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SoftComp/EUSMI Annual meeting 2018, 28-31/05/2018
28-31 May 2018, Primosten, Croatia

The SoftComp/EUSMI Annual meeting 2018 will take place at the Hotel Adriatic Zora in Primosten, Croatia.

The SoftComp/EUSMI Annual meeting 2018 will take place at the Hotel Adriatic Zora in Primosten, Croatia. The SoftComp/EUSMI Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp participants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp/ESMI Annual Meeting starts at lunch time on May 28, 2017, and will end with the Gala dinner on May 31, 2018. The scientific part of the meeting includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions (tbc). Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Wednesday May 31, 2018. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Use of private car to reach Primosten shall be authorized in advance. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double or multiple occupancy accommodation. For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February 2018. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Proceed to the registration page Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de

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Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de


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Ring Polymer Workshop 25-27/09/2017
We are pleased to announce the workshop RING POLYMERS, where recent advances and applications regarding ring polymers will be discussed. The workshop will take place in Hersonissos, near Heraklion, Crete, Greece, at the “Aldemar Knossos Royal Hotel” (www.aldemar-resorts.gr), from 25 to 27 September 2017. The format will include invited and contributed (oral and poster) presentations and ample time for both formal and informal discussions.

Speakers include: Rae Anderson (San Diego), Ralf Everaers (Lyon), George Floudas (Ioannina, Mark Foster (Akron), Scott Grayson (Tulane), Nikos Hadjichristidis (KAUST), Margarita Krutyeva (Jülich), Youn Joon Jung (Seoul)
Kurt Kremer (Mainz), Christos Likos (Vienna), Vlasis Mavrantzas (Patras/Zurich), Greg McKenna (Lubbock), Hendrik Meyer (Strasbourg), Davide Michieletto (Edinburgh), Wim Pyckhout-Hintzen (Jülich), Takahiro Sakaue (Fukuoka), Sachin Shanbhag (Tallahassee), Charles Schroeder (Urbana), Hiroshi Watanabe (Kyoto).

Organizers: Dieter Richter, Forschungszentrum Jülich ; Michael Rubinstein, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dimitris Vlassopoulos, FORTH and University of Crete.

Oral and poster slots are available.

To register and book accommodation, please visit: www.ringpolymers.synedry.com/.
Deadline: March 31, 2017.



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SoftComp Annual meeting 2017, 29-31/05/2017
29-31 May 2017, Venice, Italy

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2017 will take place at the San Servolo island in the venetian lagoon, Venice, Italy.

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2017 will take place at the San Servolo island in the venetian lagoon, Venice, Italy. The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts at lunch time on May 29, 2017, and will end with the Gala dinner on May 31, 2017. The scientific part of the meeting includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions (tbc). Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Wednesday May 31, 2017. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Use of private car to reach Venice shall be authorized in advance. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double or multiple occupancy accommodation. For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February 2017. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Proceed to the registration page Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de

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Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de


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Advanced School in Soft Condensed Matter "Solutions in the Spring" 09-12/04/2017
The annual graduate school, organized by the Liquids and Complex Fluids group, will be held in Durham in April 2017. The School is for PhD students in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and biophysics and aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to key topics in soft matter science. This year the lectures will cover colloids (Prof George Petekidis, FORTH), biomolecules (Dr Paola Carbone, Manchester), neutron scattering and disordered materials (Dr Andrew Parnell, Sheffield) and membranes (Dr. Nicholas Brooks, Imperial College). There will be opportunities for students to network, socialize and present their own work at a poster session.

The School website can be found at https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/1056/home

The deadline for registration is 26th March 2017.

Organizers: Dr Margarita Staykova & Dr Valeria Garbin



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Non-equilibrium dynamics and structure formation, Tuebingen, Germany, 3-5/04/2017
The SoftComp Topical Meeting Non-equilibrium dynamics and structure formation will take place in Tuebingen, Germany on 3-5 April 2017.

The goal of this SoftComp topical workshop, which will be co-funded by the SoftComp Network, is to bring together researchers from inside and outside the network to establish a clear view of the state of the art of this hot topic and formulate a strategy to bring different strands of research together. We are also dedicated to promoting strong interactions and exchange between experiments, computer simulations and theory, with a great potential for synergy effects, and to promoting women researchers and young scientist.
The format will consist of invited talks as well as a limited number of oral presentations of “hot topics” and poster presentations. Young academics are especially encouraged to participate and present their work.

Scope of the Workshop

Many forms of soft condensed matter in equilibrium have been the subject of research for many years. While there are of course still many open questions, our understanding of the general principles and concepts of how to address equilibrium properties, both in terms of theory as well as experiments, has reached a certain level of maturity. Non-equilibrium properties are far less well understood, probably also due to the additional challenges associated with their theoretical description as well as their experimental study. Moreover, the broad spectrum of length and time scales characteristic of soft matter is potentially further expanded if dynamic and kinetic issues are being considered. On the other hand, it is undisputable that non-equilibrium effects and phenomena play a key role in many areas, inter alia in for growth and structure formation, which also implies a significant technological relevance. These issues have recently moved this hot topic more and more into focus of research. Importantly, there are rather different angles from which the topic is addressed, including from the theoretical side
- rate equation approaches
- perturbation ideas for small deviations from equilibrium
- targeted simulations vs. analytical theory
- non-equilibrium work relations and fluctuation theorems
as well as from the experimental side
- different strategies to characterize structure formation and dynamics
- imaging techniques for morphological features
- non-invasive scattering techniques for and properly averaged information
each of which sensitive to different windows of time and length scales.

In addition to these general points characterizing the field, also recent and more specific developments such as structure formation in colloidal systems or bio-related systems shall be considered, including the very vibrant field of active soft matter featuring many aspects of structure formation. An important issue will be on conceptual understanding and the comparison between (relatively established) "atomic" systems for growth and (far less established) structure formation in more complex molecular or colloidal systems, i.e. the identification of analogies and differences of system-specific and system-independent features.

Invited Speakers

Marjolein Dijkstra (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Andreas Heuer (Universität Münster, Germany)
Sabine Klapp (TU Berlin, Germany)
Stefan Kowarik (HU Berlin, Germany)
Tobias Kraus (Saarland University, Germany)
Joachim Krug (Universität zu Köln, Germany)
Olivier Pierre-Louis (Université Claude Bernard Lyon, France)
Wilson Poon (The University of Edinburgh, UK)
Marisol Ripoll (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
Peter G. Vekilov (University of Houston, US)

Applications

Those interested in participating are asked to send an application (title and abstract - max. 200 words) before November 30, 2016 to
growth-workshop2017@ifap.uni-tuebingen.de

Venue of the Workshop

Schloss Hohentübingen, which is situated on a hill in the centre of the old town, provides a stimulating environment with close connections to the history of science.

