French & American Young Engineering Scientists Symposium 2009

by Joseph M. Cychosz, Muhammad A. Alam, dawn bonnell

November 16-18, 2009


Scientists and engineers from the US and France have been building collaborative linkages between young scientists over the last two years through a series of workshops and symposia sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France, the CNRS and the CEA in France. In 2007 a French-American Symposium following the model of the well known Frontiers of Science or Frontiers of Engineering meetings was held at the French Embassy on October 22-24, 2007, and hosted more than 60 scientists and engineers from the US and France, sharing three different sessions on “Brain and Information and Communication Technologies”, Environment and Sensor Networks” and “Modeling and High Performance Computing”.

This event was followed in July 2008 with second symposium, the Young Engineering Scientists Symposium (YESS 2008) which tool place in At the French Consulate in Washington D.C. with travel support from the NSF. The current proposal requests support for a follow-up meeting, YESS Nano 2009, to take place in Paris November 16,17, 18, 2009 in Paris.


Similar to YESS 2008, the aim of this symposium is to bring together through a three-day meeting, a select group of early-career engineers and scientists from industry, academe, and government labs to discuss leading edge research and pioneering technical work in several fields related to nanotechnology.

The goal of the meetings is to introduce outstanding young scientists to each other and further solidify early stage collaborations between French and American researchers in nanoscience and engineering. Through these interactions, we hope to establish contacts between the next generation of engineering leaders while facilitating collaboration in science and engineering, transferring new techniques and approaches across fields, and broadening the international community of young scientists and engineers.

The 2009 symposium will be devoted to three topics within the area of Nanotechnology:

  • Simulation and networking of phenomena at the nanoscale
  • Instrumentation, detection and applications at the nano-bio interface
  • Environmental, health, and safety issues surrounding nanotechnology applications


Lead Organizer:

  • Mark R. Wiesner, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States
  • Patrick Bernier, CNRS, Institute de Chimie, Paris, France
  • Jean-Philippe Bourgoin, Nanoscience program, Commissariat Energie Atomique CEA, Saclay, Gif/Yvette, France

Planning Committee:

  • Dawn Bonnell, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • Ashraf Alam, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States


Workshop Logistics


Nov. 15th: Arrival
Nov. 16-18th: Workshop
Nov. 19th: Tour of nanoscience activities in Grenoble for the US participants. (see Grenoble Nanoscience Tour below for details and October 16th deadline)


The workshop will be hosted by Synchrotron SOLEIL, which is located 13 miles south-west of Paris in Saclay.


residhome.jpg Residhome Aparthotel-Massy
Cost: 80 euros/night (includes breakfast), to be paid by each participant.

58 rooms have been reserved for three nights, November 15th through 18th at the Residhome Aparthotel in Massy.

The aparthotel is located near the Saclay-Scientipôle science and technology valley and about 20 minutes by train from the center of Paris.

Grenoble Nanoscience Tour

US participants wishing to visit nanoscience/nanotech labs in Grenoble (Grenoble is the prominent nanotechnology city in Europe) are welcome. Please inform us by October 16th if you wish to participate in this visit.

Those wishing to visit Grenoble should plan on leaving Paris area the evening of the 18th for a 3 hour train travel to Grenoble, spending the Thursday there and travelling back to Paris either on Thursday evening or Friday morning.

The following labs could be visited in Grenoble (please note that we will adjust the exact visit program depending on the US participants actually willing to visit Grenoble):


For practical details, please contact Dominique–Françoise Girard at Dominique-francoise.girard at cea dot fr.

Program Structure

Three topics are structuring the program, the first two with a spin towards the fields of Energy and Chemistry:

  • Nanosimulation
  • Nanocharacterisation/nanoBio
  • Environmental impact of nanotechnologies

Six keynote talks (3 US and 3 French) are planned for each of the three topics. Those talks will be given in a plenary session.

The remaining talks for each topic will be given in parallel dedicated sessions.


On the evening of the 16th and 17th dinner will be organized in downtown Paris.

Soleil Synchrotron Tour

A tour of the Soleil Synchrotron will be organized during the workshop.

Saclay Plateau Lab Visits

The workshop will end around noon on Wednesdy the 18th. Visits to some of the nanoscience labs of the Saclay Plateau (a unique concentration of research institutes in Europe) are planned for the afternoon.

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