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CeNS Workshop 2013

"Nanosciences: Great Adventures on Small Scales"

September 16 - 20, 2013

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 "Nanosciences: Great Adventures on Small Scales", 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 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 16 at about 9 am and will end on Friday, September 20 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.

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 15 at 11:31 am and will arrive in Venezia Santa Lucia at 6:10 pm.

The return train will leave Venice on Friday, September 20 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 (15th) to Friday morning (20th). 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 (15th) to Friday morning (20th). 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 7,00.

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.

Book of Abstracts

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Confirmed Speakers

David Awschalom
University of Chicago
Jeremy Baumberg
University of Cambridge
Steven Benner
Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville
Luisa De Cola
Université de Strasbourg
Cees Dekker
TU Delft
Thomas Faust
LMU Munich
Johann Feckl
LMU Munich
Eric Greene
Columbia University & HHMI
Alexander Holleitner
TU Munich
Karl-Peter Hopfner
LMU Munich
Atac Imamoglu
ETH Zürich
Frank Jäckel
University of Liverpool
Frank Jülicher
MPI Physics of Complex Systems
Philipp Kukura
University of Oxford
Konrad Lehnert
University of Colorado
Stanislaw Leibler
Rockefeller University New York
Madeleine Leisner
LMU Munich
Jan Lipfert
TU Delft
Friederike Möller
LMU Munich
Sua Myong
University of Illinois
Laura Na Liu
MPI Intelligent Systems Stuttgart
David Nelson
Harvard University
Oskar Painter
California Institute of Technology
James Schuck
Molecular Foundry Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Joachim Spatz
MPI for Intelligent Systems
Shimon Weiss
UC Los Angeles
Hiroshi Yamaguchi
NTT Basic Research Kanagawa

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.

Claudia Kleylein, M.A.

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

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