New ILCS web manager

It is my pleasure to announce that Anna Drzewicz from the Department of Soft Matter Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences will be our new web manager, starting in January 2022. Welcome to the ILCS Board of Directors.
At the same time I would like everybody to join me in extending my sincere thanks to Mateusz Mrukiewicz for all his hard work in setting up and designing our new website and his services to the society for the past 6 years. Thanks so much.

Ingo Dierking

ILCS-FRL award winners

It is my pleasure to announce the 2021 winners of the ILCS-FRL awards:

1. Jianghao Xiong (University of Central Florida) – Diamond Award
2. Kun Yin (University of Central Florida) – Platinum Award
3. Migle Stebryte (University of Ghent) – Gold Award

Please join me in congratulating all three awardees and wishing them all the best for their future careers.
Ingo Dierking

ILCC 2022: Place and dates updated!

In response to the global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, the Organizing Committee of the 28th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC) and the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS) have decided to postpone the 28th ILCC (ILCC2020) to 24th to 29th July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Postponement of the ILCC is unprecedented in the long history of the conference since its inception in 1965. We hope that ILCC2022 will be a successful meeting: even if it cannot be held in person in Lisbon, this event will still go ahead in order to reflect the latest advances in the field.

Organizing Committee

XXIII Conference on Liquid Crystals – Chemistry, Physics and Applications

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Is it our great pleasure to invite you all to participate in the XXIII Conference on Liquid Crystals – Chemistry, Physics and Applications – CLC 2021 which will be held in the Karkonosze mountains, Poland, from October 18th (Monday) to October 22nd (Friday) 2021.

A long break in the direct personal contacts of the scientific society and the hope for a better pandemic situation encourages us to organize the CLC2021 conference in the stationary form.

The applicable safety rules will be followed during all activities while the conference. In a case of introducing pandemic restrictions which would make the meeting impossible, the conference will be canceled and the conference fee will be paid back (100% - with the reduction of bank transfer costs). We do not plan to organize online version of the conference instead.

The web page for the Conference is already available:

http://www.clc21.pl

We kindly encourage you to issue a preliminary application available at the conference website (https://clc21.pl/user/register) by the 30th of June 2021. This will help us to arrange an appropriate conference venue in the Karkonosze mountains.

Abstract submission due date is the 31st of August 2021.

We are looking forward to see you in person in Poland.


With best regards,

Local Organizing Committee

STORM-BOTS Second Call

Funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme, the STORM-BOTS network offers thirteen Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions to provide high-level training in the field of liquid crystal based soft robotics.

Twelve positions have already been filled in the first call for applications.

The current call is for the following position:

ESR 12: Electrically driven sensor skins for LCE-based soft robotics.

Recruiting institution: Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - TNO (NL).

PhD Programme in Chemical Engineering – Eindhoven University of Technology

Local and network training activities, covering aspects of chemistry, physics, materials science, advanced manufacturing and robotics, as well as transferable skills, will give the researchers the opportunity to participate in pioneering research, acquiring the necessary skills for a future career in this field.

The most talented and motivated students will be selected for advanced multidisciplinary research training, preferably starting on July/October 2021.

More information

New issue of LC Today is online

The new issue of Liquid Crystals Today, Vol 30, issue 1, 2021, is now available online. It should make some interesting reading.

Ingo Dierking

Mathematics of complex materials

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions A entitled "Topics in mathematical design of complex materials" compiled and edited by Xian Chen, Miha Ravnik, Valeriy Slastikov and Arghir Zarnescu and the articles can be accessed directly at the link.

I hope this will be of particular interest for our theory members, and I have negotiated free access to the issue until the end of June 2021.

Ingo Dierking

Professor Apala Majumdar, University of Strathclyde, won Suffrage Science Award

Professor Apala Majumdar from the University of Strathclyde 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 more information about the Majumdar group, visit https://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/persons/apala-majumdar and https://themajumdargroup.wordpress.com.

Announcement is available on: https://www.suffragescience.org/m-c-2020-award-handover

IOP Advanced School in Soft Condensed Matter ‘Solutions in the Summer’

Dear colleagues,

the Advanced School in Soft Condensed Matter ‘Solutions in the Summer’, organised by the IOP Liquids and Complex Fluids Group, will take place on 5-9 July 2021 as a virtual event.

The aim of this School is to provide a comprehensive foundation for researchers in the field of soft matter, liquids and complex fluids. The lectures will introduce key topics of current interest together with the theoretical, experimental and computer simulation approaches used to address them. The School is directed towards postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds including physics, chemistry, chemical engineering and biophysics.

The School website can be found at http://ascm2021.iopconfs.org.
The registration deadline is 30 June 2021.

Best regards,
Sergey Lishchuk.

Maurice Kleman

I am sorry to pass on the sad news that Maurice Kleman passed away on the 29th of January 2021. He was a renowned expert in the experimental and theoretical study of defects, particularly also in relation to liquid crystals. Many of our members will be familiar with his classic book "Points, lines and walls: in liquid crystals, magnetic systems and various ordered media". A more detailed obituary will appear in Liquid Crystals Today in due time.

Ingo Dierking