Conference Office

Hanna Maurer / Aleksandra Rötschke
Telephone: (07071) 29 76058
FAX: (07071) 29 5110
E-Mail: sekretariat.schreiber@ifap.uni-tuebingen.de


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International Soft Matter Conference 12-16/09/2016
International Soft Matter Conference, ISMC2016
12-16 September 2016, Grenoble, France

This is the first announcement about the 4th International Soft Matter Conference (ISMC2016) which will be held at the Alpexpo Alpes Congrès in Grenoble, France from 12 - 16th September 2016. Three previous conferences were held in Aachen (2007), Granada (2010) and Rome (2013), and brought together up to 800 experimentalists and theorists working in the Soft Matter field. The conference covers both the fundamental and applied aspects of Soft Matter and Complex Systems. Local organisers of ISMC2016 include scientists from the large-scale facilities ILL and ESRF as well as from the Grenoble University and other research organizations, such as CEA, CNRS, and INPG in Grenoble.

Further details are available at URL www.ismc2016.org or can be obtained by e-mail : info (at) ismc2016.org .

A second announcement with more details about the conference program and abstract submission will be circulated later this summer.

We hope that you will join us in what is expected to be an exciting conference.

Contact person: Dr. Peter Lindner, lindner@ill.eu




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17th Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference (TNT2016), Fribourg, Switzerland 05-09/09/2016
The 17th edition of Trends in Nanotechnology International Conference (TNT2016) will take place in Fribourg (Switzerland): September 05-09, 2016.

More information available at: http://tntconf.org/2016

The call for papers is currently open - www.tntconf.org/2016/abstractSub.php?conf=16
TNT2016 Deadlines:

Flechita_med.jpg Abstract Submission (Oral request): CLOSED
Flechita_med.jpg Student Grant (Travel bursary) Request: CLOSED
Flechita_med.jpg Early Bird Registration Fee: June 06, 2016
Flechita_med.jpg Abstract Submission (Poster request): June 10, 2016
www.tntconf.org/2016/deadlines.php?conf=16

The conference already unveils 27 Keynote & Invited speakers.

6 sessions are already confirmed:
- Bio-Nanotechnology
- Graphene and 2D materials
- Materials for Energy Applications
- Nano-Characterization
- Soft and Bio-Inspired Materials
- Women in Science : The NCCR Bioinspired Materials will sponsor 5-6 travel grants to TNT2016 for women researcher who hold or are about to earn a doctoral degree in a relevant field. Details about the application process will be available soon here http://bioinspired-materials.ch. The selected invited speakers will be announced in summer.




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SoftComp Annual meeting 2016, 6-9/06/2016
6-9 June 2016, Ancona, Italy

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2016 will take place at the Hotel Excelsior La Fonte in Portonovo, Ancona, Italy.

The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts on the evening of June 6, 2016, with a reception for the participants The scientific part of the meeting will be on June 7, 8 and 9 and includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions (tbc). Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Tuesday June 7, 2016, and not on Wednesday June 8, 2016, as originally planned.

The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group from June 6 through June 9, 2016. Transportation from and to the nearest airport (AOI) and train station (Ancona) will be organized for the participants.

Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double occupancy accommodation; some colleagues will be accommodated in nearest hotels. For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Accommodation in nearest hotel is also possible.
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Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de


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Soft interfacial materials: from fundamentals to formulation, 12-13/10/2015
A Royal Society Discussion Meeting will be held in London, UK, on Oct 12 and 13, 2015.

Please bookmark https://royalsociety.org/events/2015/10/soft-interfacial-materials/
where registration (which is free) is already open, and a full announcement will appear soon.

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)

There will also be poster and discussion sessions.

Organizers: Nick Brooks, Mike Cates, Paul Clegg, Alex Lips and John Seddon

Contact person: Prof. John Seddon, j.seddon@imperial.ac.uk


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Neutron Scattering on Nano-Structured Soft Matter: Synthetic- and Bio-Materials, 05-08/10/2015
5-8 October 2015, Tutzing, Germany

In the tradition of the annual international JCNS workshops the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) wil jointly organize the workshop in 2015.
Neutrons are a key probe providing deep insight into the structure and dynamics and thus in the functioning of synthetic and living soft matter. The workshop will discuss the current status, future trends and opportunities of neutron scattering also in combination with simulations.

The topics addressed are:

Functional Polymers
Soft Matter out of Equilibrium
Nano-Composites and Confinement
Nanostructured Complex Fluids
Membranes and Proteins
Soft Matter Materials for Energy Devices

Deadline for contributions is 15 June, 2015

Website: http://www.fz-juelich.de/jcns/EN/Leistungen/ConferencesAndWorkshops/JCNSWorkshops/2015Workshop/_node.html

Contact person: Dr. Rainer Bruchhaus, jcns-workshop@fz-juelich.de


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Nanocomposites in Montpellier, 22-24/07/2015
Montpellier, France
22-24 June 2015

This international workshop on "Structure and dynamics of polymer nanocomposites" will take place in Montpellier from 22nd to 24th of June 2015. It will bring together about 50 scientists from academia and industry. It will focus on polymer nanocomposites, from synthesis to physical characterization, modeling and applications, with a mix of top-level invited speakers and contributed talks. You can submit your abstracts by email anytime before end of March 2015 to julian.oberdisse@univ-montp2.fr or anne-caroline.genix@univ-montp2.fr.

Contact person: Prof. Julian Oberdisse, julian.oberdisse@univ-montp2.fr


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SoftComp Topical Workshop - Ring Polymers: Advances and Perspectives, 12-15/07/2015
SoftComp Topical Workshop
Crete, Greece 12-15 July 2015

Understanding the properties of ring polymers is one of the outstanding challenges in polymer science. This fascinating field has attracted the attention of the scientific community in the 80s but the results on dynamics in particular were controversial and the topic was abandoned due to lack of progress. Recent experimental work (Kapnistos et al., Nat. Mate r. 2008) pioneered by Softcomp groups (Crete, Jülich), supported by theoretical modeling, has demonstrated the crucial importance of ring purity and hence opened the route for exploring the structure and dynamics of this class of polymers. Since then, several simulation, modeling and experimental studies have been published. The field of ring polymers has implications beyond improving our understanding of polymer structure and dynamics, and in particular in biologically relevant problems. For example, mitochondiral and plasmic DNA are cyclic and often has knotted structure; therefore ring polymers are ideal models for fundamental bio-physics problems as well. Chromosomes often exhibiy conformation resembling that of non-concatenated rings. Furthermore, the fundamental understanding of ring structure and dynamics is particularly relevant for applications ranging from DNA separation to enzymology and from protein structure stabilization to drug delivery. Therefore, the 2008 Softcomp-based publication can be considered as a breakthrough in the field.

Contact person: Dr. Dimitris Vlassopoulos, dvlasso@iesl.forth.gr


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SoftComp Annual meeting 2015, 09-11/06/2015
9-11 June 2015, Ancona, Italy

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2015 will take place at the Hotel Excelsior La Fonte in Portonovo, Ancona, Italy.

