First International Conference on Small Science

 August 15-18, 2011
Dockside Convention Center, Sydney, Australia


Invited Speakers

  • John Barry, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Laure Bourgeois, Monash University, Australia
  • Guozhong Cao, University of Washington, USA
  • Frank Caruso, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Shuai Che, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
  • Ying Chen, Deakin University, Australia
  • Wenlong Cheng, Monash University, Australia
  • Yi-Bing Cheng, Monash University, Australia
  • Daxiang Cui, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Zaiping Guo, University of  Wollongong, Australia
  • Andrew Harris, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Zheng Hu, Najing University, China
  • Han Huang, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Kazuo Kadowaki, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Xuchuan Jiang, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dan Li, Monash University, Australia
  • Jing-Feng Li, Tsinghua University, China
  • Lu Li, National University of Singapore
  • Qing Li, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Xiaozhou Liao, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Max Lu, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Andrew Minett, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Tadaaki Nagao, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Chunxu Pan, Wuhan University, China
  • Sebastien Perrier, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Christelle Prinz, Lund University, Sweden
  • Shahidan Radiman, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Hidemi Shigekawa, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Yasuhiro Sugawara, Osaka University, Japan
  • Huanting Wang, Monash University, Australia
  • Jinlan Wang, Southeast University, China
  • Lianzhou Wang, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Shaoguang Yang, Nanjing University, China
  • Xiangdong Yao, Griffith University, Australia
  • Chengzhong Yu, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Mingxing Zhang, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Dongyuan Zhao, Fudan University, China
  • Huijun Zhao, Griffith University, Australia
  • Chunyi Zhi, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Jin Zou, University of Queensland, Australia


Welcome to ICSS 2011

The first International Conference on Small Science (ICSS 2011) will take place from 15 to 18 August 2011 in Sydney. The conference will bring together the Australian and international research communities from various scientific disciplines, including materials science, physics, chemistry and biology, to discuss new and exciting advances that involve microscale and nanoscale materials, techniques and methodologies. ICSS 2011 will be a few days of intense collaboration, exciting small science, and great social occasions.
The conference venue is the Dockside Convention Center, located at the heart of the Darling Harbour, Sydney. With panoramic harbour views and a reputation for culinary excellence, Dockside is just a short walk from the City’s bustling central business district (CBD).
In mid-August, nearing spring time, Sydney’s comfortable and temperate weather will provide a welcome retreat, particularly for researchers escaping the hot summer in the northern hemisphere. Others travelling from much cooler climates might be tempted to test the water or hire a surfboard at one of Sydney’s many glamorous beaches. We also encourage participants to get out and enjoy the city of Sydney or to explore some of its other natural wonders, including the waterfront national-park areas or the nearby Blue Mountains. 

ICSS 2011 Conference Chairs
Zongwen Liu
, University of Sydney, Australia
Zhiming M. Wang, University of Arkansas, USA. 

The conference sponsor
The ICSS 2011 is proudly sponsored by
JEOL Australia.


Abstracts and Registration

Abstract and Manuscript

ICSSTemplate Submit your abstract as an email attachment to Please underline the name of the presenting author and indicate oral or poster preferred in your abstract. For the email attachments, word files are preferred, PDF acceptable, abstracts with figures encouraged. Due to the requests from many researchers who have been planning to attend the ICSS but were unable to meet the deadline for abstract submission, the closing date for abstract submission has now been extended to June 30

Depending on the research topics, papers presented at the 3DMR conference will be reviewed for publication in the special issues of the following journals, respectively:



Please note, there is no accommodation reserved for ICSS 2011.

Delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation. It is advisable to book well in advance so as to secure your preferred accommodation.

To assist with your selection, hotels and apartments close to Darling Harbour, Sydney and Dockside, are listed below.

