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
Abstract submission deadline is April 5, 2015. The registration fee for international participants is $100 USD, including banquet.
More information can be found on
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.