The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts on the evening of June 8, 2015, with a reception for the participants The scientific part of the meeting will be on June 09 and 11 and includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions (tbc). The ESMI/SoftComp science day (http://www.esmi-eu.net) will take place on June 11, 2015 and of administrative meetings (devoted to ESMI committee members only) on June 12, 2015. Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Wednesday June 10, 2015. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Transportation from and to the nearest airports and train stations will be organized for the participants. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double occupancy accommodation; some colleagues will be accommodated in nearest hotels . For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Accommodation in nearest hotel is also possible.
Proceed to the registration page

Contact person: Dr. Flavio Carsughi, F.Carsughi@fz-juelich.de


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SoftComp Topical Workshop: Rheology of dense particulate suspensions, 1-3/06/2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1-3 June 2015

The non-equilibrium behaviour of soft matter has been a sustained research theme since the beginning of the SoftComp network. Within this theme, rheology occupies an important place, both because of its fundamental academic interest, and because of its huge industrial significance. This two-day SoftComp Topical Workshop in the area of rheology of dense particulate suspensions aims to explore new ideas emerging from a number of different directions, all of which suggest that a grand synthesis may be just round the corner. This SoftComp Topical Workshop brings together a number of areas that, until recently, have developed largely in separate directions, but recent results show that they could come together in the near future with the emergence of a unified understanding of dense particulate suspension rheology that is both theoretically elegant and practically applicable. Specifically, it brings together researchers working on five areas to explore this emerging commonality: rheology of colloids (i.e. partic le suspensions dominated by Brownian motion), rheology of pastes (i.e. concentrated suspensions in which thermal motion plays no role), rheology of granular materials, and glassy arrest and jamming.

Contact person: Prof. Wilson Poon, w.poon@ac.ed.uk


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Juelich Soft Matter Days, 12-14/11/2014
12-14 November 2014, Bad Honnef, Germany

Description will follow

Contact person: Prof. J.Dhont, j.k.g.dhont@fz-juelich.de

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SoftComp Topical Workshop: Proteins & Nanoparticles @ Membranes 19-22/10/2014
SoftComp Topical Workshop
19-22 October 2014, Jülich, Germany

Lipid and surfactant membranes are important building blocks for many applications of soft matter physics, and play an essential role for biological systems. A detailed understanding of protein, nanoparticle, and virus interactions with membranes is important for a variety of processes – ranging from material transport within the cell and cellular uptake to viral infection and nanotoxicity. The relevant mechanisms can only be understood by considering simultaneously the physicochemical properties of membrane, nanoparticles, and proteins. Therefore, this workshop intends to bring together researchers who are interested in particles and proteins, as well as those interested in lipid membranes and surfactants.

6 July 2014 - abstract deadline for talks, deadline for travel support
15 August 2014 - deadline for reduced registration fee
30 September 2014 - abstract deadline for posters

Further information and registration: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ics/pam-softcomp




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SoftComp Topical Workshop - FRACTURE OF SOFT MATERIALS: from soft solids to complex fluids 15-18/10/2014
SoftComp topical workshop
Fracture of soft materials, from soft solids to complex fluids
Palavas- les- Flots (France)
15-18 October 2014

The workshop aims at gathering experimentalists and theoreticians from various fields – soft condensed matter physics, rheology and mechanics, and material science – to explore new frontiers in soft fracture mechanics and to stimulate the coming-of-age of this growing field. It will be a place to discuss a variety of phenomena (brittle/ductile transition, elastic blunting, self-healing cracks, adhesive cracks, yielding in cohesive and repulsive soft solids, rheochaos, effects of large-scale heterogeneity, …) and to make a survey of the state of the art in designing model systems, non-standard experimental techniques and new theoretical developments.
The workshop will consist of 20-25 invited lectures by experts in the field, a number of shorter presentations by PhD students and postdocs, and ample time for discussion.

Information and registration : http://soft-fracture.eu/

Contact person: Dr. Christian Ligoure, Christian.Ligoure@univ-montp2.fr




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SoftComp Annual meeting 2014, 26-30/5/2014
26 - 30 May 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2014 will take place at the Knossos Beach Hotel in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts on the evening of May 26, 2014, with a reception for the participants The scientific part of the meeting will be on May 27 and 28 and includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions, Research Platform meetings, a topical workshop (tbc). The ESMI/SoftComp science day (http://www.esmi-eu.net) will take place on May 29, 2014 and of administrative meetings (devoted to ESMI committee members only) on May 30, 2014. Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Thursday May 29, 2013. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Transportation from and to the nearest airports and train stations will be organized for the participants. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double occupancy accommodation; some colleagues will be accommodated in nearest hotels . For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Accommodation in nearest hotel is also possible.
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18th JCNS Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering, 1-12/09/2014
Juelich, Germany
1-9 September 2014

The laboratory course will consist of one week of lectures held at Forschungszentrum Jülich followed by a one week of experiments at the research reactor FRM II in Munich. The lectures will encompass an introduction to neutron sources, into scattering theory and instrumentation. Furthermore, selected topics of condensed matter science will be presented. It is the aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental techniques of neutron scattering and its scientific power. During the first week the students will do exercise work to deepen the understanding of the lecture content . For the experimental part we will issue experiment descriptions beforehand to allow the students to prepare themselves. For the five days of the experimental section 11 instruments are made available free of cost. The participating students will be divided into groups of five. Each group will perform one neutron scattering experiment per day , i.e. each group will work at five different instruments. The experimental data measured will be analysed by the students assisted by the scientist responsible for the instrument. Lectures: 1. Introduction: Neutron Scattering in Contemporary Research 2. Neutron sources 3. Symmetry in crystals 4. Diffraction 5. Nanostructures Investigated by Neutron Scattering 6. Macromolecules (Structure) 7. Spin-dependent and Magnetic Scattering 8. Structural Analysis 9. Neutron Reflectomet ry 10. Magnetic Nanostructures 11. Inelastic Scattering 12. Strongly Correlated Electrons 13. Dynamics of Macromolecules 14. Applications of Neutron Scattering - an Overview; Experiments: 1. Backscattering spectrometer 2. Polarisation analysis 3. Reflectometer 4. Neutron spin echo spectrometer 5. Small angle scattering 6. Ultra-small angle scattering 7. Single crystal diffraction 8. Three-axis spectrometer 9. Powder diffractometer 10. Time-of-flight spectrometer 11. Cold neutron three-axis spectrometer
 
Dynamics of complex fluid-fluid interfaces 13-18/07/2014
Dynamics of complex fluid-fluid interfaces
Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland 13-18 July 2014

The mechanical and structural properties of fluid-fluid interfaces have a significant effect on the properties of multiphase soft matter systems. The dynamic behavior of these systems is extremely complicated and up to now often poorly understood. The aim of this workshop is to consolidate the discussion on the behavior of multiphase systems with complex interfaces and stimulate new strategies for combining experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches.
Beside presentations of invited speakers, poster and short oral presentations form the participants are part of the workshop. The call for abstracts is now open (Deadline 28.2.2014).

