Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology

6th edition, 27-31 March 2022

N4M 2022 at a glance

The 2022 edition of the Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology happens to be organised in a very peculiar period of our life, when science has played a central role in putting under some control the burden of COVID-19. We hope this event will be part of the process of finding our way through the situation, and it will bring to the little fishermen village of Camogli the same enthusiasm, passion and curiosity that we were used to see during the past editions, fostering the establishment of new and long-lasting collaborations.

The scientific and social program is organised on the line of the previous editions, but with an additional day, to accommodate an additional social activity for the attendees to visit the region and increase their (much missed) interaction. The event will start on Sunday evening, 27/03/2022, to provide the possibility for everyone to join the venue, and enjoy the scientific opening, including some surprise. The symposium will take us through cutting edge science and technology in mechanobiology for 3 full days, and everything will fade out by lunch on Thursday, 31/03/2022, in time to join the airport or train station and start the trip back. As for the previous editions, we will organise a shuttle on Sunday and Thursday to ease this process.

The phylosophy of N4M is that every edition is organized by the founding bodies (EMPA and the CeMi), in collaboration with a Guest Organiser. For the 2022 edition the graduate school Mechanobiology in Epithelial 3D Tissue Constructs (ME3T) of the RWTH Aachen University is bringing new energy in the organisation of the meeting, under the guidance of Rudolf Leube and Jacopo Di Russo.

The scientific program is organized along 5 thematic sessions:

People bringing exciting science to N4M

B Martinac
Boris Martinac

VCCRI, Sydney, Australia

D Mueller
Daniel Müller

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

S Wickstroem
Sara Wickström

University of Helsinki, Finland

A Herrmann
Andreas Herrmann

DWI Aachen, Germany

LC Teck
Lim Chwee Teck

Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore

K Blank
Kerstin Blank

MPI Potsdam, Germany

C-P Heisenberg
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

IST Austria

K Guevorkian
Karine Guevorkian

Institut Curie, Paris, France

J Guck
Jochen Guck

MPI Erlangen, Germany

R Goestl
Robert Göstl

DWI Aachen, Germany

AdC Becares
Aránzazu del Campo Bécares

Leibniz INM Saarbrücken, Germany

P-F Lenne
Pierre-Francois Lenne

IBDM Marseille, France

P Silberzan
Pascal Silberzan

Institut Curie, Paris, France

J Spatz
Joachim Spatz

MPI Heidelberg, Germany

E Dejana
Elisabetta Dejana

IFOM, Milan, Italy

Abstract submission

We encourage all the attendees to bring a scientific contribution to the conference, submitting an abstract. A permanent poster session will be set up at the beginning of the conference and will remain accessible along the 4 days of scientific activity, with 2 dedicated moments to discuss the posters with everyone.

The submission for oral contribution is now closed, while poster contributions can be submitted till January 31st.


The activity of the conference takes place within the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi and the registration fees cover the entry to the conference, the conference bag, the access to the scheduled airport shuttles, coffee breaks, lunch and welcome cocktail. Additional services are included depending on the selected accommodation option (see below).

The "Student" and "Conference only" packages are suited for scientists who are not interested in the accommodation within the hotel. The full package is ideal to maximise the interaction and get the most out of this conference, and includes the accommodation in the conference hotel either in a shared or double room. For the shared room accommodation, it is recommended to indicate the roommate during the registration process.

  • Conference only (Student)
  • Conference material and coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches (Mon-Wed)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Only for students, including PhD
  • € 300
  • Conference only (Senior)
  • Conference material and coffee breaks
  • 3 lunches (Mon-Wed)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • For everyone, independent accommodation
  • € 450
  • Conference + Accommodation (shared)
  • Conference material and coffee breaks
  • 4 lunches (Mon-Thu)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 4 nights accommodation in the conference hotel; double room + breakfast
  • Standard registration € 700
  • Conference + Accommodation (single)
  • Conference material and coffee breaks
  • 4 lunches (Mon-Thu)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 4 nights accommodation in the conference hotel ; single room + breakfast
  • Standard registration € 900

Social event

We recognise the importance of having some good time with other scientists to cement the interaction and support long lasting collaborations. For this reason we decided to organise a social event on Tuesday afternoon, the 29th, to visit Genova and have a dinner all together.

We will get to Genova (30-40 min by bus), to have a guided tour of what is considered to be one of the biggest historic centres of Europe. We will be taken through the medioeval alleys and the centre of the town to explore its secrets. At the end of the day, we will be taken to the magnificent D'Albertis castle, with the possibility to visit the unique museum of world cultures and have a dinner all together on its impressive see-looking terrace.

The social event (visit + dinner) is an optional activity and we ask a contribution of €100 from each participant, if booked during the registration process.


Note: you will be directed to an external site. The registration process is managed by our agent, DoubleM.

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Detailed scientific program