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CeNS Workshop 2018 "Celebrating NanoScience"

20 years of CeNS

September 24 - 28, 2018

Scope of the Workshop

This workshop brings together young researchers of the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) with experienced scientists from the fields of physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The talks of the workshop are intended to give the graduate students and post-doctoral researchers of CeNS an overview of current research topics on nanometer-scale science.

Under the workshop title "Celebrating NanoScience", renowned nanoscientists from all over the world will convene on the beautiful island of San Servolo to exchange ideas and discuss their latest research progress.


The workshop takes place at the Opens external link in new windowVenice International University (VIU) located on the small island "San Servolo". The island is connected to the historic center of Venice by boat No. 20. The boat ride takes 10 minutes and boats run regularly until late at night.

Program Committee

The program committee is composed of the following CeNS members:

Prof. Dieter Braun, LMU Biophysics
Prof. Achim Hartschuh, LMU Physical Chemistry
Prof. Tim Liedl, LMU Biophysics
Prof. Ulrich Schollwöck, LMU Theoretical Nanophysics
Prof. Claudia Veigel, LMU Medical Physiology


The workshop will start on Monday, September 24 at 9.20 am and will end on Friday, September 28 at 11.00 am and will combine invited talks and poster presentations. A festive Reception for all participants is scheduled for Monday, September 24, at 6.00 pm.
Lunch menus will be available at the university restaurant on the island (not included in the conference fee).

Poster Sessions

In addition to the talks, all participants are invited to present a poster at one of the two poster sessions taking place on Tuesday and Thursday.

Group Travel to Venice by Train

CeNS will make reservations for a direct train to and from Venice, so that all participants from Munich and Augsburg can take this train to travel together to Venice.

The train (EuroCity) leaves Munich Main Station on Sunday, September 23 at 11:34 am and will arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia at 6:10 pm. From the train station to San Servolo, it takes about 80 min by water bus (vaporetto).

The return train will leave Venice on Friday, September 28 at 1:50 pm and will reach Munich at 8:25 pm.

Travelling by Air

Several airlines offer flights to Marco Polo International Airport at Venice. From the airport, regular boats (e.g. ALILAGUNA) connect to the island of Venice. The conference location San Servolo is reached via boat No. 20 from close to the Piazzale San Marco.


We have booked rooms for speakers and participants from Sunday evening (23rd) to Friday morning (28th) in different hotels in the historic part of Venice.

Accommodation for speakers

The speakers of the workshop are invited to stay in two hotels "Opens external link in new windowDomus Ciliota" and "Opens external link in new windowDon Orione" in the historic districts Dorsoduro and San Marco where CeNS has booked single and double rooms from Sunday evening (23rd) to Friday morning (28th). Please inform Opens external link in new windowMarilena Pinto as soon as possible about your arrival and departure dates and whether you will need a single or double room.

Accommodation for participants

Rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds will be at disposal for students (PhD and Master students) in several hostels in Dorsoduro and San Marco. Senior researchers will be accommodated in single rooms (or double rooms upon request).

Local Transport

The historic center of Venice is quite small so that you can walk to most of the interesting places. In addition, you can take the waterbuses (called Vaporetto) across the famous Canal Grande or take other lines to travel to the small islands closeby. The transfer from the airport to the historic part of Venice is possible via bus or waterbus. Once in Venice, you have to take the waterbus No. 20 to reach the conference venue on San Servolo. You can check the timetables Opens external link in new windowvia this website and Opens external link in new windowbuy online.

7-days vaporetto tickets for participants

For those participants going to Venice by train on Sunday 23rd, the CeNS staff will book Vaporetto-Tickets (valid from Sunday to Saturday) in advance and hand them out after arrival in Venice. These tickets are valid for all buses and waterbuses in Venice and also for the boat traffic through Canal Grande, to San Servolo and to other islands. 

In case that you do not book a conference ticket, you can buy waterbus tickets in Venice at the Opens external link in new windowACTV counters found at major waterbus/bus stations. A one-way ticket in Venice (more than one stop) costs EUR 7,50.

Boat to conference location (Linea 20)

The boat from Venice to San Servolo (No. 20) leaves from the stop "San Zaccaria" close to the Piazza San Marco; the stop is in front of the "Londra Palace Hotel". Please check the timetable available Opens external link in new windowhere.

Confirmed Speakers

David Awschalom, Chicago University
Patricia Basserau, Institut Curie Paris
Jeremy Baumberg, Cavendish Laboratory Cambridge
Cees Dekker, TU Delft
Michel Devoret, Yale University
Zhen-Chao Dong,
Peter Fratzl, MPI für Kolloid- und Grenzflächenforschung
Justin Molloy, The Francis Crick Institute, London
Ned Seeman, New York University
Joachim Spatz, MPI for Metals Research
Shimon Weiss, UC Los Angeles
Omar Yaghi, UC Berkeley



Workshop Venue

Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo
30100 Venice, Italy

Opens external link in new windowhttp://www.univiu.org/

Phone +39-041-2719511  
Fax +39-041-2719510

Workshop Organization

Opens window for sending emailDr. Susanne Hennig

Opens window for sending emailClaudia Leonhardt, M.A.

Opens window for sending emailMarilena Pinto, M.A.

Center for NanoScience (CeNS)
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
D-80539 München

Tel: +49-(0)89-2180-5791

Opens external link in new windowwww.cens.de