Link http://rheology-esr.net/events/dynamics-of-complex-fluid-fluid-interfaces/

Contact person: Prof. Jan Vermant, Jan.Vermant@cit.kuleuven.be




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AMPERE NMR SCHOOL 2014, 22-28/06/2014
The AMPERE NMR Schools is an annual international event existing for 16 years and attracting many lecturers and participants from the whole world. The AMPERE NMR School, is organized by the Macromolecular Physics Department of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, in collaboration with Centre for European Integration, under the auspices of the Groupement AMPERE. The School is addressed to young scientists (post graduate students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows) and is focused on theoretical and experimental aspects of NMR methods and other techniques (Dielectric Spectroscopy, Rheology, Neutron Scattering), especially in nano-science, and nano-materials. All lectures, presentations and poster session will be held in Zakopane, Poland. The programme of the School covers the following topics: - solid state and soft matter NMR - NMR diffusometry and relaxometry - application of NMR in biology and medicine - application of NMR material and environmental sciences - magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy - NMR and quantum information - theoretical and experimental aspects of dynamic nuclear spin polarization - advanced NMR techniques. The participants will take part in about 20 tutorial lectures presented by distinguished physicists from Germany, England, Russia, USA, France and Poland ect. School is to bring together scientists from different countries involved in research and applications of NMR spectroscopy, to share experience and to establish new contacts.


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12th European Summer School on Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter, 16-23/05/2014
Bombannes, Carcans-Maubuisson, Gironde, France
16-23 May 2014

The "European Summer School on Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter" offers a one-week high-level training for PhD-students and young researchers every two-years. By nature, scattering methods are well suited for studying the structure and dynamics of systems organized on the nanoscale, which is typically the case for polymer, surfactant, or colloidal systems, i.e. the building blocks of Soft Matter Composites. The school starts with an introduction to instrumentation and experimental methods in light, neutron and x-ray scattering, covering both dynamics and structural aspects. Scattering theory (from data treatment to simulation techniques and the inverse scattering problem) and lectures dedicated to special topics in the field of soft condensed matter make up the main body of the school. To name just a few, there will be topical lectures on microemulsions, biological applications, colloidal aggregation, polymer and polymer processing, turbid suspensions, and scat tering under external constraints. All lectures are available on the web (http://www.ill.eu/bombannes), and have mostly been published in a successful book (Neutrons, X-ray and Light: Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter; Lindner, P. ; Zemb, Th.; eds.; North Holland, 2002), which is included in the participation fee and distributed as lecture material to all students.
 
5th Laboratory Course on Dielectric Spectroscopy 19-23/05/2014
Materials Physics Center (CFM) San Sebastian, Spain
19-23 May 2014


The Polymer and Soft Matter Group (PSMG) at Materials Physics Center (CSIC-UPV/EHU), San Sebastián (Spain), organizes the 4th edition of the laboratory course on Broad-band Dielectric Spectroscopy. This is a training initiative in the framework of ESMI and SOFTCOMP.

The laboratory course will consist of lectures and experimental sessions. The lectures will include an introduction to polarization theory, dielectric materials and instrumentation. Selected experiments on soft-matter and polymers will be conducted and analyzed by the participants. Furthermore, there will be two Invited Tutorials on specific topics involving intensively dielectric relaxation experiments.

It is the aim of the course to introduce participants into the dielectric relaxation experimental techniques and there applications in soft-condensed matter research.

The course is open to researchers and graduate students in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Biology.

Deadline for pre-registration is February 23th, 2014.

The maximum number of accepted participants is limited to 18.

For more detailed information: http://www.sc.ehu.es/sqwpolim/PSMG/BDSLC/

Contact person: Prof. Angel Alegria, angel.alegria@ehu.es




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12th European Summer School on "Scattering Methods" Applied to Soft Condensed Matter 16-23/05/2014
Les Bruyères, Carcans-Maubuisson, Gironde, France
16-23 May 2014

The Bombannes summer school is devoted to the practical «state-of-art» approach to scattering methods, using neutrons, as well as X-ray and light sources - today’s key techniques to study structure and dynamics in systems containing colloids, polymers, surfactants and biological macromolecules. Since 1990 the Bombannes school series introduces, on a fundamental level, the current methodology of static and dynamic scattering techniques and their application to soft matter systems. It provides with a period of 2 years advanced training for young researchers with a working place in European laboratories at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.
The school provides an introduction to instrumentation and experimental methods in light, neutron and x-ray scattering, covering both dynamics and structural aspects. Scattering theory (from data treatment to simulation techniques and the inverse scattering problem) and lectures dedicated to special topics in the field of soft condensed matter make up the main body of the school. To name just a few, there will be topical lectures on surfactant systems, microemulsions, biological applications, colloidal aggregation, polymers and polymer processing, turbid suspensions, and scattering under external constraints.

25 hours of general lectures, divided into
two parts: an introductory session during the first half of the week covers the areas of general introduction to scattering experiments, basic concepts of data treatment, the notion of contrast, general theorems, instrumentation and resolution effects. In the second half of the week, applications of static and dynamic scattering techniques to investigate typical polymers, biological systems and turbid suspentions will be presented.
10 hours compulsory oral contributions,
given by the students during the evening sessions.
All current lectures will be made available for registered participants on the web (http://www.ill.eu/bombannes). Most of the lectures have been published in a standard text book (Neutrons, X-ray and Light: Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter; Lindner, P.; Zemb, Th.; eds. North Holland, 2002), which is included in the participation fee and distributed as lecture material to all students.

Peter Lindner - ILL, Grenoble (chair)
Otto Glatter - U Graz
Julian Oberdisse - U Montpellier
Jan Skov Pedersen - U Aarhus
Peter Schurtenberger - U Lund

February 2014
Deadline for pre-registration

March 2014
Decision on applications and announcement of accepted candidates

The number of students is limited to 35.

Contact person: Dr. Peter Lindner

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NIBB 2014 "Neutrons in Biology and Biotechnology"
19-21 February, 2014
ILL, Grenoble, France

Scope
The use of neutrons in structural biology has become increasingly powerful and sophisticated in recent years. In particular, over the last decade, improvements in sources, instrumentation and sample preparation have revolutionized the scope of neutron scattering studies of biological systems. Furthermore the use of complementary techniques (such as synchrotron radiation, NMR, EM) now makes neutron scattering one of the most powerful approach in obtaining structural and dynamical information over a wide range of length scales and timescales.

This meeting will focus on highlighting recent results in fundamental biology and biotechnology. The meeting will also consider the future of the field and the implications for the type of science that can be considered as well as for the instruments required.


Abstract submission deadline : 10 January 2014
Registration deadline : 31 January 2014

http://www.ill.eu/nibb2014

Contact person: Prof. Tommy Nylander

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International Soft Matter Conference, 16-19/09/2013
International Soft Matter Conference, ISMC2013
16-19 September 2013, Rome, Italy

This conference will bring together all scientists interested in soft matter systems such as colloids, polymers, surfactants, membranes, bio-materials and their composites. It is the third conference of the ISMC series and it is organized in the campus of "Sapienza Universita' di Roma" under the auspices of the NoE SOFTCOMP. The previous two conference were held at Aachen (2007) and Granada (2010).

