The scope of the GraFOx Summer School on Oxide Semiconductors for Smart Electronic Devices

The GraFOx Summer School on Oxide Semiconductors for Smart Electronic Devices provides Ph.D. candidates and post-docs with the opportunity to have an in-depth looking into the dynamic field of oxide semiconductor materials research and applications. The program will combine fundamental tutorial lectures by leading experts together with specialized contributions from young researchers reporting on the latest developments on experimental investigations and methods as well as on theoretical calculation procedures in the field. In addition, participants will exchange their scientific results in a poster exhibition, which will be displayed all week and introducing discussions within the breaks.

The Summer School will take place from June 3−9, 2019 at the Centro Italo-Tedesco per l'Eccellenza Europea (Villa Vigoni), Loveno di Menaggio (CO), Lago di Como, Italia and is organized by the Leibniz ScienceCampus GraFOx (Growth and Fundamentals of Oxides for Electronic Applications).

The Summer School covers the following main topics:

In addition to the scientific program, the Summer School offers a conductive learning and discussion atmosphere. The Villa Vigoni complex, set within the Lake Como landscape, extends over 40 ha (100 acres) in Loveno di Menaggio. It includes two large classicistic villas with their historical gardens. Most of the Summer School activities will take place in Villa Mylius-Vigoni and Villa Garovaglio-Ricci, in beautiful historical rooms and a modern conference venue. Joint meals and social events will complete the scientific program and offer opportunities for exchange beyond scientific questions.

We look forward to meeting you in Menaggio!


Each participating Ph.D. candidate/student should present at least one poster with her/his scientific results (size A1 portrait). In addition, the participants are encouraged to contribute a short talk (15 – 30 min.) on the specific implementation of their experimental and/or theoretical methods. These talks will be assigned thematically to the invited tutorial talks and form the 8 thematic lectures. The intended program for the entire week looks as follows:

  Mon. Jun. 3 Tue. Jun. 4 Wed. Jun. 5 Thu. Jun. 6 Fri. Jun. 7 Sat. Jun. 8 Sun. Jun. 9
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 11:00 Lecture 1 Lecture 3 Lecture 4 Lecture 6 Lecture 7 Check out &
shuttle bus
to MXP
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break Coffee break & poster session
11:30 – 13:00 Arrival Lecture 1 Lecture 3 Lecture 4 Lecture 6 Lecture 7
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Departure
14:30 – 16:30 Lecture 2 Poster introduction Lecture 5 Social event
Como city tour
on the traces
of the physicist
Alessandro Volta
Lecture 8
16:30 – 17:00 Shuttle bus
from MXP
Coffee break &
poster hangup
Social event
boat trip
on the
Lago di Como
Coffee break &
poster session
Coffee break &
poster session
17:00 – 18:30 Lecture 2 Lecture 5 Lecture 8
18:30 – 19:30 Check in &
German-Italian culture
at Villa Vigoni
Introduction into
industrial work
Poster removal
19:30 – 21:30 Aperitivo di
Dinner Dinner on
your own
Dinner Dinner on
your own
Dinner (BBQ)

Invited Lecturers

The following highly recognized researchers in the field of oxide semiconductors will give introductional tutorial talks:

Social Activities

Bellagio at the lake of Como

The Summer School includes two afternoons of organized social activities for enhancing the communication between the participants. One will be a boat trip on the lake Como within the triangle of Menaggio, Bellagio and Varenna. The other one will be a guided tour through the town of Como on the traces of the physicist Alessandro Volta, after whom the unit of the voltage and electrical potential is named. Villa Mylius-Vigoni and the park are open for a guided tour on the German-Italian culture and history of the villa exclusively for our participants. Even more scientific and social communication will occur during the breaks and during the joint meals.


The GraFOx Summer School on Oxide Semiconductors for Smart Electronic Devices will be held in a unique ambient one usually doesn't get access to: The beautiful classicistic Villa Vigoni − Centro Italo-Tedesco per l'Eccellenza Europea, above the exceptional Lake Como, lovely embedded within the mountainside of the northern Italian alps. The Villa Vigoni Center consists of serval buildings, including the Villa Mylius-Vigoni und Villa Garovaglio-Ricci, both built up in the early 19th century. They are maintained in a very original way, including an enormous cultural heritage. The classical German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe resided there about 200 years ago. Directly attached to the villas you will find 40 ha (100 acres) of beautiful botanical garden.

Villa Vigoni

In the beginning of June the climate is typically moderate warm—not too hot, but already nice—also during the evening. Day temperatures are usually around 26 °C (78 °F) and night temperatures at 15 °C (59 °F). In any cases, please do not forget to bring sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, anti mosquito repellant, warm clothes if it might get chilly in the evening, walking shoes, and a pocket light (or a mobile phone with torch) for the nights. The electrical plugs in Italy are of types L, C, (F, E) (230 V~, 50 Hz): please care for your own adapter, if needed. Downtown Menaggio can be reached by a 20 min. walk and provides all necessary amenities (supermarket, ATM machines, laundries, pharmacies, etc.).


Map Lake Como Airports

The Villa Vigoni Center is located above the western banks of the Lake Como within the northern Italian alps. The closest airports are the international Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP), the Milan Linate Airport (LIN), the Bergamo Orio al Serio International Airport (BGY), and Lugano Airport (LUG), the latter being located closeby within Switzerland. Nevertheless, the most conveniant airport with the highest frequency of flights is Milan-Malpensa (MXP). Public transportation is not easy from either of the four airports. Therefore, we will organize shuttle busses on June 3, 2019 for pick-up from and on June 9, 2019 for drop-off at MXP. Hence, we strongly recommend to use the Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) for your travel. If you want to use our shuttle busses, we recommend to arrive on June 3, 2019 between 11:30 a.m. and 16:00 p.m. and depart on June 9, 2019 starting from 12:30 p.m. We will inform you on the details of the bus schedule.

In case you want to rent a car on your own, we want to give you the following helpful hints: All freeways in Italy are toll roads. Most of them you can pay cash in Euro (including freeways A4, A8, A9, A51, and A52; typically ~1€/10 km), but some of the freeways around Milan require special electronic registration, which is not available for rental cars—you should strikly avoid these freeways (A36, A59, and A60).

We do not recommend public transportation, but in case you want to give it a try, the following connections are available:

We strongly recommend not to take a taxi/cab: the prices are typically in the order of about € 200 or even more from each of the airports mentioned above.

Menaggio, Lago di Como


Application and Registration

The application for the GraFOx Summer School includes a half-page A4 abstract about the own work on oxide semiconductor materials, being submitted as .pdf-file during the registration. The LaTeX-template for compiling the .pdf-file can be found here.

The registration fee includes the Summer School participation as well as accommodation for the entire week, several meals, all social activities, and bus transfers on Mon. June 3 and Sun. June 9 as mentioned above (Travel). Ph.D. candidates/students will share a double room; senior scientists will be accommodated in single rooms. Neither can the accommodation be booked separately, nor is there any discounts available for not staying the entire week.

  registration fee
Ph.D. Candidates and Students € 450
Post-Docs up to 4 years after Ph.D. € 500
Senior Scientists € 650
Accompanying Persons on request

In addition to the registration it is necessary that you arrange your own flights (see also Travel). We recommend to book your flights as early as possible, as long as they are cheap!

Program Committee & Organization

The scientific program committee of the GraFOx Summer School consists of

The organization is performed by

In case of any questions please mail to the central Summer School email address: