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2st International Summer School on Smart Materials & Structures

Radical developments in material science and biomimicry, nanoscience and nanotechnology, telecommunications and sensor technologies are about to change the way of engineering design, e.g. civil constructions and infrastructure maintenance, are conceived and carried out. Indeed, within the next ten years smart materials and structures, bio-inspired, nanostructured, with embedded sensors and systems capable of self-diagnosis, will be part of our life, from simple goods to civil buildings. These elements will be permanently connected to a distributed management network so that owners, users, and in general, all those involved in the production/management process - connected via the Internet - can check element conditions during production, transport, installation and operation.

The scope of the School is to provide a basic overview of smart technologies from a cross-disciplinary perspective with special focus on biomimicry, nano- and micro-technolologies,  smart ceramics, fiber optics, wireless structural sensors, control devices, NDT evaluation, decision making.

International lecturers

  • Dennis Bernal (Northeastern University)
  • Branko Glisic (Princeton University)
  • Jerry Lynch (University of Michigan)
  • Wieslaw Ostachowicz (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Ton Peijs (Queen Mary University of London)
  • David Quéré (École Polytechnique)
  • Stanislaw Stupkiewicz (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Who should attend

Graduate students and post-doc researchers pursuing research in the field of new technologies applied to structural health monitoring and control.

The School offers 20 scholarships to support participation of international students by covering registration fee. Apply for a scholarship


  • 7 Jun 2013: Scholarship application deadline
  • 15 Jun 2013: Notification of scholarship acceptance
  • 22 July 2013: Registration deadline
  • 22-26 July 2013: School event