The Granular Matter GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
Particulate materials are fascinating systems. They span a variety of scales, both in time and space, from colloidal suspensions to geophysical flows and planetary bodies. It seems difficult at first sight to embrace a flock of birds, a culinary emulsion and a pile of construction materials into common models. Yet, such seemingly disparate systems share common features. Encompassing them into a uniting framework represents a captivating physics problem, an important engineering challenge, and an essential step for humans' progress.
The seminar will begin with a scientific talk by Professor Itai Cohen, who will expand our understanding of granular media and their flow behaviour. To highlight the diversity of careers existing for young scientists, it will conclude with a roundtable discussion on the topic of “Scientific Career Choices: Navigating Paths and Overcoming Challenges”, providing a platform to share experiences, insights, and recommendations related to career development in the scientific community. Speakers at this roundtable include Kyle Welch, Associate Editor at PRL; Rebekka Grellmann, project manager for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) funding agency; Itai Cohen, professor at Cornell University. Poster presentations will provide attendees and postdocs with the opportunity to engage with colleagues to exchange ideas and share ongoing research. Oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.
The seminar 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 seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2024. 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 Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.