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XLVIII Zakopane School of Physics
Breaking Frontiers: Submicron Structures in Physics and Biology

will be held in Zakopane (Poland) from 20th to 25th May, 2013.
The symposium is organized by the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences in Krakow.
Our symposium, for historical reason called School, has been organized since 1963.

This year the School will cover the following topics:

* Structures and properties of low-dimensional materials
- design, synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials
- coatings, multilayers, thin films, nanoparticles
- nanopatterning – pre- and post-growth processing, self-assembly and self-organization
- biological applications of nanostructured materials and nanoscaled magnetoelectronics
* Physics for medicine and biology
- DNA, cell and tissue damage
- influence of external factors on cells and tissues properties
- biofilms and biomaterials, bio-markers and bio-sensors
- molecular and intercellular interactions
* Towards protection of natural environment
- photosynthesis
- heavy metal stress, pollution, corrosion
- protection mechanisms evolved by living organisms
- monitoring and protection
- renewable sources of energy
* Recent technical achievements in submicron structure investigations
- IR, X-ray and particle micro- and nano-beams
- advanced imaging techniques
- sample preparation

According to School tradition the research on the above topics were performed using nuclear, ion beam and other techniques in particular: Mossbauer spectroscopy, Perturbed Angular Correlations, PIXE, Channeling, RBS, Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Fluorescence, XANES, InfraRed Spectroscopy, and Atomic Force Microscopy. However, this time other techniques are also welcomed. The School program is directed  to students and young scientists to give them the opportunity to present their work, exchange their experience and to discuss the scientific problems with experienced lecturers. The scientific program will cover a broad range of topics in 20 invited talks (45 minutes) and 18-20 seminars (20 minutes). Short oral presentations will be selected out of the abstracts that should be submitted via the Symposium webpage: http://zakopane2013.ifj.edu.pl/abstracts
Deadline for submitting abstracts is March 31st, 2013. Contributions not accepted for the oral presentation may be presented during the poster session.