28 Oct-2 Nov 2018 Cargèse, Corsica (France)

Group photo


Scope and Topics

The school will address all the current topics of the GDRi Mecano:

  • Mechanics of nano-objects:

Size effect on stress and strain, Strain mapping and engineering, Fatigue, Brittle to ductile transition, Defect nucleation and propagation, Structural/interfacial stability, …

  • Experimental and modeling methods:

Growth and shaping methods (FIB, Plasma FIBs, Physical/Chemical Vapor deposition, lithography…)
Nanomechanical testing, Indentation, In situ methods, Electron and ionic microscopy, X-Ray…
Ab initio, Molecular dynamics, Discrete Dislocation Dynamics, Finite Element Method…

  • Nano- and –Micro objects:

Thin films, nanoparticles, nanocrystals, micropillars, nanobeams, multilayers…


The school will start Sunday Oct 28th, evening and will end Friday Nov 2nd, noon.

Classes will be given in the morning. An afternoon break will take place from 14:00 to 17:00. Short lectures (20 min) on advance topics will be given before and eventually after dinner.  A call for abstract will be sent in March (submission March-June) for these talks and posters. A poster session/café will take place Thursday afternoon. An additional poster session may be organized depending on the number of posters.

Confirmed lecturers

Confirmed Invited Lecturers (alphabetical order)

Jean-Noël Aqua – Institut des Nanosciences de Paris: Morphological instabilities and nucleation in thin films under epitaxial stress

Daniel Caillard – CEMES-CNRS, Toulouse: Thermally Activated Processes   (*This one will be given before the MD/DFT)

Gerhard Dehm - Max Planck Institut, Düsseldorf: Stresses and plasticity in Thin Films

Marc Fivel - SIMaP-GPM2, Grenoble: Dislocation Dynamics simulations for small scale plasticity

Daniel Kiener – Montanuniversität, Erich Schmid Institut, Leoben: In situ SEM

Gérard Michot – Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy: Fracture and Brittle to ductile transition

Thomas Pardoen – Université Louvain La Neuve: MEMS-based testing

Laurent Pizzagalli – Institut PPrime, Poitiers: Molecular Dynamics  and  DFT

Gunter Richter – Max Planck Institut, Stuttgart: Processing of nano/micro objects

Stephanie Sandlobes – Aachen University: TEM / Identification of dislocations

Olivier Thomas - Université Aix-Marseille: X-ray characterization and imaging of nanostructures


Important deadlines

(2018, tentative)

March 15th – Web site opening

March 20th – June 20th – Call for abstracts

July 14th – (Bastille Day) – Publication of the preliminary school schedule

Sept 1st - Oct 15th - Registration

Venue, Acomodation

IESC, Cargèse. Housing is split between local rooms and apartments/rooms at the village.

Breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks are included in the lodging fee. The conference dinner will take place Thursday night on site. A light dinner will be served Sunday night. The other diners will be at the attendees' discretion.


A bus will be departing at 18h45 from Ajaccio airport on Sunday and will leave IESC at 13:00 on Friday.

Back and forth trips to Ajaccio may be organized on urgent requests (Institute's car) or using public transportation (one bus/day): http://www.corsicabus.org/busAjaccio/AJA_Cargese_Po.html

Registration/ Fees

There is no registration fee for the school. The fees are only for lodging.

(The exact price may be slightly modified depending on the sponsoring): 

Shared Double room: 210€

Single room: 260€

Registration here (open sept 2018)

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