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Featured Conferences

Royal Society discussion meeting: Soft interfacial materials - from fundamentals to formulation.

London Oct 12/13 2015,
Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Michael Cates FRS, Professor John Seddon, Dr Nicholas Brooks, Dr Paul Clegg and Professor Alex Lips.

The science of soft interfaces (lipid membranes, emulsions, particle stabilised droplets etc) is rapidly moving into an era of predictive capability that allows the design and development of advanced materials to be based on secure scientific knowledge. The meeting will not only address fundamental science, focussing on generic design principles for self organisation and interfacial structure, but also explore the resulting prospects for ‘informed formulation’ of new and improved industrial products.

Session titles and confirmed speakers are as follows:
1. Functional amphiphiles and lipids
(Laurent Sagalowicz, Gordon Bell, Peter Olmsted, Calum Drummond)

2. Membranes and delivery
(Cyrus Safinya, Patricia Bassereau, Bob Prud’homme)

3. Particles and proteins at interfaces
(Kate Stebe, Patrick Spicer, Peter Kralchevsky, Cait MacPhee)

4. Unconventional emulsions and multiphase gels
(Bill Frith, Isabelle Capron, Simon Biggs)

You can download the program and biographies of the organisers and speakers are available on the meeting web page. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on the meeting web page after the event and the papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.
A poster session will be held throughout the meeting alongside the schedule of presentations. To submit a poster please email a title, 200-word abstract and list of authors to the Royal Society events team at discussion.meetings@royalsociety.org no later than Friday 31 July 2015. The scientific organisers will make a selection based on the abstracts received. Please note spaces are limited. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may be considered, subject to availability.
This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration.

 

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR SOFT MATTER AND BIOPHYSICS

BIOCOMPLEX 2015, 6/24-6/26, TAIPEI, TAIWAN
The goal of the workshop is to encourage exchange between Taiwanese researchers and with international experts in biophysics and soft matter physics. In addition to traditional physicists, experts in these fields come from materials science, chemistry, biology, and engineering disciplines. Significant growth in these fields in recent years has been buoyed by intense public interests on novel materials for improved energy storage and efficiency, medical diagnostics and treatment, and the complex social-economic behavior in an increasing inter-linked world.

The topics of this year’s workshop are
· Macromolecules in Crowded Systems
· Dynamics of Biological Molecules
· Astro-biology

Abstract submission deadline is April 5, 2015. The registration fee for international participants is $100 USD, including banquet.

More information can be found on
www.phys.sinica.edu.tw/~biocomplex2015

March 2015

APS March Meeting

2-6th March, 2015
San Antonio, Texas

Join almost 10,000 physicists, scientists, and students at the APS March Meeting 2015 – bringing together physicists and students to share groundbreaking research from industry, universities, and major labs all over the world.

  • November 15 Abstract Deadline

Visit the website at APS Physics to read more.

 

April 2015

Workshop - Microswimmers - from bulk to interfaces

April 13-15th, 2015
University of Bordeaux, France


The aim of the workshop is to bring together scientists from different communities (physics, chemistry, fluid mechanics) interested in active soft matter systems that self-propel in a liquid environment, such as Janus colloids, motile cells, or active droplets. The workshop will take place at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal (CRPP) on the main campus of Université de Bordeaux.

For more information visit the webpage : http://microswim2015.sciencesconf.org/


2015 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

April 6-10, 2015
San Francisco, California

The 2015 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit will be held in San Francisco, California. All technical sessions and non-technical events will be held at the Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco Marriott Marquis and The Westin San Francisco Market Street. Locations and schedules of individual symposia will be posted in early 2015 as available. Non-technical events will be listed on the menu to the left. Information about individual sessions and special events will be posted as they become available closer to the meeting.

Visit the website to read more.


British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Conference 2015

March 30th - April 1st - Sheffield Hallam University

The British Liquid Crystal Society Annual Conference, BLCS 2015, will take place at Shefiled Hallam University. The conference covers cutting edge research across all elements of liquid crystal science, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, materials science and bio-science.

More information on BLCS conferences can be found at http://blcs.eng.cam.ac.uk/?page_id=43

 

June 2015

Enrico Fermi Summer School - Soft Matter Self-Assembly

June 28-July 7, 2015 at the International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi” in Varenna, Italy

This summer the International School of Physics at Varenna, Italy will host a 10 day summer school on soft matter assembly. This summer school will focus on the latest topics in the physics of colloids through nine mini-courses and four seminars.
Some travel bursaries will be available and the organizers hope to attract graduate student and posdoctoral participants from around the world.
To learn more about the school and to apply, visit the website of the International School of Physics “Enrico Fermi” at http://www.sif.it/attivita/scuola_fermi
You can also learn more about the school https://sites.google.com/site/softmatterselfassemblyvarenna/


INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FOR SOFT MATTER AND BIOPHYSICS

BIOCOMPLEX 2015, 6/24-6/26, TAIPEI, TAIWAN
The goal of the workshop is to encourage exchange between Taiwanese researchers and with international experts in biophysics and soft matter physics. In addition to traditional physicists, experts in these fields come from materials science, chemistry, biology, and engineering disciplines. Significant growth in these fields in recent years has been buoyed by intense public interests on novel materials for improved energy storage and efficiency, medical diagnostics and treatment, and the complex social-economic behavior in an increasing inter-linked world.

The topics of this year’s workshop are
· Macromolecules in Crowded Systems
· Dynamics of Biological Molecules
· Astro-biology

Abstract submission deadline is April 5, 2015. The registration fee for international participants is $100 USD, including banquet.