The plenary and invited speakers, separated according to the eight main topics are:

BIOLOGICAL SOFT MATTER
Amos Maritan (Università di Padova, Italy), Plenary
Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Jean-François Joanny (Institut Curie Paris, France)
Felix Ritort (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
G.V. Shivashankar (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

COLLOIDS
Clemens Bechinger (Universität Stuttgart, Germany), Plenary
Frank Cichos (Universität Leipzig Germany)
Willem Kegel (Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Yan Levin (UFRGS Porto Alegre Brazil)
Veronique Trappe (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX FLUIDS
Julia Yeomans (University of Oxford, UK), Plenary
Lydéric Bocquet (Université Lyon 1, France)
Roberto Di Leonardo (CNR-IPCF, Italy)
Gerald Fuller (Stanford University, USA)
Davide Marenduzzo (University of Edinburgh, UK)

MEMBRANES
Gerhard Gompper (Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Germany), Plenary
Pietro Cicuta (University of Cambridge, UK)
Emma Sparr (Lund University, Sweden)

POLYMERS
Michael Rubinstein (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA), Plenary
Joerg Baschnagel (Université de Strasbourg, France)
Jian Ping Gong (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Tim Lodge (University of Minnesota, USA)

SELF-ASSEMBLY
Daan Frenkel (University of Cambridge, UK), Plenary
Mirjam Leunissen (FOM Institute AMOLF, The Netherlands)
Andrew Turberfield (University of Oxford, UK)
José Maria Tavares (ISEL and CFTC, Lisboa, Portugal)

SURFACES AND INTERFACES
Jacob Klein (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel), Plenary
Dirk Aarts (University of Oxford, UK)
Ashutosh Sharma (Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India)
Kathleen J. Stebe (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

SOFT NANOTECHNOLOGY
Dan Luo (Cornell University, USA), Plenary
Paul Clegg (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Roland Netz (Technische Universität München, Germany)

More details can be found on the webpage http://www.ismc2013.it
or by sending an email to ismc2013@phys.uniroma1.it

Please note the important (and strict) deadline for abstract submission: April 30 2013.

Contact person: Prof. Francesco Sciortino, francesco.sciortino@phys.uniroma1.it


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17th Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering 02-13/09/2013
2-13 September 2013, Juelich and Garching, Germany

Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is happy to announce that registration is open for the 17th Laboratory Course Neutron Scattering taking place September 2-13, 2013 in Juelich and Garching/Munich, Germany.
The course will consist of one week of lectures and exercises and one week of practical training at the instruments of the research reactor FRM II. It is the aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental technique and its scientific power.
Students of physics, chemistry, material science and biosciences are invited to apply for participation. There is no tuition fee. Accommodation and meals during the course will be provided by JCNS. Travel expenses will be reimbursed for a limited number of foreign students.

For further information and to apply for participation please visit our website

http://www.neutronlab.de

Deadline for application is May 26, 2013.


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SoftComp Annual meeting 2013, 27-30/05/2013
27 - 30 May 2013, Rimini, Italy

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2013 will take place at the Sporting Hotel in Rimini, Italy.

The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts on the evening of May 27, 2013, with a reception for the participants The scientific part of the meeting will be on May 28 and 29 and includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions, Research Platform meetings, a topical workshop (tbc). The ESMI/SoftComp joint meeting (http://www.esmi-eu.net) will take place right after the SoftComp Annual Meeting and it consists of a scientific meeting on May 30 and of administrative meetings (devoted to ESMI committee members only) on May 31, 2013. Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on Thursday May 30, 2013. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Transportation from and to the nearest airports and train stations will be organized for the participants who reported their travel details NOT LATER THAN MAY 17, 2013, 17:00. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double occupancy accommodation. For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it). Accommodation in nearest hotel is also possible.
Proceed to the registration page


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PROTEIN DYNAMICS AND FUNCTION 15-17/04/2013
PROTEIN DYNAMICS AND FUNCTION is organized jointly between Durham University’s Biophysics Sciences Institute and FZ Jülich.
Location: Durham University (Collingwood College), April 15-17, 2013

This focussed conference will explore frontiers in experimental and theoretical understanding of biomolecular dynamics and the connection between dynamics and function. Specific topics include:
Simulation at multiple lengthscales
AFM, fluorescence, NMR and neutron methods for probing dynamics
Dynamics for protein function including allostery and catalysis
Accommodation and conference sessions will be at Collingwood College, Durham University, UK including a conference dinner in Durham Castle. The conference will be followed by a focussed workshop at the Durham Institute of Advanced Study for limited numbers.

Organising Committee: Tom McLeish, Ehmke Pohl (Durham); Dieter Richter, Ralf Biehl (Jülich)
Additional information is provided on the webpage
http://www.dur.ac.uk/bsi/events/protein_dynamics/


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Macromolecules in Constrained Environments 24-29/03/13
Macromolecules in Constrained Environments
24 -29 March 2013 – Les Houches – France

Some materials can see their macroscopic properties drastically influenced by the microscopic structure they exhibit. This is particularly the case when these materials are composed of geometrically constrained macromolecules.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from different origins (academic and industrial) and different disciplines (chemistry, physical-chemistry, physics, etc.) in order to address the question of the physics of polymers and colloids in confined environments. Understanding the microscopic behavior of the system in both processing/structure and structure/properties relationships is of utmost importance. The meeting will address this question from experimental, theoretical, and numerical approaches.

The scientific objectives of the conference are organized around five plenary lectures:

•“Polymer Blends/Polymer Dynamics” : Juan Colmenero (University of the Basque Country)
•“MicroFluidics” : D. Weitz (Harvard University)
•“Biological System” : A. Grosberg (New York University)
•“Glass Transition” : M. Ediger (University of Wisconsin)
•“Colloidal Physics” : W. Poon (Edinburgh)

More details can be found on the webpage. http://houches2013.solvay-rhodia.com/ or by sending an email to houches2013@eu.rhodia.com

Please note the important deadline for abstract submission: December 1 , 2012


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DYNACOP Conference - Dynamics of Architecturally Complex Polymers: Current and Future Trends 12-14/12/2012
This is the final meeting of the DYNACOP Marie Curie Initial Training Network and will showcase some of the leading current research in the fields of polymer dynamics, rheology and synthesis. In keeping with the training aims of the network, the meeting will bring together established world leaders in the field with younger scientists from both inside and outside the network, giving both the opportunity to present their work.

Abstracts Submissions Open
The call for abstract registration is now open and the deadline for submissions is the 14th September, 2012.

Registration Open
Conference registration is now open and the deadline for registration is Friday 2nd November, 2012. DYNACOP members are asked to register as soon as possible, and preferably before Friday 2 October, 2012.

