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


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


     - Mairbek CHSHIEV, UGA, Director
     - Liliana PREJBEANU, Grenoble INP, Associate Director


      - CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
      - CEA, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives






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

The academic and practical courses will cover aspects such as the elaboration, characterization and functionalities of nano-objects.

The program emphasizes the role of laboratory courses (half of the program is devoted to practical work).



On a world-wide level, Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies constitute an important, fast growing field both in fundamental research and at the industrial level, because of the considerable potential of these new applications for economic development.

In this context, we promote an European School On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ESONN) for advanced learning based on leading-edge research. In collaboration with European university partners, we set up, on a yearly basis, a 3-week program during which the students attend 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 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 is interdisciplinarity, since research in Nanoscience 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 which is, however, of fundamental importance both for basic science and for applications. ESONN practicals address a complete set of aspects, such as nanofabrication, nano-elaboration, techniques of nano-measurements, nano-characterization and the physical principles behind them.



Directed by :
Liliana Prejbeanu & Mairbek Chshiev

The first session of ESONN was created with Bertrand Fourcade and Catherine Dubourdieu as the course directors.

This 17th session of this European school will be held from August 23 to September 12, 2020, in Grenoble, France.

Two parallel sessions (A and B) will be organized.

About 27 participants will be enrolled in each session (54 max. in total).

The program is structured to highlight the fundamental and technological advances in Nanoelectronics (Session A) and at the interface between Physics and Biology (Session B).

Both sessions will run in parallel but they will share common lectures and practicals, as interdisciplinary is a clear objective of the school.

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

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