2024 Summer School – Nanoparticles: from fundamentals to medical applications

Registration deadline: Monday, 10 June, 2024

19-23 August, 2024 – Visp, Switzerland

This Summer School will bring together a group of no more than 24 PhD students from various research institutions to study important scientific aspects regarding the development, characterization and application of nanoparticles for medical applications and provide an in-depth review of corresponding fundamentals. It aims to offer a skill set relevant to the participants’ research projects and future careers.

Topics covered

Material synthesis – inorganic nanoparticles (Jari Leemans, EPFL); Physical, chemical characterization of inorganic nanomaterials (Lionel Maurizi, University of Bourgogne); Challenges in the synthesis and characterization of 2D materials (Giacomo Reina, Empa); Material synthesis and characterization – organic nanoparticles (TBC); Bio-inspired processing (Esther Amstad, EPFL); Microfluidics (Andrew de Mello , ETHZ); Surfaces and Interfaces (Francesco Stellaci, EPFL); Nanomaterials-Cell interactions (Peter Wick, Empa); Principles in nanosafety research (Peter Wick, Empa); Measurement science and reliability (TBC); GMP and upscaling (TBC); Regulatory science (Scott McNeil, University of Basel);  mRNA Vaccines/Pharmacopoeia  (Gerrit Borchard, University of Geneva).

These lectures will be complemented by a site visit as well as talks on starting a company (Startup Launchpad, EPFL) and non-linear career paths (Georgette Salieb-Beugelaar, FH Muenster).

Registration and participation fees

You can register for the course through this link. Please note that payment is required upon registration via the SaferPay payment solution. Please do not register until you are ready to make the payment via credit card, Paypal or Twint. EPFL students only may request to have the invoice sent directly to their labs. Please contact Carey Sargent if you have any questions. Please note that the registration deadline is Monday, 10 June 2024.

The fee for the course is CHF1,000 for doctoral students from EPFL, Empa, ETHZ, and the Universities of Bourgogne, Geneva and Basel. It is CHF1,300 for doctoral students from other academic institutions and other academic researchers. The registration fee for all other participants is CHF2,000. The fee includes tuition, room and board. Participants should organize their own travel to the venue in Visp.


Bildungshaus St. Jodern, Viège, Switzerland

Practical Information

This course may be validated for 2 ECTS credits in the doctoral programs of EPFL and ETHZ, after acceptance by the corresponding institution. Full attendance and involvement in a group assignment is mandatory for students seeking credit. PhD students from other academic institutions should check with their own administrators.