The DYNACOP Conference will take place at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom

https://eudoxus.leeds.ac.uk/dynacop/LeedsConference.html
dynacopadmin@leeds.ac.uk


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Frontiers in Biomolecular Sciences: From Molecules to Cells 07-09/11/2012
"Frontiers in Biomolecular Sciences: From Molecules to Cells" is organized by the Forschungszentrum Juelich, on 07-09 November 2012.

Gerhard Gompper, Gunnar Schroeder, Birgit Strodel and Dieter Willbold.

To perform a specific function, biomolecules usually interact with many other
molecules and often undergo large conformational changes. Structural changes
at the molecular level can affect higher order structure and vice versa, as
for example the mechanical properties of actin filaments are governed by the
intricate details of the subunit interactions. Understanding this interplay
between the molecular and cellular level is one of the grand challenges in
biology, as this requires covering a wide range of length and time scales.
Simulation and computational modeling are essential tools to address these
challenges. Here, the interplay with experiments is crucial, in particular for
the interpretation of experimental results and the integration of different
experimental techniques.

Additional information is provided on the webpage

http://www.fz-juelich.de/ics/ics-2/EN/Leistungen/ConferencesAndWorkshops/BioScience2012/_node.html

Please note the important dates:
Deadline abstract submission: July 15, 2012
Deadline for registration and payment: October 31, 2012.


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Trends and Perspectives in Neutron Scattering for Soft Matter and Biophysics, 8-11/10/2012
The 2012 JCNS Workshop

Trends and Perspectives in Neutron Scattering for Soft Matter and Biophysics

will be held in Tutzing, Germany

from 8 – 11 October 2012.

Please visit our web-site for further information and abstract submission

http://www.fz-juelich.de/jcns/EN/Leistungen/ConferencesAndWorkshops/JCNSWorkshops/2012Workshop/_node.html

Further details are included in the workshop leaflet.

We are looking forward to an exciting workshop and hope seeing you in Tutzing at the Starnberger See south of Munich.

Dieter Richter, Juelich Centre for Neutron Science
Juan Colmenero, Donostia International Physics Center
Scientific Organizing Committee

Financial support is kindly acknowledged:
Juelich Centre for Neutron Science
www.fz-juelich.de/jcns
Donostia International Physics Center
www.dipc.ehu.es
SoftComp
www.eu-softcomp.net

Venue:
www.ev-akademie-tutzing.de/en

Visit our website http://www.cicbiomagune.es/PhysChemBio for more information, and to apply.


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16th JCNS Labcourse on neutron scattering 03-14/09/2012
3-14 September 2012, Juelich and Garching, Germany
The laboratory course will consist of one week of lectures held at Forschungszentrum Jülich followed by a one week of experiments at the research reactor FRM II in Munich. The lectures will encompass an introduction to neutron sources, into scattering theory and instrumentation. Furthermore, selected topics of condensed matter science will be presented. It is the aim of the course to give a realistic insight into the experimental techniques of neutron scattering and its scientific power. During the first week the students will do exercise work to deepen the understanding of the lecture content. For the experimental part we will issue experiment descriptions beforehand to allow the students to prepare themselves. For the five days of the experimental section 11 instruments are made available free of cost. The corresponding 55 instrument days represent total costs of 275000 Euro. The participating students will be divided into groups of five. Each group will perform one neutron scattering experiment per day, i.e. each group will work at five different instruments. The experimental data measured will be analysed by the students assisted by the scientist responsible for the instrument. Lectures: 1. Introduction: Neutron Scattering in Contemporary Research 2. Neutron sources 3. Symmetry in crystals 4. Diffraction 5. Nanostructures Investigated by Neutron Scattering 6. Macromolecules (Structure) 7. Spin-dependent and Magnetic Scattering 8. Structural Analysis 9. Neutron Reflectometry 10. Magnetic Nanostructures 11. Inelastic Scattering 12. Strongly Correlated electrons 13. Dynamics of Macromolecules 14. Applications of Neutron Scattering - an Overview; Experiments: 1. Backscattering spectrometer 2. Polarisation analysis 3. Reflectometer 4. Neutron spin echo spectrometer 5. Small angle scattering 6. Ultra-small angle scattering 7. Single crystal diffraction 8. Three-axis spectrometer 9. Powder diffractometer 10. Time-of-flight spectrometer 11. Neutron resonance spin echo spectrometer

More information at http://www.fz-juelich.de/jcns/EN/Leistungen/ConferencesAndWorkshops/LabCourse/History/LabCourse2012/_node.html

Contact person: Dr. Reiner Zorn, R.Zorn@fz-juelich.de


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Faraday Discussion 161: Lipids and Membrane Biophysics, London, United Kingdom, 11-13/09/2012
It is now 7 weeks until the 18th November deadline for submission of Oral Abstracts.

This Faraday Discussion will consider recent developments in the study of biomembrane structure, ordering and dynamics, with particular emphasis on the roles of lipids in these phenomena. As well as discussing new experimental and theoretical findings and novel methodologies, the meeting will focus on exploring the relevance of concepts from amphiphile self-assembly and soft matter physics to understanding biomembranes. The Discussion will focus on the following themes:
Lipid self-assembly
Structure, ordering and dynamics of membranes
Lateral segregation, trans-bilayer coupling and microdomains
Membrane curvature, micromechanics and fusion
Lipid-protein interactions: two-way coupling
Interactions of signalling lipids and other molecules with membranes
Biomedical and technological applications of lipid membranes

Abstracts (one A4 page) should be sent by email attachment to RSC Events (events@rsc.org) with the subject header: ‘FD161 Abstract’.

Further information is available at: www.rsc.org/FD161

We do hope you will take the opportunity to join this exciting Discussion, which will include the following Invited Speakers:
Prof. John Nagle (Introductory) Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Prof. Evan Evans (Closing) Boston University, USA
Prof. Olaf Sparre Andersen Cornell University, USA
Prof. Alfred Blume Martin-Luther-Universität Halle,Germany
Prof. Markus Deserno Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Prof. Reinhard Lipowsky MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
Prof. David Needham Duke University, USA
Prof. Thomas Schmidt Leiden Institute of Physics, The Netherlands
Prof. Petra Schwille TU Dresden, Germany
Prof. Håkan Wennerström University of Lund, Sweden

Contact person: John M. Seddon, j.seddon@imperial.ac.uk


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Polymeric Materials, 12-12/09/2012
12-14 September 2012, Halle (Saale), Germany
Polymeric Materials 2012 represents the 15th event within the series of ,,Polymeric Materials“ conferences in Halle/Merseburg organized biennially. This conference has a longstanding tradition in the field of polymer science and engineering in Germany. In plenary, keynote and short lectures as well as poster presentations scientific results in the fields of Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics and Polymer Engineering will be presented and discussed. In 2012 a special symposium is planned on the topic: Polymers in Life Science.

http://www.p2012.de
Contact Person: Prof. Dr. W. Paul, Wolfgang.Paul@physik.uni-halle.de


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Practical and Lecture Course Physical Chemistry of Biointerfaces II, 9-14/07/2012
9-14 July 2012, San Sebastian, Spain

The FEBS Combined Practical and Lecture Course Physical Chemistry of Biointerfaces II will take place on July 9-14 2012 in San Sebastian. The 5-day workshop offers a multidisciplinary set of lectures by excellent speakers with international reputation in their research fields, and a broad choice of hands-on practicals on state-of-the-art techniques for the preparation, analysis and simulation of biointerfaces. The course builds on experience from the workshop’s first edition in 2010, which speakers and attendees alike were enthusiastic about.

