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From November 23rd to 25th , 2021, the Pierre Baudis Congress Center welcomed the fourth edition of “C’Nano 2020: The Nanoscience Meeting”, that has been organized by the French national competency cluster in Nanoscience of CNRSC’Nano. The goal was to gather the scientific pluridisciplinary communities in nanoscience and nanotechnologies in order to promote interdisciplinary exchanges and stimulate the emergence of new research axes in the “nano” field.

The C’Nano GSO board and the CEMES laboratory (CNRS) both localized in Toulouse have played a special role in the congress organization.

This congress gathered researchers, engineers, doctorates and post-doctorates 3 days long and enabled attendees to exchange on their research works with subject experts as well as to enrich themselves with other research topics in the “nano” field in the spirit of openness and interdisciplinarity.

Despite postponements difficulties due to sanitary situation, the scientific community strongly mobilize itself and was amazingly motivated to join the congress: indeed, among 450 registrations, more than 400 academics and industrial researchers from France and abroad attended the congress: a real success!
This massive mobilization clearly shows the high interest of the scientific community in the “nano” field in this unprecedented highly interdisciplinary meeting gathering scientific from various backgrounds: physicians, chemists, engineers, biologist, pharmacists, physicists, toxicologists, geologists, jurists, etc.

A top quality scientific program!

The scientific program included 7 plenary conferences given by world-renowned international scientists: Jacqueline BLOCH (CNRS – C2N, France), Jean-Marc CHOMAZ (CNRS – LadHyx, France), Fernand DORIDOT (ICAM Lille – CETS, France), Suzanne GIASSON (Univ. of Montréal – GRUM – CRMAA, Canada), Julie GROLLIER (CNRS – UMPhy, France), Francesca MORESCO (Dresden University of Technology – CFAED, Germany) and Teresa PELLEGRINO (ITT – Central Research Labs Genova, Italy).

In addition, 20 keynote speakers introduced topics addressed in the 9 parallel sessions scheduled during the congress: « Nano-photonics & Nano-optics », « Nanochemistry & Nanoparticles », « Nano for Imaging, diagnosis & therapy », « Multifunctional nanocomposites », « Nanoscale heat transfer – Measurement », « Nanomaterial for Energy », « Nano: health, environment & risks », « 1D & 2D Nanomaterial », « Nano Gold by young researchers ».

Consult the list of keynote speakers on this link

More than 140 researchers, post-doctorates and doctorates orally presented their research works on these various topics and more than 70 posters have been presented enabling scientific discussions to be pursued beside the oral presentations.

During the closing session, 12 doctorates and post-doctorates were rewarded and received the poster presentations Prizes in various topics.


The C’Nano 2021 PhD Thesis Prizes have also been awarded to 6 laureates based on the excellence and originality of their doctoral research works in 3 categories: “fundamental research”, “interdisciplinary research”, “applied research”. Among them, 5 laureates were present to receive their Prizes during a specific ceremony organized during the congress.

Consult the list of C’Nano PhD Thesis Prizes laureates on this link


Satellite events and Special sessions

Two special sessions have been organized:

  • Art & Science
  • Innovation in Nanoscience

Three satellite events have been organized:

  • MEMO Workshop
  • GDR NS-CPU Meeting 2021
  • GDR NACRE Plenary

Last, a gala dinner gathering 200 participants have been organized at Pierre Baudis Congress Center in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Numerous industrial or institutional partners and sponsors have contributed to make this event a success.
We would like to thank them again for their support and participation to this exceptional scientific event!


You can consult the sponsors and exhibitors who attended the congress on this link.