We are very pleased to announce the 1st Marine NanoEcotox Worshop, which will be held in Palermo at the Area della Ricerca
CNR on the 29th of November 2012, as satellite meeting within the 5th Bilateral Seminar Italy-Japan 2012 and organized under the aegis of the EU NanoSafety Cluster.

The mission of the workshop is to stimulate a comprehensive discussion on the effects of nanomaterials in the marine environment and enlarge the marine nano-ecotoxicology community at both European and International level (USA, Japan, China, others).

We hope that the workshop will provide a great opportunity to share new ideas, foster collaboration and encourage young researchers
in the field.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Palermo.

The Organizers of 1st Marine NanoEcotox Workshop
Valeria Matranga & Ilaria Corsi
EU NanoSafey Cluster - Marine Ecotox Focus Group Chairs

Valeria Matranga

National Research Council
Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology "A. Monroy"
Palermo, Italy @

Ilaria Corsi

University of Siena
Department of Environmental Sciences "G. Sarfatti"
Siena, Italy @


The workshop will be held in Palermo at Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche.
Area della Ricerca di Palermo,Via Ugo La Malfa 153, 90146 Palermo, Italy.

The registration is free of charge, but mandatory to participate to the meeting and includes admission to scientific sessions and poster area, a printed copy of the workshop proceedings, the certificate of attendance, a light lunch & coffee breaks.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED to October 30th 2012

After October 30th, 2012 a registration charge of 50€/person will be required.

The social dinner on the 28th November is not included in the registration and costs 30€/person
If you wish to attend the dinner, please select it during registration.


We pre-reserved a number of rooms at a very special price at the Mediterraneo Hotel, in Palermo only for meetings participants: 

  • single room: 45 euro/night, including breakfast
  • double room: 65 euro/night, including breakfast
If you wish to reserve a room send a message with your desired room type, arrival date and number of nights you’d like to stay, quoting our special reservation code: CNR-bsij12/manet12 in the message box of the reservation request.

FINAL PROGRAM - November 29th, 2012

8.30 - 9.00

Registration of Participants


Welcome of the Organizers:                                                                                                                           
Valeria Matranga & Ilaria Corsi
EU Nanosafety Cluster - Marine Ecotox Focus Group Chairs           


Opening Remarks

Enrico Brugnoli, Coordinator of the Department of Earth Sciences and Environmental Technologies, CNR
Pier Luigi San Biagio, President of the Area della Ricerca, CNR, Palermo
Giovanni Viegi, Director of the Institute of Biomedicine and Molecular Immunology, CNR, Palermo


Georgios Katalagarianakis                                                                                                            
(Directorate General for Research & Innovation, Bruxelles, Belgium)
EU research strategy for nanosafety in Horizon 2020.


Teresa Fernandes
(Heriot Watt University, Edimburgh, UK)
Chair of the Hazard Focus Group of the EU Nanosafety Cluster
The EU Nanosafety Cluster mission and objectives: emphasis on aquatic toxicology.


Gary Cherr
(University of California, Davis, USA)
Marine Nanotoxicology in the USA: the University of California Center for Environmental Implications
of Nanotechnology (UC CEIN)


Jerome Labille
(CNRS - CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France)
The mesocosm approach to study the exposure, accumulation and toxicity of nanoparticles
to aquatic/marine organisms.

11.00 - 11.20



Francesco Dondero
(Università del Piemonte, Alessandria, Italy)
Nanosilver effects in marine ectotherms: linking low and high informational levels.


Martin Hassellöv
(University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Occurrence, identification, fate and behavior of engineered nanoparticles and nanoscale pollutants
in marine systems


Enrico Sabbioni
(European Center for the Sustainable Impact of Nanotechnology - Veneto Nanotech, Italy)
Presentation of the Marine NanoEcotox working group within the Italian Society of Nanotoxicology (SIN).

12.15 - 13.00

ROUND TABLE - Europe meets Japan, USA and China
Common strategies and technologies for the assessment of impacts of emerging pollutants,
including engineered nanoparticles, on the marine environment.

: Teresa Fernandes; Co-Chair: Valeria Matranga


13.00 - 14.20



Ilaria Corsi
(University of Siena, Italy)                                          
TiO2 nanoparticles and ABC transporters in marine organisms: the Trojan horse effect.


Giada Frenzilli
(University of Pisa, Italy)
Titanium dioxide genotoxic potential in marine organisms.


Laura Canesi
(University of Genoa, Italy)
Effects of TiO2 nanoparticle on immune and digestive gland function in the marine bivalve Mytilus.


Diana Boraschi
(ITB-CNR, Pisa, Italy)
Nano-immunosafety in marine organisms, a central issue in environmental nanotoxicology.


Annalisa Pinsino
(IBIM-CNR, Palermo, Italy)
Sea urchin immune cells activation in response to TiO2 nanoparticles.

16.00 - 16.20 COFFEE BREAK

Carla Falugi
(University of Genoa, Italy)
Developmental abnormalities in sea urchin larvae obtained from sperms exposed to engineered nanoparticles.


Franz Brümmer
(Universität Stuttgart, Germany)
Silver nanoparticles toxicity in sea urchin.


Francesca Garaventa
(ISMAR-CNR, Venezia, Italy)                                                                                    
Ecotoxicological screening on a ENPs pool: responses of different marine organisms and end-points.


Giovanni  Libralato
(Veneto Nanotech, Rovigo and Ca' Foscary University, Venice, Italy)
The challenge of ENMs in seawater: the case of nTiO2 and the main knowledge gaps.


Alessia D'Agata
(University of Messina, Italy)
Effects of sublethal concentrations of fresh, aged TiO2 and its bulk counterpart on marine mussels,
Mytilus sp.


Concluding remarks, current perspectives and future directions:
Teresa Fernandez, Enrico Sabbioni, Valeria Matranga, Ilaria Corsi



Authors wishing to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation are requested to download the abstract template.

Maximun poster size: 100 (long) x 65 (wide) cm.

Please send the abstract in the format indicated on the abstract template before October 30th 2012.