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CeNS/CRC235 Workshop 2019 "Evolving Nanosciences"

September 23 - 27, 2019

Scope of the Workshop

This anniversary workshop brings together young researchers of the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) and the Opens external link in new windowCollaborative Research Center 235 "Emergence of Life" 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 and CRC235 an overview of current research topics on nanometer-scale science and origin of life research.

Under the workshop title "Evolving nanosciences", renowned scientists from all over the world will convene on the beautiful island of San Servolo to exchange ideas and to 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. Chase Broedersz, LMU Theoretical Physics
Prof. Alexander Holleitner, TUM Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Prof. Friedrich Simmel, TUM Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials
Prof. Philip Tinnefeld, LMU Physical Chemistry
Prof. Jan von Delft, LMU Theoretical Physics


The workshop will start on Monday, September 23 at 9.00 am and will end on Friday, September 27 at 12.00 am and will combine invited talks and poster presentations.

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 22 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 27 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 (Sept. 22) to Friday morning (Sept. 27). The rooms are located on the island of San Servolo.

Accommodation for speakers

The speakers of the workshop are invited to stay on San Servolo where CeNS has booked single and double rooms from Sunday evening (22nd) to Friday morning (27th). Please inform Opens window for sending emailMarilena 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). 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 22nd, 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.

Financial Support

Master students of LMU Munich can apply for financial support to participate in the workshop if there is no other means of funding. To apply for support, please send an e-mail by July 16 to Opens window for sending emailSusanne Hennig stating your status, the group you are working with, and the reason why there is no other financing source.


Registration will open end of May 2019.

Confirmed Speakers

Job Bokhoeven, TU Munich
Tom de Greef, Eindhoven University of Technology
Zvonimir Dogic, Brandeis University
Marileen Dogterom, TU Delft
Andrew D. Griffiths, ESPCI Paris
Sergei Maslov, University of Illininois at Urbana-Champaign
Wolfgang Parak, Universität Hamburg
Abhay Pasupathy, Columbia University
Francesco Ricci, University of Rome
David Rueda, Imperial College London
Nita Sahai, The University of Akron
Markus Sauer, University of Würzburg
Christoph Schmidt, Duke University
Christoph A. Weber, MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems
Alex Weber-Bargioni
, Molecular Foundry Berkeley
Jerome Wenger, Fresnel Institute Marseille
Wesley Wong, Wyss Institute
Ursula Wurstbauer, University of Münster

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

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