Workshop on the Description of Nanomaterials

The International Council for Science (ICSU), and CODATA, the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology, are sponsoring a two-day round-table workshop on 23 and 24 February 2012 designed to bring together international scientific experts from diverse fields to review the present status of description systems for nanomaterials and to bring the views of the scientific community to the attention of groups actively engaged in developing standardized nanomaterials descriptions.

Representatives of the OECD Working Group on nanotechnology and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) will participate in the workshop. One potential outcome is that scientific unions, national and international standards development organisations, and other groups will be activated to work cooperatively in addressing the complex issues associated with description of the full range of possible nanomaterials.

The workshop will feature overview presentations from experts in various aspects of nanomaterials, summaries of ongoing description development work, and small discussion groups to identify needed future actions. The workshop will be on an invitation basis and held in Paris.

The Workshop report and recommendations will be published in the CODATA Data Science Journal.