CeNS Center for NanoScience LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
CeNS HomepageLMU Homepage

CeNS Workshop 2012

"Nanosciences: Soft, Solid, Alive and Kicking"

September 17 - 21, 2012

Scope of the Workshop

This workshop is intended to bring 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 "Nanosciences: Soft, Solid, Alive and Kicking", renowned nano-scientists 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 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.

Program Committee

The program committee is composed of the following CeNS members:


The workshop will start on Monday, September 17 at about 9 am and will end on Friday, September 21 around noon and combines invited talks and poster presentations. Lunch menus are available at the University restaurant on the island (not included in the conference fee).

Poster Presentations

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. Abstracts have to be submitted to the CeNS office by August 22.


Registration is closed!

Group Travel to Venice by Train

CeNS made 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 16 at 11:31 am and will arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia at 6:10 pm. Due to construction work in Austria, there will be shuttle bus service between Innsbruck and Brenner (35 km)!

The return train will leave Venice on Friday, September 21 at 1:34 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 where speakers and participants are lodged. The conference location San Servolo is reached via boat No. 20 from close to the Piazzale San Marco.


We have booked rooms in several hotels and hostels from Sunday evening (16th) to Friday morning (21st). All hotels are located in the historic center of Venice.

Accommodation for speakers

The speakers of the workshop are invited to stay at the hotel Domus Ciliota where CeNS has booked single and double rooms from Sunday evening (16th) to Friday morning (21st). Please inform Marilena Pinto (marilena.pinto@cens.de) as soon as possible about your arrival and departure dates and whether you need a single or double room.

Accommodation for participants

Rooms with 2, 3 or 4 beds will be at disposal for students (PhD and Diploma/Master). Single or double rooms are available for senior researchers.

Senior researchers will be lodged at the hotels Domus Ciliota and Don Orione.

Junior researchers will be lodged in one of the following hotels/hostels: Don Orione,
La Pietà, Istituto Canossiano.

Local Transport

The historic center of Venice is quite small so that you can walk to most of the interesting places from the hotels. 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 via this website and buy tickets online (cheaper if bought several days before the conference).

7-days vaporetto tickets for participants

For those participants going to Venice with group train on Sunday 16th, 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 ACTV counters found at major waterbus/bus stations. A one-way ticket in Venice (more than one station) costs EUR 6,50.

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 here.

Financial Support

Diploma and 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 August 15th to Susanne Hennig stating your status, the group you are working with, and the reason why there is no other financing source.

Book of Abstracts

Download (2 MB)

Confirmed Speakers

Gerhard Abstreiter
TU München
Eli Barkai
Bar Ilan University
Günther Bauer
University of Linz
Viola Baumgärtel
LMU Munich
Immanuel Bloch
LMU Munich
Vincent Croquette
Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris
Enrico Da Como
University of Bath
Valeri Dolgopolov
RAS Chernogolovka
Erwin Frey
LMU Munich
Deborah Fygenson
UC Santa Barbara
Alexander Govorov
Ohio University
Alexander Högele
LMU Munich
Donald Ingber
Wyss Institute Boston
Sigmund Kohler
Frank Koppens
ICFO Barcelona
Hubert Krenner
Universität Augsburg
Klaus Kroy
Universität Leipzig
Alexander Kuhn
Université de Bordeaux 1
Tom Mallouk
Penn State University
Justin Molloy
NIMR London
Daniel Robert
University of Bristol
Omar Saleh
UC Santa Barbara
Mansour Shayegan
Princeton University
Todd Squires
UC Santa Barbara
Ullrich Steiner
University of Cambridge
Sarah Tolbert
UC Los Angeles
Joost Wintterlin
LMU Munich

Workshop Venue

Venice International University
Isola di San Servolo
30100 Venice, Italy


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

Workshop Organization

Dr. Susanne Hennig

Marilena Pinto, M.A.

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

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