Europe meets Italy with paramagnetic NMR

27th-30th September 2016

last update 26/09/16

Our last and final annual symposium will take place from the 27th to the 30th September 2016 in Venice, on the Island of San Servolo.

San Servolo - image leaflet

This symposium, a joint initiative of the pNMR project and the Gruppo Italiano Discussione Risonanze Magnetiche (GIDRM), is meant as a journey into paramagnetic NMR, between theory and experiments, solution and solid-state, with applications ranging from chemistry to biology, including catalysis, battery materials, metalloproteins, and large protein-protein assemblies. It is addressed to an audience of members of the Italian Society, students from Italian Universities, and researchers from the pNMR extended network.

The Venue

For more information about the venue, have a look at the San Servolo – leaflet or their website

San Servolo Island Location

San Servolo Island Location

San Servolo - from San marco


On Wednesday 28th, talks will start at 10h30, and should last 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of discussion.

On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th, each pNMR fellow will present her/his PhD work in front of a jury composed by three PIs, in the presence of his/her supervisor/s, of the other pNMR colleagues, and of other senior scientist with or without a specific knowledge in their field. Each talk should run for about 30 minutes, followed by an exchange with the jury (and the public) for about 30 more minutes.

There are no special rules for the presentations. For the fellows, this will be an opportunity to practice their PhD defence in front of an expert public, and an exercise to summarise clearly state-of-the-art, motivations, challenges, results and perspectives of the work. The members of the public will be encouraged to ask questions and challenge the speaker. Jury members will act as external examiners, and ask fellows questions after their presentations, for example listing the points they did not explain/present correctly in their presentation, and possibly suggesting what they should work on in the remaining time of their PhD.

On Friday afternoon, the two senior ERs, Puneet and Tobias, will present an overview of their research (without a jury).

Here is an overview of the program :

last update 26/09/16

The detaild programme : venice-workshop-schedule

The meeting rooms :san-servolo-map-of-rooms-with-arrows


To book your accommodation, please send the form below to

pNMR FINAL WORKSHOP Sept 2016 – Accomodation form

Marco Polo Airport

The “Marco Polo” airport of Venice is on Terra Firma or as the Venetians say: on the firm earth.
It is 12 kilometers from Venice by the road and 10 kilometers by boat across the lagoon.
Marco Polo Venice is also 25 kilometers far from Radicchio/Treviso, 35 kilometers from Padua, 45 kilometers from Jesolo and 65 kilometers from Vicenza.

Access to San Servolo Island

The easiest way to reach the Island from the airport is by boat (2 boats from 2 companies : ALILAGUNA then ACTV).It cost 20€ (one way), and takes about 1h30.

Another solution is to take 1 shuttle bus (ATVO company) at the airport to Venice bus station, and then 2 boats (ACTV). It costs 15.50€, and takes about 1h20-1h40 depending on the correspondence.

The bus + 2 boats option(s) can be seen on a map here, by clicking on TIMETABLES/TRIP PLANNER :

Please beware of the waiting times between all connections.

Map of all transport options in Venice :

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Connections from the Airport to Venice city centre

By Bus

All Buses stop at Piazzale Roma, the bus station located in the northern part of the city of Venice. Once at the bus station, you will have to take a boat to San Zaccaria, and then another boat to San Servolo.

You can take either one of the bus below :

ATVO Buses

Bus line 35 (express Service) Venezia P.le Roma – Airport Marco Polo

-This is the quickest way (about 20 minutes) as, unlike the ACTV line, it does not stop between the airport and Piazzale Roma.
-You can buy your ticket at the baggage collection area of the airport. The bus stop is right at the exit of the airport.
-It runs roughly every half an hour, from 5 am until 23:30 pm from Venice – Airport and from 5:20 AM to 1: 20 AM from Airport to Venice.
-Timetable :
-Ticket fare : 8€ single / 15€ return

ATVO_bus 35_google map

ACTV bus (public transport)


-The journey lasts less than half an hour and it departs on average every half hour.
-This is the longest option.
-From the Airport to Venice, the first bus is at 4:08 AM, the last at 1: 10 AM.
From Venice – Airport, the first is at 4:35 AM and the last at 00:40 AM.
-Timetable :
-Ticket Fare ( 8,00 € – 75 MINUTE TICKET

Once arrived in Piazzale Roma (bus station), you will have to take a boat to San Zaccaria, then another one to San Servolo.

