NanoTP: Final Scientific meeting

2-5th April 2014
Nantes, France

This is the final scientific meeting for COST Project MP0901, "NanoTP".  It will bring together scientists from across Europe who have been actively involved within NanoTP, to present their latest results, discuss our progress over the last four years, and make plans for the future.  In parallel with the scientific meeting there will be a Management Committee meeting coupled with the Project Evaluation.  We’ll finish with a celebratory weekend of Carnival in Nantes!

There is no registration fee for the meeting, travel and accommodation reimbursement is via the usual NanoTP rules (details to follow). Conference duration 4 days, maximum reimbursement 5 nights.

Nantes Elephant

Download the Programme

Printable map of conference location and hotels (or online interactive version)


  1. Hotel Dusquesne
    (90€/night with breakfast, specify “NanoTP” when booking).  Rooms can be twin for 15€ extra. (book via email to
  2. Hotel Chateaubriante
    (80€/night with breakfast, specify “NanoTP” when booking).  Rooms can be twin for 15€ extra. (book via email to
  3. AppartCity “Nantes-Viarme”
    Cheaper option with “grand studios”’ for 3 people (double bed + two canopy beds) at 55€/night for the room without breakfast.
  4. Hotel IBIS “Tour Bretagne”
    (83-95€/night incl. breakfast)

BOOK EARLY! The weekend is Nantes Carnival (2nd largest in France) so rooms may fill rapidly… As normal, you must book hotel yourself, reimbursement will be at a flat daily rate.  The rooms at (1) and (2) are held at the special negotiated rate until 28th February.

How to get Here

Nantes has an international airport, and can also be reached by TGV high-speed train from Paris in about 2 hours.  There is also a Eurolines bus service.

1. Air Travel

Nantes airport is served by many standard and low-cost airlines, including Vueling, Transavia, Ryanair, FlyBe, EasyJet. Otherwise flights go via Paris.  There is also a direct train from Paris airport (“aeroport charles de gaulle”) to Nantes that takes about 3 hours.

From Nantes airport take the bus to “Commerce” (last stop, about 20 minutes) from outside arrivals, which costs €7.50 (ticket is valid for 1 hour so no need for a new ticket to then take the Tram).

2. Train

The TGV train is 2h15 from Nantes to Paris “Montparnasse” station, there are trains roughly every 30-60 minutes.  It is cheaper to reserve in advance but you can buy at the station.  Before entering the train you must stamp your ticket in the yellow machines on the platforms.

On arriving at Nantes, leave the station via the North exit, and catch the Tram line 1, direction “Francois Mitterand”, and get out at Commerce for the Tram Line 2.

3. Local transport

Nantes has a good tram and bus network, a single ticket is valid across the whole network for 1 hour (buy from the machines on the platforms, not possible on the trams themselves).  The centre of Nantes is Tram stop “Commerce”, also the end point for the airport bus.

Conference Location: The IMN

The conference will be held at the “Institut des Material Jean Rouxel” on the science campus of the University of Nantes.  It can be reached via Tram line 2 (red) going north, direction “Orvault Grand Val”, get off at “Michelet Sciences”.  Next to the tram stop are large metal gates, walk through these and directly in front is a concrete and dark glass building, this is the IMN.


If you plan to spend the weekend, there is plenty to see in and around Nantes:

Local Organising Committee

Chris Ewels, Abdel Aziz El Mel, Jean-Joseph Adjizian, Luc Lajaunie