Nanotechnology in Medicine IV: Physical Triggers and Advanced Materials


May 12 – 17, 2024
Tomar, Portugal

About This Conference


Kaushal Rege, Arizona State University
Stefaan De Smedt, Ghent University
Shyni Varghese, Duke University

Conference Organization

Previous Conferences in this Series

Nanotechnology in Medicine: From Molecules to Humans
July 3-7, 2016
Hernstein, Austria

Conference Chairs:
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, USA
Paolo Decuzzi, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy

Nanotechnology in Medicine II: Bridging Translational in vitro and in vivo Interfaces
June 5-9, 2018
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel, Albufeira, Portugal

Conference Chairs:
Millicent Sullivan, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware, USA
Josué Sznitman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Nanotechnology in Medicine III: Enabling Next Generation Therapies
May 15 – 20, 2022
Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetraro (Calabria), Italy

Conference Chairs:
Milica Radisic, University of Toronto, Canada
Victor Shahin, University of Münster, Germany
Millicent Sullivan, University of Delaware, USA
Josué Sznitman, Technion, Israel
Lola Eniola-Adefeso, University of Michigan, USA

Conference Fees and Registration

Special Notes and Payment Instructions


Call for Abstracts

Venue Information

Tomar, Portugal

Situated in the geographic center of Portugal, Tomar (about 135 km northeast of Lisbon) was founded by the notorious Knights Templar in 1160. The Templars were part monks, part warriors and plotted crusades from Tomar for centuries. They established the beginnings of the Convento de Cristo, Tomar’s most famous landmark, on a hill overlooking town. The Convento combines architectural styles from the 12th through 17th centuries. An ornate octagonal canopy protects the high altar of the Templo dos Templares, modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the grounds of the convent contain eight cloisters embracing a variety of styles.

Tomar, Portugal

The Templars earned a reputation as ferocious fighters, and won the admiration and trust of both rich and poor. They served as protectors and transporters of Christian kings, power brokers and pilgrims and grew famous as bankers. The Templars acquired great wealth, but made many enemies in the process. Pope Clement V accepted accusations of heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege leveled against the Templars by Philip the Fair, king of France, and many Templars were imprisoned or executed. King Dinis of Portugal allowed them to regroup their forces under the new aegis of the Order of Christ. Prince Henry the Navigator became Administrator after the Templars became the Order of Christ and he used much their wealth to finance his explorations.

Tomar is divided by the River Nabão, the banks of which are dotted with weirs and wheels once used to water vegetable gardens and orchards. The irrigation techniques illustrate the Muslim tradition of hydraulic engineering. Most sights, accommodations and shops lie on the west bank of the river and the lush Parque Mouchão straddles the two banks. The ancient yet functional Ponte Velha (Old Bridge) connects the two. Tomar’s main shopping thoroughfare is rua Serpa Pinto, known locally as Corre Doura. Outlets for folklore, pottery, copperware and wrought iron highlight it. Tascas and bars are scattered throughout the city, with some offering live music.

Hotel dos Templários

Situated near the heart of Tomar’s Old Town, the Hotel dos Templários is the largest hotel in the district. Many rooms offer views of the Convent of Christ and the public areas, including lounges and terrace-view dining rooms, are spacious. The hotel offers room service, laundry, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a billiards room and baby-sitting. There are wide sun terraces, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a greenhouse. The hotel also has large gardens. Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and minibars. Free parking is available. 

Tomar Hotel

For more information on the area, please visit these web sites:

Transportation from Lisbon to Tomar

Lisbon train station to Tomar:

It is a pleasure to travel by train from Lisbon to Tomar. The pace is sweet and the scenery is different. The distance is 85 miles and the average travel time is 2 hours. There are 16 trains every day in each direction. The fare is about $11. You will arrive in Tomar relaxed, fresh, and ready to meet everyone at the Conference. 

By automobile from Lisbon:

The rental car companies will provide maps and driving instructions. Allow between 1-1/2 – 2 hours for the trip, depending on traffic. The hotel provides free parking.

More detailed information will be available when registration opens.

General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.