The goal is to provide the attendants with a thorough overview of basic concepts from physics, chemistry, and biology that form the foundations of the interdisciplinary field of biointerfaces and to illustrate how these concepts are applied in everyday research. The course is targeted at early stage researchers with a background in physical sciences and engineering, chemistry and/or biology and related disciplines. A considerable number of fellowships will be available.

San Sebastian is a picturesque and lively city situated on the Atlantic coast next to the Pyrenees. The attendee’s and speaker’s accommodation will be situated in the city close to the beaches of San Sebastian.

Visit our website http://www.cicbiomagune.es/PhysChemBio for more information, and to apply.


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Physics of Complex Colloids, 03-13/07/2012
3-13 July 2012, Varenna, Italy

The primary aim of the school is to cover the most exciting modern topics in the physics of colloids.The school will focus on nine mini-courses and on a small number of seminars. The directors are Clemens Bechinger - Universität Stuttgart
Francesco Sciortino - Università di Roma Sapienza, Primoz Ziherl - Jozef Stefan Institute. The topics covered in the mini-courses will include
§ Colloidal interactions and phase diagrams (C. N. Likos, Wien)
§ Hydrodynamics in colloids (G. Naegele, Juelich)
§ Simulation techniques (D. Frenkel, Cambridge)
§ Colloidal arrested states of matter (E. Zaccarelli, Roma)
§ Structural investigations of colloids (R. Piazza, Milano)
§ Synthesis (B. Vincent, Bristol)
§ Applications (S. Granick, Urbana-Champaign)
§ Non-equilibrium phenomena (C. Vandenbroeck, Diepenbeek)
§ Active Motion (W. Poon, Edinburgh)
Mini-courses (1-7) will consist of six 45-minute lectures, mini-courses (8-9) will consist of three 45-minute lectures. This schedule will allow speakers to discuss the concepts, methodologies, and results in a particular field in full detail. In addition, 45-minutes seminars will be delivered by
§ P. Chaikin
§ M. Dijkstra
§ M. Fuchs
§ A. G. Yodh
§ E. Trizac
§ P. Vekilov
www.itn-comploids.eu/summerschool
Contact person: Francesco Sciortino, francesco.sciortino@uniroma1.it


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11th European Summer school on Scattering Methods applied to Soft Condensed Matter, 07-14/06/2012
07-14 June 2012, Bombannes, France

The ‘International Bombannes Summer School on Scattering Methods Applied to Soft Condensed Matter’ offers a one-week high-level training for European PhD-students and young researchers every two-years. By nature, scattering methods are well suited for studying the structure and dynamics of systems organized on the nanoscale, which is typically the case for polymer, surfactant, or colloidal systems, i.e. the building blocks of Soft Matter Composites.
The 11th edition of this summer school will take place from 7th to 14th of June 2012, in Bombannes (Gironde, France). Further information and the application procedure will be available soon on www.ill.eu/bombannes.


Contact person: Dr. Julian Oberdisse, julian.oberdisse@univ-montp2.fr

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SoftComp Annual meeting 2012, 28-31/05/2012
28 May - 1 June 2012, Heraklion, Greece

The SoftComp Annual meeting 2012 will take place at the Knossos Beach Hotel in Crete, Greece.

The SoftComp Annual Meeting represents the forum for all SoftComp particpants to discuss scientfic work performed and the realization of next goals. The SoftComp Annual Meeting starts on the evening of May 28, 2012, with a reception for the participants The scientific part of the meeting will be on May 29, 30 and 31 (until lunch time) and includes the following sessions: Plenary lectures, Planned Collaborative Research Activities sessions, Research Platform meetings, a topical workshop on "Soft Matter in confined spaces". The ESMI (http://www.esmi-eu.net) User Meeting will take place right after the SoftComp Annual Meeting and it consists of a scientific meeting on May 31 and of administrative meetings (devoted to ESMI committee members only) on June 1, 2012, 13:00. Special emphasis will be devoted to the free discussion, in order to bring the participants together to discuss on their present and/or future research projects. The social dinner will take place on May 31, 2012. The SoftComp central budget will cover the full meeting costs, the subsistence/accommodation and the travel costs (up to a max of 250 euro per person) up to four persons per group. Transportation from and to the Heraklion airport will be organized for the participants who reported their travel details. Attention please: due to the limited number of rooms available, in your registration form please report if you agree to a double occupancy accommodation. For this reason, it would be very important that you register under the SoftComp web portal as soon as possible, at least within February. For any questions, please contact directly the SoftComp Manager (email address F.Carsughi@alisf1.univpm.it).


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Laboratory Course on Dielectric Spectroscopy, 28/05/2012 - 02/06/2012
28 May - 2 June 2012, San Sebastian, Spain

The course is open to graduate students in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Biology.

The laboratory course will consist of lectures and experimental sessions. The lectures will include an introduction to polarization theory, dielectric materials and instrumentation. Selected experiments on soft-matter and polymers will be conducted and anaylsed by the students. Furthermore, there will be two Invited Tutorials and two sessions of lectures on specific applications.
It is the aim of the course to introduce students into the dielectric relaxation experimental techniques and its applications in soft-condensed matter research.

Course Responsible: Prof. A. Alegría
Lectures sessions
• Fundamentals of electrostatics
• Dielectric materials
• Static dielectric permittivity
• Dielectric response
• Models of the dielectric relaxation
• Experimental methods
• Data analysis
• Tutorial on: Dielectric relaxation in polymers
• Tutorial on: Dielectric relaxation and large scale chain dynamics
• Applications of dielectric relaxation to soft-matter research

Laboratory Sessions
• Introducction to the laboratory equipments
• Sample preparation methods
• Conducting a low-frequency experiment
• Conducting a high-frequency experiment
• Conducting a time-domain experiment
• Analysis of the obtained data
• Results and interpretation

The participating students will be divided into groups of five. Each group will work at three different instruments. The experimental data measured will be analysed by the students assisted by the course teachers.

