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CeNS/CRC235 Workshop "Evolving Nanosciences"

Venice International University, San Servolo (Italy)
September 23 - 27, 2019

Scope of the Workshop

This 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 11.00 am and will combine invited talks and poster presentations.

Detailed information about the program, participants and abstracts can be found in the web-based event App: https://cens.lineupr.com/workshop-venice-evolving-nanosciences

The password has been sent to all participants. For password requests, please contact Claudia Leonhardt.

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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.

Abstract Submission

Please upload the abstracts for your posters with the upload link sent out to all participants by September 2. Abstracts submitted in time will be included into the conference app. Please follow these instructions:

  • File name: Lastname_poster_Venice
  • 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)

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.

For talks, please send your abstracts to Opens window for sending emailSusanne Hennig or Opens window for sending emailMarilena Pinto.

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.


Registration deadline was July 4. If you are interested in attending, please contact Opens window for sending emailClaudia Leonhardt.

Confirmed Speakers

Job Bokhoeven, TU Munich
Tom de Greef, Eindhoven University of Technology
Zvonimir Dogic, UCSB
Marileen Dogterom, TU Delft
Andrew D. Griffiths, ESPCI Paris
Meifang Fu, MPI of Biochemistry
Alexander Högele, LMU Munich
Rupert Huber, Universität Regensburg
Anna Jötten, University of Augsburg
Dahlia Klein, MIT
Sergei Maslov, University of Illininois at Urbana-Champaign
Christof Mast, LMU Munich
Wolfgang Parak, Universität Hamburg
Francesco Ricci, University of Rome
Carmen Rubio Verdú, Columbia University
David Rueda, Imperial College London
Nita Sahai, The University of Akron
Markus Sauer, University of Würzburg
Christoph Schmidt, Duke University
Tim Schröder, LMU Munich
Jon Stewart, Duke University
Sabrina Thomä, Universität Bayreuth
Christoph A. Weber, MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems
Paul S. Weiss, UCLA
Alex Weber-Bargioni
, Molecular Foundry Berkeley
Jerome Wenger, Fresnel Institute Marseille
Gil Westmeyer, TU Munich
Wesley Wong, Wyss Institute
Ursula Wurstbauer, University of Münster
Tetsuya Yomo, East China Normal University

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

Opens external link in new windowwww.cens.de