Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology

5th edition, 22-25 March 2020, Camogli (Genova), Italy

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Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology

The upcoming edition of the meeting is expected to host a stimulating multidisciplinary environment, with researchers belonging to different areas, from physics and engineering to biology and medicine, but sharing a common scientific interest. The main methodological focus will be posed on the application of advanced microscopy and spectroscopy approaches to follow the dynamics and measure the mechanical properties of single molecules and cells. Moreover, the scientific sessions will be flanked by a technological exhibit involving world-leading companies and high tech startups interested in presenting their solutions and services for the growing community of mechanobiology.

If you are curious about the history and spirit of N4M, have a look at the editorial of the special issue of Biophysical Reviews dedicated to the symposium: Science by the sea: how nanoengineering met mechanobiology in Camogli

N4M2020 at a glance


Structure of the meeting

The conference is organized over three days, starting with the opening session on Sunday afternoon, and closing the meeting after the Wednesday morning activity. The general structure is highlighted below.

  • Sunday 22/03
  • 17:00 - 19:00
  • Registration and welcome
  • Opening lectures
  • 19:00 - 22:00
  • Welcome dinner
  • Monday 23/03
  • 9:00 - 13:00
  • Scientific session 1
  • 15:00 - 19:00
  • Scientific session 2
  • 20:00 - 23:00
  • Night for Science: dinner and poster session
  • Tuesday 24/03
  • 9:30 - 13:00
  • Scientific session 3
  • 13:00 - 15:00
  • Lunch and poster session
  • 15:00 - 19:00
  • Scientific session 4
  • Wednesday 25/03
  • 9:00 - 13:00
  • Scientific session 5
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Farewell lunch

Keynote speakers

People bringing exciting science to N4M

David Beech
David Beech

Piezo1 force-sensing ion channels in cardiovascular health and disease

Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan

Single-molecule imaging of cytoplasmic dynein in vivo reveals the mechanism of motor activation and cargo capture

Yanlan Mao
Yanlan Mao

Coping with Stress: Tissue dynamics during growth and repair

Jaap den Toonder
Jaap den Toonder

Microfluidic technology as a tool for cell and tissue biomechanics

Ofer Feinerman
Ofer Feinerman

Communication by force in ants

Ulrich Schwarz
Guillaume Charras
Guillaume Charras

Dissecting the intercellular forces shaping tissues

Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez
Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez

Engineered 3D microenvironments for in vitro tissue models

David Sampson
Marino Arroyo
Kristian Franze
Giancarlo Ruocco
Lining Ju


Detailed program of the meeting

... coming soon ...

Special Issue

European Biophysics Journal

For the 2020 edition of the symposium, we are partnering with Springer and with the European Biophysical Societies Association to provide access to a Special Issue of European Biophysics Journal (see below). The special issue will be edited by Silvia Caponi (lead editor), Aldo Ferrari and Massimo Vassalli.

European Biophysics Journal

The European Biophysics Journal publishes papers in the field of biophysics, defining biophysics as the study of biological phenomena using physical methods and concepts. The journal presents original papers, reviews and letters. The primary goal of this journal is to advance the understanding of biological structure and function by application of the principles of physical science, and by presenting the work in a biophysical context. Principal areas of interest include: structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules; membrane biophysics and ion channels; cell biophysics and organisation; macromolecular assemblies; biophysical methods and instrumentation; advanced microscopics; and system dynamics. The journal is published on behalf of the European Biophysical Societies' Association.


Participating to the meeting

The Nanoengineering for Mechanobiology symposium is organized in Camogli, a nice fishermen village near Genova, with the aim to bring together for three days junior and senior scientists passionate for the field of Mechanobiology. To enhance the interaction among the attendees, the core activities of the conference are organized inside the Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi which is also the accommodation for the participants.

Participation fees are set to 450€ for young students (accommodation in shared room) and 550€ for senior scientists (accommodation in single room). Registration is open for both poster contributions and oral talks. Deadline for registration is set to November 30, 2019. After that date, the registration will remain open till end of January 2020 for poster only presentations, with a late registration fee increased by 50€.

To register, click on the button below. You will be redirected to the registration page, to select the subscription package and provide all the details (service provided by DOUBLE EM SRL)

Register HERE


N4M 2020 is proudly organized by

Aldo Ferrari

Dübendorf, Switzerland

Aldo Ferrari
Silvia Caponi

Perugia, Italy

Silvia Caponi
Massimo Vassalli

James Watt School of Engineering
University of Glasgow, UK

Massimo Vassalli


Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Via Nicolò Cuneo, 34
16032 Camogli Genova, Italy

How to get there

By train

The Camogli S.Fruttuoso station is 2 minutes walk from the Hotel and directly connected to the national railway network.

By car

Have a look at the directions provided by the Hotel or follow any navigation system. The Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi provides free parking for all attendees staying at the Hotel.

By plane

The nearest airport is Genova Cristoforo Colombo. From there, a frequent shuttle brings in 10min to the nearest train station, where a train to Camogli departs about every half an hour