We are proud to announce the first international e-conversion conference to be held at Venice International University (VIU), San Servolo, Italy from September 9 – 13, 2019. e-conversion is a new Cluster of Excellence funded by the German Research Council (DFG) with a focus on investigating fundamental mechanisms of energy conversion processes.

Beautiful surroundings for the conference (Image 495756 @ Pixabay)

With this grand kickoff conference, we wish to foster scientific exchange between the members of the cluster and renowned scientists from around the globe. The talks shall also give the graduate students of e-conversion an overview of current research topics on fundamental research concerning energy conversion processes. We trust that the enchanting atmosphere of the beautiful island of San Servolo in the Venetian Lagoon will stimulate many discussions between speakers and participants. A majority of the 40 PIs involved within e-conversion will be present at the conference, ensuring a broad and stimulating audience.

List of Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Tayebeh Ameri (LMU München)
  • Ardemis Boghossian (EPFL)
  • Ib Chorkendorff (DTU)
  • Felix Deschler (TU München)
  • David Egger (TU München)
  • Rüdiger-A. Eichel (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • Justin Gooding (UNSW Sydney)
  • Anders Hagfeldt (EPFL)
  • Laura Herz (U Oxford)
  • Joanna Kargul (U Warsaw)
  • Gregor Koblmüller (TU München)
  • Ru-Shi Liu (NTU)
  • Maria Antonietta Loi (U Groningen)
  • Lynn Loo (Princeton U)
  • Joachim Maier (MPI FKF)
  • Stefan Maier (LMU München)
  • Ron Naaman (Weizmann Institute)
  • Linda Nazar (U Waterloo)
  • Jens K. Nørskov (DTU)
  • Harald Oberhofer (TU München)
  • Annamaria Petrozza (Italian Institute of Technology, Genova)
  • Ram Seshadri (UCSB)
  • Sefaattin Tongay (Arizona State U)
  • Chris Van de Walle (UCSB)

Program Committee

  • Thomas Bein (LMU)
  • Jonathan Finley (TUM)
  • Ulrich Heiz (TUM)
  • Katharina Krischer (TUM)
  • Dario Leister (LMU)
  • Bettina Lotsch (MPI for Solid State Research)
  • Karsten Reuter (TUM)
  • Thomas Weitz (LMU)

Poster Session

In addition to the talks, the PhD students are invited to present a poster at the poster session. The standard poster size will be DIN A0 (841 mm x 1189 mm) upright. Please submit your abstract by July 15, 2019 during registration or via e-mail to abstracts@e-conversion.de. Please use our template. Figures have to be submitted separately.


We have booked rooms at the following hotels in Venice from Sunday, September 8 to Friday, September 13, 2019:

Rooms with two, three or four beds will be available for students, single rooms for professors, post-docs, group leaders and speakers.


Train Transfer

We will organize a train transfer from Munich to Venice on September 8 as well as from Venice to Munich on September 13:

Departure: September 8, 2019, 11:34 h, Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Arrival: September 8, 2019, 18:10 h, Venezia Santa Lucia

Departure: September 13, 2019, 13:50 h, Venezia Santa Lucia
Arrival: September 13, 2019, 20:25 h, Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)

Local Transport

The historic center of Venice is quite small so that you can walk to most of the interesting places. In addition, you can take the waterbuses (called Vaporetto) across the famous Canal Grande or take other lines to travel to the small islands closeby. For the transfer from the airport to the historic part of Venice you may use the bus or the waterbus. Once in Venice, you have to take the waterbus No. 20 to reach the conference venue on San Servolo.

Boat to Conference Location (linea 20)

The boat from Venice to San Servolo (No. 20) leaves from the stop “San Zaccaria” close to the Piazza San Marco; the stop is in front of the “Londra Palace Hotel”. Please check the timetable.

Boat Tickets

For those participants going to Venice by train on September 8, the e-conversion staff will book Vaporetto-Tickets (valid from Sunday to Saturday) in advance and hand them out after arrival in Venice. These tickets are valid for all buses and waterbuses in Venice and also for the boat traffic through Canal Grande, to San Servolo and to other islands.

In case that you do not book a conference ticket, you can buy waterbus tickets in Venice at the ACTV counters found at major waterbus/bus stations.

Conference Venue

Venice International University (VIU)
Isola di San Servolo
30133 Venezia

Important Dates

Registration & abstract submission:
by July 15, 2019
Conference begins:
Monday, Sept 09, 2019, 9:20 a.m.
Conference ends:
Friday, Sept 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

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This conference is open only to members and graduate students of e-conversion. Registration is closed now.

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