The 2nd International Short School on Smart Materials for opto-electronic Applications program will be held on 12th and 13th of September 2022

Based on a successful 1st edition of our summer school (link), it has been decided to repeat the experiment. The aim of that school is to bring to the attendees the concepts and basic working principles of Smart Materials Technologies from experts in the fields coming from both Academy and industries. Moreover, lectures will be given for addressing complete understanding of how the Smart Materials have been exploited for achieving recent significant results in groundbreaking research of the FET project PULSE-COM as well as in applied sciences by investigators working in the PULSE-COM Consortium.

Description of the school content

The main scope of this International School is to provide a rapid training on 6 different advanced technologies, namely:

  • Piezo-electric Materials
  • Photo-active Materials
  • Nano-fabrication by top down and bottom up approaches: Electron Beam Lithography and Colloidal Lithography
  • Advanced printing technologies & additive manufacturing
  • Characterization techniques and their implementation in Smart Materials and devices
  • Application of Smart Materials

The school is mainly reserved for PhD, MSc students and postdocs, but also researchers from any branch of science who wish to increase their knowledge and awareness about Smart Materials, micro and nanotechnologies are very welcome (up to a maximum of 12 participants onsite). The Directors of the School will issue a certificate relating to the teaching hours followed and the activities carried out to allow students to receive training credits based on the provisions set out by the Doctoral Schools. To this end, students are advised to contact their respective coordinators of PhD cycles.

An opening plenary by Luigi NICOLAIS (Director of Materias) will be on how to create new businesses based on development of innovative solutions in the advanced materials sector and accelerating their market entry, and will kick off the event. We already have a very exciting list of confirmed invited lecturers:


  • Gaetano ASSANTO – Università Roma Tre
  • Leszek FRĄŚ – Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Malgosia KACZMAREK – University of Southampton
  • Jan LAGERWALL – Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine, Luxembourg University
  • Katarzyna MATCZYSZYN – Polytechnika Wrocławska
  • Giusy SCALIA – Université du Luxembourg

In remote

  • Veronica AMBROGI – DICMaPI Naples University Federico II
  • Massimo DE VITTORIO – IIT
  • Wolfgang FRITZCHE – Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (IPHT)
  • Marina GRENZER (SAPHIANNIKOVA) – Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden
  • Alberto NALDONI – Palacky University
  • Timothy J. WHITE – University of Colorado Boulder
  • Hao ZENG – Tampere University


To participate

Applications are possible until July 20, 2022 sending a confirm to the contact email. The participation to the school is free of charge and it might be either in remote or on-site mode. A maximum of 12 students can participate onsite in the school. Acceptances for onsite participation will take place on the basis of the order of arrival of the registration emails and will be notified by e-mail by July 30, 2022. A special discount is offered for all participants (Full-board FB accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are fixed at € 80/person/day (triple room in residence). Students or early stage researchers who will participate to the Elevator Pitch competition will be selected for a grants. Grants will be assigned on the base of the best “Elevator pitch talk” presented.

Elevator Pitch competition

“Elevator Pitch” Talks: “Are you ready to report about your scientific results and findings in the time of an elevator ride…?” The idea is to give the opportunity to early stage researchers to present their main research findings in only a few slides and a short period of time. The “Elevator Pitch” talk (3 min) will be integrated with a poster where all questions and curiosities will be discussed. If you accept the challenge, please prepare three slides. Remember…… will have only 3 minutes to present your “Elevator Pitch”… before attending your poster!!


Pictures of the place and last event