NaNoRISK (Nanotoxicology Research in South Kensington) is a joint venture between two internationally recognised South Kensington Research Institutes to provide a centre for excellence for the study of nano-sized materials in relation to the environment and human health. The aim is to establish multidisciplinary research in the hazard and risk of nanomaterials and to develop safe applications on nanotechnology.

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Imperial College London is a world leading science-based university whose reputation for excellence in research attracts academic staff and postgraduates of the highest international quality. The College encourages multidisciplinary research across all faculties - Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine and Business - to address key challenges at a fundamental level.

Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and management and delivers practical solutions that enhance the quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

The breadth and depth of research capability available at Imperial makes interdisciplinary research a key strength and a potent vehicle for generating innovative ideas.

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The Natural History Museum is an international leader in the scientific study of the natural world. Gathering knowledge about nature for over 250 years, the Museum is one of the world's premier institutions for naming, describing and classifying the living, fossil and mineral diversity on earth.

More than 300 scientists in the Museum's five science departments promote understanding of the processes which have resulted in nature's diversity, and develop knowledge that supports anticipation and management of the impact of human activity on the environment. They help to tackle a diverse range of global problems, such as threats to the Earth's biodiversity, the maintenance of delicate ecosystems, natural hazards, environmental pollution and disease.

The Museum's collections of animal, plant, mineral, rock and fossil specimens are vital resources for research and understanding of the natural world.