More information can be found on
www.phys.sinica.edu.tw/~biocomplex2015


Chirality at the nanoscale

Symposium at Kent State University - June 4-5th 2015

This upcoming workshop will bring researchers from two fields together that explore the unique optical activity (chirality) of either metal and semiconductor nanomaterials or soft condensed matter such as liquid crystals. Research at the interface between liquid crystal and nanomaterials is considered one of the new frontiers and has produced new chemistry, physics, devices as well as prototypes for meta
materials. Significant new effects and transformative research is expected if this interface includes chirality. Together with leaders in the respective fields this workshop will explore current and future synergies of chirality at the nanoscale.
More details can be found at the meeting website, http://www.lcinet.kent.edu/conference/25/index.php where you can pre register for the meeting.
This symposium is part of the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University (1965 - 2015).


American Chemical Society: Colloid and Surface science symposium

June 15 – 17, 2015, Pittsburgh, USA

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 89th American Chemical Society Colloid and Surface Science Symposium. The Symposium will take place on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Please visit the Symposium website to view the technical program and submit your abstract. Abstract submission closes on April 6, 2015.
Chaired by Steve Garoff, Jim Schneider, and Bob Tilton, this Symposium will highlight the latest scientific advances in colloid and surface science, its intersection with other scientific domains such as biophysics and environmental science, and its applications in biotechnology, coatings, functional nanomaterials, and other diverse areas. The set of technical symposia has been carefully composed to provide forums for the foundational topics in colloids, surfaces, nanomaterials and soft condensed matter, as well as emerging topics and applications.
In addition to 13 technical symposia and a poster session, the Symposium features two distinguished plenary lectures, the Unilever Award lecture, the Victor K. LaMer Award lecture, and an instrument exhibition. This year’s plenary lecturers are Professor Tejal Desai of the University of California at San Francisco and Professor David Pine of New York University.


Liquid Crystal Gordon Conference

June 21st-26th, 2015

University of New England, Maine, USA.

The 2015 Gordon Conference on Liquid Crystals will provide a forum for an in-depth discussion of ideas at the frontier of liquid crystal science and technology, broadly defined. Understanding the underlying physics, chemistry, and biology of systems that possess liquid crystallinity will be emphasized.

The conference will bring together an outstanding group of researchers working at the forefront of interdisciplinary topics involving liquid crystals, including (i) active and living systems, (ii) supramolecular chemistry and multifunctional materials, (iii) liquid crystalline glasses and metastable phases, (iv) liquid crystallinity in biological systems, (v) colloids, interfaces and topological defects, (vi) chemical synthesis and characterization of new phases, (vii) plasmonic, electrooptical and sensor applications and (viii) lyotropic phases, including colloidal and chromonic systems. These topics will encompass low molecular weight, polymeric and elastomeric liquid crystalline materials, composites of liquid crystals, and nanostructured and self-assembled systems where concepts in liquid crystallinity are important. The program will include talks that address these topics through experiment, theory and simulation, and it will also integrate fundamental and applied perspectives. The participants will include invited speakers representing both academia and industry with a wide range of expertise in the topic areas. The group of participants will include a good number of junior scientists and graduate students, who will be given the opportunity to present posters, short talks and join in discussion. Free time and evening sessions will provide the opportunity to foster networking between students and junior researchers, to make connections with many of the leading scientists from a wide variety of fields, and to establish exciting collaborations.

Conference Webpage

July 2015

 

CISM summer school - Mechanics of solid and liquid foams

July 13 - 17, International Center for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy
This summer the International Center for Mechanical Sciences at Udine, Italy will host a summer school about the mechanical properties of solid and liquid foams. This course will focus on the relationships between the cellular microstructure and the nonlinear mechanical behavior of liquid and solid foams, and foam-like biological and synthetic materials. Consequently, this survey of foam mechanics will explore numerous topics ranging from traditional fluid mechanics to solid mechanics. Theoretical analysis, numerical simulations, and experiments will be used to unravel the complex relationships between cell-level structure, local deformation mechanisms, and macroscopic mechanical behavior.
You can also learn more about the The International Center for Mechanical Sciences on their website.


Oct 2015

Royal Society discussion meeting: Soft interfacial materials - from fundamentals to formulation.

London Oct 12/13 2015,
Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Michael Cates FRS, Professor John Seddon, Dr Nicholas Brooks, Dr Paul Clegg and Professor Alex Lips.

The science of soft interfaces (lipid membranes, emulsions, particle stabilised droplets etc) is rapidly moving into an era of predictive capability that allows the design and development of advanced materials to be based on secure scientific knowledge. The meeting will not only address fundamental science, focussing on generic design principles for self organisation and interfacial structure, but also explore the resulting prospects for ‘informed formulation’ of new and improved industrial products.

Session titles and confirmed speakers are as follows:
1. Functional amphiphiles and lipids
(Laurent Sagalowicz, Gordon Bell, Peter Olmsted, Calum Drummond)

2. Membranes and delivery
(Cyrus Safinya, Patricia Bassereau, Bob Prud’homme)

3. Particles and proteins at interfaces
(Kate Stebe, Patrick Spicer, Peter Kralchevsky, Cait MacPhee)

4. Unconventional emulsions and multiphase gels
(Bill Frith, Isabelle Capron, Simon Biggs)

You can download the program and biographies of the organisers and speakers are available on the meeting web page. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on the meeting web page after the event and the papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions A.
A poster session will be held throughout the meeting alongside the schedule of presentations. To submit a poster please email a title, 200-word abstract and list of authors to the Royal Society events team at discussion.meetings@royalsociety.org no later than Friday 31 July 2015. The scientific organisers will make a selection based on the abstracts received. Please note spaces are limited. Abstracts submitted after the deadline may be considered, subject to availability.
This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration.

 


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