The 1st Training School of the LUCES COST Action How to develop a sensor? Academic Approaches vs. Industrial Interests is now open for registration.

General Information

Dates: 18th-20th September 2024.

Venue: RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau Campus, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Local Organizing Committee: Stefan Kubik, Sabrina Knospe, Susanne Zeigner (RPTU)

Scientific and Organizing Committee: Kristin Bartik (ULB, BE), Antonella Dalla Cort (La Sapienza, IT), Stefan Kubik (RPTU, DE), Laura Rodríguez (UB, ES), and Mélanie Vander Geeten (ULB, BE)

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Important Dates

  • 23/06: Deadline for registration and abstract submission (oral or poster)
  • 26/07: Deadline for late registration (poster only)
  • 04/08: Deadline for paying the registration fee

Draft Schedule

17/09 18/09 19/09 20/09 21/09
Arrival and hotel check-in Training school
9 am to 6 pm
Training school
9 am to 6 pm
Training school
9 am to 4 pm


The training school will consist of a series of lectures, given by experts from academia and industry, who will discuss the basic strategies available for sensor development and present case studies on how they have developed a sensor from the original idea/concept to the final application. Trainers who have confirmed their participation so far are:

  • Frank Biedermann (KIT, Germany). Title: Chemosensors: Promising Tools for Advancing Bioassays and Medical Diagnostics
  • Enrico Dalcanale (University of Parma, Italy). Title: Cavitands at work: a journey from molecular recognition to BTEX sensing in air
  • Laura Rodríguez (University of Barcelona, Spain). Title: Design and synthesis of luminescent supramolecular receptors
  • Knut Rurack (BAM, Germany). Title: Chips or strips – the importance of embedding and integration in (bio)chemical assay development
  • Brais Vazquez (Pollution Srl, Italy). Title: Critical aspects to launch a new sensor on the market: how to meet industrial needs for practical applications

In addition, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their results on projects related to the topic of the LUCES COST Action, either orally (15 min oral presentation + 5 min Q&A) or in the form of a poster. Finally, one half day of the event will be dedicated to entrepreneurship training, which will be provided by the start-up office of the RPTU.

The training school will provide deep insight into the scientific aspects of the Action’s topic and the economic impact that developments in this field can have. It is also intended to strengthen existing and initiate new collaborations within the Action.

Registration and abstract submission

The training school is open to PhD students and young postdocs (less than 4 years after PhD) and is limited to 75 participants. Registration requires a letter of support from the supervisor and the submission of an abstract (download the template here). Trainees agree to participate in the entire program.

Participants wishing to apply for the reimbursement of their travel expenses (see COST Reimbursement section here after) must register and upload an abstract (oral or poster) by June 23rd.

Late registration will be accepted till July 26th, but with only the possibility of submitting an abstract for a poster. However, registration may close earlier if the maximum number of attendees is reached.

The oral presentations (around 15) will be selected by the Scientific Committee based on scientific (the topic of the presentation must be related to the theme of LUCES) and formal aspects (no more than one presentation per group, fair representation of countries, gender criteria, etc.). Notification of acceptance will be sent by July 4th. Details about oral presentations and posters will be available in due course.

Register here

Registration Fee

There is a registration fee of 75 €, covering lunches over the three days and part of the organizational costs (does not include dinners and social activities). This fee must be paid by all accepted participants by August 4th by bank transfer. Payment details will be sent with notification of acceptance.

Cancellations must be notified by email to <>.

  • 100 % refund if cancellation more than 4 weeks before the start of the TS
  • 50% refund if cancellation less than 4 weeks before the start of the TS
  • No refund in case of no show.

COST Reimbursement

Thanks to COST ca. 40 trainees, affiliated to a LUCES member group and who have registered before June 23rd, will be selected for reimbursement of their expenses (travel ticket + daily allowance). The Organizing and Scientific Committee will manage the selection according to COST rules and inclusiveness criteria. Reimbursement rules for trainees are available here.

  • 04/07: Notification of eligibility for reimbursement (via an e-cost invitation email)
  • 19/07: Deadline to accept the reimbursement on the e-cost platform


Kaiserslautern has a large selection of hotels in all categories. The following hotels offer discounted rates for training school participants.

Art Hotel Lauterbach

Reservations must be made online before 12.07.2024 using the code «COST»

  • Standard single room 88 € per night incl. breakfast
  • Business single room 98 € per night incl. breakfast
  • Business double room 128 € double use/ 108 € single use per night incl. breakfast

Cancellation free of charge up to 24 hours before arrival.

Saks Hotel Kaiserslautern

Reservations by email to before 12.07.2024 with the reference “COST Workshop”

  • Superior Queen Room (rates applicable from 17.09.2024 to 21.09.2024)
  • Single use 129 € per night incl. breakfast
  • Double use 139 € per night incl. breakfast

Individual bookings can be canceled free of charge until noon on the day of arrival. Bookings of 3 or more rooms can be canceled free of charge up to 2 days before arrival

Alcatraz Hotel

Reservations by email to before 31.07.2024 using the code «COST».

  • Single Cell room with a shared shower on the floor 49,90 € per night
  • Double Cell room with a shared shower on the floor 79,90 € per night
  • Single comfort room (with bath) 87,00 € per night
  • Double comfort room (with bath) 129,00 € per night
  • Suite 189,00 € per night

Breakfast is not included and comes to 9,00 € per person and day.

Venue and Travel Details

The training school takes place on the campus of RPTU, located in the southern part of the city of Kaiserslautern. Kaiserslautern is located in the south-west of Germany, approximately halfway between Frankfurt and Strasbourg. The university campus is within walking distance of the city centre and easily accessible by public transport or e-scooter.

How to get to Kaiserslautern?

By car.

Kaiserslautern is connected to the German motorway system and can be reached within a few hours from a number of major cities in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland. To reach the University, take the exit «Kaiserslautern Zentrum» from the A6 or A63 motorways and follow the signs to the University. Turn left at the traffic lights at the junction of Trippstadter Straße and Paul-Ehrlich-Straße. The university has several free parking lots.

By train.

Kaiserslautern is connected to the high-speed ICE and IC/EC network of Deutsche Bahn. Frankfurt can be reached in 1.5 hours (change in Mannheim), Paris in 2.5 hours and Munich in 4 hours. For train timetables and tickets please use the Deutsche Bahn website. Use «Kaiserslautern Hbf» as your destination.

By plane. The closest airports to Kaiserslautern are Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and Saarbrücken Airport (SCN). Frankfurt Hahn (HHN) and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (FKB) airports, which are served by low-cost airlines such as RyanAir, are also within reach. Note that the fast train connection makes the airports in Paris (CDG and ORY) also possible hubs to reach Kaiserslautern. From the airports you will have to take the train (see above) or bus (Flixbus from FRA, shuttle buses from HHN or Karlsruhe-Baden) to reach Kaiserslautern. From the express-train station at Frankfurt airport, it usually takes 1.5 hours to reach Kaiserslautern via Mannheim.

For more information how to reach Kaiserslautern and what to do here, please also visit this website or the RPTU website.

Please contact the Local Organizing Committee at <> if you have any questions about organizing your trip or your stay.