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Next session:  August 23 - September 12, 2020 
Grenoble, France

This 17th session of the European School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies will be held from August 23 to September 12, 2020 in Grenoble, France.

The programme is designed in two parallel sessions to highlight the fundamental and technological advances in two fields of research:

  • SESSION A: in Nanoelectronics

  • SESSION B: at the interface between Physics and Biology

Both sessions will run in parallel and will share common lectures and practicals, as interdisciplinary studies is a clear objective of the school.
Up to 27 participants will be enrolled in each session (54 in total).

Eligible applicants to this school are:
- Students enrolled in a doctoral program of a university
- Postdoctoral and junior scientists from academic or industrial laboratories


ESONN is a three-week course aimed at providing training for graduate students, postdoctoral and junior scientists coming from universities and laboratories all around the world and working in the fields of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies.

The school consists of academic and practical courses by leading experts covering different aspects on elaboration, characterization and functionalities of nano-objects.

Half of the program is devoted to laboratory courses providing unique hands-on learning opportunities.


On a world-wide level, Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies constitute an important, fast growing field both in academia and industry, due to considerable potential of their applications for economic development.

In this context, the European School On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ESONN) is promoted for advanced learning based on leading-edge research. In collaboration with European universities and research centers, we propose annually a 3-week program comprising both lectures and laboratory courses.

The aim of this training is to offer young researchers a structured view of the principles involved in the elaboration and in the functioning of nano-structures, nano-components and nano-machines.
At ESONN, students from various universities spend three weeks together, participating in an intensive and unique learning experience, thus forming long-lasting friendships that will promote their work beyond the PhD.

ESONN program is endowed with two key points.

  • The first one is interdisciplinarity, since research in Nanosciences demands a combination of various skills in Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

  • The second point emphasises the role of laboratory courses. In general, summer schools do not address this issue of fundamental importance both for basic science and for applications. ESONN practicals provide a unique opportunity to address a complete set of aspects, such as nanofabrication, nano-elaboration, techniques of nano-measurements, nano-characterization and the physical principles behind them.

      - UGA, Université Grenoble Alpes
      - Grenoble INP, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble

      - CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

      - CEA, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives



     - Mairbek CHSHIEV, UGA, Director

     - Liliana PREJBEANU, Grenoble INP, Associate Director


  • Dmitry ALDAKOV, CNRS

  • Martial BALLAND, UGA

  • Mairbek CHSHIEV, UGA


  • Aurélien GOURRIER, CEA

  • Xavier JEHL, CEA

  • Gilles NOGUES, CNRS

  • Liliana PREJBEANU, Grenoble INP


  • Marianne WEIDENHAUPT, Grenoble INP

European School organising Office and contact


  • F. BELTRAM, Pisa, Italy
  • S. BENGTSSON, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • M. BLOCK, Institut Albert Bonniot, Grenoble, France
  • M.F. CARLIER, LEBS, CNRS, France
  • J. CIBERT, LLN-CNRS, Grenoble, France
  • M. DOGTEROM, AMOLF Netherlands
  • A. FERT, CNRS - Thales, France (Physics Nobel Prize 2007)
  • P. FROMHERZ, MPI Biochemie, Germany
  • G. GHIBAUDO, IMEP, Grenoble, France
  • M.W. HOSSEINI, Université de Strasbourg, France
  • F. JÜLICHER, MPI Dresden, Germany
  • T. KLAPWIJK, Delft University, Netherlands
  • L. MONTELIUS, Lund University, Sweden
  • O. MOURITSEN, University Southern Denmark
  • P. RENAUD, EPFL, Switzerland
  • J. ROTHMAN, Columbia University, USA
  • C. SANCHEZ, Jussieu, Paris, France
  • E. SCHEER, Konstanz University, Germany
  • T. SKOTNICKI, STMicroelectronics, France
  • S. VIEIRA, Madrid University, Spain
  • D. WILLIAMS, Hitachi, Cambridge, UK

The first session of ESONN was organised in 2004 with Bertrand Fourcade and Catherine Dubourdieu as the school directors.

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