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Soft Condensed Matter Physics
Gordon Research Conference

Soft Matter in and out of Equilibrium


August 13-18, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Zvonimir Dogic & Michael Brenner

Vice Chairs:
Christoph F. Schmidt & Lisa Manning

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 16, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

This conference will highlight the frontiers of Soft Matter Physics, embracing the diversity of topics where the ideas of soft matter physics play a fundamental role. The sessions will range from traditional topics of soft matter physics, including active matter, fluid mechanics and recent advances in topological phases, to biologically inspired topics ranging from proteins to gels. There will be a session exploring opportunities enabled by new methods of visualization.

The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented. The conference will be preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), which is a unique opportunity for young researchers to share in the GRC experience and build informal networks with their peers.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Soft Condensed Matter Physics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 13, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Active Matter
    (Cristina Marchetti / Denis Bartolo / Michael Cates / Martin Lenz)
  • Fluid Mechanics
    (Sindy Tang / Detlef Lohse / Shmuel Rubenstein)
  • Breaking Barriers of Visualization
    (Seth Fraden / Naomi Ginsberg / Haimei Zheng)
  • Topological Soft Materials
    (Jen Schwartz / Paul McEuen / Christian Santangelo / Vincenzo Vitelli)
  • Inspiration from Industry
    (Dave Weitz / Jean-Philippe Bouchaud / Thomas Halsey)
  • The Future of Soft Matter
    (Michael Brenner / Paul Chaikin)
  • Soft Matter Fundamentals
    (Andreas Bausch / John Crocker / Thomas Witten / Ivan Smalyukh)
  • Biological Materials
    (Daan Frankel / Katharina Ribbeck / Alexandra Zidovska)
  • Protein Design, Evolution and Rigidity
    (Matthieu Wyart / Rama Ranganathan / Lucy Colwell / Andrea Liu)
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