By Boat

This company goes directly to San Zaccaria.

-On exiting from the Arrivals hall, look for the covered walkway on the left and follow the walkway for 7 minutes until you reach the dock.
-You can take 2 different lines. The fastest one is the red one (about 1h15). The alternative is the blue one.

Map of all Alilaguna lines :
Allilaguna - transport Map
Timetable :
From the Airport to Venice : 09:40 AM to 18:40 PM
From Venice to the Airport : 08:10 AM to 18:10 PM

Timetable :
From the Airport to Venice : 06:15 AM to 00:40 PM
From Venice to the Airport : 03:50 AM to 22:35 PM

Ticket Fare : 15€ ( )

From the bus station to San Zaccaria : ACTV boats (public transportation)
You can either take bus number : 5.1 (fastest), 4.1, or 2 (longest).

Ticket fare : 7.50€
The ticket runs for up to 75 minutes. It is therefore valid for the line 20 boat to San Servolo.

It takes about 30 minutes to go from Piazzale Roma to San Zaccaria.

ACTV_boats to San Zaccaria_google map


Road Taxi or Motoscafo

A Taxi Service is provided by Cooperativa Artigiana Radiotaxi. Info & reservations: tel. 041 59 64 (24h service).
About 40€ from the Airport to Piazzale Roma.
A quicker but (far) more expensive option is to take the motiscafo, or taxi boat (more than 100€). Make sure you ask for the total price (all passengers and lugguage included) before taking the Motoscafo, as some taxi boat display tempting rates of only 1 per passenger.


Access to San Servolo

From San Zaccaria, take boat line 20.
It takes about 10 minutes to reach San Servolo.

ACTV_boat line 20_google map

Timetable : San Servolo – orari vaporetto LINEA 20 san servolo -san zaccaria

Line 20 Timetable - click to enlarge

Line 20 Timetable – click to enlarge

Transport Ticket information


One-way ticket : 7.50€

A one way ticket on any ACTV waterbus (vaporetto) in the City of Venice, valid for 75 minutes from validation, is 7,50€
NOT INCLUDED: ACTV Services from / to Marco Polo Airport, routes no. 16, 19, 21, Casinò and Alilaguna lines.

 Day tickets (‘time’ tickets)

-> unlimited number of trips
-> can be used on all transport means, both navigation and Mestre Urban Network (excluding trips to and from the Marco Polo Airport) and Lido buses involved in Venice Municipal area urban routes.

To use a ‘time ticket’ to reach/come back from the Airport : +6€ (1 way), +12€ (return). This means you would be using ACTV transport all the way to the airport, i.e. reaching it by bus.

– 20,00 € – 1 DAY TICKET
– 30,00 € – 2 DAYS TICKET 
– 40,00 € – 3 DAYS TICKET
– 60,00 € – 7 DAYS TICKET

For people from 4 to 29 years old
-> unlimited travel
-> can be used on all Navigation services and means of transport (excluding Alilaguna lines, ACTV lines service n°s 16, 19 and Casinò) and land services circulating on Venice Municipal area urban routes (Lido buses, Mestre Urban Network, excluding bus routes/services starting and ending their journey at the Venice Marco Polo airport).
-> valid for 72 hours from the moment of validation
-> subject to the purchase of the “Rolling Venice” card (6.00€).
-> reaching/coming back from the Airport : +6€ (one way), +12€ (return), to be used within the term of the ticket’s validity, i.e. 72hrs.

Information about transport tickets can also be found here :





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