Date for the Diary: Light Scattering for Soft Matter – Techniques and Applications: 4/5 September 2017

A two day Discussion Meeting on ‘Light Scattering for Soft Matter – Techniques and Applications’, organized at the University of Leeds between 4th and 5th September 2017. The meeting will focus on the development and status of the field of dynamic and static light scattering applied to a variety of materials and questions within soft matter. A particular emphasis will be placed on light scattering techniques developed for the investigation of turbid systems where multiple scattering becomes significant. The use of  light scattering to study materials based on polymers, colloids, and liquid crystals, and many other soft composite systems will be covered and applications important to industry e.g. within the food, energy, agriculture and household care area will be discussed. The meeting aims at a broad audience from both academia and industry and is organised to facilitate discussions and sharing of knowledge and ideas. For more information and to register, please use the link here.

Date for the Diary: BLCS Young Researcher Meeting: 11 September 2017

The first British Liquid Crystal Society Young Researcher meeting is to be held at Durham University on the 11th of September 2017. This one day meeting will bring together young research scientists to present and network in a friendly informal environment.
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. Prof. Helen Gleeson of Leeds University will deliver a not to be missed plenary lecture. For enquiries and further information please see the flier here.

18/07/17 Update: The meeting website and registration are now available here.

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

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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”.