Date for the diary: BLCS Annual Training Workshop: January 7-8, 2021 online

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The next workshop in the British Liquid Crystal Society (BLCS) Annual Training Workshops series will be held on an online platform on 7-8 January 2021.
The two-day event will include a mixture of “live” and pre-recorded lectures, discussion hours and modelling training sessions, and a mini-symposium. The workshop is intended for early-stage researchers (primarily PhD students, but also post-doctoral research associates and researchers in industry, relatively new to the field of liquid-crystal research, irrespective of their academic disciplines). The workshop when held in traditional setup can offer only limited number of places.

For further details and to register your interest please download this Expression of Interest form. Note the extended deadline for expressions of interest is 16th December 2020.

The final programme will be made available here in due course. The list of speakers confirmed so far is as follows:

  • Dr Dwaipayan Chakrabarti
  • Prof. Cliff Jones
  • Prof. Apala Majumdar
  • Prof. Georg Mehl
  • Prof. Nigel Mottram
  • Dr Mamatha Nagaraj
  • Prof. Jon Preece
  • Prof. Ivan Smalyukh
  • Prof. Gordon Tiddy
  • Prof. Mark R. Wilson
  • Prof. Julia Yeomans
  • Prof. Marjolein Dijkstra

The 2021 call for BLCS Prizes and Medals

We are delighted to announce the opening of the 2021 call for BLCS Prizes and Medals. The British Liquid Crystal Society is calling for nominations for the below listed society awards. All nominations must be sent to the Secretary (contact details and advert can be view here) by the deadline of Wednesday 20th January 2021. Society awards:

  • G.W. Gray Medal
  • C. Hilsum Medal
  • BLCS Young Scientist Prize
Please see the advert and the BLCS website for full rules on each award here.

Congratulations to Professor Apala Majumdar who wins a Suffrage Science award for Mathematics

Prof Apala Majumda

Prof Apala Majumda

We are very pleased to learn that Professor Apala Majumdar has won a Suffrage Science Award for 2020 Maths and Computing. Dr Nina Snaith, University of Bristol, on her nomination of Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde said: “Apala does outstanding research in liquid crystals and partially ordered materials. She stands out because of the vast array of collaborations she maintains, from pure mathematicians to projects with industry. Her absolute dedication to mathematics has led to a brilliant and prolific output of interdisciplinary work.” For the full story please follow this link to the EurekAlert news release.

BLCS Student Hardship Fund

The BLCS Student Hardship Fund aims to support PhD students near the end of their studies whose project has been delayed by Covid-19 and who have run out or are about to run out of funding. The fund is to be considered as a last resort, to be used if no other funding support, e.g. from research councils, is available. The fund is time limited. Applications will not be possible after the end of October 2021, but the fund may be extended should the need arise.

For full details of eligibility and application process, please read the following linked document: HardshipFund-201029.