Date for the Diary: CECAM school on Liquid Crystal Modelling and Simulation

The 23rd Course of the International Liquid Crystal School will be the CECAM school on Liquid Crystal Modelling and Simulation, in Erice, Italy from July 13th (arrival) to July 19th (departure), 2017.
The school is organized by CECAM-Italy e dal GNFM – National Group of Mathematical Physics. Details on the program, lecturers, registration and so on are available at here. Possible financial support for students is still available after acceptance to the school by the organising committee.

BLCS Annual Meeting 2017: abstract submission and registration now open

The BLCS Annual Meeting 2017, will take place 3rd-5th April at the Toscana Hall in Würzburg Residence, Germany. This will be the second time the British and German Liquid Crystal Societies have joined forces to bring together an exciting joint meeting. The conference will cover cutting edge research across all elements of liquid crystal science, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, materials science and bio-science.

Abstract Submission and Registration are now open via the conference website.
Deadline for abstract submission: Wednesday 8th February.
Deadline for registration: Friday 24th February.

Please see the opportunities page to apply for student travel awards to this conference.

Date for the Diary: Young Researcher meeting

UPDATE: Please note this meeting has been cancelled. (09/01/17)

The first British Liquid Crystal Society Young Researcher meeting, to be held at Durham University on the 13th of January 2017, is now open for booking here.

While the focus of the meeting is on hearing about the work of research associates and PhD students, we welcome those at all stages in their career to attend what is promising to be an excellent day of science. We are excited to have Prof. Helen Gleeson of Leeds university to deliver our plenary lecture, as anyone who has seen Helen speak before knows she is not to be missed!

This meeting provides an excellent opportunity for young scientists to practice presenting their research in a friendly and informal environment, and we hope to see many faces (new and old) there.

We look forward to welcoming you to Durham!
Your organisers,
Rachel Bean and Sarah Gray

ILCS Mid-Career Awards to Liquid Crystal Scientist from Britain

Ingo Dierking, (Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester), and Georg Mehl, (Organic Materials Chemistry, University of Hull), were honoured with the Mid-Career Awards, presented by the International Liquid Crystal Society at the ILCC2016 in Kent, Ohio. Read more here.

Ingo received the Samsung Award “for his pioneering research and continued leadership in the area of polymer stabilized liquid crystals and liquid crystal-nanotube hybrid systems. Also highly recognized are his dedicated contributions to the liquid crystal community in a wide range of executive capacity”.

Georg received the LG Award “for his pioneering research and continued leadership at the frontier of chemistry and materials sciences of novel thermotropic liquid crystals, which not only elucidated the fundamental governing principles of mesophases and made a ground breaking progress into new forms of liquid crystals”.

BLCS Liquid Crystals Workshop at Hull 2017

The BLCS Liquid Crystals Workshop at Hull will be held from lunchtime Wednesday 4th January 2017 to lunchtime Friday 6th January 2017.  The Workshop is designed for those relatively new to the field of liquid crystals, particularly for PhD students working in liquid crystals and related materials across all areas of science and technology, but also for other researchers in university or industry.  Thanks to the generosity of an EPSRC research grant, the Workshop is free of charge for all PhD students registered with a UK university, and the cost for others is relatively inexpensive at 150 pounds (Academic) and 250 pounds (industrial and commercial).  Anyone interested please see the website here, and send the appropriate registration form, or preferably an e-mail with the same information, to Mike Hird (

Date for the Diary: Professor John Goodby Retirement Meeting

On Thursday 22nd September, the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS) and the University of York will be holding a one day meeting to mark the retirement of John Goodby. The meeting will be held in the University of York and is entitled “A Life in Liquid Crystals – an international meeting in honour of John Goodby, FRS”.

For further information on the event click here.