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Microfluidics, Physics & Chemistry of (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Microfluidic Phenomena and Global Challenges


June 3-4, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Julea Vlassakis & Tyler R. Ray

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 6, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 3, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Pursuit of scientific discovery without a preconceived agenda is critical for advancing human knowledge and technological innovation. Indeed, this is evidenced through the theoretical and experimental discoveries that have shaped microfluidics into a field that bridges fundamental inquiry with impactful applications. Even so, society faces a growing list of challenges—clean water, energy, environmental remediation, and healthcare—which require the research focus of scientists and engineers. This seminar seeks to provoke thoughtful discourse on the role of microfluidics in generating solutions for these challenges through both theoretical and technological creativity.

Specifically, the focus of this meeting is to provide a forum to communicate the most recent fundamental and applied advances in micro- and nanofluidics. United in the utilization of novel fluid physics, topic areas of interest include traditional areas such as analyte detection/sensing, point-of-care diagnostics, and cell characterization as well as emerging areas including material synthesis, additive manufacturing, and energy storage/generation. By bringing together the emerging student and postdoc thought-leaders, the 2017 GRS offers a critical forum for providing unhindered, elucidative, and forward-looking discussions necessary for continued discovery and technological disruption in microfluidics. The meeting will also include a mentorship session with a small panel of faculty and industry experts for an open discussion on professional development and related topics of interest.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 3, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Microfluidics, Physics & Chemistry of" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 3, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"The Future of Microfluidics and Your Impact in an Evolving Field"

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