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

JKU Linz, Austria

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 contributions is now closed.


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.

Sponsors and supporters


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IMPETUX instruments enable unprecedented manipulation and mechanical stimulation of living cells and tissues while simultaneously measuring cell forces and their rheological properties in a direct, absolute and non-invasive way.


Bruker BioAFM, a world-leading manufacturer of Atomic Force Microscopes and Optical Tweezers, delivers renowned, high-performance instrumentation and analytical solutions.
Come by our booth and see our latest development, the NanoWizard V BioScience AFM. It marks a new milestone in automation and ease of use for life science research. Its self-regulating operation can significantly increase productivity and throughput across a wide range of bio-applications. Featuring the new PeakForce-QI mode, it delivers unprecedented quantitative nanomechanical imaging capabilities to your lab.


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Optics 11 Life

Optics11 Life offers powerful table-top nanoindenters that are remarkably user-friendly, versatile, and robust. The nanoindentation instruments can measure complex, irregular biomaterials such as single cells, tissues, hydrogels, and coatings.


LUMICKS instruments allow researchers to build the crucial bridge between structure and function. This is achieved by applying and measuring forces around biological interactions, enabling the detailed real-time analysis of underlying biological mechanisms.

Physik Instrumente (PI)

PI stands for technical excellence and continuous advance in precision positioning – driven by the passion for technology and its use in customer applications.


ElbaTech is a high-tech Company operating in the fields of electronics and general innovation, able to provide products and systems responding to the highest standards.

European Biophysical Societies' Association

EBSA aims to advance and disseminate knowledge of the principles, recent developments and applications of biophysics, and to foster the exchange of scientific information among European biophysicists and biophysicists in general.


The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities.


The Italian Society for Pure and Applied Biophysics (SIBPA) is an open and no-profit scientific association founded in 1973 to support the field of biophysics in Italy.


The graduate school Mechanobiology in Epithelial 3D Tissue Constructs (MEƎT).

The CeMi

We are a multidisciplinary team of bioengineers and cell engineers based at the University of Glasgow.


The interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research.

Scientific program

The program of the conference is organised over 5 days, starting on Sunday afternoon and closing the activity on Thursday morning. The program is sketched in the figure below, indicating the main scientific (blue) and social (green) activities. The final program is now available to download.

It's time for translation!

crowd funding

Over the past few decades, it became evident that not only molecular but also mechanical signals are pivotal in controlling biological functions. These include highly relevant processes for human health, such as development, cancer, or neurodegenerative diseases. Mechanobiology is the field that studies the biological role of mechanics with the interdisciplinary contribution of engineers, chemists, physicists, and biologists. Given the recent developments in nanoengineering, more opportunities to develop mechanotherapies and mechanodiagnostics are waving on the horizon.

However, translation from theoretical knowledge and experimental research to the actual clinical application is still challenging. During the sixth edition of the Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology conference, we will devote a special session to early-career scientists to present their ideas for translation. The researcher or the team with the strongest and most promising idea will receive an earmarked financial contribution to kick-start a project, laying the foundation to form a bench-to-bedside application.

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