevalence of nanoparticulate material in the environment.  Currently, the uncertainty surrounding engineered nanoparticle safety is a major concern to government, health and environmental agencies, yet there is little or no specific legislation regarding their safe development, levels of exposure and use, possibly reflecting a reluctance to establish barriers to commercial development of products that could potentially provide life-changing advances. There is to date no consensus regarding environmental toxicity engendered by use of nanomaterials.  The purpose of this timely conference is to assimilate and review the current status in our understanding of the fundamental properties of current and new generation nanomaterials and how these might relate to their bioreactivity, translocation and ultimate fate, weighed against the advantages such materials offer. The ability to better anticipate hazard and risk will prevent unwanted outcomes whilst enjoying the societal benefits of a dawning nanotechnology era.

Provisional Session Titles:

  • Nanomaterials —Taxonomy, Contexts and Unique Advantages
  • Nanotoxicology
  • Analytical Methods for Nanoparticle Assessment
  • Environmental Transformations and Fates
  • Respiratory effects — Bioreactivity and Physiological Impact
  • Risk Assessment

Additionally, two poster sessions will be scheduled.

Graduate students will be encouraged to attend, and limited external support for graduate student participants is being solicited.

Conference Organization


Dr. Alexandra  E. Porter, Dept. of Materials and London Centre for Nanotechnology, Imperial College London

Dr. Teresa (Terry) D. Tetley, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Dr. Linn W. Hobbs (ECI Liaison, ex officio), John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:              July 10, 2017
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:          August 7, 2017

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.  Please indicate whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at THIS LINK

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights), all meals with the exception of dinner on Tuesday, taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Monday through lunch on Thursday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before July 28, 2017 Register after

July 28, 2017

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,440.00 US $1,640.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,280.00 US $1,480.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $865.00 US $1,065.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion) US $410.00 US $410.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Bed and Breakfast only) US $130.00 US $130.00

Local attendees who do not need accommodations can contact Kathy Chan to register without the cost of a room.

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre/Post Conference Hotel Registration:  If you are planning to arrive early (before September 3) or to stay after the conference (After September 7), you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before July 28, 2017.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork, Ireland. Just a 10-minute taxi ride from both Cork City Center and the Cork International Airport, the hotel is surrounded by lush gardens and provides a serene setting for conferences. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, full-service spa and fitness center.  Bedrooms feature flat screen televisions, tea and coffee facilities, and safes, as well as irons and ironing boards. The hotel has 93 rooms, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the gardens. The conference sessions will be held in the Sherrad Ballroom, which will provide ample space for both technical and poster sessions. Complimentary high-speed wifi is available throughout the property, including the meeting rooms. The Douglas Golf Club is just a six-minute walk from the hotel and the town of Douglas, with many shops, pubs and restaurants, is a 5-10 minute walk away.

Address:  Maryborough Hotel, Maryborough Hill, Douglas, Cork, Ireland  T12 XR12
Telephone:  +353 21 436 5555   FAX:  +353 21 436 5662

Cork, Ireland- Known as the food capital of Ireland, Cork is rich in history and features a number of art galleries, theaters and museums. In 2005, Cork was designated the European Capital of Culture and it was recognized as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2010. Located in the Southeast of Ireland, Cork City serves as the shopping and commercial capital of the south.

The city dates back to the sixth century, when St. Finbar founded a monastic settlement there. Around 915, Viking settlers established a trading community. By the 12th century the settlement had become the chief city of the Kingdom of South Munster, having survived raids and sporadic settlement by Norsemen. Irish rule was short-lived, and by 1185 Cork was under English rule. Thereafter it changed hands regularly during the relentless struggle between Irish and Crown forces. The complete history of Cork can be found here.

The city centre is built on an island in the River Lee, just upstream of Cork Harbour. The two channels of the River Lee which embrace the city centre are spanned by many bridges, and this gives the city a distinctive continental air.

The city is easily walkable, and popular attractions include ringing the Shandon Bells in the 300-year-old tower of St. Anne’s Church, and visiting the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. There are many unique shopping and dining options, including the famous English Market, with its stalls selling foods from all over the world.

At every corner you’ll come across another panoramic view, another interesting architectural feature and some of the best art galleries ,theatres and museums in Ireland.

The city is home to University College Cork, established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges – at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her.

The famous Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone, is just twenty minutes drive from the city center.  West Cork, nicknamed “A Place Apart, offers a break from the speed of the city.  Nature sets the pace in this beautiful south west corner of Ireland – stretching from Kinsale  on the south coast to three rugged westerly peninsulas reaching into the wild Atlantic: Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

More information can be found on the Cork City Tourism web site and the Discover Ireland Cork Guide.


Directions to Maryborough Hotel from Cork Airport:

The hotel is located approximately 10 minutes away from Cork airport by car or taxi.

  • Travel down Airport Hill
  • At Airport Road roundabout, take first exit onto Farmers Cross N27
  • Follow N27 to Kinsale roundabout
  • Take 4th exit onto South Ring road  – N25 East
  • Once on N25, take 2nd exit for Douglas, ignoring 1st exit marked for Douglas West
  • At the traffic lights, turn right
  • At the roundabout, take 2nd exit traveling straight ahead
  • At the traffic lights, drive straight on, until you reach a second roundabout
  • Take 3rd exit off roundabout (Douglas Golf Club on directional fingerpost)
  • This is Maryborough Hill; the hotel is situated up the hill on the left hand side

Directions from other Airports

From Shannon Airport, Ireland to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 45 mins Distance: 128 km
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From Kerry Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 1 hour 26 mins Distance: 104 km
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From Dublin Airport to The Maryborough Hotel & Spa
Time: 2 hours 26 mins Distance: 263 km
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Train Service

Train service is widely available between cities in Ireland. For complete details, schedules and fares, visit Irish Rail. Direct trains run from Dublin Heuston Station to Cork (Kent). The trip from Dublin to Cork takes about 2 ½ hours. Dublin Heuston Station can be reached from Dublin Airport via a bus connection outside the terminal or by taxi (15-25 minutes depending on traffic).

Bus Service

Bus service is also widely available. Buses run directly from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport to Cork City. The journey takes about three hours. Bus service is recommended for transfers between Shannon and Cork City as there are no directly trains. The trip takes about 2 ½ hours. For fares and schedules visit

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