The programme of this first scientific training comprises introductory lectures on theory, simulations, experiments, and synthesis. These lectures will be given by selected members of the consortium. Two members of our advisory board, Patrick Davidson and David Dunmur, will give lectures on their area of expertise: specifically, Professor Dunmur will talk about the connections between thermotropic, lyotropic and colloidal systems and Professor Davidson will talk about X-ray and neutron scattering techniques. We have also invited Professor Jan Mewis, a distinguished researcher from KU Leuven to give two lectures on ‘Liquid Crystalline Polymers’ and 'Non-spherical particles'.

Download here the programme of the workshop, including the abstracts of the lectures and information about the venue and getting around Heraklion. 


Day 1: Monday, September 21

09:00-10:30        Dirk Aarts: Welcome and Introduction to the Network

                              Short presentation by all Beneficiaries

10:30-11:00        Coffee break

11:00-13:00        Short presentations (10 min) by the ESRs introducing themselves

13:00-14:00        Lunch break

14:00-16:00        Jan Mewis: Liquid Crystalline Polymers

16:00-16:30        Coffee break

16:30-18:30        Julia Yeomans: Introducing the statics and dynamics of Liquid Crystals

            20:30        Dinner, location TBA


Day 2: Tuesday, September 22

09:00-10:30        Paul van der Schoot: Molecular theories for thermo- and lyotropic nematic liquid crystalline phase transitions

10:30-11:00        Coffee break

11:00-13:00        Patrick Davidson: X-ray and neutron scattering applied to soft condensed matter: an introduction

13:00-14:00        Lunch break

14:00-16:00        Parallel Sessions:  a. Jan Mewis: Non-spherical particles

                                                                  b. SB Meeting part I: Recruitment, Reporting, Finances, Consortium Agreement, Training

16:00-16:30        Coffee break

16:30-18:30        Parallel Sessions:  a. Activities: Lab tour for the ESRs

                                                                  b. SB Meeting - part II: Outreach, Secondments, Committees, Website 


Day 3: Wednesday, September 23

09:00-10:30        Marisol Ripoll: Simulations of polymer solutions: bridging length scales

10:30-11:00        Coffee break

11:00-13:00        David Dunmur: Liquid crystals or structured fluids: a battle of words and images

13:00-14:30        Lunch break

14:30-16:00        Team building activities: TBA

            20:30        Dinner, location TBA


Day 4: Thursday, September 24


09:00-10:30        Maria Vamvakaki: Controlled polymer synthesis, end-grafted polymer chains and responsive polymers:

                              an introduction 

10:30-11:00        Coffee break

11:00-12:30        Pavlik Lettinga: In situ Rheology

12:30-14:00        Lunch break

14:30-16:00        Discussions



***The meeting point for the daily transfers to/from FORTH is shown on the map below. The bus will depart for FORTH at 8:30 am.