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CeNS Workshop 2008

"Complex Nanosystems: Assembly, Control and Functionality"

September 29th - October 3rd, 2008

Group photo of the participants of the Workshop in Venice in 2008.

This workshop is intended to bring together young researchers and experienced scientists from the fields of physics, chemistry and molecular biology and to give the graduate students and post-doctoral researchers of CeNS an overview of current research topics on nanometer-scale science. Unfortunately, due to the limited space in the conference hall, we are not able to open the workshop to external participants.

Program Committee

The program committee is composed of the following CeNS members: Thomas Bein, Erwin Frey, Jörg P. Kotthaus (LMU), Roland Netz, Matthias Rief (TUM).

Book of Abstracts

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The workshop takes place at the Venice International University (VIU) located on the small island "San Servolo" (see map). The island is connected to the historic center of Venice (where the hotels are located) by boat No. 20, running every 30 min (see timetable).

Travelling by train:

CeNS will book group train tickets for the way from Munich to Venice and back with the following train connections:


Sunday, 28.9.



München Hbf

11:30 h

IC 87

Venezia S.Lucia

18:32 h





Friday, 03.10



Venezia S.Lucia

13:28 h

IC 86

München Hbf

20:26 h





Participants from Munich who book a train ticket with their registration will receive
their tickets before the workshop.

To book the train ticket please register by 1-Aug-2008 so that we can book the tickets. Please select book train ticket in our online registration form. The ticket price of EUR 90,00 will be added automatically to your registration fee.

Travelling by air

Several airlines offer flights to Marco Polo International Airport at Venice.

Transport from the airport to San Servolo:

Alilaguna waterbus: Take the Alilaguna boat (BLU or ORO line) from Airport to S. Zaccaria. Boats leave hourly (travel time about 1 hour) and cost 12 EUR. Take the shuttle bus from terminal to dock. From San Zaccaria you have to take boat No. 20 to San Servolo (see timetable).

ATVO buses (No. 35) go from the airport to Piazzale Roma and they leave in front of the entrance of the departure hall. Tickets can be purchased at the ATVO stand in the arrival hall or directly on board. The service runs from 9.00 to 24.00 and takes about 20 minutes to reach Venice and costs 3 EUR (see Timetable). From Piazzale Roma you have to take a boat to San Marco/San Zaccaria and then take boat No. 20 to San Servolo (see timetable)

Local transport

The CeNS staff will book conference tickets ("congress cards") for participants from Munich staying at the workshop for the whole week (6 days). These tickets are valid for all buses and waterbuses in Venice (called Vaporetto) and also for the boat traffic through Canal Grande, to San Servolo and to/from the airport. The tickets are personal and must be backed up by an identity document. The validity period is printed on the tickets.

Please select book waterbus ticket in our online registration form.  The amount of EUR 34,00 will be added to your registration fee automatically.

Participants from Munich who book a waterbus ticket will receive their ticket before the workshop.
In case that you do not book a conference ticket, you can buy waterbus tickets in Venice at the ACTV counters found at major waterbus/bus stations. A one-way ticket in Venice (more than one station) costs EUR 6,50. A ticket for the just one stop costs EUR 2,00 and has to be purchased at a ticket counter (not on board).

The boat from Venice to San Servolo (No.20, see timetable)  leaves from the stop "San Zaccaria" close to the Piazza San Marco; the stop is in front of the "Londra Palace Hotel". Please note that the timetable for the boat to San Servolo changes on October 1st!


We have booked rooms in several hotels and hostels from Sunday evening (28th Sep) to Friday morning (03 Oct).  Rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds will be at disposal for students (PhD and Diploma/Master). All rooms are located in the historic center of Venice.

To book accommodation from Sept 28th  (arrival) to Oct 3rd (departure):

Please select book accommodation in our online registration form. The amount of EUR 30,00 (associates) / EUR 80,00 (members) will be added automatically to your registration fee. Please indicate the names of your preferential roommates.

Hotels / Hostels:

The speakers of the workshop stay at the hotel Domus Ciliota.

Registered participants are lodged in one of the following hotels/hostels: Don Orione, Foresteria Valdese, Santa Maria della Pietà. The organizational staff will inform the participants about the name of the hotel they are assigned to.

Financial Support

Diploma and Master students (CeNS associates of the LMU) 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 September 12th  to Marie-Christine Blüm stating your status, the group you are working with, and the reason why there is no other financing source.

Poster Presentations

If you would like to present a poster, please indicate this in the registration form.

Workshop Location

Venice International University (VIU)  

Isola di San Servolo
30100 Venice, Italy


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

Book of Abstracts

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Confirmed Speakers:

D. Awschalom (UCSB)
J. Aizenberg (Harvard University)
M. Bawendi (MIT)
C. Bräuchle (LMU München)
J. Dzubiella (TU München)
A. Engel (Universität Basel)
V. I. Falko (Lancaster University)
C. Glattli (CEA Saclay France)
P. Grütter (McGill University)
A. Holleitner (TU München)
G. Hummer (NIDDK, Bethesda)
T. Kiefhaber (TU München)
K. Kinosita (Waseda University)
C. Marcus (Harvard University)
F. Marquardt (LMU München)
P. Mulvaney (U. of Melbourne)
J. Ryan (University of Oxford)
C. Scheu (LMU München)
H. Sleiman (McGill University)
D. Thirumalai (U. of Maryland)
D. Trauner (LMU München)
N. van Hulst (ICFO, Barcelona)
E. Wagner (LMU München)
R. J. Warburton (Heriot-Watt U.)

Workshop Organization

Dr. Marie-Christine Blüm

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


Phone: +49 89 2180 5791
Fax: +49 89 2180 5649