Contact: Prof. Angel Alegría, angel.alegria@ehu.es

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NaNaX5. Nanoscience with Nanocrystals, 07-11/05/12
7-11 May 2012, Fuengirola, Spain

NaNaX 5 is the fifth international conference specifically dedicated to discuss and share the most recent findings related to Nanoscience with Nanocrystals. Topics will include the fabrication of nanocrystals, the observation of novel phenomena, the assembly of nanocrystal building blocks, individual and collective properties, as well as applications arising from such novel materials and phenomena. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the epigenetic mechanisms and their link to chromatin dynamics. The different functions of the nucleus involving the genome and its organization will be discussed with an emphasis on the technological limits and the new experimental approaches developed today. Links between the disruption of nuclear function and the development of human pathologies will be discussed.
http://www.nanax5.com/index.html
Contact person: contact@nanax5.com


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Cytoskeleton course - cell invasion and migration 16-20/04/2012
16-20 April 2012, Paris, France

The 4th Cytoskeleton course will take place from April 16th to 20th here at the Institut Curie, Paris, France.
This year topic is Cell migration and invasion.
All lectures are open to the SoftComp community,
except the breaks and meals which will be limited only for the selected students.

Here is the list of speakers:

Marie-France Carlier , Lebs, Gif-sur-Ivette - TBA (Actin polymerization)
Kinneret Keren, Technion, Israel - TBA (Cell shape)
Laura Machesky, The Beatson, Glasgow, UK - 3D migration and invasion reveal contrasting roles for N-WASP and Scar/WAVE proteins
Alexis Gautreau, Lebs, Gif-sur-Ivette - Dual regulation of the Arp2/3 complex in cell migration
Tatyana Svitkina, Univ of Pennsylvania, US - TBA (Electron microscopy of cystoskeleton, actin dynamics)
Edgar Gomes, Myology Institut, France - TBA (nuclear positioning in cell migration)
Christoph Ballestrem, Univ of Manchester, UK - TBA (focal adhesions)
Ana-Maria Lennon, Institut Curie/UMR144 - TBA (DC migration)
Matthieu Piel, Institut Curie/UMR144 - TBA (cell migration in confined environments)
Jacco van Rheenen, Hubrecht, Netherlands - Intravital microscopy of actin-driven tumor cell migration during metastasis
Giorgio Scita, IFOM, Milan, Italy - Actin and membrane dynamics in the plasticity of cell migration
Katerina Wolf, Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Physical limits of cell migration
Olivier Collin, ENS, France - TBA (Podosomes as Mechanosensors)
Julie Plastino, Institut Curie/UMR168 - Integrating biochemical and physical mechanisms of actin-driven propulsion
Xavier Trepat, University of Barcelona, Spain - Mechanical guidance of collective cell migration
Darren Gilmour, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany - TBA (Collective cell migration in morphogenesis)
Philippe Chavrier, Institut Curie/UMR144 - TBA (MT1-MMP trafficking in cell migration)

Many of speakers will stay few days at Institut Curie, so if you would like to meet them,
please let us know and we can arrange a meeting.

The program is not finalized yet, but you can find a current version on Curie Training site:
http://www.enseignement.curie.fr/fr/content/4-cours-sur-le-cytosquelette-migration-et-invasion-cellulaire-2012


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Colloidal Dispersions in External Fields, Bonn, Germany, 20-23/03/2012
Soft matter in general and colloidal dispersions in particular are characterized by their susceptibility to manipulation by even weak external fields. The scientific focus of the conference is on the physics of colloids in confining geometries, under shear, as well as in electric, laser-optical and magnetic fields. Self-organization phenomena in equilibrium and non-equilibrium, where colloidal dispersions play a pivotal role as model systems, will be discussed. Particular emphasis will be put on the combined use of complementary methods, such as experiment, computer simulation and theory.

The conference is held in conjunction with the Collaborative Research Center Transregio SFB TR6 with the title "Physics of Colloidal Dispersions in External Fields". It is the third conference in a series that was started in 2004 by the CODEF I meeting and continued in 2008 by the CODEF II meeting.

Conference web portal http://www.codef,de

Contact person: Prof. H.Loewen, hlowen@thphy.uni-duesseldorf.de

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Colloidal Dispersions in External Fields, 20-23/03/2012
20-23 March 2012, Bonn, Germany

The conference is held in conjunction with the Collaborative Research Center Transregio SFB TR6 with the title "Physics of Colloidal Dispersions in External Fields". It is the third conference in a series that was started in 2004 by the CODEF I meeting and continued in 2008 by the CODEF II meeting.
Conference web portal http://www.codef,de
Contact person: Prof. H.Loewen, hlowen@thphy.uni-duesseldorf.de


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8th Course on Epigenetics, 14-21/03/2012
14-21 March 2012, Paris, France

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the epigenetic mechanisms and their link to chromatin dynamics. The different functions of the nucleus involving the genome and its organization will be discussed with an emphasis on the technological limits and the new experimental approaches developed today. Links between the disruption of nuclear function and the development of human pathologies will be discussed.
http://enseignement.curie.fr/en/content/8th-course-epigenetics-2012
Contact person: Geneviève Almouzni Geneviève.Almouzni@curie.fr


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43rd IFF Spring School 2012 "Scattering Methods for Condensed Matter Research: Towards Novel Applications at Future Sources" 05-16/03/2012
Juelich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) is happy to announce that registration is open for the

43rd IFF Spring School 2012 entitled
"Scattering Methods for Condensed Matter Research: Towards Novel Applications at Future Sources"

taking place March 05 - 16, 2012 in Juelich, Germany. The IFF Spring School 2012 comes timely to the centennial anniversary of the discovery of X-ray scattering from single crystals by Max von Laue, Walter Friedrich and Paul Knipping in 1912.

For further information and to apply for participation please visit our webpage

www.iff-springschool.de

Deadline for application is December 09, 2011.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Juelich!


Contact person: Prof. D.Richter, neutronscattering@fz-juelich.de

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Cell Shape Changes: Cell Motility and Morphogenesis, 12-15/12/2011
12-15 December 2011, Paris, France
This course focuses on the cell shape changes that occur during cell motility and embryonic development, with an emphasis on the physical mechanisms involved in these biological processes. Lecturers and participants will be both physicists and biologists. Conferences will be in English.
Thursday Dec 15th afternoon, participants will be broken into small groups for visits of the Institut Curie laboratories (cell biology, physics, developmental biology).
http://www.curie.fr/en/training/coursecellshapechanges
Contact person: Julie Plastino, Julie.Plastino@curie.fr


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Juelich Soft Matter Days, 15-18/11/2011
15-18 November 2011, Bonn, Germany

Description will follow

Contact person: Prof. J.Dhont, j.k.g.dhont@fz-juelich.de

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Molecular Biology of the Cell, 09.01/10.02/2011, 09.01.-10.02.2012
9 January – 10 February 2012, Paris, France

Cells are the functional units of life and cell biology explores the complex processes that regulate their activity. As such, cell biology is a mix of disciplines that range from computations to imaging living organisms.
The aim of this course (theory and practice) of 4 weeks is to attract an international group of students (Master students and youg PhD students) to this research area by bringing together leading scientists for a series of state-of the-art lectures and cutting edge practical sessions that will introduce them to the most recent concepts and challenges in modern cell biology.
http://www.curie.fr/en/biologie-moleculaire-de-la-cellule-2011-2012-003218
Contact person: Philippe Chavrier, Philippe.Chavrier@curie.fr


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