2 - 10 May 2019
European Scientific Institute, Archamps
France (Greater Geneva)
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This exciting bioHealth Computing school addresses the complex challenge of the substitution of critical raw materials through the use of nanotechnology.

The School promotes ‘safety-by-design’, which seeks to minimise environmental and human health risks. Participants are introduced to the life-cycle approach, engineering and computing solutions, design-thinking and business creation.

The School is in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the UN, and the objectives of EIT Raw Materials, which is the largest community in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its aims are to boost competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw materials sector via radical innovation, new educational approaches and guided entrepreneurship.


School Coordinator: Philippe Sabatier (Université Grenoble Alpes)

The School offers a challenging mix of theoretical and practical teaching in technology and innovation, enabling participants to develop business models of nano-enabled products which are acceptable to the market.

Component 1
Nanomaterials, life-cycle analysis and transformation in the environment

Coordinator: Laurent Charlet (Université Grenoble Alpes) in partnership with David Munos Rojas (Grenoble INP)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the School, participants will have acquired:

  • Insight into theoretical and practical understanding of nanomaterial structure and properties, with a focus on their reactivity and transformation in the environment,
  • Knowledge of different types of assays available to assess the impact of nanomaterial exposure at different levels (environment, organism, cell, molecule etc.),
  • Ability to assess environmental impacts of nanomaterials using a life-cycle approach and  to develop nanomaterials and nano-enabled products using a safer by design approach.
Component 2
Risk analysis and Use Cases

Coordinator: Celina Vaquero Moralejo (Tecnalia)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the School, participants will have acquired:

    • A broad view of current and future methods of nano-toxicology and risk assessment,
    • Knowledge of how to obtain and analyse omics data to perform gene ontology and pathway analysis.
    • Familiarity with predictive toxicology tools such as Adverse Outcome Pathways (AOP) and Effectopedia.
    • Ability to assess the exposure and response to nanomaterials and understand the general legislation concerning eco-design materials at national, EU and worldwide level.
    • Exposure to industrial use cases which highlight successful start-up and spin-off companies.


Component 3
Business development & innovation

Coordinator: Aristedes Senra (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) in partnership with Fabienne Bornard Université Grenoble Alpes)

Learning outcomes: By the end of the School, participants will have acquired

  • knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of marketing nano-based products for an SME
  • capacity to analyse how innovative strategies can lead to improved performance or new business perspectives,
  • familiarity with design-thinking, lean start-up management and agile development of a business model,
  • Exposure to business case studies (success stories and failures),
  • Knowledge, skills and confidence required to further develop their own innovation projects.
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The student body comprises a maximum of 30 participants with a range of backgrounds including materials, health and life-science, business, engineering and computing…  
The application form includes a section where candidates should provide a 50 to 200-word outline of an innovative idea or project related to nano-enabled products and services. The best ideas will  serve as the basis for a group project in the Business development & Innovation component of the school.
The idea or project might be expressed in terms of :
> unmet societal needs which could benefit from the development of nano-enabled products or services;
> the (re)deployment of an existing nanomaterial or nanotechnology in an innovative product or service;
> currently unavailable but potentially marketable products or services involving nanomaterials and/or nanotechnology

Deadline for applications: 22 March 2019


Pre-ranking of applicants is based on academic background in order to ensure a cross-disciplinary student body.

Final selection is based on the applicants CV, stated motivation and relevance of the proposed innovation project. Criteria will focus on the capacity for calculated risk, focus on community, open and critical thinking, initiative with follow-through.

Successful applicants will be informed by 31st March 2019.

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Registration fee: €600

ESI has pre-booked single rooms at the Ibis Budget Archamps hotel, approx. €650 for the duration of the school.

Financial assistance through the School’s funding mechanism is available to the highest-ranked applicants.


6 ECTS are awarded by Université Grenoble Alpes to Master and PhD students who complete the whole programme and take part in the oral defense (pitch of innovation project).

If required, UGA will transfer the ECTS directly to the participant’s home university.

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