Summer School 2023 Materials for health from biophysics to biomedicine

New location: Pharmacy faculty - 74 route du Rhin - CS 60024 - 67401 Illkirch-Graffenstaden cedex





ITI HiFunMat decided for the second edition of summer school to join forces with the ITI InnoVec (innovating vectorization of biomolecules) to propose high-level scientific classes focusing on health materials.

Health is one of the major concerns of nowadays society. The development of new diseases, the increase in cancer cases, the strike of periodical epidemics, and the search for a healthier future for all, challenge researchers to innovate and propose new alternatives to cope with troubling events. This summer school aims to train the next generation of scientists in understanding sanitary and health issues, by following interdisciplinary courses that tackle, among others, virus transmission, drug delivery, and bone engineering.


 4th - 7th of July 2023

    Pharmacy Faculty - 74 route du Rhin - CS 60024 - 67401 Illkirch-Graffenstaden cedex



The ITI HiFunMat Summer School 2023 consists of:

  • 10 scientific courses
  • 3 seminars
  • A poster session --> poster prizes to be won
  • 1 seminar from a start-up compagny
  • 4 workshops on equity & egality in science
  • A closing conference open to the general public
  • A closing ceremony with prize award and scientific quizz
  • 1 gala dinner




04 JULY 2023



05 JULY 2023



06 JULY 2023



07 JULY 2023


ThemeVirus transmissionTargeting drug delivery in the vascular systemBone engineeringPolymers for drug delivery
8:45Registration & introduction

C1. Capillarity, Wetting, Droplet Hydrodynamics

Wiebke Drenckhan | ICS, FR

C4. Physical optimization for drug vectorization

Sébastien Harlepp | ICANS, FR

C7. Material Elasticity and deformation modes

Jean Farago | ICS, FR

C10. Medicines in the digital age

Atheer Awad | University of Hertfordshire, London


C2. Particle – Surface interactions in Colloidal systems

Pascal Hebraud | IPCMS, FR

C5. Mobility of surface-attached viruses

  Igor Kulic | ICS, FR

C8. Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Bone

Davide Ruffoni | Université de Liege, BE

S4. Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs)  in Drug delivery

Pr. Francesco Puoci | Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria. IT


C3. On the hunt for Viruses: let's try to understand how they are transmitted

Emmanuel Boutant | Pharmacy, FR

C6. Engineering of magnetic-based nanoplatforms for theranostic

Sylvie Begin | IPCMS, FR

C9. Bone tissue characteristics in health and disease

Markus A. Hartmann | Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Osteology, Vienna, AUT

S5. ALBUPAD - the creation of a start-up

Eya Aloui & Jordan Beurton | Start-up ALBUPAD, Strasbourg


Equity and equality in science:
Inequality wheel sketches


Madeline Vauthier, Isabelle Kraus,
Valérie Caps | Réferentes égalités
Unistra & CNRS

Equity and equality in science: March of Inequalities


Madeline Vauthier, Isabelle Kraus,
Valérie Caps | Réferentes égalités
Unistra & CNRS

Equity and equality in science: regulations and testimonials


Madeline Vauthier, Isabelle Kraus,
Valérie Caps | Réferentes égalités
Unistra & CNRS

Equity and equality in science: Existing action plans & mentoring


Valérie Caps | CNRS Equality referent

Madeline Vauthier, Isabelle Kraus,
Valérie Caps | Réferentes égalités
Unistra & CNRS


S1. Pathogen transmission via speech-induced aerosols

Ashley Nord | CBS, Montpellier FR

S2. Potentialization of therapeutic antibodies through vessel structure normalization

Xavier Pivot | ICANS, FR

S3. From current biological bone
reconstruction technique to bone
tissue engineering

Florelle Gindraux | CHU Besançon, FR

Closing talk. 3D tissue models

Sandra Hoffman | TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands



Poster session


Poster prize

Final Quiz
Evening program  Gala dinner

Poster session

All students are welcome to present a poster, regardless of whether they work on a topic related to the summer school theme or not. At the end of the summer school, the two best posters will receive a prize.

Poster presentations are mandatory for HiFunMat M.Sc and Ph.D. students


  • To encourage young researchers to think about today's health challenges
  • To introduce young researchers (M.Sc. students, Ph.D. students, and Post-docs) to current research topics in materials science for health.
  • To give young researchers networking possibilities, to enable them to integrate into the scientific community.
  • To bring young researchers from different research fields (e.g. physics, physical chemistry, chemistry, material engineering, and biology) in contact with each other, to learn to work as a team on multidisciplinary projects and to collaborate.
  • To raise awareness on egality in science.

Equity and equality in science

The early afternoons of the summer school are dedicated to interventions, organised by members of the Egal'ITI committee, where PhDs, postdocs, and master students address issues of equity and equality in science. To do so, the methods used will be based on dynamic and varied practices, such as viewing films, exchanges, sketches, or games. The speakers are experts in this field and come from various institutions: the University of Strasbourg, CNRS and INSERM.


This summer school is open to national and international Master, Ph.D. and Post-docs. Registration is mandatory, and participants expected to stay for the duration of the entire program!


Registration fees & deadlines:

Early-bird100 €02nd of June 2023
Normal150€09th of June 2023

* No registration fees for Unistra and UHA students.


Be aware that each registration entails consequent costs for the organizer. When registering be certain you can attend the full summer school.

Validation of the Summer school

At the end of the summer school all participants that have been present for the duration of the whole program, and have actively participated in the seminars, discussions, and exercises, will receive a certificate of successful participation. This certificate could help students to validate ECTS or hours for the doctorate school of their home university. Unistra and UHA students enrolled in ED 182 can validate 18 hours of scientific training in their discipline, students enrolled in ED 269 can validate 20 hours of scientific training, and students enrolled in ED 222 can validate 12h of scientific training.


The summer school is organized by the interdisciplinary thematic Institute of Hierarchical and Functional Materials, which gathers a Master-Doctorate training program and a cluster of excellence, and is dedicated to the development of advanced composite materials with appealing and outstanding properties for health, environment, and energy applications. The Master-Doctorate program trains young researchers in the multidisciplinary domain of Material Science. This year the summer school is organized in partnership with the ITI InnoVec (Innovating vectorisation of biomolecules).

The summer school is supported by the University of Strasbourg Initiative of Excellence, and partner institutions (Institut Charles Sadron, Institut de Science de Matériaux de Mulhouse, Institute for Chemistry and Processes for Energy, Environment and Health, Laboratoire d'Innovation Moléculaire et Applications). Their support underlines the formidable links between ITI HiFunMat and its partners, the strong collaborations, and the strength of the alsacian site in Material science.

The summer school is sponsored by Soft Matter (RSC) and Springer Nature : European Physical Journal E, who very generously provides the poster prizes and the prize for the quiz.


Scientific organization:
  • Antonio Stocco
  • Béatrice Heurtault
  • Carole Arnold
  • Maria Vittoria Spanedda


Participating Institutions and sponsors:


Faculté de physique & ingénierie
Faculté de chimie
Carnot MICA