The aim of the scientific coordination work package is to provide strategic scientific guidance and practical tools for the project partners, so that they can collaborate effectively with each other towards the overall project goals.
Scientific coordination is closely aligned with project management (WP2), and it includes constant monitoring and follow-up of the scientific progress of the project.
The monitoring is handled through direct contacts between the coordination office at FIOH and the work package leaders, the work of the coordination group (WP leaders and their substitutes) and the steering committee (one representative per partner).
In addition, the international advisory group will provide feedback on the scientific progress in their annual meetings.
The WP1 Leaders, Harri Alenius and Kai Savolainen, have an important role in disseminating information and networking on scientific progress both within the project and with parties outside the project.
During the beginning the project, scientific coordination has primarily provided guidance on the material selection and the delivery process to “end-user” partners. However, the emphasis on topics will vary according to the project phase.
“The WP1 Leaders have an important role in disseminating information and networking on scientific progress both within the project and with parties outside the project”
Prof. Kai Savolainen
Director of Nanosafety Research Centre at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health
His research interests cover toxicology and safety assessment of engineered nanoparticles in the occupational and general environment.
He has especially conducted research on immunotoxicology of engineered nanomaterials and exposure to these materials.
He has published more than 180 peer reviewed papers and served in numerous national and international scientific expert groups and has been invited to give more than 100 talks in international congresses.
He has also lead several research consortia with a focus on the safety of engineered nanoparticles.
Prof. Harri Alenius
Team Leader – Systems Toxicology Team at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health