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CeNS Workshop 2016

"Nanoscale Matter – Novel Concepts and Functions"

September 19 - 23, 2016

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 "Nanoscale Matter - Novel Concepts and Functions", 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:

  • Dr. Hanna Engelke (LMU Munich)
  • Prof. Alexander Högele (LMU Munich)
  • Dr. Ralf Jungmann (LMU Munich / MPI for Biochemistry)
  • Prof. Matthias Punk (LMU Munich)
  • Prof. Marc Tornow (TU Munich)
  • Prof. Thomas Weitz (LMU Munich)


The workshop will start on Monday, September 19 at 9.00 am and will end on Friday, September 23 at 11.00 am and will combine invited talks and poster presentations. A Welcome Reception for all participants is scheduled for Sunday, September 18, at 8.00 pm.
Lunch menus are 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.


The workshop is open to CeNS members and associates.
Deadline for online registration: July 17.

Abstract Submission

Please send the abstracts for your talks and posters by e-mail to Opens window for sending emailSusanne Hennig by August 21! Abstracts submitted in time will be included into the book of abstracts. Please follow these instructions:

  • Format: ONLY text files (*.docx, *.doc, *.txt, *.rtf), no PDF!
  • Necessary information:
    • Title
    • List of authors (presenting author underlined)
    • Authors' affiliation(s)
    • Abstract text (1'000 - 2'000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Optional information: images and figure captions (please send the image files also separately by email!

Posters' format: portrait. Please note that the poster panels in Venice are a little smaller than size A0, choose height = ~1.2m x width = 0.8 m max.

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 18 at 11:37 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 23 at 1:50 pm and will reach Munich at 8:23 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 (18th) to Friday morning (23rd). The Opens external link in new windowrooms 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 (18th) to Friday morning (23rd). Please inform Opens window for sending emailClaudia Leonhardt 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 Master students). Single or double rooms are available for senior researchers.

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 (cheaper if bought several days before the conference).

7-days vaporetto tickets for participants

For those participants going to Venice by train on Sunday 18th, 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 31st 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.

Confirmed Speakers

John Anthony, University of Kentucky
Dieter Braun
, LMU Munich
Jan Budich, University of Innesbruck
David Cahen, Weizmann Institute of Science
Valentina Cauda, Politecnico di Torino
Stephen Doorn, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kurt Gothelf, Aarhus University
Tony Heinz, Stanford University
Sebastian Huber, ETH Zürich
Jan Philipp Junker, Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine
Josef Käs, Universität Leipzig
Michael Knap, TU München
Wesley Legant, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
Emanuel Loertscher, IBM Research
Patrick Maletinsky, University of Basel
Ann McEvoy, Singular Bio San Francisco
Alberto Morpurgo, Université de Genéve
Michael Nash, LMU Munich
Matthew Paszek, Cornell University
Tom Perkins, University of Colorado
Stephan Rauschenbach, MPI for Solid State Research
Karsten Reuter, TU München
Alberto Salleo, Stanford University
Florian Schüder, MPI of Biochemistry
Jeffrey Schwartz, Princeton University
Suchitra Sebastian, University of Cambridge
Heiko Weber, Universität Erlangen
Daniela Ziegler, TU München

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.

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