ESF Research Conferences

ESF-FWF Conference in Partnership with LFUI


Chaired by


Chalmers University of Technology and Göteborg UniversityDepartment of Applied PhysicsApplied Physics GroupGöteborgSweden



14-19 June 2008


Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötz Valley, near Innsbruck, Austria
The Obergurgl University Centre is located at an altitude of 1940 metres, in the highest glacial village in the Tyrol, at the end of the Ötz Valley and surrounded by numerous three-thousand metre peaks. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Innsbruck airport, via Innsbruck train station, on arrival and departure days.

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB)

Final Programme & List of Accepted Participants

Maybe the largest challenge for our global society is to find ways to replace the slowly, but inevitably vanishing fossil fuel supply, and at the same time avoiding negative effects from the current energy system on climate, environment and health. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (N&N) can contribute to a positive development in this direction in several ways, for instance by contributing to more efficient harvesting of sun light, by providing thermoelectric materials to harvest energy from temperature gradients, by providing energy storage technology e.g. in batteries and for hydrogen storage, by enabling light-weight materials for transportation, by influencing the energy efficiency of industrial production and of household energy use (e.g., through fuel cells, catalysis, reduced friction losses), and by offering schemes to clean up harmful emissions resulting from various energy systems.

Topical areas covered by this conference are those where N&N will, or may, have an impact on the development of a sustainable energy system, including environmental aspects. The conference includes both basic science of relevance for energy/environmental  technology and more application oriented research. The objective is to gather experts in the respective fields at one conference, with the aim to make both an inventory and exposure of the state-of-the-art N&N based energy research, technologies and opportunities. We thereby hope to foster scientific excellence in this area, to identify synergies between disciplines and people, and to catalyze global contacts and collaborations among world-leading experts and laboratories. The conference has a strong educational character in as much as it shall provide a younger generation of researchers with a vision, as well as the knowledge and tools to realize this vision.

The format of this conference follows the scheme of other research conferences organized by the European Science Foundation (ESF), i.e. there is a strong focus on scientific quality of the talks and on generous time for discussions and social interactions. This is achieved by complementing 20-25 invited talks by distinguished speakers/scientists with poster-sessions and a few young investigator talks. Joint meals and a social programme enable further opportunities for contact and informal networking. The conference venue is located in the beautiful Austrian alps (Universitätszentrum Obergurgl, Ötztal).

Final Programme PDF (1100 KB) Last Updated 4-June-2008

List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the programme. All other abstracts have been accepted as posters.

List of Accepted Posters PDF (138 K)

Posters can be fixed with magnets and pins onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 140 cm high x 100 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide. Please read it fully and carefully...

Practical Information Guide PDF (305 KB)


Two buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Innsbruck railway station, via Innsbruck airport and Obergurgl. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.  

Bus departure times on Saturday, 14 June
From Innsbruck railway station: 15.45 and 17.45
From Innsbruck airport: 16.00 and 18.00
Bus departure times on Thursday, 19 June
From Obergurgl: 8.00 and 9.00

A bus will be arranged on arrival and departure day from Munich airport to Obergurgl. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. If you wish to take the bus from Munich, please contact Ms. Anne Blondeel-Oman for further details regarding the pick-up point.   

Bus departure times on Saturday, 14 June
From Munich airport: 16.00  

Bus departure times on Thursday, 19 June
From Obergurgl: 8.00

Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Anne Blondeel-Oman.

Registration Form

All participants - including speakers & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.
Closing date for registration & fee payment: 19 May 2008

Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 730

conference, meals and twin OR double room

EUR 520

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 08-257 in any correspondence.


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Österreich (FWF)

With Support from

High Power Lithium
Energy & Environmental Science