ESF Research Conferences

ESF Research Conference


Chaired by


Dr. Sophie Lanone
INSERM Université Paris 12, France


Dr. Jorge Boczkowski
INSERM Université Paris 12, France

Professor Philippe Lambin
University of Namur, Belgium

Dr. Pascale Launois
CNRS-Université Paris 11, Orsay, France


8-13 September 2009


Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
The conference will be held at Hotel Villa del Mare in Acquafredda di Maratea. Acquafredda di Maratea is situated on the coast, on the Gulf of Policastro, between Sapri and Maratea, about 200 km (125 miles) south of Naples and about 400 km (250 miles) south of Rome. Group transportation will be organised on arrival and departure days from and back to Sapri train station. 

Practical Information Guide

Final Programme and List of Accepted Participants

© Chris Ewels
© Chris Ewels

Carbon Nanotubes (CNT), discovered in 1991, have amazing mechanical, thermal and electrical conductivity, as well as excellent field emission properties. Actual uses of CNT are already about to be numerous (car industry, sport accessories, etc.), and future applications are foreseen to be in constant development. Right now, the very same properties that make CNT very attractive raise questions about their potential toxicity, possible long-term secondary effects, and/or biodegradability. Physico-chemical properties of CNT seem to be critical not only for their potential applications, but also for their biological and toxicological effects. However, a comprehensive and systematic understanding of this subject still needs to be acquired, particularly when considering the very promising biomedical applications of CNT.

The general aim of this conference is, thanks to its pluridisciplinary approach, to give the different actors of CNT research (physicists, chemists, biologists) the proper level of knowledge required to discuss with the other participants and understand each other correctly. Therefore, the conference will propose lectures accessible to scientists of different fields, as well as more specialized lectures in each domain of interest, including the most recent advances on the subject. Particular attention will be given to accessibility and exchange of competences between the disciplines. Specifically, the program of this conference focuses on four general topics that are considered by the scientific committee as major axes of CNT research:

1)    Synthesis/characterization of CNT
2)    CNT chemistry
3)    Biomedicine
4)    Biological and environmental effects of CNT

Final Programme PDF (164 KB) Last updated 1 September 2009
List of Invited Speakers and Accepted Participants

Participants at the conference in Maratea, Italy (September 2009)

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

Posters can be fixed with self-adhesive tape onto poster panels. Recommended poster size is 100 cm high x 90 cm wide. Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance.

Group Transportation

All major trains from Rome/Naples arriving in Sapri railway station will be met by minibus to transfer you the 8 km to the Hotel. This transfer service will operate on the arrival day from 15:00 to 22:45 hours and on the departure day from 7:30 to 15:00. The white minibuses have the “Hotel Villa del Mare” logo for easy recognition. In the (unlikely) event of no bus appearing, you should call the hotel directly.
Outside of these times, you should take a taxi, which costs about EUR 18 from either Sapri or Maratea.


Single accommodation can be guaranteed for invited speakers. All other participants will share TWIN rooms. If single rooms become available for participants, they will be attributed on a "first come, first served" basis. Please email to the Conference Officer to be put on the single room waiting list. If you are bringing a guest and need to be accommodated in a double room, please also let her know without delay. Thanks

Registration Form

All accepted 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: 18 August 2009

What Conference Fee Covers

Basic expenses comprise:

  • registration and meeting costs;
  • accommodation in twin room sharing with another participant;
  • all meals, coffee breaks and drinks included;
  • participation at the excursion and the conference dinner;
  • group transportation from/to the nearest train station (Sapri).
To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners375 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment by 4 August 2009
700 €
Registration and payment after 4 August and by 18 August 2009
800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Extra costs:

To Pay
Industry Supplement
For participants working in industry, 100 € will automatically be added to the fee
Plus 100 €
Single Room SupplementSome single rooms may be available upon request. An additional cost of 150 € will be charged for an upgrade to a single room. The supplement is payable directly to the hotel.Plus 150 €
Late Registration SupplementAn additional 150 € will be charged if participants register after the official registration deadline, 18 August 2009.Plus 150 €


Should you need to cancel your participation, please contact the Conference Officer immediately. If notice of cancellation is received more than two weeks before the conference, all but EUR 100 will be reimbursed. No refund is possible if notice of cancellation is received less than two weeks before the conference.

ESF Contact

Senior Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-291 in any correspondence.

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