Darling Harbour locality - maps, restaurants of the area                                                                                               

Darling Harbour Hotels (West side of Darling Harbour)

The Novotel, Darling Harbour (4.5-Star rating)

100 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

The Hotel Ibis, Darling Harbour (3-Star rating)
70 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Grand Mercure Apartments Darling Harbour (4.5-Star rating)
50 Murray Street, Darling Harbour NSW 2009

Star City (The Casino) Hotel and Apartments (5-Star rating)
80 Pyrmont Street, Sydney NSW 2009

Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments (4-Star rating)
243 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont 2009 NSW (Darling Harbour)

Hotels/Apartments (City Side of Darling Harbour

Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour (4.5-Star rating)
150 Day Street, Darling Harbour Sydney NSW 2000

Novotel Rockford on Darling Harbour (4-Star rating)
17 Little Pier Street, Sydney (Chinatown end of Darling Harbour)

Four Points By Sheraton Darling Harbour Sydney (5-Star rating)
161 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Metro Apartments On Darling Harbour (3.5-Star rating)
132-136 Sussex Street, Darling Harbour Sydney NSW 2000

Medina Grand Harbourside Sydney (4.5-Star rating)
5 Shelley Street, King Street Wharf Sydney NSW 2000

Somerset Darling Harbour Sydney (4.5-Star rating)
252 Sussex Street Sydney NSW 2000

Holiday Inn Darling Harbour (4-Star rating)
68 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (Haymarket)

Aaron's Hotel Sydney (3-Star rating - popular)
37 Ultimo Road, Sydney, NSW 2000 (Haymarket)

Breakfree on George Sydney (4-Star rating)
653 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000 (near Haymarket)

Capitol Square Hotel Sydney (3.5-Star rating)
730-742 George St, Haymarket, NSW 2000

City Hotels
(less expensive)

Rydges World Square Sydney Hotel
389 Pitt Street, Sydney (Monrail transport to Darling Harbour)

Leisure Inns Park Regis Hotel (3-Star rating)
27 Park Street, Sydney Nsw 2000 (5-minute walk to Darling Harbour)

Oaks Maestri Towers
298 - 304 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (2-minute walk to Darling Harbour)

Central Station

(Check with the Concierge of your hotel for specific transport directions and timetables)

Medina Executive Sydney Central
2 Lee Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

The Marque Hotel Sydney
Cnr George and Quay Streets, Sydney NSW Australia 2000

Mercure Sydney
818 - 820 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Citigate Sebel Sydney
28 Albion Street Sydney NSW 2010

Hotel UniLodge Sydney (3.5-Star rating)
Cnr Broadway and Bay Street, Sydney NSW 2007 (5 minutes walk to Central Station)


Advisory Committee

  • Yoshio Bando, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • Max Lu, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Thomas Maschmeyer, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Simon P. Ringer, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Gregory Salamo, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Aibing Yu, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Jin Zou, University of Queensland, Australia


Organizing Committee

  • Dmitri Golberg, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan
  • Xuchuan Jiang, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Sebastien Perrier, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Shizhang Qiao, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Wenrong Yang, Deakin University, Australia
  • Shui-Qing (Fisher) Yu, University of Arkansas, USA
  • Jin Zou, University of Queensland, Australia


Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Dockside, a Convention Center in the Darling Harbour, Sydney

Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney Australia
p: +61 2 9261 3777 f: +61 2 9261 4777

Getting There

Via Foot: For Dockside & LAqua - Walk down Market Street past the Darling Park monorail station on your right. Go down the escalators onto the Pyrmont Pedestrian Bridge level and turn left.

Via Train: For Dockside & LAqua - Alight at Town Hall Station, and follow the directions as above.

Taxi Drop Off: For Dockside & LAqua - Ask to be dropped off at Cockle Bay Wharf under the blue canvas awning. The driver needs to take Wheat Road by keeping left going past the Imax Theatre. Take the escalators up one level to Dockside and two levels to LAqua.

Via Car: Turn left into Murray Street at the Harbourside intersection of Harris street (towards the Novotel). The Harbourside Car park is approximately 150 meters on the left hand side. Once parked there is a walkway which will take you across to Darling Harbour (between the Sydney Convention Centre and the Harbourside Shopping Complex). Dockside & LAqua are just opposite on the City side of Darling Harbour and Star room & Ice Cube Seafood Grill are in the IMAX Theatre complex to your left. Or alternately, Darling Park car park is located at 201 Sussex Street. We recommend this car park for evening & weekend events.


Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million. It is the state capital of New South Wales, and was the site of the first British colony in Australia.

Sydney is situated on Australia's south-east coast. The city is built around Port Jackson, which includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city's nickname, "the Harbour City". It is noted for the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and its beaches. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.

Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, which reflects its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.


Things to Do

ICSS 2011 Travel and Activities

Sydney offers a host of activities - in a spectacular setting!

Dining, wining..

Walking, surfing...



Drama, theatre, opera, museums, galleries....

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