Junior Nanotech Network (JNN) 2010

Illinois, USA (Urbana-Champaign) — Germany (Munich/Augsburg)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
Center for the Physics of Living Cells Center for NanoScience | LMU

In 2010, the Center for the Physics of Living Cells (CPLC) at The University of Illinois (UIUC) participated in a self-organized PhD students International exchange program called the Junior Nanotech Network 2010 (JNN) with the Center for NanoScience (CeNS) at Ludwing-Maximilians-University Munich.

Scientific Organizers

Program Coordinators

  • Jaya Yodh (CPLC)
  • Marie-Christine Bluem (CeNS)

The goal of the Junior Nanotech Network (JNN) is to promote global scientific and intercultural exchange between graduate students in the fields of nanoscience, experimental and computational biophysics. Previous JNN have been organized between CeNS (Munich) and McGill University (Canada) in 2006 and 2008. For the program between CPLC/UIUC and CeNS (LMU-Munich) eight University of Illinois graduate students served as scientific and housing hosts for nine CeNS PhD students from July 11-31, 2010, while the German student group reciprocally hosted the UIUC students for a three week European visit in September. The programs in both locations involved three elements:

  1. hands-on experimental/computational training by their host peers
  2. conference/poster sessions
  3. cultural exchange

CPLC student Johan Strumpfer (center) explains Visual Molecular Dynamics to CeNS students Johannes Stigler (left) and Ingo Stein (right). During their three-week stay at the University of Illinois, the visiting CeNS students received scientific training by their host peers in four major areas single-molecule FRET, optical trapping, fluorescence-force spectroscopy, and computational biophysics. They also participated in the 2010 CPLC Physics of Living Cells Summer School as well as the 1st Annual Midwest Single Molecule Meeting in St. Louis, MO. They experienced numerous recreational and cultural activities across the Midwest including trips to Chicago and St. Louis.

During the European part of the JNN, the UIUC students first participated in the CeNS Workshop in Venice, Italy followed by two weeks of peer scientific training at LMU- and TU-Munich. Please visit the following sites for further information: